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ABOUT US

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We are Friends of the Broadway Prestwick, and our aim is to reopen the Broadway as an independent cinema, exciting multi-use venue, and inter-generational community hub.

The Broadway of the future will capture the spirit and soul of the cinema's golden age past, with heritage preservation at the forefront of everything we hope to achieve. By combining state-of-the-art cinema technology with a wonderfully evocative atmosphere in glorious Art Deco surroundings, we aim to transform the Broadway into one of Ayrshire's prime entertainment venues.

The cinema with a charm all its own.

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MEET THE TEAM

GUY WALKER

CHAIR & CHIEF PROJECTIONIST

Guy Walker has been a Director of the Friends of the Broadway since February 2022. He is a Professor of Human Factors and a Director of Learning and Teaching at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

In this role he has overall responsibility for the operation of undergraduate and postgraduate education involving over 5000 students and 300 staff. Guy has written 19 books and over 130 published academic papers – one or two on technical cinema topics. He brings to the project senior leadership experience, expertise in funding, civil engineering projects, and community engagement.

Most importantly, he used to be a ‘real’ cinema projectionist in a heritage venue very similar to the Broadway. He has witnessed first-hand the transformative impact reopening a cinema has on communities and is passionate about bringing these impacts to Prestwick for the benefit of all.

JOHN O'DONNELL

VICE CHAIR

John O’Donnell is the vice chairperson of Friends of the Broadway Prestwick. He has senior leadership experience having been Head of Human Resources for Kwik-Fit. John was also Head of Service for Citizens Advice Direct for 2 years, responsible for funding applications and delivery of the service through 8 paid staff and 150 Volunteers.

John retired in 2022 and relocated to Prestwick. He was co-opted as a Community Councillor in October 2022. Whilst attending the Lights Up Prestwick event in December 2022 John met some of the board of Friends of the Broadway Prestwick and the rest is history.

John brings senior leadership and Human Resource experience along with knowledge of fundraising and funding applications, all of which will be crucial in moving the Broadway project forward.

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LORNA SINCLAIR

DIRECTOR OF FUNDING PARTNERSHIPS

Lorna Sinclair is currently Development Manager at Glasgow Film Theatre, an arthouse cinema in Glasgow city centre. Lorna is responsible for developing and increasing income from corporate sponsorship, individual giving and Trusts and Foundations. Notably this includes support to programmes such as dementia friendly, autism friendly, and for deaf/hard of hearing screenings and events.

Lorna is also a member of the Glasgow Film Diversity Committee. Lorna has been in this role for over 7 years but previous experience includes working on behalf of the Scottish Racecourses in a marketing and promotional role and also on air and producer at West Sound Radio.

Lorna brings essential cinema industry experience and background to the Broadway project, and is leading the way in project development and funding applications to help make the Broadway Cinema of the future a reality.

SCOTT HUTCHISON

DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Originally from Dundee, Scott moved to Ayrshire in 2022 after 37 years working in London and Cambridgeshire.

He spent 30 years in the Metropolitan Police, first in uniform then murder investigations. He moved to New Scotland Yard in the mid 90s and spent the next 21 years in Anti-Terrorism and Intelligence roles, before moving into the project management side of counter-terrorism activities in his final 4 years with the Met.

Since then, he has worked as a project manager for several companies across a wide range of industries. Scott is passionate about architecture and cinema and spent several years as volunteer co-ordinator for the Isokon Gallery in London’s Lawn Road. These iconic modernist flats were built in the same year as the Broadway, so coming on board as client-side Project Manager is an ideal fit for our organisation.

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GRAHAM BARNETT

DIRECTOR AND COMPANY SECRETARY

Graham is originally from Kings Park in the South Side of Glasgow. He started his career in Insurance with General Accident holding a range of positions including Administration Manger for the Glasgow branch.

