Our Board of Trustees
David Liddiment was appointed as the Chair for The Hepworth Wakefield Trust in 2010.
He was educated at Huddersfield New College and Liverpool University. He became well known for his role as Executive Producer of Coronation Street, nurturing a new generation of TV dramatists including Paul Abbott, Kay Mellor and Russell T Davies.
In 1997, David was appointed Director of Programmes at ITV, where he led the channel through a period of creative renewal and commercial success, launching shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Pop Idol and Cold Feet.
In 2006 David was appointed as one of the founding members of the BBC Trust and chairs the Trust’s Audiences and Performance Committee, which monitors the performance of all of the BBC’s public services.
David is co-founder and non-executive director of the independent production company All3Media, now the largest independent production house in the UK.
He is an associate of The Old Vic Theatre Company and is currently non-executive Chairman at FremantleMedia UK (FMUK). He sits on the FremantleMedia Operating Board, advising on a range of matters in the UK and globally to help grow and expand the genres and commercial opportunities for the business.
Linda Bennett founded women’s footwear and fashion retailer LK Bennett in 1990.
In 2008 LK Bennett was sold to a retail and branded luxury goods investment company. Linda remains on the board of the company as a non-executive director and retains a stake.
In 2006, Linda was awarded an OBE for services to the fashion industry.
Dr Sophie Bowness is an art historian and a Trustee of the Hepworth Estate. She has edited the books Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters. The Gift to Wakefield (2011) and Barbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations (2015), and is working on the catalogue raisonné of Hepworth’s sculptures.
She is the daughter of Sir Alan and Lady Bowness and granddaughter of Barbara Hepworth.
Merran McRae took over as Chief Executive of Wakefield Council in June 2017.
She was previously the Chief Executive of Calderdale Council. She holds the role of lead Chief Executive for skills across West Yorkshire and is a member of the Leeds City Region LEP’s Employment and Skills Board. She is also the lead Chief Executive and LGA link for health and social care for Yorkshire & Humberside and a spokesperson on Children’s Services for SOLACE.
Merran has had a professional background in housing management, community economic development and social care, holding positions as Chief Executive at a Housing ALMO and Director of Adult Social Care within a Local Authority. She has also led other strategic services, including culture and leisure services, as well as organisational development and change programmes. Merran has a particular interest in digital innovation and the use of data and sits on the Geospatial Information Customer Group, a BEIS advisory group covering the use of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement. She is also a trustee of the Yorkshire Sports Foundation.
Councillor Box is the current leader of Wakefield Council. He was first elected in 1982 and became leader in August 1998. Since his appointment he has led the transformation of Wakefield MDC into a modern and efficient authority.
Councillor Box’s political career has also seen him chair the Employment & Economic Development Committee from 1987- 1990 and the Labour Group from 1993 to 1998. Before retiring in 2005, Peter was a Probate and Trust Manager
Having been raised in Castleford and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, Peter has a strong and passionate connection with the Wakefield District.
He is also a Trustee for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Coal Mining Museum for England and a member of the Board of Welcome to Yorkshire.
Stuart Fletcher was, until April 2016, Chief Executive Officer of Bupa, a role he held since March 2012.
Before joining Bupa, Stuart spent 26 years in leadership positions with Diageo Plc. He was President of Diageo International between 2004 – 2011, having been President of Key Markets from 2000 – 2004.
Stuart held a number of other senior general management and finance positions with Diageo including roles based in Japan, USA and Hong Kong.
He previously held various financial roles with Procter & Gamble in the UK. Stuart is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University and a member of the Trustee Boards of two other charities, Pancreatic Cancer UK and United World Schools.
Diane Howse is an artist and a great supporter of the arts.
Also known as Lady Diane Viscountess Lascelles and the wife of David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, she is based at Harewood House.
Harewood houses a collection of paintings by masters of the Italian Renaissance, family portraits by Reynolds, Hoppner and Lawrence, and modern art collected by the 7th Earl and Countess. Changing temporary exhibitions are held each season in the Terrace Gallery and Diane is instrumental in the curation and development of the gallery.
Jane Madeley joined the University of Leeds as Finance Director in 2009. She has responsibility for the finance, IT, strategy and planning and purchasing functions across the University.
Jane graduated in History and Economics from York University in 1989. Since qualifying as a chartered accountant, Jane has held senior finance positions in businesses in the retail and fast moving consumer goods sectors, including Asda Walmart and the Campbell Soup Company.
Prior to joining the University Jane was the Chief Financial Officer and IT Director for Redcats UK, the UK mail order division of the French listed PPR group (which specialises in the luxury and retail sectors).
Jane Mee is a solicitor with a background in infrastructure projects. She is General Counsel at Hitachi Rail Europe and her responsibilities include governance and legal compliance.
She sits on the board of Agility Trains, which is responsible for the delivery of new inter-city trains for the East Coast Main Line.
She is married to the painter Henry Mee and is a great supporter of the arts.
David Roberts started collecting art in the mid-1990s. His collection grew organically and today forms a group of more than 1800 works, representing 750 international artists. Highlights include works by Charles Avery, Karla Black, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, Matthew Day Jackson, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Martin Kippenberger, Pietro Roccasalva, and Ai Wewei.
In 2007, David Roberts founded the David Roberts Art Foundation, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to developing an international and often collaborative programme of exhibitions, commissions, live events, discussions and projects.