NWT Board

List of Board Members

David is the owner of D.C. Construction Ltd, a well-established Ipswich-based construction company. Ipswich born and bred, David attended St. Joseph's College, where he played rugby for Suffolk at school level. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, and in 2010/11 was President of Ipswich Rotary.  Heavily involved in the Scout and Guide movement, he has been County Commissioner of Suffolk. David is married with three children. David currently chairs the NWT Finance Task Group.
A qualified Chartered Management Accountant, during his career Adrian has held a number of senior posts in financial and general management in the electronic and construction products industries. He has also run his own businesses in construction, construction products and related consultancy. Adrian began his work within the cultural sector when joining the Mercury Theatre, Colchester as Director of Finance in 2002. Whilst at the Mercury he was later appointed as General Manager and then Executive Director before leaving in 2011. Adrian joined the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in early autumn 2013 as General Manager and has been jointly responsible for managing a period of considerable change at the venue. Adrian has previously been a school governor and as well as sitting on the Board of the New Wolsey Theatre, is currently also a trustee of Signals Media Arts in Colchester.
Richard is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, formerly University Campus Suffolk. He has previously held the positions of Director of Planning and Resources, Executive Director and Deputy Provost. Richard has a particular interest in relationships with the community and improving aspiration and achievement in Suffolk. Richard has previously worked at Brunel, Hull and Essex Universities and was seconded to develop Essex's Southend Campus before joining University Campus Suffolk in 2006. He has been responsible for developing the academic curriculum, institutional planning and achieving the student number growth of the early years of development.  In addition to being on the Board of the New Wolsey Theatre, Richard is also on the Board of Ipswich Central and chairs the Greater Ipswich Strategic Partnership.
Barbara combines a career as an actor and director with work in drama schools, and universities. She has a long career in theatre, film and television which has taken her all over the world from touring in the Australian outback to performing in the Sunrise café in Ipswich, and has happy memories of treading the boards at the New Wolsey Theatre. She has produced many arts projects for Creative Partnerships and the Arts Council including managing Escalator Futures, a bespoke drama training programme for talented and gifted young people in the South East. Barbara is currently Artistic Director of the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex. Her directing and theatre credits are available on request.
Hannah began her career at the age of 13 on stage at the Wolsey and, as such, Hannah is now honoured to be on the Board (a situation which is arguably better for everyone!). Since moving offstage, Hannah has been based in London and the California, working in the asset management industry for Barclays Global Investors, BlackRock and S&P Global. Hannah specialises in environmental and sustainable investment, portfolio management and strategy. She still likes to dance when she gets the chance.
Chris is the CEO of Inn Style, an online booking system for accommodation owners, and Director of Condiment, a creative communications agency. He is fanatical about the difference creativity and technology can make to people’s lives. When not making confused faces in front of a laptop, Chris enjoys obsessing over his Bruce Springsteen vinyl collection, and – of course – a performance at the Theatre. Pushed on a favourite NWT memory, he’d choose Jumpers For Goalposts (2013) or the open-air production of The Iron Man, performed on the Ipswich Waterfront as part of 2013’s Ip-Art festival. Chris lives in Ipswich with his wife Caroline and two young daughters. His hopes for the future are a good night’s sleep and coding to be taught in every classroom. He is a member of the New Wolsey Theatre Income Generation Task Group.
Louise is the Founder and Managing Director of Louise Rogers Accountancy (LRA) 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 running 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. He also trained in writing at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. David is Executive Creative Producer of Sell A Door Theatre Company and Hutchinson Rowntree Ltd and International Associate of Brooklyn Youth Company in New York. Producing credits include: Footloose (UK Tour), Seussical (UK, UAE & Singapore), The Silver Sword (UK Tour), American Idiot (West End), The History Boys (UK Tour), Sunset Song (Scottish Tour) Avenue Q (UK & Ireland Tour), Kidnapped (UK Tour), Seussical (West End), Sincerely, Mr Toad (UK Tour), Spring Awakening (UK Tour), A Taste of Honey (Buxton Opera House), The Comedy of Errors (Greenwich Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse), Six Ways (Edinburgh Fringe) Directing credits include: Alice in Wonderland (Greenwich Theatre), 1984 (UK Tour), Journey's End (Greenwich Theatre), The Man Who Had All The Luck (Scottish Tour), Lord of the Flies (UK Tour), Peter (LOST Theatre, London), Proof (Greenock Arts Guild), Dracula (Scottish Tour), Blue/Orange (Greenwich Playhouse), Falsettoland (Edinburgh Fringe) and The Night Before Christmas (Liverpool Sennheizer Studio).
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. Its sole aim is to improve the quality of health and care services in Suffolk, through the voice of the patient, service user and carer. 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, whenever possible. He is himself a 'minor league' art collector. His love of the arts is matched by his passion for equality and social inclusion. He has in the past been the CEO of Focus12, a Suffolk based drug and alcohol rehab charity, worked in local government for 12 years, and the police service in London for 18 years before that; having pioneered fundamental and ground breaking changes in equality in his last 8 years in the Met. Andy is now also a Parent Governor at Northgate High School. 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 is now 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.

 

A fond farewell from David Edwards – reflecting on his six years as Chair of the NWT

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