Graham moved into Facilities management working with AMEY (Scotland) on Schools projects and then with Telecoms Company THUS, most recently for the last 13 years with Scottish Fire and Rescue where he is currently Soft Services Manager covering the whole of Scotland.

Graham is a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and brings a breadth of knowledge from his Insurance and Facilities Management roles which will be of great help to the Broadway project going forward. Graham has a passion for cinema and TV, having recently moved to Prestwick getting involved with Friends of the Broadway was a natural step for him.

KIRSTY McGINN

DIRECTOR AND COMPANY TREASURER

Kirsty McGinn is a director of a successful local company and has extensive experience in office management, company accounts, payroll, invoicing, and company administration.

Kirsty currently designs and implements company policies, standards, and procedures to ISO9001 standards. She monitors annual budgets, schedules expenditures, and analyses variances. She has experience managing large teams and further expertise in marketing. Kirsty’s key strengths are the organisation and coordination of company affairs, and she has kindly taken up the position of Company Treasurer.


Kirsty's expertise will be instrumental in the success of our organisation in the coming years.

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CAROLINE MITCHELL

CO-OPTED DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Born in Prestwick and raised in nearby Alloway, Caroline is a freelance marketer supporting organisations and businesses across the wide spectrum of marketing activities. 

 

After graduating University of Glasgow with an Honours Degree in Scottish Literature and Language, Caroline 'cut her teeth' at a Glasgow-based destination marketing agency for the best part of a decade. Her role saw her working with multi-national real estate companies, crafting and implementing marketing strategies, from the projects' development stages through to launch and beyond. 

 

The arrival of a bouncing baby boy meant that a slight change of pace was required, bringing her to discover freelance life. A keen 'Burnsian' and advocate of all things Ayrshire, Caroline followed the amazing work of the Broadway team for years before jumping at the chance to volunteer! 

ALEXANDRA WILSON

CO-OPTED DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Alex worked for 33 years in various roles within BBC Scotland, her most recent role was Commercial and Partnerships Manager.
 

As Commercial Manager she was responsible for marketing the Broadcast TV and radio studios and outside broadcast facilities and technical staff. She was responsible for raising internal and external income whilst looking after BBC and external production TV and Radio shows. She managed a team of eight and the team gained an excellent reputation for client care and delivering above and beyond. She was part of BBC Scotland’s operations management team.
 

As Partnerships Manager Alex was responsible for managing and developing new and existing BBC partnerships ensuring joint objectives were indentified and measured working alongside the central BBC Partnerships Director. Notable partnerships included the National Library of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Creative Scotland/Screen Scotland to name a few. In addition Alex was also elected onto BAFTA Scotland's Committee over a 6-year period representing BBC Scotland and also the BAFTA Awards sub-committee. She would have stayed longer but members have to step down after 6 years! So she left BAFTA Scotland in 2023. Alex was also on the Board of Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre for a 6-year period across the period when the Citz was undergoing huge renovation and exciting funding and rebuilding plans.


Alex recently retired after 33 years at the BBC and moved to Prestwick at the same time in September 2023. Alex is married, her husband also works in TV as a freelance Sound Engineer, she has 2 grown-up stepchildren and a Border Collie dog called Dougal and is loving all the beach walks!

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KEITH GERARD

CO-OPTED DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE

From South Bromsgrove High School in 1974, Keith was guided into a 4 year apprenticeship with West Midlands NHS where he became a Maintenance Electrician. He would then take up employment in a high-tech industrial setting with Rolls Royce in jet engine development, learning a great deal in electrics, electronics, and instrumentation, and gaining a number of promotions within the company.

Whilst attending a summer school at Stirling University, Keith met and fell in love with Anne, and thereafter moved to Prestwick in 1986. He quickly became established with Glacier Metal in Kilmarnock, initially as a Maintenance Engineer and then Research Technician, remaining with the company which became Mahle until 2008. He has since held similar roles at FMC Biopolymer in Girvan, Peacock Salt in Prestwick, and Electro Installations in Maybole, where he remains employed on a phased retirement basis
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Keith became the Broadway's official maintenance officer and caretaker last year and has already been instrumental in keeping the building's condition stable and preserving the original design and structure of our beloved cinema.

