BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Abby moved to Norfolk in 2001 to study International Development at UEA and subsequently worked for several locally based charities and organisations including the National Trust, Age Concern Norfolk, CAFOD, Banana Link and the UEA. Following further study at UEA, Abby now works as a children’s speech and language therapist. Abby started learning the violin aged 7 and the flute aged 11, and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to play in orchestras and small ensembles throughout school and university. She continues to play violin with a Norwich-based amateur orchestra, and enjoys the wonderful and varied music scene that Norwich and Norfolk have to offer. Abby joined the NORCA and Sistema in Norwich Board of Trustees in 2015.
Beryl is a retired swimming teacher with Norfolk County Council and Adult Education Tutor. She spent 25 years helping to run a Company with her late husband, and was Sheriff of Norwich in 2015-16, when Sistema in Norwich was chosen as the Lord Mayor's charity.
Beryl has three children all of whom played musical instruments and five grandchildren who also play. She passionately believes that all young people should have that opportunity. She relaxes, mainly, by spending time in the garden and doing garden design.
Dawn has been involved with Sistema in Norwich since 2012. She was a Steering Group member and then its Chair. She has been a Trustee of NORCASistema since 2019.
Dawn’s professional background is in social work and she has a particular interest in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. She was Director of improvement services in that field, working for the Department of Health and Department for Education until 2011. Since 2007 she has been an executive coach and mentor, and since 2011 a consultant to the public and private sector particularly looking at wellbeing at work, leadership and change management.
Dawn lives in South Norfolk. She’s a Humanist celebrant, has two grown up children and two grandsons aged 9 and 6. Loves sea swimming, cooking for parties and blogging about food, and spending time in her vintage caravan and campervan.
“I see what we do in NORCASistema as one of the most important and relevant elements of human existence. We are committed to the children and young people and their families and we use music and performance as the vehicle of social action. We want them to enjoy whatever they do, share, negotiate, be kind and learn new things that will help them live a great life”.
NORCASistema is rooted in a belief that art has the power to transform lives. I volunteer as a trustee because I share this belief and want to support and stretch NORCASistema to enable people, especially in areas of deprivation, to experience and share the joy of live performance, as participants or audience.
I really value how much I constantly learn from working with the staff team at NORCASistema and from my fellow trustees. This benefits me in my other governance roles, including as a board member of local theatre collective, The Common Lot, and a school governor at Nelson Infant & Wensum Junior Schools. It also informs my work, as General Manager of Frozen Light, a fabulous company which creates theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Being a trustee is a two way relationship - you bring your skills and experience and in turn gain new ones.
I am exceptionally proud to be a part of NORCASistema and particularly to have seen first hand how much my children and their friends have enjoyed learning to play orchestral instruments, producing an opera and creating carnival floats with the NORCASistema team.
Karl is a Project Management and software tester for a digital agency in Norwich.
I enjoy being involved with something different to what I do as a career, and can bring some of my skillset to help the other trustees and staff members of NORCAsistema. I enjoy working with the staff and get to see some of them on a daily basis as I share office space with them. Volunteering is a good way to challenge yourself as you don't HAVE to do it. It's nice to give something back.
Karl's interests include - Blue skies. Roast duck and Rioja. Hoyo De Monterrey. Champagne tasting at sunrise. Ian Fraser Kilmister. Handmade Italian leather boots. The pride of East Anglia. Dad jokes. Free climbing at the local bouldering club.