Electric Voice Theatre Registered charity no:1194881

On Monday the 21st of June, 2021, we became a CIO and were lucky enough to have with us a very distinguished board of Trustees whose commitment and advice has been invaluable both to us achieving this status and to making decisions about our future development.

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Professor Nicholas Till (Chair)

Nicholas Till is a historian, theorist and maker of opera and music theatre, and an environmental activist. He is Professor of Opera and Music Theatre at the University of Sussex, and Pierre Audi Chair in Opera and Music Theatre at the University of Amsterdam.  His publications include Mozart and the Enlightenment (1992) and The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies (2012). He lives in London.

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 Segun Lee-French  

Segun became a Trustee in 2022. He has worked as a singer, poet, composer, playwright, film-maker & club promoter. As singer for cult band, Earthling, he featured on two critically acclaimed albums on Cooltempo and toured across Europe, performing on MTVBBC1VH1 Canal 5. As a poet & playwright, Segun’s work has been commissioned for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Manchester. Segun’s debut solo show, Bro 9 at Contact Theatre, won Best Fringe Performer & Best Design in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2003. Segun has a nominee for the Arts Foundation Performance Poetry award and his first poetry collection, Praise Songs for Aliens, was published in 2009. His most recent play Palm Wine & Stout was featured on Radio 4 Midweek and toured the UK in 2014.

Segun has extensive experience in community arts education, having worked previously for Apples and Snakes and Community Arts North West. Since 2012, he has worked in cultural education strategy and development and is currently Head of Cultural Enrichment at Islington Council.


Frances M Lynch
(Artistic Director)

Herbie Clarke
(Production & Marketing Director)

As a CIO we were able to appoint Frances as one of the trustees and Herbie continues as our most important volunteer.  You can find out more about them on our company ABOUT page or go to Frances’ website for her artistic CV. The picture is from 2016 when they won the Three Weeks Editors Award for one of the 10 best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe for “Superwomen of Science”

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Dr Bergit Arends

I am a curator of contemporary art, museum professional, and academic. I create and study interdisciplinary curatorial and artistic processes with a focus on environment, natural history collections, and visual art.

Currently I am British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. I started the fellowship at University of Bristol in in the History of Art department and at the Centre for Environmental Humanities in 2019, before transferring to the Courtauld Institute of Art in September 2021.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl became a trustee in October 2022. Admired for her originality, fluency and professionalism, she has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. Classical tradition (she trained as a cellist and pianist at the Menuhin School before going on to Cambridge and King’s College, London) along with diverse contemporary inspirations including literature, painting and dance, have contributed to a creative presence provocatively her own. “Intricate in argument, sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority” (Robin Holloway, The Spectator), her output – widely premiered, broadcast and commercially recorded, reaching audiences from the Proms to outreach workshops – addresses all genres from opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music. Cheryl has worked with EVT on three occasions, writing vocal music inspired by Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace and Florence Attridge, an Essex woman who, whilst working at the Marconi factory in Chelmsford during WWII, helped to make secret radio sets for spies.

Emma Bernard

Emma Bernard, Curator of Fossil Fish at the Natural History Museum in London, joined our board of trustees in October 2022. She is a dedicated museum professional with over 15 years’ experience working on natural science collections in small local authority, large regional and national museums in the UK.

Emma is passionate about engaging people about science, especially younger audiences, alongside challenging perceptions of what a palaeontologist looks like. She regularly participates and leads outreach events across the UK, such as the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival covering aspects of palaeontology, evolution and talking about sharks. As well as online events, such as the Natural History Museums’ Nature Live online.

A heroine of Emma’s is Mary Anning, and she has been fortunate enough to have been involved in various projects over the years, including a short programme on BBC Inside Out about who Mary Anning was; as a consultant of an upcoming children’s book about Mary Anning with Penguin Random House Publishers and with EVT’s school’s programme.

Emma is no stranger to the stage having spent 20 years attending various dance classes. In her late teens and early twenties, she was a ballet teacher and a professional cheerleader. She also regularly attended classes with the Scottish Youth Theatre as a teenager.

Past Trustees

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Siân Ede
(Chair June 2021 – October 2022)

Siân Ede was a guiding light to EVT over many years, providing the initial impetus for our Minerva Scientifica Project.  We were very sorry to see her retire as Chair and Trustee in October 2022.
She was Arts Director at the Gulbenkian Foundation’s UK Branch, where she encouraged new forms of artistic experiment and greater participation in the arts. Siân is well-known for Gulbenkian’s pioneering Art and Science programme and her book Art and Science (IB Tauris, 2005, 2nd edition 2008) has been translated into a number of languages. She has been adviser to the Natural History Museum and the Wellcome Trust and was the first woman to give the Royal Society’s Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize lecture. She was a member of the editorial committee of the journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and co-editor with science writer Philip Ball of two volumes on Art & Science in 2017/18. She was formerly vice-chair of National Theatre Wales and now enjoys singing with community choirs.