David Mackie
Chair of Trustees

David is a QC and a retired judge. He was a partner in the law firm Allen & Overy and was its Head of Litigation from 1988 to 2004. He lives in Aldeburgh where he is involved in several local causes. In 2004 he received a CBE for pro bono work.


Richard Chaplin
Deputy Chair of Trustees
and Treasurer

Richard became a chartered accountant at a time they were being ridiculed by Monty Python! He spent much of his professional working life in Suffolk and since retiring has been able to indulge his love for the Arts.

As a Trustee and the Treasurer, he is able to combine his passion for the Arts with his extensive financial skills.


Ann Barkway

Having come from a music publishing background, Ann is now a freelance Music Education project manager and producer. She has led on Aldeburgh Music’s Friday Afternoons project as part of the Britten Centenary, produced Snappy Operas for Mahogany Opera, and is a consultant for BBC Learning’s Ten Pieces project.

Ann is also Executive Producer for the London International Festival of Early Music.


Emma Lloyd

Coming from an insurance and retail background, Emma’s extensive commercial and marketing experience allow her to identify the strengths and values of businesses to showcase their unique identity.

Emma is Managing Director of Relish, a management consultancy. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.


Nigel Howcutt

Although being semi retired from designing ‘modern thinking’ science labs for the likes of Astra Zeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, Aldeburgh resident Nigel felt drawn to become involved in the local community and in 2018 offered his experience to help in any way with the future of Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall – this Victorian landmark building – much loved by theatre goers of all ages.


Heather Newill

Heather has been connected to Aldeburgh and Suffolk all her life.  Her company, AEM International, based in Framlingham, is an executive search firm placing leaders for national and international arts organisations.

Her earlier career highlights include working for the Aldeburgh Festival, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as Festival Director of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.


Amanda Carpenter

Amanda has been visiting Aldeburgh and the Suffolk Coast for over 50 years and recently moved permanently to Snape. She is passionate about community arts and making spaces open, welcome and connected to the communities they serve. Her background spans conservation, environment, arts, charities and the corporate sector and for her day job she runs a sustainability consultancy from her new garden office.

Amanda has held various NED and Trustee roles, is the outgoing Chair of Applause Rural Touring, current Chair of 5050 Parliament and a trustee for the Western Front Way.