Who We Are

Gloucester Culture Trust is led by a director, Hollie Smith-Charles, and a board of trustees.

We are a team of three, with a 12-strong board of trustees. It’s important to us that our board is diverse and representative of Gloucester’s residents. Five are men and seven are women; eight were born and grew up in Gloucester or have lived here for many years; three are under the age of 30; three are of black or minority ethnic backgrounds; and there is a mix of creative professionals from independent practitioners through to leaders of major organisations.

Here’s a little bit about us.

Hollie Smith Charles Director Gloucester Culture TrustHollie Smith Charles: Director
Hollie has worked in fundraising and business development for organisations across the South West and in Birmingham. She has particular experience in collaborative working and a passion for talent development, new work and supporting young people.


James Garrod: Programme Manager – Creative Entrepreneurs
James has a background in social enterprise and has over 10 years’ experience in working with young people to help them start businesses or develop employability skills. He has a passion for art and has supported various artists to build their professional careers.


Michelle Lee: Projects & Admin Assistant
Michelle has a background in arts administration,  co-ordination and inclusive practice.  Although dance is the focus of her personal creative practice, she is passionate about supporting the development of all areas of arts & culture in Gloucester.


Sarah Orton: Community Engagement & Volunteer Officer
Sarah has a strong background in Museums, particularly in lifelong learning and community engagement. She is extremely passionate about exploring the benefits that culture brings to personal well-being, community cohesion and identity.


Tyler Attwood Trustee Gloucester Culture TrustTyler Attwood: Trustee
Tyler is a contemporary and street dancer, experienced teacher, event organiser and director of Community Interest Company – Team Multi Styles Battle CIC. He plays an active role within his community in Gloucester working with children and young people to provide creative opportunities, accessible to all.


Anne Cranston Trustee Gloucester Culture Trust

Anne Cranston: Trustee (Acting Chair)
Anne is project manager for Gloucester Cathedral’s Project Pilgrim, a founder member of Gloucester Heritage Forum and trustee at environmental charity Groundwork West Midlands.  She has over 20 years’ experience working with communities and is interested in how places shape the people who live in them and vice versa.


Jack Fayter: Trustee
Jack is a Gloucester-based freelance graphic designer and digital content producer. With a background in performance, theatre and film, he has a Drama degree from Bristol University. He has appeared in award-winning short films, produced two small-scale arts festivals and has directed & designed for stage in Bristol and Cheltenham.


Neil Hopwood Trustee Gloucester Culture TrustNeil Hopwood: Trustee
Neil is Projects Manager for GFirst, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). An engineer by training and a keen music promoter in his spare time, Neil has lived in Gloucester for 30 years and is  passionate about showcasing the city and its amazing people. 


Naisha Hussain: Trustee
Naisha has an MSc in International Public Policy and is currently studying law. Passionate about youth engagement, education and women’s rights, she has programmed numerous events for Gloucester History Festival.


Stephen Marston Trustee Gloucester Culture TrustStephen Marston: Trustee
Stephen is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and a Board member of GFirst LEP.



Nicola Miles-Wildin: Trustee
Nicola is a theatre director and actor. She is an Assistant Director at Royal Exchange, Manchester as well as co-founder of TwoCan, Gloucestershire’s first professional disabled-led theatre company and an Associate Artist for Kazzum and GDance.

Lise Noakes Trustee Gloucester Culture TrustLise Noakes: Trustee (Vice Chair)
Lise is Chair of Gloucester Culture Trust, a Gloucester City Councillor for Barnwood and Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure.



Deborah Potts Trustee Gloucester Culture TrustDeborah Potts: Trustee
Deborah is CEO of The Music Works, a Gloucestershire-based charity that transforms lives through music. She is also CEO of Active Gloucestershire and a Board member of GFirst LEP.



Adam Qureshi: Trustee
Adam is Finance Director for Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.




Donna Renney: Trustee (Vice Chair)
Donna works both in the commercial sector and the cultural not-for-profit sector. She set up a charitable organisation, GUST, to support cultural development in Gloucester. Gloucester History Festival is their flagship event.


Julie Reynolds Trustee Gloucester Culture TrustJulie Reynolds: Trustee
Julie is National Trust’s Curator for Gloucestershire and a fundraising specialist.