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Tony Trafford


Tony has been involved with First Art since it’s conception in 2014.

Tony brings to First Art a wealth of experience from the arts and culture sector with a wide and impressive career in TV production.

He is a multiple award winner with considerable experience as a producer, director, writer and, more recently, as a composer

Tony is extremely active in his local community and, as well as his role as chair of First Art, he is the chair of Stainsby Festival.


Liz Barratt OBE

Liz is principle of Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE) based in Sutton-in-Ashfield. She is passionate about Education and has worked in Adult Education for almost 20 years.

Liz is dedicated to developing and delivering the highest quality lifelong learning, to equip the local community to be able to lead more fulfilled and enriching lives.

Phil Hargreaves

Phil is an award-winning Creative Producer and experienced cultural leader, committed to making sure all arts and culture is recognised equally and that everyone can experience arts and culture.

He has a broad career in roles that include commissioning, grant making, creative producing and taking lead responsibility for developing high quality Artistic Programmes.

Phil is currently the Head of Creative programmes for Bradford Council (he was part of the team instrumental in Bradford’s successful bid for the 2025 City of Culture). Previusly he was Creative Producer for The Leap in Bradford and Déda in Derby.

Sushri Wells

Sushri is an enthusiast of Indian culture and champions the promotion of it by any means she can. She is Vice Chair of the Asian Association of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire.

She was recently awarded for her in recognition of great and valuable services to the community by the High Sheriff of Derbyshire.