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, particularly people with strong fundraising skills and expertise.

For details of how to apply or more information, please contact Megan Farrow, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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, Bramble.

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.

Elizabeth Mischler

Elizabeth is Producer of the Artist Development Programme at South East Dance, one of the UK’s national dance development organisations. She provides a dedicated focus to developing movement artists and the dance sector. Elizabeth was a professional dancer for 13 years; she began her career in Munich, Germany and went on to perform with a variety of companies across the UK and Europe. Whilst still performing, she moved into producing and for many years was general manager/producer of The Mark Bruce Company, as well as a creative advisor on artistic and organisational development with a variety of independent artists throughout the UK. Following this, Elizabeth joined DV8 Physical Theatre as assistant to the director and company manager; working on the development and international tour of their production Can We Talk About This? Elizabeth has also rehearsal directed for companies including NDC Wales and Clod Ensemble, teaches professional class and has assisted on community arts events.

Elizabeth grew up in Wisconsin, USA, attended Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Juilliard School in New York. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

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.

Sian Redwood

Sian trained and qualified in London as a Chartered Accountant in the Government & Public Sector department of professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Here she worked with a variety of not-for-profit organisations, providing both external and internal audit services. Following qualification, Sian moved to the social care charity Jewish Care, setting up an internal audit department, developing the organisation’s risk management processes.

Sian left London and moved to Bristol in late 2013. She has since been working as a consultant auditor, continuing to advice on financial and non-financial risk and process in the not-for-profit sector.

Sian obtained both a BA (Hons) in History and an MA in Medieval Studies at University College London.

Zoe Crick-Tucker

Zoe Crick-Tucker is Bristol Old Vic’s Development Director, leading the team through the transition period of capital fundraising completion to revenue target delivery. Before joining Bristol Old Vic in April 2016, she was with the Royal Shakespeare Company developing and delivering a major gifts portfolio of c.150 donors supporting the strategic Development goals and targets, securing gifts in the range of £10,000 and above.

Prior to RSC, Zoe headed up fundraising at Rambert Dance Company as Development Director, managing a team of three and a dedicated Development Council of senior volunteers, achieving a £19.6m capital campaign and exceeding annual revenue targets year on year.

Eva Pepper – Executive Producer

Eva joined Mark Bruce Company in 2016.

Austrian-born, Eva has lived in the UK for more than 20 years. Between 2005 and 2016 she was executive producer of DV8 Physical Theatre, where she organised extensive tours to dance and theatre venues around the world. Besides her work for Mark Bruce Company, she is the international associate of EnKnapGroup and a freelance fundraiser and producer. She is a trustee of Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Cambridge Youth Opera.
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