2019 Awards Panel

Her Honour Judge Maureen Bacon QC

Judge Maureen Bacon QC

Maureen has had a long career in the law, appearing in many high profile cases before becoming a Circuit Judge, whilst spending time away from Court appreciating or promoting the arts. From a Norfolk family, it was her Mother’s love of books and early trips to the theatre that set the precedent for her cultural life. A fascination with the written and spoken word has continued ever since. She collaborates with a European summer school for jazz and creative music, promoting the attendance of young local musicians.

Peter Barrow

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.

Peter Beck

Theatre 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.

Cat Chapman

Cat Chapman

After gaining a place at one of the UK’s most prestigious dance colleges, Cat Chapman went on to work all over the world both as a performer and choreographer. As a qualified dance teacher, she has trained numerous students to go on to vocational training and professional careers. Cat works extensively with boys in dance – establishing male dance company LEGACY and working in schools to help young men find a pathway into the arts.

Steve Forster

Steve 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.

Jane Hawksley

Jane Hawksley

Originally training as a nurse, Jane Hawksley has also worked as a BOAC air stewardess, a Relate counsellor, a sex therapist, and on a radio talk show alongside Jeremy Kyle. After moving to Birmingham, she became involved with various arts organisations including Warwick Arts Festival, Midlands Arts Centre and the Birmingham Hippodrome, and was made Chairman of DanceXchange, one of eight regional agencies set up by the Arts Council to promote contemporary dance. She currently lives in Norwich.

Caroline Jarrold

Caroline 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.

Lis Jennings

Lis has worked in the cultural sector for nearly 20 years, across almost every artform, predominantly in marketing and communications roles. She has worked with commercial, subsidised, large and small scale arts organisations, including the Almeida Theatre, Barbican, Somerset House, Wimbledon Art College and the National Centre for Circus Arts. Most recently Lis worked as Head of Communications at Norfolk & Norwich Festival on five festivals from 2014-2018. She moved to Norfolk in 2013 and has made the County her permanent home.

Richard Jordan

Born in Norfolk, Richard Jordan is an Olivier, TONY and EMMY Award-winning theatre producer. A new writing and musical theatre specialist, he has produced and developed over 240 productions, presenting work in 27 countries. Richard is also an accomplished arts journalist and columnist for entertainment industry newspaper The Stage. He was recipient of the 2017 Norfolk Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

Angela Kennedy

Norwich-born Angi Kennedy has been a journalist in East Anglia for 34 years, the past 30 of those in Norfolk with Archant. She was a feature writer with the Eastern Daily Press, working on a variety of campaigns including the £1 million ‘We Care Appeal’ to set up the Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers. Angi was editor of EDP Norfolk magazine for almost eight years, and since 2017 has been editor of Let’s Talk magazine’s Norfolk and Suffolk editions. She lives in Broadland with her family.

Pasco Q Kevlin

Pasco-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

From 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.

Professor John Last OBE FRSA

John 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.

Fiona Ryder

Fiona Ryder

Fiona Ryder is an award-winning senior media executive with over twenty-five years’ experience of UK production across the broadcasting, digital and commercial sectors. She was the founding managing director of Mustard TV, the Norwich-based TV station, on air from 2012-2016. 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.

Debbie Thompson

Debbie Thompson

Debbie is the Theatre Director at Sheringham Little Theatre. Originally from Norfolk, Debbie trained at Loughborough University and The Drama Studio, London, before working as a professional actor in West End, television and repertory productions. In 1995, after completing a PGCE, she returned to Norfolk as a drama teacher. In 2002 she joined The Little Theatre as producer for their repertory season and pantomime. Last year Debbie took on the additional role of Theatre Director at St. George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth.