Board of Directors

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company governed by the B.C. Societies Act. Our Board of Directors is made up of a group of community volunteers recruited for their special knowledge and expertise in many areas. It is with our Board’s skill and commitment that we are able to support the continued success of our Festival.

Our 2019 Board of Directors


President: John McCulloch
Past President: Jim Bovard
Vice President: Darlene Howard
Treasurer: Kostya Polyakov
Secretary: Beth Macdonald
Directors: Rebecca Catley
Douglas Clarke
Mark Fancourt-Smith
John Geddes
Glenn Ives
Shona McGlashan
Marlie Oden
Arv Sooch
Marg Vandenberg
Douglas Welch



John McCulloch – President
John McCulloch was until 2011 Managing Partner of the oneworld airline alliance, which he joined at the establishment of their global headquarters in Vancouver in June 2000. Prior to this he worked in London for HSBC as Head of Group Marketing, and before that spent 15 years with the Swire Group based out of Hong Kong and Japan, working primarily in the airline industry with Cathay Pacific Airways. He has a law degree from Cambridge University, and has lived or worked in most countries in the Asia Pacific region, travelling extensively particularly for his work with oneworld, and now in global aviation consulting. He runs his own consulting and business advisory business based in Vancouver, and works in various sectors related to the travel industry. He has various board positions, mainly in the not-for-profit sector, and is a Senior Advisor at Seabury Aviation Consulting, a global aviation and aerospace consulting firm, now part of Accenture.

Jim Bovard – Past President
An enthusiastic Bard patron for many years, Jim Bovard joined the Bard Board in 2008. A sports physician with a family practice in North Vancouver, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sport Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Jim was involved with the 2010 Olympics as the Venue Medical Officer for Figure Skating and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team Medical Staff for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. He is the Team Physician for the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club and Vancouver Canucks. In his spare time, Jim can be found on the ski slopes, running marathons, or golfing. He makes his home in West Vancouver with his wife Mary Clare.

Darlene Howard – Vice President
Darlene Howard has been a Bard Board member since 2014. Her career in management training began at Telus (formerly BC Tel), and culminated in a twelve year private consulting practice. Since taking early retirement, Darlene has devoted her time to volunteer work, centred on her passions in life – art, education and community. She is a Past Chair of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, a Past Vice-Chair of Collingwood School Board, has chaired Governance, Communications, Education, and Human Resources committees, and has facilitated workshops for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. She was the 2014 recipient of the Jessie Richardson Patron of the Arts Award. When not volunteering, Darlene can be found travelling with her husband Paul, boating, or simply enjoying life in West Vancouver with their two (not too spoiled) American Cocker Spaniels Chloe and Charlie.

Kostya Polyakov, CPA, CA – Treasurer
A long time Bard patron, Kostya Polyakov joined the Bard finance committee in 2012 and was elected to the Bard Board of Directors in 2014 and took over as Treasurer in 2018. A chartered professional accountant by training, Kostya is a partner at KPMG, one of the world’s leading accounting firms; he is the leader of KPMG’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice, and specializes in working with public and private companies in the entertainment, media, technology, hospitality, and consumer products industries. He has extensive expertise in areas of accounting, financial controls, forecasting, cash flow planning, securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Kostya has always been passionate about children’s education and has previously served as a director of the Parent Support Services Society of BC as well as the Richmond Jewish Day School in addition to coaching hockey for the Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association. In his spare time, Kostya enjoys hockey, golf and spending time with his wife Audrey and their two children.

Beth Macdonald – Secretary
Beth Macdonald was elected to the Bard Board in 2013 and then appointed as Secretary in 2014. She is a lawyer practicing in intellectual property, trade-mark, and advertising law. She is also a Fellow and active member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and a busy mom/chauffeur to her children. Beth has been an enthusiastic Bard on the Beach theatre attendee for many years and has enjoyed having the opportunity to deepen her involvement with and support for Bard on the Beach.

