New trustees welcomed to the Royal & Derngate board

We are delighted to have welcomed three new trustees to our board at the recent AGM. The charity that operates the theatre, 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. The organisation also begins its search this week for a new chair to head up the Board of Trustees.

Born in Yorkshire, new trustee Jane Bunce worked for the University of Northampton in a number of senior roles, including Director of Student and Academic Services and most recently as Academic Project Manager for the new Waterside Scheme, until her retirement in 2019. She also serves on the boards of Surprise Northamptonshire and Northampton Forward.

Olivier Award-nominee Tanya Moodie is a Canadian-born British actress and producer. For Royal & Derngate, she appeared in King John, staged at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, in 2015. With a plethora of TV, film and stage credits, she is also a patron of Roundabout Dramatherapy and Act For Change, and an ambassador for Park Theatre, London and Clean Break.

Samuel Munday-Webb is a director, writer, producer and educator with experience in theatre, education and schools. In 2016 Sam founded the Great British Pantomime Awards. He has worked in community arts engagement and has an in-depth knowledge of safeguarding. His company The Inspiration Factory offers bespoke workshops to businesses promoting well-being and better team practices.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Steve Edmonds comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Jane, Tanya and Sam to the Board of Royal & Derngate. They each bring a wide range of experience and skills all of which will be a great asset to the board as we continue to navigate these challenging times, look towards reopening and emerging successfully in a post-Covid world.”

Royal & Derngate (Northampton Theatres Trust) is also now seeking a new Chair for its Board of Trustees, with proven strategic knowledge of the arts and charity sector, to provide guidance and support to the theatre’s leadership team. After more than three years as Chair and a decade as a valued trustee, Steve Edmonds steps down as Chair of the Board in 2021. The organisation would particularly welcome applications from those whose backgrounds are currently under-represented on both the theatre’s Board and in the Arts more widely, and is keen to encourage socio-economic diversity on the Board, as well as representation from Black, Asian, or other Minority Ethnic groups and/or people who identify as D/deaf and disabled.

More information about the role of Chair and details of how to apply can be found here. The closing date for applications is 8 March.