The new Middle Child board met for the first time in May under new chair, Martin Green CBE with new members Jane Fallowfield, Meg Miszczuk, Aysha Powell and David Watson joining continuing board member Sharon Darley.
Sharon Darley is the former quality of life manager with the Goodwin Development Trust, accredited with the creation and development of Estate of the Nation arts programme and the development of Thornton Neighbourhood Plan, which used a mix of arts and non-arts community development to improve the quality of life for people living on the Thornton estate, Hull. Jane Fallowfield is a director, dramaturg and literary associate with Talawa Theatre Company. Her directing credits include Drip and Cosmic by Tom Wells, Red by Somalia Seaton, Germ Free Adolescent by Natalie Mitchell, Fingertips by Suhayla El-Bushra, Bird by Laura Lomas, The Only Way Is Chelsea by Frazer Flintham and Lagan by Stacey Gregg. Meg Miszczuk is a project specialist working in the arts, culture and publishing industries. She previously managed the Hull GADA project for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, has worked as an interpreter and translator in Germany and also produced a number of cultural events in Poland. Aysha Powell is the general manager of Paines Plough theatre company, based in London. She has previously worked with agents Curtis Brown, the Lyric Hammersmith theatre, Soho Theatre, Northern Broadsides and the Brisbane Arts Festival. David Watson is director of brand and advocacy for Birmingham Royal Ballet. Prior to this he was head of digital/digital editor-in-chief for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. He has also previously worked in similar roles for organisations including English National Ballet, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies, Royal Opera House and Rambert Dance Company. Martin Green CBE, appointed chair in April of this year, was previously the chief executive and artistic director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Prior to working in Hull, Martin was the head of ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, overseeing the torch relays and opening and closing ceremonies. He was also the executive producer of the opening ceremony to the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, which took place in Yorkshire.