The Media Centre appoints four new board members

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by David Prior

The Media Centre in Huddersfield has appointed four new members to its non-executive board of directors.

Imran Ali, Sue Cooke, Bill Lawrence and Alex Newman have been chosen for their "varied but complementary skills-set and experience".

Ali joins the board with a background in emerging technologies and founding companies such as Carbon Imagineering, a boutique R&D practice that explores the implications of new technologies, and LSx, a Leeds-based curator and producer of tech events.

Cooke is an experienced non-exec with direct expertise in higher education, business support and economic development. She is currently head of skills and enterprise at the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Lawrence has a background in the arts, having worked as head of film at the National Media Museum and creative director at the Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre, and has been a board member at the likes of Creative England and Screen Yorkshire.

The fourth new board member, Alex Newman, is an intellectual property lawyer at Irwin Mitchell.

CEO Brent Woods said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest we had in positions on our board and throughout the recruitment process we met a number of inspiring arts and business leaders.

"We are honoured that Bill, Sue, Imran and Alex accepted our invitation to join us. Each of them brings exciting new ideas and points of view to the table, and will push us to examine our work from new perspectives.”

Pictured (l to r): Sue Cooke, Bill Lawrence, Imran Ali, Alex Newman and Brent Woods