Plymouth Culture’s board is made up from representatives of arts, cultural, civic and educational establishments across Plymouth. We have a continual process of board membership renewal to ensure we are representative of all sectors, ages and diversity in our city.
Dom Jinks - Director
Dom is an arts professional with over 15 years experience. He was previously Head of Arts and Culture Services at the University of Exeter, responsible for establishing a new team and service. Whilst in Exeter Dom was Chair of the Exeter Cultural Partnership and led on the development of a 5 year cultural strategy for Exeter. Before this Dom enjoyed seven years at Arts Council England and was a member of the Senior Management Team in the East Midlands. Dom’s professional training is in theatre and specifically Shakespeare. He was Director of Education and Development for Shakespeare 4 Kidz UK Ltd, an Associate of The Globe Theatre and was founder and Director of The British Touring Shakespeare Company.
David Coslett - Chair
Professor David Coslett was Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Plymouth University until January 2016. A distinguished and long serving academic, with a career spanning 25 years in the UK HE sector, David was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) where he was responsible for Student Experience, Curriculum Development, Academic Partnerships and External Relations. Prior to this, he held posts as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. For a number of years he was Head of the School of Art and Performance at the former Exeter College of Art and Design.
An expert in Theatre in Education and a champion of the University and city’s cultural agenda, David was formerly secretary of the UK Council of University Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He serves on a number of Boards and Trusts, including the South West Film & Television Archive, and is the Chair of Plymouth Culture.
Sheila Snellgrove is the Chief Executive of the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth’s alternative venue specialising in talent development. As a founder of the organisation she is well aware of the challenges associated with setting up new ventures and ensuring their survival. Sheila attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, has a BA in English Literature and has worked in theatre and education ever since as a teacher, actor, director and producer. Sheila is a graduate of the Clore Leadership Programme and was recently part of Plymouth Fairness Commission reporting on how to make the City a fairer place for all its citizens.
Councillor Tudor Evans
Councillor Tudor Evans is the Leader of the Opposition at Plymouth City Council and in his 26th year of continuous service to the Ham ward as a Labour and Co-operative Councillor. He is a member of the Plymouth 2020, Plymouth’s Local Strategic Partnership, a member of Plymouth Growth Board and of Destination Plymouth, the City’s marketing partnership. Nationally, he is a member of the Local Government Association’s Councillors Forum and a Regional Lead Peer. He led the council from 1998-2000 and again between 2003-2007 and 2012-2016; he was leader of the opposition from 2000 to 2003, 2007-2012 and 2016.
Lindsey Hall is CEO and co-founder of RIO. Lindsey’s track record in the public and private sectors as a social entrepreneur, thinker and leader has seen her set up and develop products and services across the creative, learning and education sectors. From building award-winning programmes in the UK to driving groundbreaking initiatives internationally, Lindsey has the experience and skills at management, board and executive level to steer social business ideas towards success; making money and make a difference at the same time. Lindsey is a NESTA Cultural Leadership fellow, an INSEAD graduate, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of Fifteen Cornwall and a board member of RISE.
Hilary Lade has just completed her term as Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a member of the Board of Visitors at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. After a degree in Chinese at Cambridge and several years postgraduate study at Harvard and Berkeley she joined Shell and worked in various senior management roles culminating in Managing Director of Shell Gas for Shell UK. Leaving the oil industry after 8 years, she worked as Property Manager for the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and then Director of Historic Properties for English Heritage. In 1999 she marked the transition from full time work by walking from end to end of the Alps with a tent. Since then she has enjoyed Board roles in organisations as varied as Southern Arts (then part of Arts Council England), the Royal Parks, Visit Britain, the National Forest and Oxford University. She was a member of the selection panel for the 2008 European Capital of Culture (where Liverpool was successful) and subsequently joined Oxford Inspires as Vice Chair.
Dafydd Moore is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature are the University of Plymouth, where he is also Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. During 2016 he also holds the position of Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Strathclyde and has worked at Plymouth since 1999. Dafydd is an internationally recognised authority on the Scottish writer James Macpherson, and he has published widely on the relationship between literature and associated questions of regional and national cultural identities and politics in the second half of the eighteenth century. He is responsible for all aspects of the University’s offer in the arts and culture, including chairing the board of Peninsula Arts and overseeing the University’s partnerships with the creative industries and heritage sector. He is also a trustee of Literature Works.