Joanna Rowlands – Chair
Gordon Pennington is a former Royal Air Force Officer who served from 1972 to 1992 and later took up the role of RAF Careers Liaison Officer for the North West from 1992 to 2004. Since 1996 he has worked with St Helens RFC on a variety of Community Development projects and helped set up Saints Community Development Foundation. Over the years he has formulated and delivered a variety of community projects for people of all ages focused around sport, heritage, health and education – the ultimate aim being to support and make a difference across the St Helens community. He was lead on the Steering group for the CPP Heart of Glass and is a board member for the new entity.
Hannah Firth is Director of Visual Art and Programme at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. She is responsible for all aspects of the visual and live arts programme including exhibitions, residencies, events and cross-artform activity. Hannah is also Deputy Director where she works across all aspects of Chapter’s strategic and organisational development.
In 2017 Hannah is Curator / Project Director for Wales in Venice, presenting the critically acclaimed exhibition, ‘James Richards: Music for the gift’ at the 57th Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition was open to the public 15 May – 26 November 2017 and, through a new initiative with Scotland + Venice and Art Fund, is returning to Wales to be shown at Chapter in 2018 and then in Scotland in 2019. More information is available at www.experiencewalesinvenice.org
Hannah was also Curator for Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2007 where she presented ‘And So It Goes’ an exhibition of works by Richard Deacon, Heather & Ivan Morison and Merlin James. She is on the steering committee for Cardiff Contemporary, the biennial festival of visual arts in Cardiff. Hannah is a Co-Director of May You Live In Interesting Times: Occasional Festival of Creative Technology; a programme partner for Diffusion: Cardiff’s International Festival of Photography; provides professional development support with a range of organisations and institutions and contributes writing for a number of publications.
Prior to working at Chapter Hannah was Curator and Acting Director at Stills in Edinburgh and Managing Editor for A-N Magazine.