Douglas Clarke – Director
Douglas Clarke is a dedicated and passionate supporter of Bard on the Beach. He has been a member since 1991, volunteer since 2002, joined the Bard Board in 2013 and currently chairs the Infrastructure Committee and sits on the Resource Development Committee. A native of Vancouver, Douglas is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BA in History. He is fully licensed real estate agent and property manager. He is the President of Vancouver Management Ltd., a Lower Mainland based real estate property management firm. He is past President of PAMA (Professional Association of Managing Agents), Treasurer for LandlordBC and sits on the Faith and Foundation committee for St. Augustine School. He has volunteered at the Canadian Open (PGA and LPGA), the 2010 Winter Olympics and Jericho Little League. He is a lifelong Canucks fan, avid golfer and urban farmer. He resides in Kitsilano with his wife Alice and two sons.

John Geddes – Director
John Geddes joined the Board in 2015 and currently sits on the Finance and Governance committees. In his time as a senior executive with MDA, one of Canada’s most successful technology and aerospace companies, John developed extensive experience in business planning, acquisition, finance, operations and marketing for diverse organizations in Canada, United States, and internationally. He continues to work as a strategic business development consultant. John has been active in the volunteer sector for over twenty years at the board level for both community and cultural organizations. He currently is also a member of the Board of Chor Leoni choir and the Music on Main’s Director’s Circle. His passion for culture as a subscriber and patron includes theatre, music (all forms), art, and dance. A long-time resident of Vancouver, John also loves time spent in the outdoors enjoying our wonderful part of the world.

Marlie Oden – Director
Marlie Oden loves the arts in particular live theatre but she had to make a living so she founded Bridge Communications in 1995. They offer a wide range of services, including strategic planning, public relations, public consultation, community relations, facilitation, advertising and corporate communications. When she is not busy with her wonderful clients she is of service to the arts community; including terms on the board of directors of Telefilm Canada, the Arts Club Theatre, BC Bortstal Association, the Stanley Theatre, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Jewish Film Festival, VIFF and is the Past-President of the board of the Vancouver TheatreSports League and CBC/Radio-Canada (not all at the same time!) An active member of her community, she has received the Jessie Richardson Patron of the Arts Award and the City of Vancouver Arts Award for Outstanding board member. In 2016 she was selected as one of 35 most Influential Women in BC by BC Business Magazine. She is a graduate of the Canadian Board Diversity Program and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is thrilled to (finally) be on the board of Bard on the Beach. When not working she can be found running with her dog Buddy or spending time with her husband visiting their splendid children.

Margaret Vandenberg – Director
Marg Vandenberg is a highly regarded External Relations Consultant specializing in government relations, fund development and board governance. Her extensive background includes positions as Interim CEO, Museum of Vancouver, and Director of External Relations for the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While at SFU, Ms. Vandenberg managed the very successful capital campaign for the Segal Graduate School of Business. She was the former CEO of the Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division. She has also held senior executive roles in such organizations as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Ms. Vandenberg has been involved in a variety of community activities including the City of Port Moody’s Economic Development Committee, and the Vancouver Board of Trade. She has also held a number of Directorships including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the Royal British Columbia Museum and Knowledge Network, BC’s public broadcaster. She is currently a Trustee with The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, a Director of EasyPark, and a Director of Bard on the Beach, Vancouver’s Shakespeare Festival. She is also a Member of the Inquiry Committee, for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

Douglas Welch – Director
Douglas Welch has been on the Board since 2013. He is the founder and principal designer for Eos Lightmedia, an award-winning Vancouver firm providing design and integration services for local and international lighting and visual media projects. Douglas has a background in the live entertainment industry and, with an MFA in Theatre Design, he has provided scenery and lighting designs for the Arts Club, Playhouse Theatre, Carousel Theatre and Vancouver Opera and established Western Canada’s most successful lighting design and theatre consulting firm. A strong believer in the positive influence that the arts have on individuals and society, Douglas is pleased to be able to support Bard on the Beach and Vancouver’s cultural fabric.