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Cinema City Ltd

Cinema City Ltd (formerly the Norfolk & Norwich Film Theatre Ltd) is the charity that cares for the historic Cinema City buildings in Norwich. Our education objectives are delivered through Cinema City Education, Cinema City’s established and successful education programme. The cinema exhibition programme and the restaurant & bar are run under a management contract by Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd a successful network of cinemas with a cultural programming policy.

Tasks and role: The primary tasks of the Board of Cinema City Ltd are to monitor the performance of Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd against the Service Level Agreement, the overall performance of Cinema City Education and the charity’s obligations under the lease.

To contact the Board please email info@cinemacityeducation.org.uk.

or post to: Board of Trustees, Cinema City Ltd. c/o Cinema City Education, Cinema City, St Andrews Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AD 


Board Members:

Philip Easter

Philip started his career by training and qualifying in the Accountancy Profession in the 1970’s, Philip has since held a large number of Executive and Non-Executive Director positions around the world including the UK, Europe and North America. Philip’s experience is in a wide range of Financial Companies ranging from Life and Composite Insurers to Mortgage, Leasing, Asset Management and Captive Insurers. He has also had extensive involvement with large Pension Funds as a Trustee over many years. Since his retirement from Aviva in 2008 Philip has managed a portfolio of diverse business interests and investments and is Chairman of a number of Boards in the SME world. After joining the Aegon UK Board towards the end of 2011, Philip was appointed Chairman in January 2012.

David Bolton
Vice Chairman

David is a successful business consultant with a wealth of experience creating and maintaining profitable farming businesses. Both his Degree in Agriculture and his post-graduate Business Administration Diploma came from the University of London. A Fellow of both the Association of Agricultural Valuers and of the Royal Agricultural Societies, David also chairs the Finance Committee of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, having joined its Court in 2009. A former director of the Oxford Farming Conference and a director of three current farming companies, David is also a Trustee to farming estates between Cambridge and Edinburgh. He is also Chairman of Governors of Town Close School, Norwich.

Mike Hutchinson

Mike started his early career in the electronics industry, in technical roles at Philips, Texas Instruments and EMI Electronics. He changed direction to become a social worker for Norfolk County Council. Since his retirement from local government he has been actively engaged in voluntary positions including school governor, business mentor for the Prince’s Trust and radio presenter for Future Radio. He has qualifications in electronics and social work, and a BA in Social Sciences from the Open University. He has worked on developing and documenting heritage walks in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and has a particular interest in the history and development of the technical aspects of cinema projection.

Jean Hogg

Jean is an award-winning filmmaker who directs both dramas and documentaries. Her short film Into the Silent Land sold at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and is currently in development as a feature film. She is Creative Director at Campbell Cloud Films, a production company working across education, business and local government. Jean has worked throughout East Anglia with a diverse range of groups and individuals, including those attending further education courses, mental health groups, groups for recovering drug and alcohol users and young people excluded from education. She has worked with local authorities, Norfolk Children’s Services, YMCA, Victim support, The Matthew Project, Scope and The Garage. Jean has a BA (Hons) in Art & Related Arts from Southampton University and an MA in Film Direction from Goldsmiths College.

Julian Swainson

Julian was Chairman of Cinema City prior to its HLF-funded redevelopment into a multi- screen venue in 2006. He has served as a councillor on Norwich City Council, Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council and has been closely involved with environmental issues and heritage management. He currently runs a management services business, and was previously engaged in filmmaking and photography.

Richard Larner

Having graduated in Law from Exeter University in 1983 Richard started his career in the City of London and became a Member of the Stock Exchange in 1986. Over the past 30 years he has specialised in managing investments for a wide range of private clients, family trusts, charities and pension funds. In August 2015 Richard was recruited to manage the newly opened Norwich branch of stockbrokers Hargreave Hale and three months later was appointed East Anglia President of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). He was also admitted as a Freeman of the City of London in 2009.

Stephanie Potts

Steph is the part-time Development Manager for Museums Norfolk, and a co-director of sfp Communications. She has considerable experience of the cultural sector, particularly in marketing and PR, business management and fundraising as well as experience of working on a variety of HLF funded projects in varying capacities. From 2004 to 2012 Stephanie was Director of Norwich’s Dragon Hall, prior to which she was Press Officer for Museums Sheffield. She has an MA in Textile Culture and a BA (Hons) in History of Art, Design and Film.