The Board

Professor Chris Bailey - Chair - Chris lives in York, is married and has two grown up daughters. His career in higher education began in the 1970s, and he is now Professor Emeritus in cultural history at Leeds Beckett University and Visiting Professor in the Business School at York St. John University.

Sophie Buckley - Sophie is an employment and discrimination law specialist. She was a principal legal officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is now a fee-paid employment judge.

Tracy Mosley - Tracy has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications, primarily in the arts/cultural, educational and charitable sectors. Tracy has previously worked for Audiences Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dance, and for a wide range of organisations nationally and internationally as a freelance consultant.

David Collins - David is Director of External Affairs at Opera North leading the company's marketing, communications, fundraising and digital teams. Prior to joining Opera North David was Head of Marketing for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a trustee of Opera Europa and a parent governor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in York.

Jo Killeya - biography coming soon

Lydia Marchant - Lydia  is a 21 year old playwright, a Supported Artist at Hull Truck Theatre and currently studying MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also participated in development schemes at the Sheffield Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre, Soho Theatre and BFI.

Stephen Mason - Steve is enraptured by theatre, its processes and potential, and directs plays himself though at a level well below Pilot Theatre. In his other life Steve is a solicitor working on behalf of the travel/holiday industries, and enjoys bringing his legal skills to the benefit of Pilot.

Juliana Mensah - Juliana is a writer and cultural facilitator with ten years experience working in the arts in the north of England. Her work currently focuses on arts and human rights and she is an associate at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York.

Harriet Patten-Chatfield - Harriet is the Communications Manager at The University of York Students' Union, with years of experience working with young people in higher education. Having spent three years at the University studying Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performing previously, she's continued to show her support and enthusiasm for the arts in York.

John R Wilkinson - John is a theatre director and dramaturg, working freelance and as Artistic Associate at York Theatre Royal. He is the tenth recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic. He trained at Bretton Hall College and on the National Theatre Directors Course, and last year undertook research into new work and touring companies with English Touring Theatre, Wise Children, Out of Joint and the Royal Court. Most of his directing credits are focused on intense, modern classics, though he has also worked on large scale musicals and festivals of new work for young people. He is also a trustee of Stage Directors UK, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, and Middle Child in Hull.

Christina Wright MBE - Formerly a secondary school drama teacher, Tina Wright was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to education. Subsequently she has qualified as a professional theatre audio describer for the blind and partially sighted. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Accessible Arts and Media in York.