THERESA ELGAR

CO-OPTED DIRECTOR OF FINANCE MANAGEMENT

Theresa is a newcomer to South Ayrshire having only moved to Ayr from Cornwall in March 2023.

 

Being newly retired and in a new area Theresa was looking for a volunteering role when she heard about the Broadway project. Keen to know more she attended the AGM and volunteered to join the finance and admin team. She's excited to be part of such an exciting and diverse project and working with such a lovely group of people.  

 

Having spent half of her career working as an Administration Manager for a multi national chemical company and then retraining as a certified bookkeeper after having a family, Theresa brings her experience of both the corporate world and small business and charity accounting to the team.

KYLE MACFARLANE

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kyle was appointed Project Development Officer in February 2024, and served on the board of directors for five and a half years prior, from August 2018.

As Project Development Officer Kyle's role primarily surrounds funding, including sponsorship and fundraising, to ensure that the Broadway's future becomes a reality. Originally joining to offer support with graphic design, social media marketing, and web management skills, Kyle has since pioneered key aspects of the project that have shaped the organisation today, and will continue to shape the Broadway Cinema of the future.

The Museum of Scottish Cinemas project was founded by Kyle to preserve not only the Broadway's incredible heritage but the history of cinema-going across the nation. Our current website was also designed by Kyle, together with the creation of our members' monthly magazine the Broadway Bugle, of which Kyle remains as the chief editor. Kyle is also leading our Gaelic language plan, has acted as spokesperson for the Broadway across national media, and identified our chosen Stage One architects.

MARTIN STEWART

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

Martin Stewart has been writing for a long time, having made his first book using Post-It notes aged eight. He went on to complete a B.A. in English as well as a master’s degree in Literary Studies, taught Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, and English at Kyle Academy in Ayr. A native of Glasgow, he now lives in Troon with his wife, two children, and a very big dog.  

 

Martin’s debut YA novel, Riverkeep, was published by Penguin Random House UK and Viking Children’s Books (USA) in 2016. It was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016, shortlisted for the Bookseller’s YA Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award, and longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize. Martin’s second book, The Sacrifice Box, was published by Penguin Random House UK and Viking Children’s Books US in 2018, after which he was commissioned by Puffin and The Children’s Sleep Charity to write Puffin Sleepy Tales – a collection of stories to be read aloud with the intention of creating immersive, soothing audioscapes. The Wild Huntsboys – one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year – was released by Viking Children’s Books in the US 2021. His debut middle grade series, Bridget Vanderpuff, launched in 2023. Its third title – Bridget Vanderpuff and the Great Airship Robbery – publishes in February 2024. This will be followed by his first book for adults, Double Proof, a Glasgow-set crime thriller, and a fourth Bridget novel in the summer. His work has been published all over the world, and translated into nine languages.

 

As a former teacher, Martin runs workshops to help learners develop their writing, and to inspire the pursuit of creative ambition. His interest in the Broadway project is multi-faceted: the conservation of a local landmark; the connection to the golden age of cinema, the Museum of Scottish Cinemas; the restoration of a public treasure; and the chance to be involved in programming a varied programme of events for the finished venue are all drivers of his involvement. He is looking forward to working on the oral history project, and in partnership with local schools.  

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GEMMA CROCKART

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILMMAKER

Gemma is a freelance photographer and videographer operating as Esther Morgan Photography.

 

Gemma has joined as an integral part of the project and will be documenting the Broadway's entire journey from now until grand re-opening night. She will help capture every event and major milestone with world-class photography and film. Gemma's final aim is to create a feature-length documentary, following every chapter in the Broadway's story and creating professional mini-documentaries along the way. These mini-documentaries will showcase the people behind the project, the memories of cinema across our community, and the remarkable survival that is the Broadway itself.

