Meet the Board
Bradford One will be holding an AGM before the end of 2016 when new nominations for the Board will be discussed. If you’re a member and you’d like to nominate a new board member (including yourself) at the next AGM, please email us with the information.
Duncan Milwain – interim Chair
Duncan is a lawyer who trained and qualified at one of the London “Magic Circle” firms qualifying in 1995. He moved to Leeds in 2000 and now works for Lupton Fawcett Denison Till where he now heads the cross-disciplinary Charities and Social Enterprises Group. Duncan is also one of the partners in The Real Junk Food Project, a national programme to reuse and reduce food waste, with a network of pay-as-you-feel cafes and supermarkets across the country.
In the course of his career he has spent a good deal of time advising charities and other not for private profit organisations, including social enterprises. The advice covers a range of issues including carrying out legal audits (including advising on trustee liability, governance, trading and taxation issues) and preparing reports for trustees and assisting with the implementation of recommendations.
He has advised several independent schools, religious organisations, cultural organisations, professional bodies and a charitable light railway organisation. He has also advised a series of start up social enterprises on options for constitutional structure and funding. He has lectured on various matters for charities including on risk management, duties and responsibilities of trustees, good governance, structure options for social enterprises and on the appointment of investment managers.
He has worked on a number of Charity Law Association working parties, most recently in relation to the new social enterprise tax relief introduced in 2014. Duncan acts as a trustee of a number of charitable organisations and is currently chair of trustees of Bradford Festival Choral Society.
Caroline is a Trust Tax Adviser and Trust and Charity Accounts preparer/reviewer at a ‘Big 4′ accountancy firm. With over 22 years’ experience in trust and company administration, both in the UK and Jersey, she has completed the qualifications for the Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and Practitioner of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP). Caroline uses this experience in her role as Treasurer and Secretary of Bradford One Limited. Caroline is also involved in a family venture to bring back into use a previously abandoned pub, hotel and leisure complex in Bradford.
I want to invest in the City of Bradford. I am Bradford born and bred and many of my family live in and around the City.
The City is on the brink of recovering from the devastating last 10 years or so, in which time I have seen it become a very flat and listless place. This is the polar opposite of the City I grew up in. The City was a colourful place and had many live music venues catering for many genres of musical taste. We live in a diverse community with a great cultural mix, all with a strong sense of heritage and tradition.All need to be embraced and reflected in what Bradford One deliver for the City. What a challenge!
I want to be part of delivering this for our community and would enjoy the networking and learning involved in the delivery of this venture. My ‘day job ’is as a Registered Nurse, a role I have held for 36 years.
I am currently a Matron at Bradford Royal Infirmary and believe my experience in working closely with the community will be of benefit to the work ahead. I am a good listener and problem solver; supportive of the teams I work with; able to deal with conflict plus difficult and challenging situations. I sit on many working groups as part of my role, can negotiate, influence and manage change.
Never one to shirk hard work, I will commit fully to the work ahead with good humour and determination. I enjoy many pastimes, the main one is enjoying live music and I look forward to playing a part in restoring this to the City by bringing a real focus back to the heart of the Bradford.
My wish to become a director of Bradford One was based on my keen interest in buildings and architecture, particularly of the Art Deco era.
This same interest led me to become a director on Unity Works board two years last year too. Unity Works is a similar project to the Bradford Odeon project, rescuing and restoring Unity Hall in Wakefield.
Unity Works will open in September as a performance and events venue after a £4.5million renovation. Allied to this is an interest in music and performance gained from working as a musician as both a semi-professional and recently on a professional basis.
In my professional working life I was the Business Manager for one of the UK’s largest pension funds.
Gideon is one of the founder members and former Chair of Bradford One. He has also been Director of Bradford arts development organisation Fabric and has many years’ experience of developing creative projects and spaces.
Gideon works with Q20 Theatre, a national theatre company based in Bradford. He has a Masters Degree in Management and is a qualified Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner. He developed the Bradford Urban Garden in partnership with Bradford Council, Yorkshire Forward and developer Westfield and works extensively with private landlords to make creative use of empty properties to provide space for creative entrepreneurs.
Gideon has, through Fabric, carried out research on behalf of Bradford Council into the need for venues and spaces for the development of the creative sector in the district and is part of a working group seeking to bring new restaurant and lifestyle businesses to the city centre.
Kate is a freelance journalist and digital marketing professional, with a BA in English and Media and an NCTJ in Print Journalism.
