Meet the Team
Belmont Community Cinema Ltd is the immediate successor to the Save The Belmont Cinema campaign.
Our Board is made up of people from all different backgrounds and career paths who have one defining mission — to make Belmont the go-to destination for film in Aberdeen.
Timothy is Personal Chair in Scottish and Contemporary Literature at the University of Aberdeen.
Before entering academia he worked as an independent filmmaker in Boston, until realising he was better at watching films than making them. He has attended the Belmont regularly since moving to Aberdeen.
Jacob is a third sector worker and community activist who helped to found the Save The Belmont Cinema campaign.
He cares deeply about our group's collective mission — creating a sustainable future for the Belmont Cinema, so that all Aberdonians can enjoy the wonder of independent film.
Murray is founder and Chief Executive of shmu (Station House Media Unit) with over 30 years’ experience of strategic leadership, project management and fundraising in the cultural sector.
Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour, Sophy’s entrepreneurial spirit is demonstrable by the charities she’s founded or played a significant role in developing, including: Kaleidoscope, Aberdeen International Children’s Festival, acting as Scotland Director of Common Purpose, acting as Chair of the Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland providing a voice to Northeast social enterprise issues.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an alumni of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen.
Former manager of the Belmont Picturehouse/Filmhouse with over 15 years experience in the cinema exhibition industry. Still knows how to run the 35mm projectors. Now a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, writer and podcaster.
Sandra is an Aberdeen City Councillor for George Street/Harbour. Over thirty years experience in data and technology in the energy industry. Passionate about community access to culture.
Keith is a business consultant and change manager who has founded, grown and managed a number of businesses in the energy sector. He is a strategic thinker and has been on the board of several investor-backed high growth companies.
Passionate about the mutual benefit and value created by business and charity partnerships, Karen is a relentless advocate for businesses contributing to the North East community. She is a board member for Charlie House, a founding trustee member of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Development Trust and a retired board member of The Foyer Enterprise.
Karen began her recruitment career 30 years ago in Hong Kong and set up her own agency in Aberdeen with Judith Thorpe in 1997. Their efforts to act with social responsibility have been recognised in numerous business awards.
Chris is a Chartered Accountant with experience of business start-ups, financial planning, fundraising, team building and cash management.
He is a long-time fan of the Belmont, and independent cinema in general, and is happy to support the team and the campaign.
Gwen spent her career in academic administration and management at the University of Aberdeen, before retiring in 2022.
A longtime supporter and regular attendee of the Belmont, she is now dedicating some of her free time to helping with efforts to reopen the cinema.
The campaign has been kindly supported by a growing array of local organisations and businesses across Aberdeen that believe in our vision for a community-run, sustainable Belmont Cinema.
If you're interested in joining our growing group of Community Stakeholders, contact SaveTheBelmontCinema@outlook.com today.