Gemma's work is truly incredible and will capture the soul of the Broadway being brought back to life over the years to come.

MANDIE THRIPPLETON

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR OF MUSEUM CURATION

Mandie is originally from Yorkshire but studied The History of Art at The University of Edinburgh before going to teach English in China. Whilst there she was Editor of the school magazine and ran History of Art classes in the local museum.

She brings with her a variety of curatorial and exhibitions experience, including Inverleith House in Edinburgh and the Norfolk Museums Service, and is no stranger to working in heritage buildings and with diverse collections.

She has a passion for galleries and museums and is particularly interested in the role of the museum in the community, which is why when she relocated back to Scotland last year she was quick to pick up on the Prestwick Broadway Project. She is excited to be part of the team helping to create a community space for the people of Prestwick, and has lots of ideas for the curatorial team to help open community conversations and engage them with the amazing and unique collection at the Broadway.

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KATIE LAMB

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR OF DESIGN AND MEDIA

With over eight years of experience working in the creative industry, Katie runs her own design and illustration business, working with some brilliant brands, creative agencies and start-ups.

Her freelance career covers a variety of industries including sports, travel, marketing, architecture, rail infrastructure and more. As well as design briefs for print, Katie also specialises in digital design - from social media graphics, website design and brochures, to strategic branding and illustration.

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PRESTWICK ACADEMY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are delighted to announce a new collaboration with Prestwick Academy to form an official student board of directors for Friends of the Broadway Prestwick!

The Academy's sixth year school captains alongside fellow pupils with interests in media, film, and heritage, have come together to form our first ever student board, who will be taking part in a wide range of volunteering, event hosting, and community engagement opportunities.

You can stay up-to-date with the students work and progress on our social media accounts and in our News section of the website. We plan for the Broadway to remain a vibrant community hub for decades to come, and giving our younger generations a chance to shape their own Broadway of the future will be crucial to our project's success. The current team is:

LEWIS DUNCAN
ROSIE WALLBANKS
BEX BEATTIE
BELLE WILSON

IVY McDONALD
LEWIS HENDERSON
MARIA BOWIE
ELLIOT HOLLAS

FEATURING

ADDITIONAL EXECUTIVE ADVISORS

& MEDIA CREATORS

 

FAYE DAVIES

as Lead Architect of Burrell Foley Fischer

 

CALLUM RAE

as Supporting Architect of Burrell Foley Fischer

HAODONG WU

as Supporting Architect of Burrell Foley Fischer

GEORGE JOHNSON

as Supporting Architect of Burrell Foley Fischer

CLIFF BAILLIE

as Executive Advisor of Cinema Operations

DAVID FERGUSON

as Executive Advisor of Cinema Projection

and representative of the Projected Picture Trust

JULIE TWADDELL

as Executive Advisor of Dementia-Friendly Design

and representative of Dementia Friendly Prestwick

ANNE GERARD

as Volunteer Co-ordinator

ALISON SCOBIE

as Membership Secretary

CALUM UPTON

as Music Composer

MATTHEW ROONEY

as Media Producer

JOHN McEVOY

as Media Producer

FOUNDERS

LEICA MALKIN

COLIN MALKIN

 

LIFETIME FRIENDS OF THE BROADWAY

 

STUART CAIRNS

HAZEL CUTHBERT

CHLÖE CHANDLER

LOUISE McADAM

ELLA PAUL

AISLINNG CLARKE

MARTIN JURÍČEK

ANDREW FOSTER

ELISSA WILSON

STEPHEN COOPER

KIM BLACK

BOB NOBLE

KIRSTY THOMSON

CLAIRE KIMMETT

LAURA TWADDELL

BENEFACTOR

 

COLIN BLAIR

 

PATRON

 

KELVIN MACDONALD FAcSS FRTPI CIHCM FRSA

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