Our Team

We have a fantastic team, with direction and programming by Amanda O’Reilly (CEO).

If you would like to contact any of the below, all email addresses are in the format: firstname.lastname@wtam.uk

Board of Trustees

Peter Cadwallader - Chair

Peter is a qualified solicitor and entrepreneur. He previously worked in the City for Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, law firm DMH Stallard LLP and wealth management firm Maitland Advisory LLP. Peter has been investing in property since 2005 and founded Uplift in 2013. Uplift is a residential development company that has acquired over £60m worth of property delivering over £130m of value. Peter has recently set up a hotel business having acquired his first hotel in Eastbourne with ambitious plans to scale the business in UK sea side towns.

Scott Marshall - Vice Chair

Scott is a successful and inspirational regeneration professional with over 28 years direct experience in delivering central and local governments’ multi-million pound economic growth and cultural agendas.

He has provided strategic advice to both public and private sector clients on some of the south-coast’s city’s largest and high profile regeneration projects.  These include the American Express Community Stadium, Preston Barracks, i360, Circus Street and retaining large employers in the city with deals and plans that secured new headquarter offices for American Express and Legal and General.

Scott is former Director of Culture, Housing and Regeneration at Brighton & Hove City Council and Director for the Economy at Adur & Worthing Councils.  A strong negotiator and influencer working at a strategic level gaining trust and long-term relationships with Board members, elected councilors and partners in identifying and implementing planning permissions.

Cepta Kelly - Board Member

Cepta is a qualified solicitor who trained and worked in a London law firm before moving in-house with a large multi-national. She has had a long and varied in-house career advising across a wide range of legal issues. In 2013, Cepta relocated permanently to the South Coast and is currently the Legal Director of a medical device manufacturing group based in Worthing.  In this capacity, Cepta has seen how important what is on offer locally is to the ability of a business to attract and retain staff.  From a business perspective, therefore, and on her own account, Cepta has a keen interest in the cultural life of the area. A particular passion for Cepta is the theatre, (if she could she would happily go every night), but she is also very interested in art, design, fashion, costume and local history. Cepta is committed to supporting the objectives of the Trust and its ongoing efforts to secure and make the cultural life of Worthing   exciting, diverse, accessible, vibrant and attractive to all, both in, and well beyond, the local area.

Louise Burgess - Board Member

Louise is originally from Peterborough but moved to Worthing 29 years ago.   She has worked in the HR Profession for 18 years. Louise joined Rayner in January 2015. She has particularly enjoyed the challenge of developing employee relations and engagement with a diverse range of people across all levels of the company. In her spare time she enjoys attending the local theatre and is passionate about supporting the local community.

Andrew Comben - Board Member

Born in Australia, Andrew Comben began his UK career at Wigmore Hall in 1994, moving to artist manager for Young Concert Artists Trust and Music International. He then became Director of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, returning to Wigmore Hall as Head of Artistic Planning in 2003.

Andrew joined Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival as Chief Executive in 2008, establishing the Guest Director model for Brighton Festival (with artists such as Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson, Kate Tempest and David Shrigley) and developing a new vision for the organisation as a year-round centre of artistic activity and involving all areas of the community in the performing arts. BD&BF together reach an annual audience in excess of 650,000 and contribute over £40m pa to the local economy.  The Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre are currently undergoing a £21m major redevelopment and are due to re-open in 2019.

Simon Parsonage - Board Member

As a qualified Chartered Accountant worked in a number of industries including Ship Repair, Construction, IT and Communications, Farming and Fresh Produce.  One of his hobbies has always been theatre, working both on and off stage in an amateur drama group in Winchester for many years.

For the past 10 year worked at The Chichester Festival Theatre where he is FD and Company Secretary.  He is also Trustee of a number of theatre charities including The Watermill Theatre near Newbury.

Helen Persson Swain - Board Member

Helen Persson Swain is an experienced museum leader and curator with a particular specialism in dress and fashion. Helen has worked in museums across Europe and has carried out research in Britain, Sweden, China and the USA. She worked for many years at the V&A where in 2015 she curated the exhibition “Shoes Pain and Pleasure”.

