People sat in a red and orange coloured luminarium, representing our people.

Our people

Our Board of Trustees provide strategic guidance and oversee organisational decisions. Their role is to guide, support, govern and challenge. Our trustees draw on experience from a range of organisations in Southampton as well as independent trustees with specialist knowledge and expertise.

Chair of Trustees

Laura Read

Independent

Trustee

Professor Julie Hall

Independent

Trustee

Lady Sue Hollick OBE

Independent

Trustee

Councillor Satvir Kaur

Parliamentary Candidate

Trustee

Tim Keeping

GO! Southampton

Trustee

Michael Ockwell

Mayflower Theatre and MAST

Trustee

Brent Meheux

Solent University

Trustee

Shaun Williams

University of Southampton

Trustee

Sharon Lloyd

Independent

Trustee

Jo Ash CBE

Independent

Trustee

Hayden Collins

Independent

Trustee

Peter Taylor

Paris Smith

Southampton Forward formed as a whole team in July 2023. We are dedicated in our mission to work collaboratively with communties and city stakeholders to place culture at the heart of Southampton’s future.

Southampton Forward

Claire Whitaker CBE

CEO

Southampton Forward

Helen Alexander

Finance, Operations & Systems Director

Southampton Forward

Helen Hart

Tourism Manager

Southampton Forward

Emma Bovey

Head of Development

Southampton Forward

Kate Maple

Community Engagement & Programme Manager

Southampton Forward

Gabby Hyman

Head of Marketing & Communications

Southampton Forward

Anna Miller

Executive Assistant to the CEO