The Board

Tom Bellerby - Co-Chair - Tom is a freelance theatre director and dramaturg. He started his career at Pilot Theatre and went on to become the Resident Director at the Donmar Warehouse and Associate Director at Hull Truck Theatre, where he was a key member of the team who planned and delivered the theatre's programme as part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. Alongside his directing work Tom regularly teaches at some of the UK's top drama training institutions including Arts Ed, RCSSD and Leeds Conservatoire.

Trina Haldar - Co-Chair - Trina is Founder and Artistic Director of Mashi Theatre and Associate Director of The Spark in Leicester. She also works as a Freelance Director, and Giggle Doctor with the Theodora Children’s Charity.

Mashi Theatre was set up in response to the lack of diverse work on offer, particularly for young people. 

As a Director Trina recently directed Wind in the Willows with Derby Theatre to reopen the city post lockdown. Credits include productions at Curve Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Tara Arts, Soho Theatre and Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai, India. She was awarded the Naseem Khan commission with Curve, Bristol Old Vic and The Lowry to develop a new piece of theatre for adults.

Trina is former participant with the National Theatre - Step Change programme, The Optimists with China Plate and a Clore50 SC Alumni. She consults with Theatres and consortium to increase representation on and off our stages and has spoken at a number of platforms including the Guardians “Our Nations Theatre” conversations with Lyn Gardner and recently on Radio 4s Front Row programme.  .

Trina currently sits on the board of Theatre-Rites an award-winning company and leader in the creation of experimental theatre for children and Advisory board for BaborĂ³ International Arts Festival for Children.

Sophie Buckley - Sophie is an employment and discrimination law specialist. She was a principal legal officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is now a fee-paid employment judge.

Gareth Burrow - Gareth is an experienced chartered accountant and auditor, with a particular interest in the charity and not for profit sector.  As a long-time admirer of Pilot’s work and ethos, Gareth is delighted to be able to bring his financial skills to the Board.

David Collins - David is Director of External Affairs at Opera North leading the company's marketing, communications, fundraising and digital teams. Prior to joining Opera North David was Head of Marketing for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a trustee of Opera Europa and a parent governor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in York.

Katy Dartsch - Katy is part of the senior leadership team at CAPA College, Wakefield's first and only free school. She has been part of the team since 2012 as they strive to deliver high-quality arts training to 16-19 year olds across the north of England. As pathway leader for Drama: Stage and Screen, Katy is passionate about promoting the huge range of employment opportunities within the arts to the students at CAPA College.

Jo Killeya - biography coming soon

Eleanor Manners - Eleanor is an facilitator, theatre maker and voice coach. She trained at Rose Bruford College, Birmingham School of Acting, and The Arden School of Theatre. Most of her voice & dialect credits include plays utilising actors and accents from the African diaspora, along with some work on large scale musicals. Her directing credits include productions at Leeds Playhouse. As a facilitator her work is focussed in Creative Engagement she has worked with young people both in and out of educational settings, refugees and asylum seekers, those with learning disabilities as well as adults from around the communities of Leeds. 

Lydia Marchant - Lydia  is a 21 year old playwright, a Supported Artist at Hull Truck Theatre and currently studying MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also participated in development schemes at the Sheffield Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre, Soho Theatre and BFI.

Stephen Mason - Steve is enraptured by theatre, its processes and potential, and directs plays himself though at a level well below Pilot Theatre. In his other life Steve is a solicitor working on behalf of the travel/holiday industries, and enjoys bringing his legal skills to the benefit of Pilot.

J.A. Mensah - is a writer and cultural facilitator with ten years experience working in the arts in the north of England. Her work currently focuses on arts and human rights and she is an associate at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York.

Maaya Modha-Patel - Maaya is a writer, pharmacist, Personal Trainer, and Senior Lecturer. After completing a Masters in playwriting and screenwriting in 2018, Maaya produced and directed a short film which has garnered international recognition and acclaim. In the UK, this short is being used by The Alzheimer’s Society to shine a light on the British Asian experience of dementia. Coming from a medical background, Maaya has always been fascinated by the interplay between arts and sciences, and how this can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. She is excited for her next adventure - embarking on Masters in Arts and Sciences in Creative Health - to investigate and learn more about this.

Tracy Mosley - Tracy has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications, primarily in the arts/cultural, educational and charitable sectors. Tracy has previously worked for Audiences Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dance, and for a wide range of organisations nationally and internationally as a freelance consultant.

Harriet Patten-Chatfield - Harriet is the Communications Manager at The University of York Students' Union, with years of experience working with young people in higher education. Having spent three years at the University studying Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performing previously, she's continued to show her support and enthusiasm for the arts in York.

John R Wilkinson - John is a theatre director and dramaturg, working freelance and as Artistic Associate at York Theatre Royal. He is the tenth recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic. He trained at Bretton Hall College and on the National Theatre Directors Course, and last year undertook research into new work and touring companies with English Touring Theatre, Wise Children, Out of Joint and the Royal Court. Most of his directing credits are focused on intense, modern classics, though he has also worked on large scale musicals and festivals of new work for young people. He is also a trustee of Stage Directors UK, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, and Middle Child in Hull.

Christina Wright MBE - Formerly a secondary school drama teacher, Tina Wright was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to education. Subsequently she has qualified as a professional theatre audio describer for the blind and partially sighted. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Accessible Arts and Media in York.