In June 2021, we were thrilled to introduce the Live Cinema UK Board of Directors, marking a new chapter in the company’s journey. We’re delighted to have five exceptional individuals on our board with expertise in experimental entertainment, box office analysis, cinema exhibition, business strategy, filmmaking, and more.


David Hoare (Chair)
David has over thirty years’ experience in theatre, television, cinema and hospitality. His career includes the roles of General Manager with Compass and Talawa theatre companies, Head of Business Affairs for BBC Worldwide, Operations Director at UCI cinemas and Development Director at Hall & Woodhouse. After this successful business career, and his children having completed education, he and his wife Helen moved to Bristol to pursue his long-held dream to become a professional magician and now performs as the Great Baldini. He is delighted to be using his understanding of experiential entertainment to support Live Cinema UK as a director.


Delphine Lievens
Delphine Lievens is a Senior Box Office Analyst for Gower Street Analytics, where she deals with clients across film distribution and exhibition to provide box office analysis and forecasting for the UK and other international markets. Previously she was a Theatrical Sales Executive at Altitude Film, working on a variety of critically acclaimed films including MOONLIGHT and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. Delphine is passionate about diversifying the workforce in the screen industries to be more representative across race, class, and gender, and enjoys discussing current trends in the global screen industries.


Joan Parsons
Joan Parsons is an experienced cinema professional with over 15 years of work in the cinema sector, across all operational roles and in more recent years working in senior leadership positions. Joan has successfully delivered financial and cultural excellence in both Sheffield and Belfast and has been involved in organizing and delivery significant UK-wide partnership projects. Joan is well known in the cinema sector, attends multiple festivals annually and is often asked to speak to audiences at events and students studying film at various levels.


Deborah Richards (Vice Chair)
Debbie Richards is the co-founder of Baker Richards, a company that helps cultural organisations and visitor attractions increase their earned income. As a consultant, she brings an external perspective to strategy, supporting organisations to grow and better realise their artistic and social missions. She led the evolution and growth of Baker Richards, establishing a US sister company and developing new markets. In 2020 the company entered employee ownership and Debbie is now Chair of the Baker Richards Employee Ownership Trust. She is also a Board Member of Northern Broadsides. Debbie’s early career included producing site-specific immersive theatre in extraordinary locations.


Rajesh Thind
A writer, producer & director for screen, stage and print with over 20 years of experience at the top levels of the British & International media industries. Educated at the University of Manchester and Goldsmiths College, University of London.