Non Executive Directors
Dr Michael Wolters
Michael Wolters was born in 1971 in Mönchengladbach, Germany and grew up in Niederkrüchten, a small German village on the Dutch border. After working as a care worker in a children’s home and a runner at several theatres in Germany and Scarborough he studied Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany and Composition at the University of Huddersfield (BA, MA) and the University of Birmingham (PhD). His teachers include Christopher Fox, Heiner Goebbels, Patric Standford and Vic Hoyland. His works have been performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester, Spitalfields Festival, the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Purcell Room, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool and various other concert halls, festivals, supermarkets, art galleries, shoe shops, theatres, banks, opera houses, in cafes, on beaches, on ice rinks, in cinemas, on the radio, on TV; in Europe, Russia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. He works in close relationship with the German theatre artist Marcus Droß and he’s a founding member of the artists’ collective New Guide to Opera. He joined the composition department in 2004 as a visiting tutor and was awarded the title of Associate Professor in Composition in 2015.
Dr Saskia Warren
I joined Manchester in 2015 as a Lecturer in Human Geography and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019. My research engages with voices excluded or marginalised in discourse, policy and practice in the cultural and creative economies. In particular my work attends to geographies of creativity and difference, with especial interest in matters of faith and religion, issues of gender, ‘race’ and culture, and spaces of education and labour.
Bobbie-Jane Gardner is a composer, pianist, arranger, producer and music leader. She’s been commissioned and worked for various arts organisations including Uchenna Dance Co., Vocab Dance Co., mac arts, Punch Records, Vivid Projects, Longbridge Public Art Project, LSO Discovery, Sound and Music, Fierce Festival, Grand Union and Heart n Soul. Giving back to the community is an important part of Bobbie’s practice and she often works in socially engaged creative projects. Her most ambitious project to date was for-Wards; a city-wide music programme she directed where Birmingham’s 10 constituencies inspired the creation of 10 pieces of music by 10 Brummie composers.
Ian Malhotra is a British artist born in Birmingham and working in London, having graduated from Manchester School of Art with a BA in Fine Art and the Royal College of Art with an MA in Print. As an artist, Ian is interested in the reproduction and translation of imagery, both contemporary and historical, and works across drawing, printmaking, video and sound. He has exhibited in group exhibitions across the UK, most recently at Southwark Park Galleries, South London Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. As an art educator, Ian has worked in a variety of roles within galleries, schools and as a workshop leader for education companies in the UK, Canada and Spain. He currently works as the Art Technician for Sutton High School and as a Learning Facilitator for the V&A Museum.