We are proud to announce the following individuals with Yorkshire and Calderdale connections as Ambassadors, who will join our expanding line-up of esteemed Patrons. Our Ambassadors will utilise their recognised voices, helping to develop the historic building’s profile, introduce the venue to new support, expand the diversity and views and increase awareness of the Trust’s important work.
Halifax-born Andy Barron has a long-standing connection with The Piece Hall, dating back to 1970 when his family had a stall at The Piece Hall’s wholesale market. Andy currently works for J Sainsburys in the Online Shopping team. Outside of work, he can be regularly found riding his bike around the area or walking around the many different shops here at The Piece Hall, where he will utilise his knowledge of The Piece Hall’s past to help shape and strengthen its future.
Freddie is the General Manager of VCEP LTD – a Halifax-based property management business. The arts have always played a part in Freddie’s life – in 2016 and 2018 he co-organised charity events for the RNLI with one event having bafta screen writer and Piece Hall patron Sally Wainwright attend – and has helped raise £10,000 for the charity so far. Freddie has also helped other art and private organisations in Yorkshire with advising on property, fundraising and PR opportunities, and is keen to raise awareness for The Piece Hall as one of the North’s leading tourist destinations.
Founder and director of Calderdale-based communications, strategy and public affairs consultancy Waverley, Stephen has lived in Yorkshire since the age of 3 and remains a resident here today. Starting his career as a journalist on the radio broadcasting to West Yorkshire, he has since worked across politics and policy before starting his own business in 2013. A regular visitor to The Piece Hall, Stephen is particularly passionate about raising awareness for The Piece Hall’s heritage and culture.
Former Halifax Courier Editor and Calderdale-based journalist Chris Lever spent more than 30 years on the newspaper after starting at the then daily Evening Courier as a senior reporter in 1990.
Brought up in Halifax, he went to the former Highlands Grammar School before studying journalism at Richmond College, Sheffield.
While working on the Courier’s newsdesk, he spearheaded the local paper’s coverage of the multi-million pound regeneration of the historic Piece Hall, and the re-opening in 2017 of the town’s landmark former cloth hall.
He had previously worked for the Huddersfield Examiner in West Yorkshire and Bury Times newspaper in Lancashire.