The Forge Team

The Forge consists of three core staff: Enabling us to be flexible and responsive with our project design, enabling us to recruit the most appropriately skilled artists and facilitators for each individual project.

Tony Harrington

Executive director

Tony founded the organisation in 2001. Prior to that he trained as a teacher and enjoyed various roles within the theatre sector. During his time at Northern Stage he was instrumental in establishing the participation department. Tony enjoys football and is a life long West Ham supporter.

Beverley Briggs

Creative producer

Bev has joined The Forge team after an eclectic career in the arts and education; some of her previous roles include: Head of English, Head of Theatre Marketing, lecturer, creative writing tutor, journalist and TES columnist. She is passionate about the arts, cheese savoury sandwiches and Netflix.

Heather Cameron

Operations Manager

Heather moved to the North East in Autumn 2014 from Edinburgh where she has been a freelance Operations and Production Manager for 8 years working a variety of production companies and arts & cultural organisations. Heather manages the day to day running of the Forge. When she is not at the Forge Heather enjoys watching rugby, cooking and hunting for vintage clothes.

The Board

The Forge is governed by a committed and dedicated Board of Trustees with a diverse range of skills and experience.

Current Membership and designated roles:
  • Michael Gilbey: Chair
  • Shirely Campbell: Treasurer and Chair of HR and Finance
  • Judith Stirk: Vice-Chair
  • Professor Mike Fleming, Emeritus Professor of Education, Durham University
  • Brian Ebbatson
  • Sally Dixon, Director of Partnerships, Beamish Museum
  • Ruth Robson, Head of Marketing, Durham Cathedral
  • Our Partners

    The Forge works with a range of partners to help develop our offer for children and young people. Our current partners include:

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