The Steering Group

The Cultural Spring Steering Group acts as the primary forum providing strategic leadership for the project, overseeing its successful implementation and delivery.

The Steering Group currently comprises the following:

  • Graeme Thompson MBE, University of Sunderland (Chair)
  • Dianne Hutchinson, University of Sunderland
  • Ray Spencer MBE, Customs House Trust
  • Fiona Martin, Customs House Trust
  • Paul Callaghan CBE, Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust
  • Rob Lawson, Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust
  • Padma Rao, Sangini
  • Kathleen Boodhai, Sangini
  • Richard Barber, Cultural Spring Charity
  • Ian High, Cultural Spring Charity
  • Emma Horsman, Project Director
  • Coun Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council
  • Coun Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside Council
  • Kati Whiteoak, Community Champion
  • Sandra Naglis, Community Champion
  • Diane Gray, Community Champion
  • Sinead Burke, Arts Council England Relationship Manager (Observer)