Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is proud of its engaged, experienced, industry-leading staff members.
Fiona Francombe Principal and CEO
Jenny Stephens Artistic Director
David Lawton Finance Director
Paul Chesterton Director of Acting Courses
Geoffrey Brumlik Senior Acting Tutor and Head of MFA Acting Course
Hanna Adu-Boateng Acting Tutor
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
Helen Bater Director of Production Courses
Joe Stathers Head of Production Arts Courses
Ruth Sidery Stage Management Tutor
Elizabeth Morgan Stage Management Tutor
Frank Bradley Sound Tutor
Andy Scrivens Head of Scenic Construction
Meriel Pym Scenic Crafts Tutor
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
Stephanie Dale Head of Drama Writing
Nik Partridge Head of Drama Directing
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
Ruby Gilmour Associate Producer
Stephanie Lawrence Executive Assistant (currently on maternity leave)
Sarah White Executive Assistant (maternity cover)
Fiona Reed Receptionist
Pat Tomes Receptionist
Jackie Gait Finance Officer
Sharon Willshear Finance Assistant
Marketing and Student Recruitment
Matt Carmichael Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager
George Spender Marketing and Communications Officer
Anastasia Kudryashova Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer
Rachel Holman Marketing Assistant
It is intended that the Finance Committee will meet four times a year prior to each Council of Management meeting, but this will be adjusted as circumstances require.
Chairman of Council
Three other Members of Council
Other Members of the Council may be co-opted onto the Committee to discuss specific issues where their expertise is required.
Terms of Reference
The quorum is three members of Council and should also include at least one of the Principal or the Finance Director.
The Committee reports to the Council through the Chair of the Finance Committee. It reviews the School’s financial arrangements and performance, including;
The Committee will not duplicate the function of the Audit Committee.
These terms to be reviewed by the Council of Management every three years
The trustees of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are responsible for:
Approving the Mission and Strategic Plan of the School, the long term academic plan and the Business Plan.
Ensuring compliance with the requirements of the CDD and validating university.
Appointing the Principal and putting in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance and remuneration.
Delegating authority to the Principal for the academic, corporate, financial, and personnel management of the School. Keeping under regular review the policies, procedures and limits for those management functions undertaken by, and under control of, the Principal.
Establishing and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment and procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest.
Ensuring processes are in place to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the School against the plans and Key Performance Indicators and to compare them to the performance of peer affiliates of the CDD.
Managing and maintaining the property assets of the School.
Establishing procedures to monitor the effectiveness of the Governance arrangements of the School.
Ensuring the conduct of the School is in accordance with best practice in the higher education sector and with the principles drawn up by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Safeguarding and if possible enhancing the good name and values of the School.
Making such provision for the welfare and support of students as considered necessary.
Ensuring compliance with the requirements of Charity law, operating the school for public benefit and managing the funds, particularly the restricted funds, of the School in accordance with donor’s wishes.
Ensuring compliance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association
The purpose of the Committee is to assume delegated responsibility, on behalf of the Committee of Management (‘Council’) of the School for ensuring that there is a framework of accountability; for examining and reviewing relevant systems and methods of control, both financial and otherwise including risk analysis and risk management; and for ensuring the School is complying with all relevant aspects of the law and regulations including compliance with HEFCE requirements and good practice.
Terms of Reference
To advise Council on the appointment of external auditors, the auditor’s fee, the provision of any non-statutory services of the external auditors and any questions of resignation or dismissal of the external auditors.
To discuss in advance with external auditors the nature and scope of the audit.
To recommend to the Council a framework of effective audit, having reviewed the internal and external audit processes.
To consider and advise Council on the appointment and terms of engagement of the internal auditors, the audit fee, the provision of non-audit services by the internal auditors and any questions of resignation or dismissal of the internal auditors.
To ensure that regular audits are carried out in the following areas: legal, risk, financial (including statutory annual audits, VAT, PAYE, and plans for income and capital requirements), health and safety, insurance and to contribute to such reviews if necessary.
To keep under review the effectiveness of the risk management control and governance arrangements, and in particular to review the external auditors management letter, the internal auditors report and management responses.
To discuss with external auditors any problems or reservations arising from the external audit report and management letter, reporting relevant issues and advising the Council accordingly (the Committee may consider it desirable, from time to time to meet the external auditors without the School’s officers being present).
To ensure that the School has appropriate policies on serious fraud and irregularity, and that all significant losses have been properly investigated and that the internal and external auditors, and where appropriate the HEFCE accounting officer, have been informed.
To satisfy itself that satisfactory arrangements are in place to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness
To consider the annual financial statements in the presence of the external auditors, including the auditors’ formal opinion, the statements of members’ responsibilities and the statement of internal control.
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To investigate on behalf of Council any financial or administrative matter which may put the School at risk and advise the Council accordingly.
To receive relevant reports from the National Audit Office, the HEFCE and elsewhere.
Three members of Council, agreed by Council.
The Company Secretary, Principal and Finance Director will be in attendance and any other employee of the School who may be required by the Committee.
The internal auditors and the external auditors shall normally attend meetings where business relevant to them is to be discussed.
Meetings will be quorate with two committee members present.
As required but at least two times per year.
The Committee will be serviced by the staff at the School.
Reporting to the Council of Management
The minutes (or a report) of meetings of the Committee will be circulated to the Council
The Committee will report annually to Council at the end of each financial year and the report will be sent to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. The report will give the Committee’s opinion on the extent to which Council may rely on the internal control systems.