Peter Barrow

Peter BarrowPeter Barrow moved to the UK from Canada in 1973. After training at Mountview Theatre School and The Drama Studio, he has appeared in many productions. In 2010 he set up The PBSK Partnership with Stash Kirkbride to stage theatre in Norfolk, notably The Hostry Festival, in which he also performs. He is Executive Producer of the Arts Awards and is delighted to offer the Peter Barrow Bursary to a young person beginning their arts career.

Peter Beck

Peter BeckTheatre director, acting tutor and set designer Peter Beck co-founded the Arts Awards. He is Artistic Director of theatre company Restless Natives, and Director of Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays. In 2014-2016 Peter worked with Stash Kirkbride to modernize The Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich. Peter has a long-term collaboration with live artist Susannah Hewlett, providing voice-overs and performances for her. He has created work for Creative Arts East, Norfolk Museum Service and The Hostry Festival, amongst many others.

Rebecca Chapman 

Rebecca ChapmanA graduate of Middlesex University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Rebecca has extensive experience in professional theatre and dance. She works as a director and drama practitioner for several arts organisations in the Norwich area and is one of the Hostry Festival’s producers. Rebecca is the Artistic Director of Total Ensemble Theatre Company, which brings together casts made up of disabled and non-disabled performers to produce and perform entirely original devised theatre.

Steve Forster

Steve ForsterSteve co-runs arts PR and marketing company sfp communications, representing clients from around the world for events, tours and festival shows. Steve has over 30 years’ varied experience in the arts encompassing music, theatre, live art, dance, poetry, circus and film. He has managed high profile venues in Manchester, London and Norwich. Each August finds him at the Edinburgh Festivals where he is one of the best-known publicists. He is also Chair of the Board of Norwich Arts Centre.

Caroline Jarrold

Caroline JarroldCaroline Jarrold is Community Affairs Adviser at Jarrold, Secretary and Trustee of the John Jarrold Trust, Chair of VisitNorwich a Director of The Forum Trust and former Chair of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Earlier in her career she was Managing Director of Jarrold Publishing and Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild. She has been a judge for the East Anglian Book Awards since their inception nine years ago. 

Angi Kennedy 

Angi Kennedy

Peter Barrow moved to the UK from Canada in 1973. After training at Mountview Theatre School and The Drama Studio, he has appeared in many productions. In 2010 he set up The PBSK Partnership with Stash Kirkbride to stage theatre in Norfolk, notably The Hostry Festival, in which he also performs. He is Executive Producer of the Arts Awards and is delighted to offer the Peter Barrow Bursary to a young person beginning their arts career.

Pasco-Q Kevlin

Pasco-Q KevlinPasco-Q Kevlin has been Director at Norwich Arts Centre since 2013, during which time the venue has successfully been nominated for three Peoples’ Choice Awards (winning twice), and personally winning the Dr Frank Bates Musical Theatre Award. His commitment to developing the diverse talent in our region is widely recognised; producing KlangHaus and co-commissioning Luke Wright’s multiple award-winning play “What I Learned from Johnny Bevan” (with Writers’ Centre Norwich) are two stand out moments from his time at the venue.

Mike King 

Mike KingFrom his childhood Mike has spent his life in music. As a guitarist he toured and performed in Europe & North America. From 1997 he was the General Manager of Norwich’s Assembly House. He revived the fortunes of the venue following the devasting 1995 fire, creating a programme of visual arts exhibitions and lunchtime concerts. Currently Mike serves as a committee member of the Hostry Festival, is secretary of the Assembly House Trust and treasurer of Total Ensemble Theatre Company.

Stash Kirkbride

Stash KirkbrideA graduate of Bristol Old Vic School, Stash Kirkbride has had a long career as a performer and producer. He ran Future Radio’s arts programme “Platform”, founded the PBSK Partnership with Peter Barrow, and together with Peter Beck undertook a complete re-launch and modernisation of The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich from 2014-2016. Stash is now working full time as Artistic Director at The Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral, an annual autumn performance event.

Professor John Last OBE, FRSA

Professor John LastJohn has been NUA Vice-Chancellor since 2009, and has worked in specialist arts higher education for over 25 years. He is Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (ukadia) and past Chair of the Group for Learning in Art and Design. John is also Chair of the New Anglia LEP Digital Creative Industries group, and is on the Board of two schools, the East Anglia Art Fund, Norwich for Jobs, the Forum Trust and the Britten Sinfonia. In 2017 he was appointed an OBE for services to higher education.

Richard Nobes –  Picture and profile to follow shortly.

Nina Nannar

Nina NannarNina Nannar is Arts Editor at ITV News. She joined ITV News in 2002 from the BBC where she began as a trainee, working on regional and national television and radio. In 2007 Nina was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to the media. She is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and the British Asian Trust, a Governor of Norwich University of the Arts and a trustee of Young Norfolk Arts. She is a Patron of domestic abuse charity Leeway, BooksEast literature festival and dance company Akademi.

 Fiona Ryder
Fiona is an award-winning senior media executive with over twenty-five years’ experience of UK production across the broadcasting, digital and commercial sectors, developing creative content for international entertainment and multi-national corporate clients.
Fiona was the founding managing director of Mustard TV, the local TV station for Norwich from 2012 to March 2016. She wrote the winning bid which secured the local TV operating licence from the regulator, Ofcom and was subsequently engaged by regional media publisher, Archant to build the online and broadcast station for the media group.
In the last 18 months she has been one of the principal architects of the Start&Grow e-learning platform which supports start-ups and entrepreneurs through the provision of video and multi-media tutorials. She developed the project from producing the initial feasibility and scoping document through to Directing and Producing the video and multi-media e-learning materials for this innovative platform.
She has also recently produced and directed a number of award-winning documentaries for BBC4, most notably ‘In Search of Arcadia’ which won the Best Factual Programme award in the Royal Television Society East Awards 2018.
Fiona studied Film and Photographic Arts at the Polytechnic of Central London, now the University of Westminster. She achieved early success in the commercials industry as a producer and established her first company in 1994, producing video content for big screens at live music events, both tours and festivals.
In 1999 she identified an opportunity to extend her company’s activities into the retail environment and founded The Cube Group of Companies which produced and distributed digital in-store audiovisual content for multi-national retail groups including Topshop and Topman, Burberry and Toni and Guy. She sold the business profitably to Immedia plc in 2006 and became Chief Operating Officer of the enlarged group.
Fiona is Vice President of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. She is Honorary Treasurer of RTS East (Royal Television Society) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She lives in South Norfolk with her family.