Bradford Live's board is led by directors Lee Craven, Chris Morrell and Kirsten Branston. The day-to-day management team comprises Lee, Chris and Kirsten Branston. Our Patron is the highly respected leading social entrepreneur, Lord Andrew Mawson.

Lee Craven

Managing Director and Chair (SRO of the Programme Management Team).  Founder of Bradford Live. Director of Jessgrove Ltd, a major Bradford textile business with a £23m turnover

Chris Morrell

Director. Company director who has developed and managed several Bradford-based businesses

Kirsten Branston

Director. Former senior bank Manager. FD of consultancy based business. School Governor. 

Dave West

Member. 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

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

Irfan Ajeeb

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

Mike Bottomley

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

Our Design Team are all leaders in their fields and have a wealth of experience in the design and development of performance and cultural buildings across the UK:



Architect: Aedas


Structural Engineers: Price & Myers


Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Buro Happold


Project Manager: Novus


Cost Consultant: Mace


Acoustician: Gillieron Scott


Theatre Consultant: Carr & Angier


Fire Engineer: Innovation 


Compliance Engineer: Acivico