Ann Barkway

Chair of Trustees

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.


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.


Simon Dow

Simon was chair of the Regulator of Social Housing (the government agency regulating England’s social housing) until 2022 and before then he was Group Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership and Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation.

In the past he has been Chair of Homeless International  (an international development agency) and Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s Audit Committee.

In 2016 he was awarded a CBE for services to housing and homeless people.


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.


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.


David Mackie

David is a KC 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.