Board of Trustees
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.
Nikki 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.
Peter is a freelance theatre director, set designer and tutor. He is Artistic Director of Restless Natives, a touring theatre company based in the east of England. He is also Director of the Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays, which launched in 2016.
Peter regularly tutors for Norwich Theatre Royal’s Learning and Participation department and has lectured for Norwich University of the Arts. From 2014 to 2016 Peter worked with Stash Kirkbride to re-launch and modernize The Maddermarket Theatre. Peter has created work for organisations such as The Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Creative Arts East, Norfolk Museum Service and The Hostry Festival.
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.
Since leaving Norwich City Council, she has become a trustee and continues to offer whatever support she can. Her main attributes are in project management, networking, negotiating and making connections as well as practical skills of graphic design, marketing and social media.
Michael is an Author, Historian, Broadcaster, Food & Restaurant critic, PR and Management Consultant and former Historical Consultant to Future Radio.
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.
Emma has many hats, focusing in and around theatre, education and creative engagement. She has previously worked in our Creative Learning Team and is a qualified SEN/primary teacher.
Emma now works in Norwich Castle’s education department, whilst jointly directing her own company, Kaboodle Theatre, which specialises in multi-sensory theatre experiences for children.
Gavin works for Norfolk County Council as a partnership adviser to schools in King’s Lynn, West Norfolk and Breckland. Having worked abroad for over twenty years in a range of educational settings on English language, teacher training and curriculum development projects, he has enjoyed returning to UK and re-discovering the rich history and cultural heritage of Norwich. He is keen to engage schools throughout Norfolk in ‘power of puppetry’ as a means to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
Lucy Enskat is the Artistic Director of Hocus Pocus Theatre making shows collaboratively with a wide team of local artists.
A multi-skilled theatre practitioner, Lucy 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. Lucy is currently also an Associate Artist of SeaChange Arts.
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 is co-director of Garlic Theatre, a visual theatre company that uses image, puppet animation, movement and live music to create theatre productions. The company tours nationally and internationally.
Mark worked as a model maker before training in mime and movement with Desmond Jones and attending Jacques Lecoq’s school in Paris.
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.
Starting off as an IT engineer, Phillip now owns and runs Osiris technologies which provides IT support for charities as well as businesses throughout the region. He is also director/owner of Fayre Maiden Jewellery.
Phillip is passionate about supporting young people within the community and his company runs its own apprentice scheme designed to give young people opportunities within the technical sector. Phillip is also an Enterprise Advisor, a voluntary scheme which connects schools and business throughout the region.
Phillip says “I adore being part of the puppet theatre. It is a gem of a theatre set in a city that I love”