Kate is currently working as communications manager for national arts organisation The Brick Box, who have taken up the formerly empty Marks and Spencer’s building on Darley Street, turning it into a public events space in collaboration with Bradford Council and East Street Arts. In addition, Kate works with Live Cinema UK, a non-profit organisation which promotes, produces and researches live, event and immersive cinema in the UK and Europe.
Kate has written regularly for national music publications, and has also written for the Telegraph and the Guardian, alongside regional independent publications such as Vibrations and HowDo?!. Kate specialises in culture and music, and has led official online video teams for major festivals such as Leeds and Reading, Latitude and In The City.
I have lived and worked in Bradford for almost all of my life – I say almost as I was actually born in Singapore, an accident of birth for which I blame my parents! I have had the privilege and pleasure of working in the NHS for almost 40 years –over 30 of those years have been spent at the Bradford Royal Infirmary/Bradford Hospitals in a number of roles.
I initially trained and worked in the scientific support services within the NHS – Pathology and Medical Physics – but then crossed to what some see as the dark side and became an NHS manager. I also have experience of working with the voluntary sector and am currently a Director/Trustee of Artworks, a charity based at the Delius Centre on Great Horton Road near Bradford College.
I am a proud Bradfordian and I want to see this City – my City – restored to the busy and vibrant place I remember vividly from my younger years. The city was alive with a range of venues offering live music of all genres; the city buzzed. I still love live music and attend concerts very frequently –in Leeds, Harrogate, Manchester and even further afield.
I bring extensive management experience gained from a number of senior management and Board level roles within the NHS. I have worked as a Director within a number of NHS organisations more latterly in Cancer and End of Life services in Lancashire & Cumbria.
I have a broad experience of service management and planning, financial and budgetary management, personnel management and of working with staff at all levels of the organisation. I believe I am a people person and that I communicate well. I enjoy working with and through people to make a difference and hopefully always make a positive contribution.
I believe I have well developed analytical skills and I am very comfortable working with figures, scenario planning and presentation of data and information in what I believe an easy to understand, accessible way. I am very keen to put my energy, time, experience and expertise behind Bradford One and believe that I can make a positive contribution to the Board to support achievement of our ambitions.
I am interested in being a Bradford One board member as I have a passion for the development of community cultural provision and sustainable urban regeneration.
I have spent most of my life and career in Liverpool, a city which has faced similar social and economic challenges to Bradford. Professionally, I have worked on developing learning and engagement programmes for cultural organisations and venues for over eight years, with a particular focus on community engagement.
This has included roles in National Museum organisations (National Museums Liverpool and the Sir John Soane’s Museum) as well as Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations (FACT and Metal Culture). I have also worked in a freelance capacity with other organisations including Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Biennial. These roles have encompassed everything from programme development, fundraising, venue management, major event organisation, facilities and resource development and staff and volunteer management and development.
I also have extensive experience in developing partnership projects with everyone from local authorities, government agencies and trusts and foundations to education organisations and grassroots community groups. Of particular relevance to this role has been my experience as part of the Future Station steering group which informed the redevelopment of the historic but semi-derelict Edge Hill station into Metal Liverpool, a centre for arts and community activity.
I was also involved in the community engagement aspects of the development of Museum of Liverpool, the largest new-build museum in the UK for over a century, so have experience of programme and resource development before and during capital building projects. Having lived in Liverpool during its bid and subsequent hosting of European Capital of Culture, I developed extensive practical experience and academic interest in community cultural projects and cultural regeneration that benefits local communities.
I have lectured on this subject around the UK and my writings in this field have been published in outlets including The Guardian, The Big Issue, Museum Practice and Liverpool University Press.
My current professional role is as Curator of Participation at The Tetley, a new centre for contemporary art in Leeds. Although I have only been in post a short while, I have already developed good connections within the local cultural sector and funding arena.
I am principally interested in contributing to the development of the learning and engagement offer and partnerships of Bradford One, as well as community engagement.
Michael has over 20 years experience working within the IT industry, delivering technical solutions to a wide range of industries, such as textile manufacturing, logistics and pet insurance. More recently his projects have involved web development and internet technologies, providing web solutions to local businesses. His knowledge was used to create the Bradford One website, and social media campaigns.
Richard has been heavily involved in the campaign to save the former Odeon building since its closure, and is passionate about the history and future of Bradford city centre. He holds an MA in Land Economy from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, specialising in Urban Economics and Planning Law and Policy. Richard’s career history spans the travel industry, transport management and finance, and he is currently an Assistant Vice President at a tier-one Investment Bank.