New trustees welcomed to our board


We are delighted to have recently welcomed four new Trustees to our Board. The charity that operates Royal & Derngate, Northampton Theatres Trust, is governed by a Board of volunteer Trustees, each recruited to support the management team in ensuring that the charity continues to thrive.


A qualified accountant who has held a number of posts with Northamptonshire County Council, Avon and currently Network Rail, Frances Holloway is a member of the Board’s Finance Committee. She is also a proud Northamptonian and supporter of the Arts, particularly for young people.


Bernie Lally is a civil servant, anthropologist and mother to two young daughters. Bernie specialises in strategy, carbon reduction, technology, and innovation. Prior to joining the civil service she worked in the charity sector in a number of areas including environmental education, sustainable development and children’s charities.


Kay Roberts is a Northamptonian and taught in primary schools across Northampton for 38 years until her retirement in December 2016. She has been Headteacher of two primary schools for 22 years and is passionate about ensuring that there is an enrichment offer in the arts within the school curriculum for all pupils.


Literary Manager at the Donmar Warehouse in London, Clare Slater also works as a freelance adaptor and dramaturg.  She previously worked as Executive Director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. Prior to that, Clare was the Assistant Literary Manager at the National Theatre, and worked in TV and film development with Rare Day.


The 15-strong board is chaired by Steve Edmonds, who took on the role of Chair in November 2016, having served on the board since 2011. Mr Edmonds commented: “I’m delighted to have welcomed our new Trustees to the Board of Royal & Derngate. They bring a wide range of experience and skills, which will be a great asset to the board as we support the continuing development of the theatre.”