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The Trustees

NAPA is governed by a board of voluntary trustees who are responsible for ensuring the charity is continually meeting its aims and objectives.

The trustees help drive the academy forward and ensure it continues to remain at the forefront of the performing arts community in Hull.

We are always looking to recruit new trustees who can bring knowledge and experience gained in their profession, business or local community in order to compliment the Board’s existing skill base and drive the NAPA vision forward.

If you would like to express an interest in becoming a Trustee for NAPA please contact the chair of the Board.

The Northern Academy of Performing Arts
Anlaby Road

Tel: 01482 310690
Email: napa@northernacademy.org.uk

Our Trustees

  • Peter Duffield – Chair

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    Until his recent retirement, Peter was a partner in a leading independent firm of business advisors and joined the Board of Trustees in 2009.

    A chartered accountant by profession, he is also involved with a number of other charities and the education sector, both professionally and personally.

    Peter brings to the board significant experience of strategic planning as well as finance, having spent seven years as a non-executive director of Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

    “NAPA is like Hull, punching well above its weight – and that’s entirely down to the staff and the students. I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

  • Henrietta Duckworth

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    Henrietta is an independent Producer based in the North working in the arts and cultural sectors.

    Currently working with Manchester International Festival and touring company 'Imitating the Dog'. Over the last five years Henrietta has undertaken two major projects as Executive Producer for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and for the first Yorkshire Festival 2014.

    Previously Henrietta was Producer at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, Administrative Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and Marketing Manager for Theatre de Complicite.

  • John Netherwood

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    John is a member of the Hull Civic Society and organises Heritage Open Days in Hull with his wife Christine.

    Responsible for raising the necessary funding and developing the programme content, he works closely with over fifty local companies, the City Council, producing over 100 events, with about fifty open heritage properties and, importantly, coordinating about 200 volunteers.

    His personal interests include holidays in France, caravanning, construction projects and working to achieve the Civic Society’s motto of “helping to make Hull a better place to live, work, play, visit and invest in” – which it already is!

  • Andrew Kingston

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    Andrew is a director of the long established, locally based, family owned building contractor Houlton and joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.

    A chartered quantity surveyor by profession, Andrew brings to the board considerable experience of the building process, local knowledge of associated businesses and a commercial perspective.

    He is also involved with Humberside Police Lifestyle and Rock Challenge. His youngest daughter is a student at NAPA.

    “NAPA is a diamond within the city of Hull which will shine even brighter when our historic premises are renovated and remodelled to meet the needs and challenges of our staff, teachers and students. I feel privileged to be involved and excited about the future.”

  • Naomi Bedworth

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    Naomi joined the Board of Trustees at NAPA in 2015.

    Her children have been attending the school for a decade and have been involved in many drama and musical theatre productions over the years. More recently she too has enrolled as a student here.

    Naomi brings experience of the education and voluntary/charity sector management to the Board. An experienced fundraiser and strategic planner, Naomi not only brings a professional but a parental perspective to the Board.

    “NAPA really is a second home for me and my children. The opportunities they are given are second to none, and with the quality and enthusiasm they receive from the teaching staff here it is easy to understand why they place it with such high value in their lives.”

  • Tony Dickens

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    Tony joined the Board of Trustees at NAPA in 2016.

    He is a Hull lad who has run and currently owns businesses locally.

    An experienced business owner, Tony brings professional and enterprise skills to the Board, as well as experience of education.

    “I’m really just getting to grips with NAPA. I hope I can bring my skills, knowledge and experience to the team, to enhance everyone’s encounters with the organisation.”

  • Chris Gruca

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    Chris joined the Board of Trustees at NAPA in 2017.

    He brings experience of the performing arts and education sectors to the Board. He currently works freelance in the arts as an examiner for LAMDA and for 'Theatre On The Edge' and was formerly Head of Performing Arts at a Hull-based Sixth Form College.

    “NAPA offers people of all ages opportunities and experiences to develop a range of performance skills and to improve their confidence. It is an asset to the city of Hull.”