NODA Ltd is the 'trading arm' of NODA CIO (the charity) allowing us to raise money through sales of merchandise, pantomime rights, badges and medals - all profits of which is gift-aided back to the charity at year end
Eric SmartNODA Ltd Chairman
I have been associated with NODA since 1995 when I became a regional rep in District 8 in East Region. Became Eastern Councillor in 1995 and National President in 2005/6 at which time I was appointed as the Association’s first Chairman. I resigned from that post in 2011 but remained as a NODA Limited director to the present day. I have directed shows every year since 1974. In my working life I was an Executive Director of UBS in charge of Customer Service and Client Audit. I am married to Wilma and we have two married daughters, one of whom has given me two delightful grandchildren.
Michael HastilowNODA Ltd Secretary
Neil has been involved in community theatre for over 30 years as an actor, singer, director, stage manager, sound technician, lighting operator, front of house manager, ticket secretary, society chairman and even national administrator. His passion for theatre is endless having performed in productions of Shakespeare to Guys and Dolls and directed more than 30 productions from high comedy to the works of Arthur Miller.
When Neil isn’t helping to run a community theatre in South Wales, he is also a Health and Safety Consultant and set up NODASAFE in 2012 in partnership with NODA to help and guide societies through the steps that they have to take to be both compliant and also safe.. Neil has been involved in Health and Safety for over 15 years and has run his own consultancy since 2009. His philosophy for safety in theatre, is to do the simple things correctly and this will ensure trouble free, safe and better productions.
Neil studied management and business in University to postgraduate level. He started his career in retail management, and then management training, He has been a director for 4 years with NODA Ltd and is a past Chair too.
Gordon has been involved with amateur theatre since before he was born - his mother taking him to shows and his local society rehearsals whilst she was pregnant - it was a matter of assumption rather than informed choice that once he become old enough to take to the stage he did so - his first experience being as a young prince in 'King and I' at the age of 8. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since those first steps onto the stage and now some almost 60 years later he has just received his 45 year LSA.
In those years he has appeared in more musicals than he cares to mention and a multitude of plays. He is the first to admit that given his singing voice (somewhere between the cracks of the keys...) his first love is drama and loves nothing better than to act.
His other love, somewhat masochistically, is the politics of amateur theatre and hence the role of Regional Councillor is such a great fit for him as he loves the 'cut and thrust' of committee discussion and decision making. Although Gordon has been interested in NODA since he joined his local society over forthy years since it is only seven years since he was elected as a regional rep (having twice lost out to other opposition). In 2012 in Cardiff at the national AGM he was honoured to receive the 'Presidents Cup' by then retiring president Fred Piggford. This inspired and motivated him to standing for election to the Regional Councillor position in 2013, a role he was proud to be elevated to. He continues to love the friendships he has made through visiting societies and will continue as long as he is able.
Fun Fact - he once shook hands with the, then, President of the USA.