BOARD MEMBERS BIOGRAPHIES
HUGH CANDLER / CHAIR
Educated : Rugby School and Clare College, Cambridge.
Career :- Litigation Partner at Abergavenny Office of Gabb & Co. Solicitors 1974 –2012 Board member of Abergavenny Food Festival 2003 – 2016; Clerk to Llanover Community Council from 1974; Clerk to Trustees of two Abergavenny Charities; Trustee of Richard Hunt Foundation (Welsh Warrior) Charity; founder member of Team Abergavenny and Chair of Board of The Bryn Trading Post Ltd.
Joined Borough Theatre proposed Trust in 2010 and a Trustee since 2013.
STUART BAWLER /COMPANY SECRETARY
Educated : Whitchurch High School, Cardiff; Drama BA (Hons) at UCW Aberystwyth.
Worked through University as Senior Audit Clerk in an Accountants; Theatre Manager at Llanover Hall Arts Centre for 20 years, 1994-2014 and as Assistant Manager for the entire service. Role included Programming the Theatre, Technical Manager, Youth Theatre Leader, Writer, Director; Taught A Level & GCSE Drama and Performing Arts. Organised and taught Community Arts Programme.
Stage Manager and Designer for India Dance Wales; wrote and taught Theatr Iolo workshops; Actor and Tutor Timezones productions.
Stuart is currently a freelance Creative Agent for Arts Council of Wales; Freelance Director; owner/operator for Hummadruz – The Blacklight Theatre of Wales, touring to Festivals and Theatres.
Member of the proposed Trust since its inception in 2009 and a Trustee since Oct 2013.
GEOFF CRIPPS /
Educated : Pontllanfraith Grammar Technical School, Swansea University & UWIST Cardiff.
Career :- Community :Liaison Officer Garden Festival Wales 1990-1992; Arts Development Manager Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council 1994 – 2001; Development Director TRAC – Music Traditions Wales 2001-2003; Artistic Director RCT Theatres October 2003 – June 2014; ACW National Adviser 2003 – 2012; Currently Board Member for Creu Cymru (The development agency for Theatres & Arts Centres in Wales) and Theatr na nÓg; member of Arts Marketing Association 1995 to date. Joined Borough Theatre Trust in July 2014.
MA, BA (Hons)PGCE, Pg Dip SEN (SpLD), AMBDA.
Educated: St. David’s Convent School, Brecon and New College, Cardiff;
Drama and English BA (Hons) and PGCE Loughborough University; MA Education, Cardiff (UWIC); Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties, University of South Wales;
Profession: Head of Drama and Form Teacher at Hereford Cathedral Junior School (1999-2016); Partner Stagecoach Theatre Arts School (Hereford, 2000-2003);
Current: Specialist Teacher and Assessor, Rougemont School, Newport; Associated Member of the British Dyslexia Association.
Research Interest: Drama based teaching and learning to support the learner with dyslexia.
Local Community: Freelance Creative Arts Workshop Leader; Summer Activity Games Leader for Monmouthshire County Council (1997-1999); A4B Judge 2013; Volunteer with Abergavenny Food Festival Makers; Local agricultural event organiser ‘The Gathering of the Greens’; Active role in the family agricultural engineering business at Raglan and farming events and shows.
Trustee: Joined the Board of Trustees in 2009.
Born and brought up in Breconshire. Educated at the University of Sussex, Central School of Speech and Drama , London and Cardiff University. Taught English and Drama in a large number of institutions from Abergavenny to Fiji, latterly taught A level Theatre Arts in Monmouth. Directed many plays and musicals including several at the Borough Theatre, the last being Moliere’s Tartuffe and also directed for the Greenwich Festival, London. Have written for the stage and had plays and stories on Radio 4 and written for a BBC Wales radio series, ‘Station Road’. WJEC Drama examiner since 1987. Have a longstanding commitment to the Borough Theatre as my first major production was Death of a Salesman at the theatre.
Joined the Board of Trustees in 2015
Educated at St. Albans RC High School, Pontypool; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Trinity, St, Davids (MA in Theatre and Society). Career (Education):-Head of Drama – The Douay Martyr’s School, Ickenham; Head of Performance Arts – St. Albans RC High School, Pontypool; Head of Drama & Media – St. David’s RC College, Cardiff; Head of Drama – Stanwell School, Penarth. Career (currently):-Freelance actor and theatre director;Artistic Director of Black RAT Productions (since 2008);Chief Examiner – Welsh Joint Education and EDUQAS – A and AS level Theatre Studies, GCSE Performance Arts; Head of Acting – Simply Theatre, Switzerland.
Joined the Board of Trustees in autumn 2015.