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
My first appearance was in a village pageant, at Grammar School I took part in 3 G & S productions , I once played before Dr Beeching ( of Railway cuts infamy). I took a break whilst I qualified as an Accountant and ultimately became an acting and dancing member of West Bromwich Operatic Society , here I became part of the Societies Management Committee taking various roles, Programme Editor, Social Secretary, Treasurer and Business Manager. I was invited by Neville Cook to be Midlands Area Treasurer and have had an active involvement in my local NODA Region culminating me becoming Regional Councillor in January 2010. I became President September 2016. Other interests include books and heritage railways.
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First involved with Am Dram at school when I took the lead in Nicholas Nickleby; unable to get involved again until 1996 when I joined a society; attended NODA Summer School since 1998 both as student and more latterly as Summer School Committee member; served as South East Area Regional representative; elected South East Regional Councillor 2009; Vice President of NODA 2013-14; President of NODA 2014-15. Member of Council since 2009; Life member on Council and currently Interim Chairman of NODA until AGM in September 2017.
Appointed Assistant Representative - East District 4S in 2016. I manage publicity/marketing for two very different musical theatre societies in Cambridge, and have the great honour of performing in both musicals and plays. The daughter of a theatre director, I'm a lifelong participant in and student of theatre, and have performed on stages in Germany, the US and Thailand -- as well as here. By day, I'm a content creative (editor/writer) and BSI [the British Standards Institute]'s Emerging Standards Maker 2016. Met husband Steve in a production of "The Crucible". He later ran a theatre my father had founded when I was a child.
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.
Fred's first major involvement with NODA began in about 1992 when, the then Northern Area Councillor, Ian Wells asked him to take over the position of treasurer from the Past Councillor Harry Low. Fred continued in that post until 1999 when Ian became National President and Fred was elected as Councillor. He served as North Regional Councillor and became a member of the NODA Management Committee until 2011 when he was elected as National President. At the completion of his year as President and subsequently IPP he was elected to remain on Council as an Life Member and subsequently elected as Chairman of Trustees in 2015 but reluctantly resigned in 2016. Fred is now on the Board of NODA Ltd as an Independent Director, thus continuing his involvement with NODA.
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 forty odd years since it is only in 2010 when 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.