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Sir Alan Ayckbourn

A playwright and theatre director, to date Sir Alan Ayckbourn has written 85 plays. His latest play, The Girl Next Door, premieres in June 2021 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT).

Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish is a British photographer noted for his large format landscapes.

Alan Hinkes

Alan Hinkes OBE is an English Himalayan high-altitude mountaineer from Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

Carenza Lewis

Carenza Lewis is an archaeologist and Professor for the Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln. She specialises in the medieval period and is particularly interested in rural settlement and childhood.

Joann Fletcher

Joann Fletcher is an Egyptologist and an honorary visiting professor in the department of archaeology at the University of York.

Eliza Carthy

Eliza Carthy MBE, is an English folk musician known for both singing and playing the fiddle. She is the daughter of English folk musicians, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson.

Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy MBE, is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music. He one of folk music’s greatest innovators and, at times, one of its most quietly controversial figures. 

Paul Rose

Paul is former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, environmentalist, diver, TV presenter and recipient of HM The Queen's Polar Medal.

John Pattison

John has written numerous scores for Theatre and Film. He has worked extensively with British playwrights Alan Ayckbourn and John Godber co-writing several original stage musicals with them.

Wave Crookes

Wave Crookes is an accomplished mariner who cut his teeth as a trawlerman in the North Sea before joining the Royal Navy.

Charlotte Bonner

Charlotte has over fifteen years’ experience working in education for sustainable development (ESD) leading transformational engagement and development programmes.

Magnus Johnson

Dr Magnus Johnson is a senior lecturer in Environmental Marine Science at the University of Hull and co-director of Northern Shores Marine Consultancy Ltd.

Chris Hall

Chris is Vice President, Field Officer and a Trustee of Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society.

John Oxley

John is Co-Director of Big Ideas By The Sea  festival,  independent archaeologist, and former City of York Archaeologist 1989-2019.

Marie Woods

Marie Woods studied BA Archaeology and MA Heritage Practice at the University of Wales in Lampeter. Marie is the Director of Heritage Adventures, a company that specialises in heritage outreach and education.

Kane Cunningham

Kane is Co-Director of Big Ideas By the Sea, a landscape painter and best known for his House Project.

David Malone

Documentary filmmaker, writer and author of The Debt Generation.

Andy Tickle

Greenpeace activist and campaigner at CPRE, the countryside charity, he is principally working on climate emergency issues. 

Colin Challen

Colin is a Scarborough based artist and environmentalist. He was formerly a Member of Parliament and established the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change.

Mel Bonney

Mel is CEO at Coast and Vale Community Action, a charitable community business helping people to do good ‘stuff’ in their communities. Mel is passionate about her work, the place she lives and the people who live here.

Laura Hepburn

Director at GREENOLOGY. Winner of Top 50 Engineers in Sustainability 2020. Northern Power Women Future List 2020. Dot connecter, career chameleon, who will never be pigeon holed!

Paul Elsam

Lecturer and former actor Dr. Paul Elsam is author of Bloomsbury books on acting, and on theatre history. He's currently researching the life and legacy of ‘war poet’ Wilfred Owen

Ros Jones

Ros Jones is a Scarborough based business coach helping to support entrepreneurs and businesses across the UK.

Joanna Kavenna

Joanna Kavenna is the author of Zed, The Ice Museum, Inglorious (which won the Orange Prize for New Writing), The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality.

Andy Goldring

Andy Goldring is the Coordinator/CEO of the Permaculture Association, member of Leeds Permaculture network and active teacher and designer.

Maisie Atkinson

Maisie Atkinson is a mezzo-soprano singer, a songwriter and a musician. She is currently based in Yorkshire.

Peter Caton

Peter Caton is a celebrated photographer who focuses on humanitarian and environmental causes. Peter’s work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Sarah Oswald

Sarah is a heritage professional and creative coach. She sits on the North York Moors National Park Authority board as a Secretary of State appointed member.

David Abrutat

Scarborough born adventurer Dr David Abrutat is a former academic and Royal Marines Commando. He has long had an interest in Second World War history and has two published books to his name.

Nick Taylor

Nick was the general manager of the Crown Hotel, Raven Hall Hotel and the Royal Hotel, all between 1986 and 2003, then moved into the public sector. He now works as a consultant.

Richard Pearson

Richard Pearson has had a long career in music media and worked as an on air interviewer for BBC network radio, before moving on to BBC TV, where he worked on the musical content for over a thousand network shows.

Anj Handa

Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, an inclusive community of changemakers with a focus on fairness and safety for women. Anj’s deep connection to nature reminds her daily of the interconnectedness of people and planet.

Amy Fisher

Amy is the Creative Producer at Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, producing all in-house work at the venue, and leading on the visiting work programme. She was previously a freelance producer working with various touring companies.

Anna Fitzer

Anna Fitzer is Senior Lecturer in 18th-Century Literature and Admissions Tutor for English and Creative Writing at the University of Hull

Lottie McFarlane

For the last six years, Lottie has been co founder & director of Yay Coffee!, a speciality coffee business based in Scarborough, established in 2015 with the aim of building community over cups of caffeinated happiness.