Management & Board : 1 : People : 1

Management & Board

Our board

Our board are actively involved in the company's strategic development whilst also bringing their personal skills and experience to the ongoing guidance of the organisation. We welcome applications from individuals with a passion for culture from all areas of our diverse community.

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Megan Farrow (Chair)

Megan Farrow has an extensive background in arts marketing and PR having worked in the industry for 15 years. She is Executive Director of Hide the Shark, a unique full service communications and design agency specialising in the cultural sector.

The company offers bespoke marketing, PR, film, photography, design and print packages to artists, organisations and venues throughout the UK. Boasting a prestigious client list, the team use their comprehensive skills and knowledge of the arts industry to provide first class service in the fields of theatre, dance, puppetry, music and events.

Before setting up Hide the Shark with her partner, she worked in number of venues including Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse and Tobacco Factory Theatres as a freelance consultant.

Paula Hammond

Paula studied teacher training and art at Manchester Polytechnic. Her first job was as a box office assistant at the Palace Theatre in Manchester during the mid-1980s. She moved to London in 1985 and for 15 years she worked for various venues including the South Bank Centre, National Film Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and Lyric Theatre Hammersmith – posts included fundraising, marketing and booking late night cabaret and comedy. In 2000 Paula left London for Somerset and was appointed Director of the Merlin Theatre in Frome. She invited Mark to be an Associate Artist and supported the company with rehearsal space and programmed sell-out performances of Sea of Bones and Love and War. She left the Merlin in 2010 but support for the company continues with both Made in Heaven and Dracula being presented.

Since August 2014 Paula has worked on a freelance basis as a Programmer for Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts – the largest arts centre in the South West. She joined the Board in 2007 and is Company Secretary. She lives in Frome with her husband, Terry and dog, Betty.

Iain Harvey

Iain Harvey, having qualified as a chartered accountant, spent ten years in publishing, mostly at the Penguin Group. During that time he developed an interest in animation, executive producing The Snowman, When the Wind Blows and Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas.

Subsequently he went on to form The Illuminated Film Company, an animation studio with successes such as Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories, Christmas Carol – The Movie, War Game, On Angel Wings and the Little Princess series.

Iain has always enjoyed his involvement in the creative world and believes that, wherever possible, an exciting vision should have the chance of being realised. Working with Mark Bruce gives him the opportunity to try and help a true visionary in the field of dance.

Jeremy Newton

Jeremy Newton qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and is now a Director of Technology Law Alliance, a London-based law firm specialising in the fields of intellectual property, information technology and data protection law.

He has had a lifelong interest in the arts: Jeremy originally studied English at the University of Warwick, and has two Masters degrees in humanities subjects. He has been actively involved with the boards of several arts companies over the years (both professional and amateur), and he first came across the Mark Bruce Company in 2013 when he saw Dracula at Wilton's Music Hall. Jeremy joined the Board in 2014.

Ben Frith

Ben has worked in professional theatre for over 20 years. He completed his formal training in 2003 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, achieving a BA (hons) in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. During his time at the college he specialised in lighting, sound and set construction.

Ben now works as the Chief Electrician at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Here he runs the day to day work of the technical department including managing over 30 staff, overseeing all technical aspects of the shows that come to the Centre including being involved with the Centre’s own productions.

He has production managed UK tours, works on several festivals around the UK and is head of lighting for the Hay festival.

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