Our Trustees

The Archive is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Board of Trustees bring a rich mix of expertise and strong governance structures that underpin the Archive.

Chair:  Clare Morrow 

The board is chaired by Clare Morrow, who brings more than 30 years of industry experience through her career in television journalism. Clare first encountered the Archive during her 15 years at ITV Yorkshire, where she was Controller of ITV News and Programmes, and so brings first-hand knowledge of the ITV regional collections that the Archive now cares for. Clare was Executive Producer of the popular ‘The Way We Were’ series, based on the stories behind some of the Archive’s most treasured amateur film collections. Initially scheduled to run as a three programme pilot, ‘The Way We Were’ series ran for more than four years, with over sixty programmes produced.

She is currently the non-executive Chair of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, and Chair of Hollybank Trust.  She was previously Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, a non executive director at the Rugby Football League, a non executive Director of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and worked as Network Manager of the Broadcasting and Creative Industries Disability Network.

Giles Bridge

Giles is a criminal law barrister who works as Legal Manager with the Crown Prosecution Service and is based in Leeds.  He lives in Bradford. Giles has an interest in the role of popular culture in shaping society, shaped in part by his dad who was a jazz musician: playing double bass with the Humphrey Lyttlton Band. Giles has also been a trustee of other charities providing sporting and local community facilities.

Dale Grayson

Dale Grayson is Head of Rights and Policy for the All3Media Group which comprises 40 television production and distribution companies in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and the USA. He also offers television rights and archiving consultancy via Northbound TV. He chairs the Royal Television Society’s Archives group, is a Trustee of the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives, and the Chair of FIAT/IFTA’s Value, Use and Copyright Commission. Dale began his career in BBC Libraries and Archives and led on rights management at ITV where he established the award-winning ITV Archive clip sales business.

Rob Hickey

Rob has been Chief Operating Officer at York St John University since 2016 and is the longest standing member of the University’s Executive Board. He has operational responsibility for over 400 staff across eight directorates and three sites. His remit spans: strategy and planning; estates and campus management; finance; human resources; student recruitment, communications & marketing; IT and digital; and the programme management office. Prior to joining the University, he spent five years as Transformation Director and Programme Director at Network Rail, and thirteen years in economic development and regeneration consulting. He is a chartered surveyor and holds degrees from Lancaster University, LSE and the University of Leeds.

Harry Jelley

Harry is a creative producer and artist based in Bradford. He is Co-Director of creative heritage producers Edible Archives and a Producer with Bradford 2025: UK City of Culture. 

With over a decade of experience working in the creative heritage sector, Harry has worked nationally with organisations such as The John Rylands Library, Liverpool World Museum, and Thackray Museum of Medicine. He has delivered creative heritage projects with Leeds 2023, The Brick Box, and The Brontë Parsonage Museum. He has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, specialising in artists working creative with archives and collections. 

Sally Joynson

Sally is the former Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire. She has worked in the screen industries, including the film archive sector, for over 30 years. Alongside her work at YFA/NEFA, she is currently a Non Executive Director of MetFilm and also Chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at University of York.  She is a Fellow of Leeds Trinity University, holds a Honorary Degree from York and was awarded an RTS Fellowship for services to the television industry.

Kathryn Penny

Kathryn has over 20 years experience in the regional screen industries. Following a career as a media producer, Kathryn joined the National Science and Media Museum, championing film heritage through leadership of the Museum's cultural cinema offer and creative direction of the Widescreen Weekend Film Festival. Kathryn is now Deputy Head of Digital and Screen Media at Leeds Trinity University, following a passion to inspire new digital creators. 

Don Stewart

As Director of Economic Inclusion and later as Director of Strategy at the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward, Don championed the Archive as a significant cultural asset for the region, pushing the organisation to develop a business-focussed approach alongside its more traditional charitable activities. He was central to supporting the merger with the North East Film Archive, and continued to play a part after retirement as a trustee. He is now in his final year as a trustee and will stand down at the 2024 AGM.

Graeme Thompson

Graeme is a writer and academic with a background in factual television.

He chairs the Royal Television Society’s Education Committee as well as the North East and Borders Annual TV and Awards. He is a board member for North East Screen and Arts Council (North). Graeme's a founding member of the North East Culture Partnership and chairs the community arts project The Cultural Spring. Born in South Shields, Graeme started his career as a Journalist working for newspapers and the BBC where he was a producer for Radio 4. He spent twenty years as an editor and executive director of ITV. He was managing director of ITV Tyne Tees until 2009 when he moved to take up the role of Dean of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland, where he remains a visiting professor of Creative Industries. His plays The Audition and The Donkey, The Whippet and the Giant Leek are being staged in 2024.