Sessions House Project Team

Kevin Lockyer

Kevin brings a breadth of managerial experience to Spilsby's Sessions House project, having worked in prison and probation management, central government and the voluntary sector for nearly 30 years. He has a strong track record in operational management, strategic development and delivering large organisational change. Kevin has held senior roles in the National Offender Management Service. He has governed three prisons, been Operations Director for Nacro (a crime reduction charity with a turnover of more than £60m), been chief executive of Nacro Housing and has advised Ministers on policy and practice. Kevin is an expert on designing and implementing programmes to reduce re-offending. He is also a non-executive Director of the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. With a professional life connected to the theatre's history, and as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Kevin brings a positive, innovative approach to developing Spilsby's Sessions House project. Kevin is a partner at Adaptus Consulting.

Dave Start

Dave is a former Director of Heritage Lincolnshire and is experienced in the management of Heritage regeneration projects. He has been a very active supporter of Spilsby Theatre for many years and has been a judge for the annual "A Song for Lincolnshire" competition an event celebrating local heritage that often filled Spilsby Theatre. Recently Dave has been leading 'The Spirit of Sutterby' a heritage project unearthing the history of Sutterby. Dave has studied and worked in archaeology and has also played piano for Spike Milligan! 

Jean Shaftoe

Jean has a wealth of experience in tourism, charity work, community development and heritage projects. Jean played a key role in establishing The Lincolnshire Air Ambulance charity, the first of it's kind in the UK, managing significant public awareness and fundraising campaigns. A founder member of The Joseph Banks Society - the organisation helped to establish The Joseph Banks Centre in Horncastle as part of a heritage building restoration project whilst Jean was chair. Published writings include “Joseph Banks rooted in Lincolnshire”. As an active trustee for the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, Jean has been a co developer of the Foundation/Cornish Sisters’ anti domestic violence programme. Jean's passion for Lincolnshire's Heritage continues with Spilsby's Sessions House project.

Bruce Knight

Bruce is passionate about community arts. Having initially studied photography and design, Bruce began his working life in London doing technical and logistical management in the lighting department, for photographic shoots, film and TV productions. A second career in the arts began in 2002 and since then he has worked as a performer, director, producer and venue manager. As a key collaborative artist with the company Copperdollar Bruce worked for several years on outdoor arts events around the UK including large scale immersive theatre work for Glastonbury Festival and work for the National Theatre's "Watch This Space" event for the 2012 Olympics. He is the current Community Stage and Activity Zone Production Coordinator for SO Festival, has a supportive role with the Different Light Collective as a Community Producer for Spilsby Light Night and is Chair of Lincolnshire based theatre company Barmpot Theatre who create educational productions for children. For more information visit www.creativeknight.co.uk.

Pam Davies

Pam is Spilsby Theatre’s longest serving volunteer and brings lots of experience of managing the venue, promoting events and grass roots fundraising. Having seen the theatre go through many changes, Pam now plays a key role in the office assisting with the day to day administration of the Sessions House. As a former publican, Pam also helps with running the theatre bar. Pam is a Local Parish Councillor in East Keal. As a professional gardener Pam looks after The Old Rectory in East Keal, part of the National Open Gardens Scheme. Visit The Old Rectory web page.   

Elizabeth Atkin

Lizzie graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a BA (Hons) degree in Community Drama. Lizzie runs our youth program at the Sessions House, Grubby Knees Community Theatre which is aimed at young people aged 7-16. Lizzie also works for Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture. She started as SO festival coordinator covering maternity leave and has since worked on many projects including ‘Unordinary Ensemble’, a theatre and movement project for people living with a Mental Health Condition and ‘Still Me’, a national award winning project that uses physical activity and culture as a tool to engage people living with a life altering condition. Lizzie has a passion for mental health awareness and wrote a play ‘Man Flu’ in 2015 which explored the notions of masculinity and the effects it has on men’s physical and mental health. Lizzie brings a wealth of experience in Applied Drama and Community Theatre to our team.

Julian Cousins

Julian has a background in entertainment and conferencing and is an experienced video, lighting and sound technician. He has been technical and buildings manager for Lincolnshire County Council and in the past he was a manager at Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. For many years Julian has been very active in the local community, particularly in running ‘The Getaway Club’ - an inclusive social club for adults with special needs, that serves a wide area of towns across Lincolnshire. This involves providing a regular programme of activities, entertainment and crafts for club members and lots of grass roots level fundraising. Julian has created many shows and events with The Getaway Club, including several performances at Spilsby Theatre. He is keen for Spilsby's Sessions House to encourage the development of inclusive arts activities. Julian runs technical and facilities management services company Test Lincs.

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The Sessions House,

Spilsby Theatre,

Church St, 

Spilsby,

Lincolnshire. 

PE23 5DY

The Office 

01790 752936

Spilsby Sessions House Ltd (Charity application pending)

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