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Madeleine Bedford

Madeleine is a freelance sign language interpreter but began her career in theatre as an assistant stage carpenter before moving into stage management in both main house and community touring theatre. Working with Deaf performers inspired her to learn British Sign Language and subsequently to qualify as an interpreter. Madeleine is also a Trustee of her local village hall.

Tilly Branson

Tilly Branson is a director, dramaturg and producer with a particular interest in new writing and women's voices. In 2016 she completed a practice-based AHRC funded PhD researching the UK rural touring sector.

Directing includes Pepper and Honey (Notnow Collective, national tour/Voila Festival); Think of England and It Is Now (Anonymous is a Woman national rural tours/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 shows and festivals 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’s career covers a range of organisations which include not-for-profit, philanthropic, service and hospitality sectors. Experience ranges from the strategic in business development and transformation, to hands-on operational and people management roles.

Recent years have been spent working with Boards and their teams to review and develop their commercial outlook.

Diane’s recent work in the Arts has included the Barbican Centre,the Serpentine Gallery, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Princes School of Traditional Arts, Education and a range of City Institutions. Working life has also been influenced by her role as a Magistrate and Charity Trustee to the Housing and Rehabilitation of Offenders sectors.

Steve Johnstone

Sue McCormick

Sue McCormick is a freelance producer, director and consultant who has worked for over 25 years across the theatre and live performance sector in the UK and internationally. Recent companies worked with have included Immersive Theatre Companies such as Sherlock: The Game is Now, Punchdrunk Theatre Company and dreamthinkspeak; Outdoor Theatre Companies such as Kazzum, Kompany Malakhi and the Children’s International Arts Organisation (CIAO!) as well as for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics in London 2012. Institutions worked with have included the Clore Duffield Foundation; St Hugh’s Foundation; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Creative Scotland. Previously Sue was Artistic Director of a range of organisations including The Flavel in Dartmouth, Total Theatre Network, Southern England Touring Agency (SETA), Cambridge Drama Centre and during the mid to late 1990’s Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston.

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.