Writing on the Wall is governed by a diverse Trustee team, made up of highly motivated people from the social economy, secondary education, higher education, private and community sectors. Our Trustees’ range of skills provide a mix of management, literary and creative expertise that supports the growth and development of the organisation.

Stuart Borthwick
Chair of Trustees

Stuart Borthwick is chair of Writing on the Wall and a photographer, DJ, historian and academic professional. He has written three books, 'Popular Music Genres: An Introduction' (with colleague Dr Ron Moy), 'The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles' for Bluecoat Press and 'Positive Vibrations: Politics, Polytricks and the Story of Reggae for Reaktion Books' (shortlisted for the Penderyn Prize 2023). He is currently working on a new book on the murals of Northern Ireland. Stuart considers his contribution to Writing on the Wall to be his greatest achievement the fulfilment of all his dreams. Favourite book 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'. Favourite album Screamadelica. Favourite film Meantime. Favourite WoWFest events, the first one he did with Danny Morrison, all of Phil Scraton’s events, that crazy Irvine Welsh one, and 2023’s closing event, the None of the Above cabaret.

Lisa McMullan

Lisa has been a WOW Trustee since 2019. She has a background in women’s economic development and entrepreneurship. She has experience of working directly with would-be entrepreneurs, small businesses and social enterprise leaders to build entrepreneurial capacity and create value for their communities. Lisa’s work includes designing, developing and delivering innovative and impactful projects that seek to bring meaningful change for individuals, organisations and communities. Based in Liverpool, Lisa works across the region as well as with organisations nationally and internationally to provide quality services and understand their impact.

Paul Amann

Paul Amann is a policy officer for employment and skills at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. He has been working in the sector for over 20 years and has won the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Best Regeneration and Best Social Housing awards for his work in helping people improve their neighbourhoods. Paul helped set up the first official Liverpool Pride, and is founder of Kop Outs the LGBT+ fan group for LFC. Paul is an active trade unionist and has worked on UNISON’s Black and LGBT+ self organised group national committees. Having attended WoW events for many years and participated in a WoW writing workshop project, Paul is keen to contribute to the continued success of Wow’s work.

Penny Feeny

Penny Feeny is the author of four contemporary novels, including the best-selling 'That Summer in Ischia', as well as several award-winning short stories. She has also worked as a CAB adviser, a Radio Merseyside presenter, a copywriter and a freelance editor. She’s been closely involved with community and the arts in Liverpool for many years, and has served on the boards of the Everyman Theatre, Brouhaha International and Liverpool Housing Trust. She has been a judge and editor for WoW’s unique Pulp Idol competition since its inception and is proud to be a Trustee of Writing on the Wall.