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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.

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.

Anwen Lady Hurt

Anwen was married to the actor John Hurt and has lived in Norfolk for the last ten years. She studied music at Birmingham Conservatoire and went on to work in both musical and straight theatre before moving to the other side of the camera and producing television and cinema commercials for 15 years. She has produced and cast a number of feature films and documentaries while living in Norfolk, most notably In Love with Alma Cogan, Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict and ChickLit. Anwen is a Trustee of Sheringham Little Theatre, a Patron of the Holt Youth Project, Patron of the Norwich University of the Arts Munnings Restoration Project and has been actively involved in the Holt Festival for a number of years. She is Patron of Project Harar, a UK registered charity to help people affected by facial disfigurement in Ethiopia and joint patron, along with the actor David Morrissey, of the Derby Film Festival.

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.

Jaan Larner

Jaan is a corporate and commercial lawyer, of 20 years’ experience with an MBA from Oxford University and a particular interest in entrepreneurial activity. He advises clients on their corporate structures, as well as their ongoing day to day commercial activity, and has advised on over £2bn of transactions during his career. Jaan is also an author of both ‘The Modern Cad Guide’ and the bestselling ‘Fatboy to Ironman’.

Andy Newman

Andy runs a successful PR consultancy in Norwich, working with a variety of clients in a range of sectors. He is also a widely published food and wine writer. Originally from Hampshire, he studied languages at the University of East Anglia in the 1980s, and settled in the city on graduating. Andy has been a Trustee of a number of arts-based charities both in Norfolk and London, as well as serving ten years on the development committee of the Norfolk Community Foundation. He is currently a member of the development committee of the Priscilla Bacon Hospice. A percussionist, he can regularly be seen performing on the county’s stages with a variety of orchestras, choirs and other musical groups.

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.