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New board members announced for Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust

THREE new faces have joined the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust Board of Trustees, as Natasha Bucknor, Paul Evans and Camilla Mankabady take up new roles as board members to support the Everyman & Playhouse theatres.

The new board members will bring experience in communications, arts leadership and inclusion to the organisation, joining an already strong team of Trustees.

Former Everyman Youth Theatre member Natasha Bucknor is the executive director at London’s Free Word – an arts organisation with a focus on the power and politics of words. She is passionate about arts leadership and has worked at nationally renowned theatre companies including the Almeida Theatre, National Theatre Studio and Talawa Theatre Company. In 2019, Natasha received an MBE for service to theatre.

She said: “I discovered my love of theatre at the Everyman as a member of the audience and of the youth theatre.  It’s still a very special place.  I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to support Mark, Gemma and the Board in this next phase of the theatre’s development.”

Liverpool-born Paul Evans is regional lead for inclusion at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust overseeing NHS services in the East of England. Paul has a long history of working in mental health in the North West supporting people across Merseyside.

Paul said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board at this time and am very excited at the prospect of being part of such a vibrant organisation. Being Liverpool born and bred it is fantastic to be a part of one our great cultural icons.”

Camilla Mankabady is director of communications for Liverpool City Council – the first person to be appointed in this role. Previous to her position at Liverpool City Council, Camilla was a senior TV news editor for the BBC and programme editor on ITV’s News at Ten. She was nominated for a BAFTA for ITV’s coverage of the Grenfell Fire disaster.

Camilla said: “Joining the theatre board at a time when our stages are dark, our rehearsal rooms empty and our audiences at home, makes me realise how important it is that we reconnect with our cultural life as soon as it is safe for us to do so. Liverpool is renowned for staging provocative and entertaining productions and I am very much looking forward to getting to know the talented and hardworking team who breathe life into these amazing plays.”

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