Dr James Broomfield - Board Member

Dr James Broomfield is an experienced consultant who specialized in the marketing of professional services.  His main career was as the global marketing director of a Magic Circle law firm having previously served as UK marketing director of two international accounting and management consulting firms.  Following early retirement, he has spent ten years as an exhibiting artist and furthered his interests in art business and art history.  He was for many years a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University’s School of Management where he had earlier gained an MBA.  He also holds a BA (with First Class Honours) in Fine Art, an MA degree in Fine & Applied Art, an MSc (with an arts marketing specialization) and both a research MA and Doctorate in the History of Art from the University of Buckingham.  His current research focus is on early twentieth century cabaret theatre.

Julie Kapsalis - Board Member

Chair of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership - a business led partnership that works with central and local government to determine local economic priorities and undertakes activities and investment to drive economic growth and create jobs.

Julie is also Managing Director at Chichester College Group - covering five campuses and around 22,000 learners. She has responsibility international education, an examination Board, a chain of childcare nurseries as well as marketing, employer engagement and commercial delivery.

Julie has worked in economic development for over 20 years with a particular focus on enterprise, skills and social inclusion. She served as an advisor to the UK Government's task force on women's enterprise and has recently contributed to the Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship.

Andy Sparsis - Trading Subsidiary Chair

Andy Sparsis is the founder of Proto Restaurants which owns Worthing eateries The Fish Factory, The Fat Greek Taverna and Food

Tim Hague - Board Member, and Trading Subsidiary Board Member

Tim is Shoreham Port Authority’s Director of Property and Infrastructure. He controls a commercial property estate that accommodates over 150 tenant companies, 2,000 jobs and directs the future of the Port’s estate through strategic projects. These include a running program of property transactions and development schemes. Tim is a Chartered Surveyor and holds a degree in Property Management and Investment. Tim’s background is in property development having worked as an Acquisitions Surveyor for a London property development firm working on property acquisitions, disposals, development and portfolio management in central London and the south east. Tim is also Vice Chair of Shoreham Academy’s Governing Body, a Director of Adur and Worthing Business Partnership and Coastal West Sussex.

Programming

CEO and Head of Programming
Amanda O’Reilly

Live Events Programmer
Gemma Curtis

Marketing and Development

Head of Marketing & Development
Pamela Kent

Development & Fundraising Manager
Sarah Drake

Campaigns & Film Manager
James Tully

Senior IT Coordinator & Web Developer
Andy Rowland

Marketing Coordinator
Kathryn Follis

Marketing Assistant
Emma Watson

Graphic Designer
Christian Francis

Videographer
Christopher Phillips

Fundraising Assistant
Jo Geall

Business and Finance

Head of Business and Finance
(Company Secretary)

Jill Stewart

Accountant
Bernard Dodds

Assistant Accountant
Luke Webb

Business Administration Manager
Rachel Simmons

Venue Hire Manager
Jemima Crayden

Venue Hire Assistant
Tom Hopkins

Front of House Manager
Rachel Ward

Senior Duty Manager
Richard Williamson

Senior Duty Manager
Nick Jones

Ticketing Manager
Josie Simmons

Box Office Supervisor
Matthew Nolan

Box Office
Hayley Kimpton

Box Office
Chantelle Stanbridge

Box Office
Angela Hersee

Box Office
Harry Pledger

HR
Laura Keogh

Technical

Technical Stage and Production Manager
Matthew Pike

Deputy Technical Stage Manager
James Redford

Senior Technician for Digital Cinema
Simon Parker

Theatre Technician
Paul Dart

Technician
Oliver Porter

Venue Layout Assistant
John Williamson

Junior Technician
Bronwyn Baker

Curation and Engagement

Head of Curation and Engagement
Gerry Connolly

Curator (Fine Art)
Emma Walder

Archaeologist 
James Sainsbury

Curatorial Assistant
Sarah Hobson

Education Coordinator
Anna Twinam-Cauchi

Project Manager - Cutting Edge
Vicki Wells