About Us

Festival Team

Festival Team

Festival Staff

Executive Team
Daniel Brine Artistic Director and Chief Executive
Brenda Seymour General Manager
Gemma Layton Office Manager

Communications and Development
Darren Cross Head of Communications and Development
Chloe Hobbs Communications Manager
Gemma Hoskins Development Manager
Frances Lamb Communications and Development Officer
Robbie Maloney Communications and Development Assistant

Creative Engagement
Sarah Witcomb Creative Learning Manager
Ros Dixon Norfolk Open Studios Officer
Sophie Chapman-Smith Volunteers Officer
Dougie Evans Common Ground Manager
Sophie Abramovici Common Ground Officer (Maternity Cover)


Festival Bridge

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Helen Mian Head of Finance
Imogen Frith Finance Manager
Sophie Marritt Finance Officer

Production and Programme
Mark Denbigh Head of Production and Programme
James Hardie Music Programmer
Andrew Stock Technical Manager
Ailsa McKay Production Officer
Abbie Reeve Production and Producer Assistant

Plus many other teams and individuals who work to deliver the Festival.


With special thanks to all our volunteers, without whom the Festival could not happen, and to our Honorary Treasurer, Helen Read.


Festival Board

Brenda Arthur (Chair)

Brenda stepped down from a successful political career as Leader of Norwich City Council in May 2016. While a councillor, she represented the local authority on a number of boards including the Business Improvement District and two national Local Government Association boards. Before that Brenda was Deputy Leader and cabinet member for housing, and was elected Lord Mayor of Norwich in 2015.

Malavika Anderson

Malavika is Head of Live Programme at Wellcome Collection – a museum of contemporary art and historic collections in London – where she oversees a public programme of events, broadcast partnerships, youth engagement and schools’ activity. Previously, Malavika worked for the University of Cambridge, organising the Festival of Ideas and later, as one of Arts Council England’s nationally selected ‘Change Makers’ at the University of Cambridge Museums.

Anthea Case CBE

Anthea runs the Arcadia Philanthropic Trust and has previously worked in the Treasury and as Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. She has had a number of roles in the heritage and arts sector, including Chair of The Heritage Alliance and Heritage Commissioner on CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). She was on the East of England Cultural Consortium and Regional Assembly, Chair of the National Trust’s East of England Regional Advisory Board and of Norwich HEART.

Lucy Garland

Lucy is the founder and Co -Artistic Director of Frozen Light a theatre company dedicated to producing high quality, accessible multi-sensory touring theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).  Frozen Light are based in Norwich and tour our work extensively throughout the UK opening doors to theatre venues for people with PMLD.

Lucy was born in Norfolk and has a passion for supporting the arts in the East Anglia. Previous to Frozen Light Lucy worked as a freelance actor and facilitator.

Jackie Higham

Previously vice chair of Norfolk Community Foundation (2017), Jackie is helping people and organisations to invest in local communities and to fund causes where it is most needed and where it will make the most impact. Jackie is a past trustee of The Funding Network (2014), linking potential donors to global charitable cases through live crowdfunding. Her working career spans M&S, KPMG and the CIPD.

Karyn Maier

As well as holding the role of Founder of Maier, a consultancy in leadership and change, working in the UK, Europe and the States, Karyn is Chair of the Board of ‘littlelifts’, a charity that aims to provide comfort and support to those facing treatment for primary and secondary breast cancer. Karyn also works as Non-Executive Director of Spindle, an award-winning video production company based in Norwich as well as House of Illustration a London based public art gallery devoted to illustration founded by Sir Quentin Blake.

Corrienne Peasgood

Corrienne became Principal of City College Norwich (CCN) in 2012, fifteen years after joining the college as a lecturer in plumbing. She is passionate about student success and ensuring that CCN is the college that Norfolk’s employers, communities and learners need it to be.  Corrienne is Skills Lead for the LEP’s Building Growth Group, Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board for Norfolk, and she sits on the Boards of the Norwich Opportunity Area and Forum Trust. She represents the Eastern Region’s colleges as an elected member of the Board of the Association of Colleges.

Eva Pepper

Before joining Manchester International Festival as Head of Commissioning, Eva spent most of her career working in the performing arts, most notably as Executive Producer of the ground-breaking DV8 Physical Theatre. Recent roles include international associate at the Slovenian dance company EN-KNAP and Executive Producer at Mark Bruce Company. Eva has also worked as a freelance fundraiser and translator.

Chris Sargisson

Chris was appointed as Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce in June 2017, since then his primary focus is to transform the chambers 120 years of trading.
Chris is a disruptor with over 25 years’ experience within digital start-ups and consulting.
Chris worked in the 1990s shaping Norwich Union Direct before leaving to set up and launch its4me plc, one of the UK’s most successful online car insurance brokers and major Norwich employer. Chris also created House Revolution – one of the UK’s first online estate agencies, alongside running his own business consultancy practice which has helped organisations of all sizes across the UK.

Chris Yeates

Chris is a Director at MHA Larking Gowen. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds the ICAEW specialist voluntary sector qualification – The Diploma in Charity Accounting. Chris specialises in providing financial reporting, audit and other advisory services to the Not for Profit sector.

Chris is also a member of Norwich Cathedral’s Finance Committee.

Chris’ other passions include running, walking, and Norwich City, where he is a season ticket holder.

Sir Timothy Colman KG
Caroline Jarrold DL

Vice Patrons
Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt OBE DL
Bryan Read CBE

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