Madeleine Bedford

Tilly Branson

Tilly Branson is a director, dramaturg and producer with a particular interest in new writing and women's voices. She recently completed a practice-based AHRC funded PhD researching the UK rural touring sector.

Directing includes Think of England (Anonymous is a Woman national rural tour/Vault Festival); Getting Better Slowly (Lincoln Drill Hall/touring); Acting Alone (International Tour); Man to Man (Mercury Theatre Colchester/Park Theatre London); Entertaining Angels (New Perspectives / National Rural Tour); End to End (The Gramophones, Edinburgh Fringe/National Rural Tours). Producing includes Mashi Theatre’s Tales of Birbal, and for all female collectives Major Labia and The Party Somewhere Else.

Tilly regularly works with writers on scripts in development and also works as a teacher, lecturer and workshop facilitator for schools, universities and arts organisations.

Richard Burbidge

An avid fan of theatre, Richard is the previous director of Burbidge and Sons and now Non Executive Chairman. 

He has previously been the Chairman of the R.J.A.H Hospital in Oswestry and is currently Governor of Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok.  Richard was the High Sheriff of Shropshire in 2012/13 and has an OBE for services to Industry. 

Richard joined the Pentabus board in 2013.

Joanna Hughes

Joanna worked previously within the media industry and in the City, interspersed with travelling and working abroad.  Since settling down, in both Australia and the UK, to raise her family, she turned her attention to working first on a voluntary basis for Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest.  Now as Festival Co-ordinator, Joanna has managed audience development, the marketing, programming and all the operational elements of ensuring the organisation delivers its unique projects for children and families in the West Midlands each year in line with its ethos of "enthusing, engaging and entertaining children in the world of literature and live arts".

Diane Lennan

Diane has spent her career in various organisations involved with business development and transformation, to help enable a more effective future. Initially within the hospitality and service sectors in strategic, hands-on operational and people management roles.

The latter fifteen years has been spent with Boards and their teams in the areas of Philanthropy, Arts and Hospitality ,working on their commercial outlook.

Diane has worked with the Barbican Centre,the Serpentine Gallery, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Princes School of Traditional Arts, Education and City Institutions. Working life has also been influenced by her role as a Magistrate and Charities Trustee.

Steve Johnstone

Sue McCormick

Sue McCormick works as a freelance producer and consultant who has worked for over 20 years across the theatre and live performance sector in the UK and internationally. Recent companies worked with include Smallpetitklein, Kazzum, Kompany Malakhi, Punchdrunk and the Children’s International Arts Organisation (CIAO!). Institutions worked with recently include the Clore Duffield Foundation; Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Previously Sue managed a range of organisations including Total Theatre Network, Southern England Touring Agency and the Cambridge Drama Centre.

Ros Robins

Ros has worked in leadership positions in the arts for over 30 years and has substantial strategic and managerial experience. Working primarily as a Manager within regional producing theatres and as Regional Director for Arts Council England in the West Midlands Ros has particular experience of organisational change and development with strengths in people management and personal development. Since leaving the Arts Council in 2013 Ros has worked in Interim Management positions including as Transition Director with the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and Interim Director with the Artrix Arts Centre in Worcestershire. Ros acts as mentor and advisor to a number of producing companies in the West Midlands.