NEWS: Kneehigh Appoint New Chair

NEWS: Kneehigh Appoint New Chair

We have appointed a new chair to our board of Trustees. Alan Livingston will replace David Jubb, who has chaired the board for five years

With Alan’s appointment Kneehigh are entering an exciting phase. We open a radical new version of the Beggar’s Opera, called Dead Dog in Suitcase (and other love songs), in Liverpool in June, and will present the show in the Asylum tent at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in September.

At present, we have two touring companies in America, touring both the critically acclaimed Tristan & Ysuelt and the Broadway success Brief Encounter.

The next few years will see Kneehigh continuing to develop UK and international touring, including co-productions with international venues. We will produce new work at home in the Asylum, and develop the Rambles programme, which aims to engage creatively with communities. These three strands of work: touring, the Asylum, and Rambles, are the result of a great period of expansion and development, which David Jubb oversaw as Chair.

David has been Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre since 2004. After five years as chair of our board he is moving on to pursue a major capital programme at Battersea Arts Centre. He said,

“Kneehigh is the jewel in the crown of British theatre. It has been an absolute privilege to play a supporting role in a company whose stories are loved and cherished by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Alan Livingston is a brilliant choice to lead the Board and company forward for this next exciting chapter.”

Alan Livingston trained as a graphic designer at the Ulster College of Art & Design. His career in education started in 1978 when he was appointed as Head of Graphic Design at Preston Polytechnic (now the University of Central Lancashire). He was appointed as Principal of Falmouth College of Arts (now Falmouth University) in 1987. He oversaw the merger with Dartington College of Arts in 2008. From 2000 onwards Alan played a leading role in the development of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), at different times acting as Chair of the Steering Group and Executive Group.

In addition to his educational responsibilities Alan has been, and continues to be, active in the worlds of Art and Design practice. A Council Member of Arts Council England, he was also Chair of Arts Council South West (2003-2008). He was a Member of the Design Council (2008-2012) and Chair of ‘Design of the Times’, a Design Council initiative to improve design thinking in Cornwall.

He served as a Trustee of the Eden Project (2006-2012) and is the longest serving member of the Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee (from 1993).

In 2011Alan was invited to become Visiting Professor in Visual Communication at the University of Ulster. He was awarded the CBE for Services to Higher Education in 2006. And received the London Cornish Award in 2007 for outstanding service to Cornwall and the people of Cornwall. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by University College Falmouth and, in 2013, his contribution to Cornwall was recognized by the award of the Trelawny Plate.

Alan said,

“I am very honoured to be appointed Chair of Kneehigh. I have long been an admirer of their approach to theatre. Their dynamic performances never cease to amaze and surprise audiences in Cornwall and further afield. I am confident that future productions will extend their deserved reputation for boldness and innovation. Along with my other trustees I would like to work with the creative teams to ensure that the company is enabled to deliver the next phase of its remarkable journey.”

Alan will join other trustees on the board including BBC Radio Cornwall presenter Daphne Skinnard, Arts Council SW Chair Shelia Healy, Finance Director of Falmouth University Peter Cox, and property developer Simon Williams.

As a charity, the board of Trustees is an essential part in the framework of our company, and the chair works closely with the Chief Executive and Joint Artistic Directors in navigating the future journey of Kneehigh.

Kneehigh Chief Executive Paul Crewes said,

“David has been an amazing force for change in the company, in a very unassuming and sensitive way. His guidance, wisdom and care have supported the company, and he leaves us in a very strong and consolidated place.

“I am very pleased that in his place we are fortunate enough to work with someone with Alan’s experience and amazing track record. I certainly look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”