Our Team

  • youth team staff

Our Team

Our staff team work across all aspects of our organisation including arts, operations, marketing and finance. If you would like to get in touch with a member of staff, please find the relevant person and contact them directly by email.

Arts Team

Karen Metcalfe
Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Responsible for the overall leadership and strategy of the organisation including artistic vision, business planning, finance and fundraising.


Louise Harney
Artistic Producer

Responsible for key elements of the artistic programme including all outreach activity, professional theatre programming, Byteback Theatre, talent development and audience / participant development.


Laura Simpson
Education and Youth Theatre Manager

Responsible for the Education Programme and Core Youth Theatre Programme including all work in schools, in house workshops and productions, Creative Volunteers, Arts Award and Arts Mark


Michelle Darwin
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Responsible for marketing materials, social media, audience development and press relations.



There are currently no trainees at Burnley Youth Theatre

Operations Team

Aiden Kelly
Finance and Operations Coordinator

Responsible for the day to day operations of the building, line managing front of house staff, data collection, monitoring and day to day finance.


Trevor Greenwood
Site Maintenance Worker

Responsible for the maintenance of the building and grounds and health and safety records.


Jo Watchorn

Responsible for administrative duties across the organisation including coordinating Front of House, Business contacts and fundraising activities.


Maggie French

Responsible for the cleaning of the building and PAT testing.

Casual Staff

Tahura Begum
Rebecca Ashton
Megan Sharpley

Freelance Team

Our freelance and casual creative team are contracted to deliver creative workshops and projects across all of our artistic strands. Our current pool of artists include:

Creative Workshop Leaders:

Philip Hindle
Amber Tither
Sophie Milne
Alice Butterfield
Rachael Bamber
Taylor Barnes
Rosie Berkon
Tom Byrne
Georgie Edwards


David Hughes
Mark Hindle

Board Members

Our Board of Trustees govern the organisation and have expertise in the arts, education, business, finance and community. Our current Board members are:

Anthony Preston (Chair)
Clare Cosgrove (Finance Director)
Catherine Barnett
Deb Ashby
Kelly Allen
Peter Kenyon
Sara Martin
Stephen Cook
Alex Mayer
Rachel Livermore
Anwar Afrasiab
Kevin Clarke

Youth Board

Our Youth Board help the Senior Management and Board to make decisions about the organisation. They represent all participants across the youth theatre and organise social and fundraising events for young people. Our current Youth Board members are:

Gregory Worden
Kayley Lonsdale
Chloe Waddington
Molly Heywood
Jake Brannon
William Hutson
Alex Wood
Joshua Marsden
Kevinue Nganga
Lauren Cooper
Harry Charles
Lily Roberts
Harriet Tucker