Board of TrusteesWriting on the Wall’s Board of Trustees are a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of highly motivated people committed to the ethos of WoW. They give their time to support the leadership team and staff and ensure a strong organisational and financial oversight. They are drawn from the social economy, secondary education, higher education, private and community sectors and have the skillset and experience that provides a mix of management and creative insight which has allowed WoW and the annual festival to develop to its current position. The Board has been established since 2002 but have been working together as a team since 2000. The Trustees are:
Helen Millne is the Chief of Operations and Finance at The Women's Organisation where she provides leadership in financial management, organisational development and quality and social impact measurement. She has over twenty years’ experience working in the third sector on Merseyside, is a registered Social Accountant and has a Masters in Business Administration (awarded with distinction). Committed to issues of equality and inclusion, Helen was a founder member of WoW’s legal body and she acts as Treasurer to the Board.
Robyn Donaldson is the Head of Events, Partnerships and Books Prizes at The Orwell Foundation. After completing her MA in Creative Writing, Robyn embarked on a career in literature, working for organisations such as The Poetry Society, BookTrust, Barbican and The Sunday Times. She has curated international programmes of events ranging from the Children’s Laureate’s term 15-17 to the Orwell Foundations’ own Down and Out: LIVE in Paris and London. She has also project managed prizes including The Women’s Prize, The National Poetry Competition and The Ted Hughes Award. She is a proud trustee of Writing on the Wall, Merseyside’s premier literature festival and manages The Sunday Times Short Story Award.
Stuart Borthwick is a senior academic at Liverpool John Moores University. Stuart's academic background is in interdisciplinary cultural studies, particularly the study of popular music and popular culture. In 2004, Stuart co-authored the University music text book “Popular Music Genres: An Introduction” (Edinburgh University Press). More recently, Stuart has developed an interest in the murals of Northern Ireland, and in 2015 published "The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles” (Bluecoat Press).
Maura Kennedy has worked extensively as a programmer of literature events in the UK and Ireland. Her previous positions include Literature Programmer in the Bluecoat and Events Manager with The Reader Organisation in Liverpool and Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, Ireland. She has also worked with adults and young people returning to education. Each year since coming to Liverpool in 2008, Maura looks forward to May when WoW kickstarts summer with serious chat and fun. It’s so exciting to hear in person writers from around the world you have admired – in her case, Walter Mosley, Maram al-Masri, Ahdaf Soueif and many others – alongside emerging voices from the city and further afield, especially when they are voices who have emerged from WoW's projects.
Shelique Braithwaite is a community activist currently working at Steve Biko Housing Association. She has worked within the L8 area for the past 11 years. In addition to being a WoW Trustee she is also a member of numerous groups such as; Planetslop, The Equality Guardians, The Future Boss Club and Liverpool Pride team. Shelique has a great admiration for The Creative Arts she enjoys; Drawing, Graffiti Spotting, Spoken word and Photography. When Shelique discovered the various projects and events WoW deliver and the diverse crowds they attract she instantly wanted to become a part of the organisation. Shelique's favourite WoW moment was taking part in the ‘What’s Your World Pride story’ project, performing at Liverpool Pride and featuring in the What’s your World Pride Story? publication.
Penny Feeny is a best-selling author who has long been involved in the arts in Liverpool, serving on the boards of the Everyman and Brouhaha International before becoming a trustee of WoW in 2009. She has been an arts administrator, editor, radio presenter and advice worker but now writes full time. Her short stories have won many awards and her first novel, That Summer in Ischia, (Tindal Street Press) topped Amazon’s bestseller list in summer 2011. She is proud to have been involved in WoW’s development and in the delivery of such a range of successful projects – especially those which encourage writing and creativity.