We have some big news at Norwich Puppet Theatre this January. Our dedicated, hard-working Chair of Trustees, Nic Hopkins, is stepping down as Chair. Nic brought so much to the role over the last few years and we are very grateful for all his hard work and enthusiasm. Fortunately he will remain a trustee and volunteer. Our other big news is that we have appointed a new Chair- we are excited to warmly welcome Emma Taylor to take up this position for our Theatre.

Nic says –

“It has been the most enormous privilege and pleasure to have worked with the staff, puppeteers and with trustees to help Norwich Puppet Theatre move from uncertain times when I joined in 2008 to where I step aside from the role of Chair in 2023. I have learned so much about the amazing art form of puppetry and associated practices, worked with many highly skilled and insightful people to secure the case with many vital stakeholders and funders for creating original art through puppetry and creative learning. It is an art form and a venue that instil wonder and inspire audiences and at the same time triggers all sorts of emotions. Sharing the joy in this work has been a great thrill, and I have made many friends. I welcome Emma Taylor to take over the role of Chair and develop it in her own way and enjoy as fulfilling a reward from it as I have. I look forward to working with her and the team as a trustee and volunteer as we explore the next phases of this very valuable producer of live theatre at the heart of the Norwich and Norfolk Community, reaching out across the nation with outstanding puppet theatre works.”

We are very thankful to Nic for all his amazing work and dedication over the past years, and look forward to working closely with Emma Taylor who is now chairing the board. Emma is a passionate supporter of the cultural heritage in Norwich and a successful project management and funding specialist. She is currently Director of Growth, Innovation and Strategic Projects at Suffolk New College, Ipswich. With a lifelong love of puppetry, she is delighted to help drive the future strategic development of the theatre.

Emma adds –

“I have loved watching shows at Norwich Puppet Theatre since I moved to Norwich in 2000 and am delighted to have the opportunity to play a part in shaping the future of the Theatre, which is one of Norwich’s greatest cultural assets.”

We would all like to congratulate Emma and wish her a fulfilling and successful journey working with us.

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