Chairman: Roger Quince

Combining experience at board level in property, the health sector and public policy consultancy.  He has had senior management roles in a range of different types of organisation and although most of his career has been spent in the private sector he has worked extensively with various public sector bodies, including in the arts field.  He has high level financial, analytical and organisational skills and is a strong public presenter.

He  is currently Chairman of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust which he combines with serving as a non- executive director of a medium sized public policy consultancy and charitable/public service activities.

Alan Brown

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Penny Croft

Trained at Arts Educational and the London School of Dramatic Art. On graduating with honours she joined the New Midland Theatre Company where she was the juvenile lead in over thirty plays. Since then Penny has worked as a singer/songwriter, she has produced and recorded her own music, created and written Sitcoms for the BBC such as “Life Without George” starring Simon Cadell and Carol Royle and in Los Angeles. Penny has worked as Creative Consultant and has lived and worked in South Africa, Los Angeles, working in Hollywood. She is currently working on a new musical “The Tales Of Beatrix Potter” Co-written with Valentine Guinness. Based on the Vivien Leigh narrated records. Songs by David Croft and Cyril Ornadel. View Penny’s full biog here.

Liz Michie

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Carl Poole

Has known the Theatre Royal since childhood. He also brings a fresh and special combination of expertise to the Board. 15 years of voluntary work at a local national level includes District membership of the Standards Board of England and 8 years as one of the country’s youngest elected councillors. A prize winning graduate of Law and Business, Carl is a senior manager within the justice sector.

Mike Redmond

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Karen Simpson

Karen trained at Bretton Hall College, taught at a range of universities and drama schools and has been a Board member of Contact Theatre, Manchester and North West Playwrights. Karen was Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company and the Creative Development Director and Education Director for Sheffield Theatres. She founded and was Artistic Director of new writing young people’s theatre, Action Transport Theatre in the North West, producing and directing over 60 productions for younger audiences. Karen produced and directed Young Voices with BBC Radio Sheffield. Karen has been Director of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds since autumn 2013 and will direct her first production Cinderella in the autumn of 2014. Karen’s work as director includes Some Like it Hotter which toured nationally in 2013 (Watermill Theatre, Newbury/Fresh Glory); Vertigo, Jungle Book, Dancing in my Dreams and Alice in Wonderland (Oxfordshire Theatre Company). View Karen’s full biog here.

Keith Turner

Has spent his working career in London as a Solicitor specialising in the entertainment industry, particularly theatre, film and music. His involvement with commercial theatre became his principle interest when in 1987 he began a long association with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical production company as Legal and Business Affairs Director.  Keith is presently a Consultant to the co-owner of Nimax Theatres, who own and operate six West End theatres.

Alistair Wayne

Alistair is Managing Director of Media Managers LTD, a marketing communications company which has offices in the East of England, he also launched commercial radio station Q103FM which covers the Cambridge and Newmarket area. His previous board experience includes Wsying Arts Centre, Cambridge Regional College and The Junction, Cambridge.

Mark Wheeler

The founder and Creative Director of Upside Out Ltd, a theatre company and training provider that use the arts to engage and educate a wide variety of young people nationwide. Mark writes, directs and produces for Upside Out, but also creates and facilitates training programmes across the country, working with disenchanted youth, those out of employment or education and also young people with special educational needs. A passionate advocate of the arts, and a strong believer in the power of the positive change that theatre has on humanity as well as individuals.

Sarah Whybrew

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