Bradford Live's board of trustees is led by directors Lee Craven and Caroline Thompson Hayes. The day-to-day management team comprises Lee, Caroline, Kirsten Branston and Chris Morrell.

Lee Craven

Trustee & Programme Director. Founder of Bradford Live. Director of Jessgrove Ltd, a major Bradford textile business with a £23m turnover

Caroline Thompson Hayes

Trustee & Director. Qualified corporate commercial solicitor

Chris Morrell

Trustee & member of Management Team. Company director who has developed and managed several manufacturing and retail Bradford based businesses

Kirsten Branston

Trustee & member of Management Team. Former senior bank Manager. FD of consultancy based business. School Governor. Aireborough Children’s services committee member

 Dave West:

Trustee. Former Council Executive. Director of Little Germany Action Ltd. Chief Exec of Bradford YMCA. Trustee of Forster’s Community College and Kala Sangam

David Robertson Brown

Trustee. Director of Gumption Centre Limited. Regeneration Consultant with BDMC on the £35m City Centre Growth Zone

Irfan Ajeeb

Trustee. Former Bollywood actor and film critic. Organiser of ‘Bite the Mango’ film festival. Owner/Editor of The Urban Echo

Mike Bottomley

Trustee. BT Engineer and long term member of Bradford Odeon Rescue Group. 15 years experience of working in professional touring theatre and television production

Professional Team

Our professional team is hugely experienced, each having a track record of success in similar projects. 

Please see our Partners page for more details.


Tim Ronalds Architects, London

Theatre Consultant

Peter Angier, Carr and Angier, Bath

Business and Funding

Nick Russell, IPW, London

Structural Engineers

Price and Myers, London

Services Engineers

E3 Consulting Engineers, Bath

Acoustic Engineers

Paul Gilleron Acoustics, London

Cost Consultants

AECOM, London