Announcing Our New Chair!


From September 2023 Bhavisha Kukadia-Moran will take the position of chair of the board of trustees. The appointment of the new chair is part of a period of change for the Bradford theatre company following the appointment of Graeme Thompson as Creative Lead and the launch of its new programme Bradford Voices. Bhavisha will replace Anj Handa who is stepping down as chair after seven years.

New Chair Bhavisha Kukadia-Moran said:

“I am delighted to be taking the position as Chair of Freedom Studios as it enters a new chapter. I’d like to thank Anju for her steadfast steering of the organisation over the last seven years and hope to do justice to the hard work and dedication she and departing trustees have shown Freedom Studios. The organisation is in a time of growth and change, with much to look forward to across the city region. We continue to support emerging talent and a diversity of voices to enrich the theatre and writing sectors. It is my upmost pleasure to support Graeme in leading Freedom Studios in achieving its mission.”

Bhavisha Kukadia-Moran is an arts, culture and charities professional with a specialist in Trusts and Foundations fundraising and grant making. Bhavisha has worked across regional and national organisations, supporting projects in the visual arts, music and research. She is a Trustee of Threads in the Ground, a climate hope organisation. Bhavisha combines her experience of charity governance, equalities and impact management with a personal passion to make meaningful change for communities and creatives across the cultural sector.

On stepping down after seven years as Chairperson, Anj Handa said

“I am delighted to hand the role of Chair to Bhavisha Kukadia-Moran, knowing that Freedom Studios will be in good hands. My tenure of seven years has involved leading the company through two major periods of transition along with the rest of the Board of Trustees. With change comes opportunity – Freedom Studios has stable foundations and an excellent reputation within the sector to continue to build from. I know that with Bhavisha’s experience and the energy of our Creative Lead Graeme Thompson and his team, Freedom Studios’ next chapter will be one to watch.”

Freedom Studios also welcomes two new board members Tahir Shah and Beccy Durham.

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