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Board of Trustees

Interested in joining the Norwich Puppet Theatre Board of Trustees? We are open to approaches from people interested in supporting the Theatre in this way Click here for more details.


 Nic Hopkins, Chair 

A determined and senior business and project management professional with over 30 years experience at the heart of organisational change and service transformation in government. His key strengths throughout that time have involved managing people, budgets, change, programmes and projects.  His core domains of expertise have been ICT, stakeholder, workplace and  programme management.

Since retiring as a full-time senior civil servant with the Office of Government Commerce in HM Treasury in July 2008, he has pursued a mixed portfolio of activities as a voluntary trustee, as a management consultant and on home and family based activities.

As Executive Chair of Norwich Puppet Theatre he has led a programme of artistic renaissance and business change, and this has seen the theatre’s return to developing original productions, touring, and an expanding range of educational services.  This period of business change has also seen an expansion of capacity to undertake our work, with the recruitment and appointment of a Director, and Education and Marketing Officers.

As owner of misternic ltd, and in his role as a management consultant, he has worked as an accredited and experienced High Risk Gateway Review Team Leader. This has involved independent peer review assessments of major high-risk government projects in road and rail transport, international sporting  events, procurement and shared services, business change, financial services and information systems.


picture of Nikki Gray - female board memberNikki Gray, Hon Treasurer

Nikki is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Ernst & Young in Ipswich and London in 1995.

Following qualification, she worked in the Lloyd’s insurance market in London and then in the energy sector, but since 2001, has undertaken a variety of roles in Aviva.  Whilst her professional roots remain firmly grounded in Finance, Nikki has significant senior experience leading teams across Sales, Planning and Marketing functions, and is currently building a new digital solution for Aviva’s small business customers.

A people-friendly, pragmatic thinker, Nikki thrives on solving problems for customers and colleagues alike.  Nikki is also a member of the City College Norwich Audit Committee.


 Marion Catlin

Marion has been involved with Norwich Puppet Theatre in some way or another over many years, most recently in her role as cultural development officer for Norwich City Council. She became particularly involved in 2008 when core funding was cut and Norwich Puppet Theatre was in a very difficult situation and needed help from stakeholders to fight their way back.

Since leaving Norwich City Council two years ago, she has become a trustee and continues to offer whatever support she can usually in terms of marketing, relationship building and opportunities for development whilst running her own freelance business. 

Her main attributes are in project management, networking, negotiating and making connections as well as practical skills of graphic design, marketing and social media, and a commitment to developing and promoting Norwich as a city of culture, including all its distinctive assets - which includes Norwich Puppet Theatre.


 Debbie-lee Pinching

Norwich born and RADA trained, Debbie-lee began her association with the Norwich Puppet Theatre when she stage managed the 1985 production of Pinocchio. Since then she has worked at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, the Unicorn Children's Theatre, the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, the Palace Theatre, Watford and the RSC.

She is a committee member of Fine Cell Work and has been on the board of the Norwich Puppet Theatre since 2008.


 Mark Pitman

Mark Pitman is co-director of Garlic Theatre. It is a visual theatre company that uses image, puppet animation, movement and live music to create theatre productions.

Mark worked as a model maker before training in mime and movement with Desmond Jones and attending Jacques Lecoq’s school in Paris. He has studied leather mask making with Donato Sartori in Italy.

In 1995 Mark became a part-time tutor for puppetry and manipulation and construction at the Central School for Speech and Drama in London for six years.

During the last 17 years, Garlic Theatre has toured both nationally and internationally. Their puppet productions have been performed in international festivals in 15 countries outside the UK including Brazil, Singapore and Taiwan, winning 5 awards.


Man's head and shoulders Tim Bell

Tim trained as an actor at Webber Douglas. In 2008 he bumped into Harry Long in a rusty old tour bus and with a little help from their friends decided to form Shanty Theatre. Since then he’s appeared in Smugglers, written for Rebel Harbour and Griselda’s Grandad, directed for Salty Socks, A Rat’s Tale, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Story Giant and has made tea for most of the bits in between. Other companies have been foolish enough to let him direct their shows too, most notably the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Wassail.

As an actor, Tim appeared in on film, stage and television. He is developing a one-man show (where he plays a bearded lady) in association with Bristol Old Vic. When he’s not wearing his Shanty hat he’s programmer for Pound Arts in Corsham.

Tim is in the process of moving back to Norfolk, where he hopes to combine his passion for rural arts with his love of his home county.


male face - grey hair Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler was born in East London and came to Norwich in 2006 and now classes Norwich as his home. An Author, Historian, Broadcaster, Food & Restaurant critic, PR and Management Consultant and former Historical Consultant to Future Radio, he has researched and had published the following titles;

Murder & Crime Norwich; Robert Kett and the Norfolk Rebellion; The Hertfordshire Tragedy; Old Norwich (Forward by Simon Wright MP); Old Norwich A Photographic Journey; Henry Kable and Susannah Holmes Australia’s first Dynasty Family; Poetry from the Other Side; William Kemp’s Nine Days Wonder; Lord Gordon and the Gordon Riots; The Norwich Plaque Guide; Historical Women of Norfolk (Forward by the Duchess of Norfolk); A-Z of Norwich; 50 Buildings of Norwich; Wymondham Through Time; Beccles Through Time; Norwich’s Military Legacy.

Michael acts as feature writer for many East Anglia publications giving his twist on the history of the area as well as being a food and restaurant critic.

Michael is very much looking forward to using his media and historical knowledge to work closely and tirelessly with his fellow Directors and Trustees to see the Norwich Puppet Theatre grow strength to strength.



Lucy Enskat Lucy Enskat

Lucy Enskat is the Artistic Director of Hocus Pocus Theatre making shows collaboratively with a wide team of local artists. She completed her degree in Drama at the University of East Anglia in 2001 and prior to that trained at Oxford School of Drama and performed for many years with the Young Pleasance while growing up in London.

Now a mutli-skilled theatre practitioner she is primarily a performer but also produces, writes, directs, designs and makes for the shows as well. As a freelancer she works as a Clown Doctor for Suffolk Artlink in children’s hospitals and hospices and as an artist in a variety of settings using her drama skills with people of all ages and abilities on creative projects. In 2016 she was one of Norwich Puppet Theatre’s apprentices and made her first solo show ‘Like a Tree’ and is currently an Associate Artist of SeaChange Arts.


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