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Advisory Board

Leigh Venus

Chief Executive


Kielder Observatory

Leigh is Chief Executive of Kielder Observatory, one of the best-known astronomy sites in the UK and located in a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park.

Previously, he served as Heritage Development Manager for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), was a trustee and later Chair of the contemporary dance company Fertile Ground, was responsible for the direction and development of the revived Jarrow Hall museum and heritage site, and directed operations at Newcastle upon Tyne's iconic Tyneside Cinema.

Leigh has written for Sentient Media, The Vegan Society, Narc Magazine, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Plant Based News, Scran on the Tyne, and more. He is also a partner at Slope Design and has worked with several local and international animal advocacy organisations.

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