Roger has considerable chairing experience and is a long standing supporter of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. As well as the Theatre Board he is currently chair of a large multi-academy schools trust based in Suffolk. Previously he was chair of West Suffolk Hospital for ten years and for eight years he chaired the Cambridge Music Festival’.
Marcus Codrington Fernandez
Marcus is a coach to leaders in business, the arts and sport. He has grown some of the biggest brands in the world, been Global Creative Director and Worldwide Executive Committee member at Ogilvy, founded two international agencies and produced Hollywood feature films. He is passionate in his work with local authorities in children’s and adult’s social work and is the trustee of a cross-party policy lobbying group in the Houses of Parliament which promotes the importance of the first three years to children’s development and life outcomes. Marcus is an avid supporter of the arts and is honoured to be on the Board of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.
Bal Kaur Howard
Founder of BKH Training, Bal advocates on the issues of honour-based violence. Bal herself was forced into a child marriage. Escaping after 9 years, but disowned by her family, she uses her experience to raise awareness, reduce victim isolation and increase reporting. She was employed by Suffolk Constabulary for 7½ years developing policies and training police officers and partner agencies to enhance the service to victims. In Bal’s words ‘I refuse to take my past into the future and regard myself to be an empowered survivor- my darkest past is the greatest possession I have.’ She was twice nominated at the IKWRO True Honour Awards in recognition of her dedication to ending honour-based violence in the UK. In 2016, at the first BME Suffolk Business Awards, Bal was announced Winner of the Judges Special Award. In 2018, she was recognised by the East Anglian Daily Times as one of Suffolk’s 100 most inspirational women.
Mike had a career in the pharmaceutical and related industries, living and working in many countries. For the 20 years prior to his retirement, he operated as Non-Executive Director or Chairman of a range of pharma and biotech companies in UK, Germany and Canada.
Graeme has practised as a Solicitor in Bury St Edmunds for nearly 36 years, currently as a Partner in Ellisons Solicitors incorporating Gross & Co, having previously been the Senior Partner of Gross & Co from 1996 – 2019. His firm have been long term sponsors of the theatre, which is a passion of his, as well as opera, cricket and golf. During his legal career, where he has specialised in UK immigration law, he has acted for a number of high profile figures in the entertainment world.
Emma Fisher (Stamper)
Emma Fisher, ARSM (Stamper) has had a successful career in the Insurance sector, starting and running her own Lloyds Underwriting Agency for 20 years, insuring animals in 40 countries. She now concentrates on her family, her lpassion for performance, piano, sport, Barnardo’s and of course, Theatre Royal. Her involvement with Barnardo’s has allowed her to instigate concerts at the theatre, involving children schools in the Bury St Edmunds area, raising funds and awareness for the children that Barnardo’s supports. She is delighted to be on Theatre Royal’s board and very much wants to help with and increase awareness of the many projects that the theatre does for our community.
Bryan is the CEO of Cambridge Cyber Advisers and advises FTSE 100 organisations on their information and cyber security strategy, he has several board advisory positions and non-executive director roles across multiple sectors. Previously Bryan was the Global Chief Information Security Officer at Vodafone Group and Aviva. Bryan and his family have sponsored a box at the theatre for several years. Bryan sits on the board and resources committee at the theatre and assists with policy and compliance, financial governance and the wider board agenda.
Angela has worked in education and training for the past 20 years with a desire to improve social mobility and challenge gender imbalance in certain subjects and careers. As Executive Director for Partnerships at West Suffolk College, Angela brings safeguarding expertise as well as extensive experience of opportunity development, bid writing and sponsorship.
Alistair is Managing Director of Media Managers Ltd, a marketing communications company which has offices in the East of England. Previously, he worked in the advertising industry in London and came to East Anglia to launch Q103FM in Cambridge, which is now broadcasting as Heart. Alistair works with the University of Cambridge and brings a wide range of non-executive board experience. His previous board appointments include Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge Regional College, The Greater Cambridge Partnership and The Junction, Cambridge. Alistair lives in Bury St. Edmunds and is married to Helen. He has three children who are all now studying at University.