NWT Board

List of Board Members

Cathy is currently the Ipswich Vision Coordinator. The Ipswich Vision is a collaboration between the eight major stakeholders in the town, whose aim is to ‘turn the town around’, to facilitate the regeneration of Ipswich and realise its full potential.  She also runs her own business, Loveone, a small independent shop on St Peters Street in Ipswich. Cathy established the shop in 2007, and is a champion for the high street and small business, recognising the importance of a vibrant town centre and the role that communities play in this. Cathy is a one of the directors for the The Saints Community Interest Company. A group that delivers the St.Peter’s Street markets twice a year. This market supports artisans and crafters from the local area and has helped to cement The Saints in Ipswich as a vibrant independent shopping area. Cathy has lived in Ipswich for over 25 years and has been a supporter of the New Wolsey since it reopened almost 20 years ago. Cathy believes the cultural offer in Ipswich is particularly strong with many exciting groups reaching audiences both locally and far and wide. Cathy is keen to work with the theatre to ensure the New Wolsey continues this strong tradition, extends into new communities and realises the potential of the new Spiral building.  
Sophie is a writer and performer. Her company, Augmented Productions is an associate of Told by an Idiot. In 2019 Sophie was a theatre fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and also took part in the BBC Writersroom Access Group.  As well as writing and often performing her own stageplays (When to Run, Fight Face, Bee Detective), Sophie also works in radio and TV. Sophie’s solo show, Augmented, about her experience of becoming a deaf cyborg, tours theatres in 2020.  
Ashley is a Chartered Manager and Senior Business Operations/HR Manager for Burland Technology Solutions in Suffolk. Ashley has worked closely with the Board of Directors at Burland over the last 5 years using his management experience from several sectors to support Burland's growth plans. By providing this support, Ashley contributed to the success and recognition of the company which include two Queens awards within the last 5 years. Ashley is a passionate sportsman and once an amateur theatrical who claims his acting days are behind him. He enjoys playing for and managing his village football team although not at the levels he had once played.  Ashley supports the development for the town in which he was born and is passionate about the regeneration of Ipswich as a thriving Business and Arts hub.  Ashley has enjoyed success within his role, which he believes comes from great teamwork, a desire to learn, and exploring new ideas. Ashley carries an infectious motivation into all projects.  
Sara joined the University of Suffolk (then University Campus Suffolk), as Director of Human Resources in August 2012, having previously held senior HR posts in higher education and the NHS in London, Essex, Kent and Cornwall.  Aside from the thrill and excitement of live performance, she loves the way that theatre can challenge and educate us, help us to reflect on our experiences and broaden our perspectives.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and of the Association of University Administrators, where she is also a Board Trustee.  She is a keen dancer, a novice runner and a very reluctant camper!  
Kimberly has a background in Commercial Property and has a degree in Business Management and Marketing as well as an MBA from the University of Suffolk. She has worked in Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as in the U.S.A on international management consultancy projects and believes that experiencing alternative corporate cultures and climates is priceless. She has a particular interest in brand strategy and workplace diversity and inclusion. Kimberly is heavily involved in community outreach in the Ipswich area and volunteers with charities such as The ARK and 4RCETraining where she mentors young people. Kimberly has grown up in Ipswich but has spent a few years living in Jamaica and the U.S.A and thoroughly enjoys learning and experiencing alternative cultures - both socially and economically. During her downtime she enjoys exploring parks with her daughter, practising yoga and can be found in a local cafe with her head stuck in a good book.  
Richard was previously Vice-Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, formerly University Campus Suffolk. Richard has a particular interest in relationships with the community and improving aspiration, achievement and social mobility in Suffolk. Richard previously worked at Brunel, Hull and Essex Universities and was seconded to develop Essex's Southend Campus before joining University Campus Suffolk in 2006. In addition to being on the Board of the New Wolsey Theatre, Richard is also Pro-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk and Chair of the Ipswich Opportunity Area.
Louise is the Founder and Managing Director of Contador Accountancy Services providing professional and friendly accountancy support for companies, charities and self-employed business owners.  Louise was awarded her practicing Certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in September 2014. Prior to developing her own accountancy business, Louise worked for Ensors Chartered Accountants for 16 years.  During this time, Louise worked with a large portfolio of clients including a number of charities, both large and small, in a variety of sectors including several in the arts sector.  During this time Louise was also awarded with the Diploma in Charity Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. When Louise is not devoting time to developing her practice, Louise has a variety of interests from music to sport whether playing or watching.  She plays a lot of tennis for both Club and Suffolk teams and now enjoys golf, though not at the same level!  She is also on the committee of the Framlingham Tennis Tournament and carries out fundraising events for Marie Curie.
David trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and also trained in writing at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. David is the Chief Executive Officer of Selladoor Worldwide, formerly Sell A Door Theatre Company, co-founded in 2009. David is also Managing Director for I AM Marketing, Pulse Artist Management, Desktidy Design and Prime Pantomimes. Producing credits include: Little Miss Sunshine (Arcola Theatre, London and UK tour); Amelie The Musical (UK tour); Elmer The Patchwork Elephant (UK tour), 9 to 5 The Musical (Savoy Theatre, London); Rock of Ages (UK tour); Fame (UK tour); Madagascar The Musical (UK tour); Of Mice and Men (UK tour); Kindertransport (UK tour); The Producers (international tour); Jersey Boys (International Tour), Flashdance The Musical (UK Tour), Spamalot (UK Tour), Big Fish The Musical (London, The Other Palace),  Footloose: The Musical (UK Tour 2017); Guess How Much I Love You (UK Tour, UAE & Asia Tour); Footloose: The Musical (UK Tour); Little Shop of Horrors (UK Tour); James and the Giant Peach (UK and Middle Eastern Tour); The Broons (UK Tour); American Idiot (UK Tour & West End); Hand to God (West End); Seussical (UK, UAE and Singapore); Avenue Q (UK tour).
Sarah is the founder and Director of ONE B D Ltd, a project management and business development company. She studied Architecture at The University of Greenwich and later Project Management. Sarah started her work in architecture after university enjoying many years at The Charter Partnership in Ipswich before taking on a new and exciting role as Head of Estates and Strategy at University of Suffolk in 2007. Her career has given her significant experience in large construction projects and company strategy projects, and she is passionate about ensuring project outcomes are the best for all users. In her role as part of the Board, Sarah supports structural/construction projects the NWT embarks on or has involvement with.
Sarah lives in Felixstowe with her husband and two young daughters, one of which is heavily into acting and musical theatre, something she feels is important and hugely helps her confidence and experiences.
Andy is currently the CEO of an independent health and social care watchdog called Healthwatch Suffolk. He has lived in Ipswich with his family since 2001 and in that time supported a wide range of art and other cultural charities, projects and enterprises. His love of the arts is matched by his passion for equality and social inclusion. He has in the past run a drug and alcohol rehab treatment centre, worked in local government for 12 years, and the police service in London for 18 years before that; having pioneered ground breaking changes in equality in his last 8 years in the Met. Andy is also a Parent Governor at Northgate High School in Ipswich. Andy has often used theatre and other art forms to carry messages for positive change in work settings, because of its meaningful, intellectual and emotional impact through all our senses. This is a prime reason why he feels privileged to help The New Wolsey Theatre realise its vision of opening the world of theatre to an ever increasing diverse population, both in Ipswich and beyond; a meeting of ethical values you might say.
Charlotte joined Birketts in May 2013 and is a Senior Associate in their Property Litigation Team. Charlotte trained and practised for five years in the City with two of the leading real estate dispute teams. Her experience spans both high value commercial and residential real property having acted for both landlords and tenants in a wide range of contentious issues. Charlotte regularly advises on lease renewals, forfeiture, repossessions, break clauses, consents and dilapidations. She also has experience of dealing with leasehold enfranchisement and mixed use issues. Most recently Charlotte has acted for joint fixed charge receivers, administrators and mortgagees in relation to a broad variety of insolvency related property matters. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association. Charlotte is based in their Ipswich office.

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