Staff & Governance Engaged and experienced staff
Students in Nicholas Nickleby rehearsals

About Us

Staff & Governance

A wealth of experience

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is proud of its engaged, experienced, industry-leading staff members.

Executive Leadership Team

Fiona Francombe Principal and CEO
Jenny Stephens Artistic Director
David Lawton Finance Director

Acting core staff

Paul Chesterton Director of Acting Courses
Geoffrey Brumlik Senior Acting Tutor and Head of MFA Acting Course
Carol Fairlamb Head of Voice and Head of MFA Voice Studies Course
Sue Cowen Senior Voice and Dialect Tutor
Dionne Draper Head of Music and Singing
Jack Price Head of MA Screen Acting Course
Jonathan Howell Head of Movement and Stage Combat
Clare Fox Dance Tutor
Joêl Daniel Movement Tutor

Production core staff

Steve O’Brien Head of Production

Joe Stathers Head of Production Arts Courses
Ruth Sidery Stage Management Tutor
Bryony Rutter Stage Management Tutor
Frank Bradley
Sound Tutor
Meriel Pym Scenic Crafts Tutor

Andy Scrivens Head of Scenic Construction

Richard Maxwell Head of Film Production
Andy Jenks Audio and Film Tutor
Dave Taylor Post Production Tutor, Coordinator and Editor

Jill Blundell Head of Costume
Ali Poynter Costume Making Tutor
Lois Edmunds Costume Making Tutor

Angela Davies Head of Design
Bronia Housman Design Tutor

Writing and Directing core staff

Jenny Stephens Artistic Director
James Peries Head of Drama Writing
Nik Partridge Head of Drama Directing

Professional services staff

Stuart Harvey Quality Manager
Julia Heeley Higher Education Administration & Student Support Manager
Marchia Abokie Admissions Manager
Rosemary Thomas Admissions Administrator
Michael Tew Admissions & Short Courses Administrator
Bianca Bewley Courses Coordinator
Pilar Santelices Producer (interim)
Stephanie Lawrence Executive Assistant (currently on maternity leave)
Sarah White Executive Assistant (maternity cover)

Fiona Reed 
Pat Tomes

David Lawton Finance Director
Jackie Gait Finance Officer
Sharon Willshear Finance Assistant

Marketing and Student Recruitment 
Matt Carmichael Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager
Kate Chaffey Marketing and Communications Officer
Anastasia Kudryashova Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer
Rachel Holman Marketing Assistant
Edie Foxell Administration Assistant

Non-degree Course Specialist
Faye Elvin

Estates Manager
Joe Watt

For details of visiting professional services staff, including in student support, counselling, and health and safety, please consult the guide to student support (PDF, 8015 KB).

Students developing and growing in confidence during their time here, seeing their work reaching professional standards in approach and execution; a student who intends to be a stage manager producing a wonderful sound design; a first year student making a lovely recording of a song for their recording project; tracking the careers of former students and seeing them be successful; being able to find a job opportunity for a recent graduate. Frank Bradley, Sound Tutor