Board of Trustees

The Garage Trust Ltd is guided by an experienced and dedicated board of trustees consisting of professionals from the business sector, local authorities and community based organisations. Each trustee provides valuable skills, experience and insights that support the management team and guide the strategic development of our work. Our current trustees are:

Michael Launchbury
Michael Launchbury (he/him)

CHAIR
Michael Launchbury is a senior cultural sector professional with a career spanning significant management roles in both the performing arts and the heritage sector. He is a former Chief Executive of The Globe, Southwark and Director of South Hill Park & The Wilde Theatre, Bracknell, where he presented the first WOMAD Festivals in Berkshire. Between 1990 and 2000 he was Director of Public Services and Estates for the Museum of London, where he was responsible for capital planning and development, visitor services, exhibitions, education, security and building management. In that role he project managed the creation of the London Archaeological Archive & Research Centre, a landmark project in providing public access to original materials.

Jo Warr

VICE CHAIR

Jo Warr is Head of Development at Norfolk Museums Service, part of Norfolk County Council. The service operates 10 museums across the county including Norwich Castle Museum & Art GalleryTime and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, and Lynn Museum in King’s Lynn. She is responsible for programme management, fundraising, external partnerships, marketing and communications, and skills development. Jo has been with the Service since 2003 and in her current post since 2014. In previous roles she worked for Arts Council England and the Architecture Foundation. Jo joined the Garage Trust in 2017.

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Chinasa Vivian Ezugha (she/her)

Chinasa Vivian Ezugha is an Assistant Arts Professor of Live Art/Art as Social Practice at New York University Abu Dhabi, and a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. Ezugha holds a BA in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University and an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Jacqueline Bush (she/her)

Jackie joined the board in 2019. Her professional background is in safeguarding children and young people. She moved to Norwich from London in 2016 where she was involved in youth work and delivering workshops in local schools. Jackie is the parent of a young person who grew up performing and benefited greatly from the input of The Garage at a challenging time in their lives. She has lived an experience of disadvantage and is passionate about inclusivity in the Arts. She enjoys all that this fine city has to offer and feels at home here in Norwich.

Jeremy Gilks

Jeremy is the youngest of five children and has lived most of his life in and around Norwich. Having qualified as an accountant working in the profession he has spent the majority of his subsequent career in commercial roles as finance or commercial director for companies ranging from starts ups to £400 million turnover subsidiaries of FTSE100 companies. He currently runs his own accounting practice in Norwich which he started in 2018.

He has a broad range of experience in the food, consumer goods, logistics, professional services and IT sectors. He also has a strong IT skillset and is a self-confessed IT geek. Jeremy joined the board of trustees in 2017 and chairs the finance committee acting as a bridge between the finance operations and the board.

Outside work he and his wife Sally have a busy life with their four children and grandson. He is also a keen sportsman though he says his rugby and basketball days are now sadly over. Instead he spends his time cycling.

Head and shoulders picture of Trustee Daniel Thrower wearing a charcoal grey jacket, light blue shirt and dark blue tie.

Daniel Thrower is CEO of The Wensum Trust in Norwich and former headteacher of an ‘outstanding’ infant and nursery school.  Over Daniel’s 30 years of teaching and, more specifically, the last 15 years he has worked with a host of experts to provide a better understanding within education of the needs of children who have difficulties with their mental health and those who have suffered early life trauma. He was founder of a successful school-to-school outreach service, supporting children who struggle in school because of their early life experiences. In 2023, Daniel co-authored The A to Z of Trauma-Informed Teaching: Strategies and Solutions to Help with Behaviour and Support for Children

Sarah Crompton-Howes
Sarah Crompton-Howes (she/her)

Sarah is Executive Producer of Selladoor Worldwide, a commercial theatre production company delivering large scale national and international tours and immersive productions: Madagascar The Musical (UK & International), Spongebob The Musical (General Management UK Tour), We Will Rock You (International), Monopoly Lifesized, Saw: The Experience, The Paddington Experience (General Management). Based in the East of England, Sarah’s background is in producing work in the UK and across Europe with Arts Council England-funded companies, Creative Europe funding and freelance artists.

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah joined the board in 2014. She is currently Director of External Relations at Norwich University of the Arts, overseeing all the university’s marketing, communications, student recruitment, events, development and work with schools. With a background in TV production she first came to Norwich in 1992 to work on Unnatural Causes, one of the PD James dramas made by Anglia TV, and  continued to work between London and Norfolk until joining NUA in 2009.

Emily Field

Emily has a background in classical music, specifically choral singing. After studying music in Sheffield and Manchester, she went to work on the BBC Proms and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), before going on to work in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. During this time she was Head of the UK City of Culture Programme, Head of Cultural Diplomacy and Head of International Activity for Eurovision 2023. Emily currently works in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and continues to sing on a part-time basis.

Having grown up in Norwich, Emily was lucky enough to experience its cultural offer and is delighted to be part of the Garage Trust.

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