Meet the committee

The LADS is run by committee. Here you can meet the members.

Jan Evans - Membership Secretary

Jan Evans - Membership Secretary

For 20 yrs I toured the UK and Europe in different bands/duo etc and did occasional extra work with BBC/ITV. Moved down here in 2014 after retiring and found LADS. I enjoy being involved in the background and look forward to helping in any way I can.
Ron Gunstone

Ron Gunstone

I am a retired Biology / Science teacher. After graduating from Edinburgh Uni, I taught in Dingwall where Anne & I were in the Dingwall Players drama club. Spent 3 years teaching in Malawi, where we produced school plays. On return to Scotland we settled in Ross-Shire, me teaching in Alness Academy. Over the years I have been on various village and church committees. Moved to Pool Quay from Inverness 3 years ago to be nearer family. I have been involved with drama since school days; mostly on technical/stage managing side; but did produce some school plays for one-act festival in the Highlands. Have enjoyed being involved in the recent LADS productions with new challenges of varying locations.
Cynthia Hilton - Secretary

Cynthia Hilton - Secretary

I am a 71 year old widow and retired Theatre nurse. I have been in Amateur Dramatics for nearly twenty years now and my best achievement was to rewrite Oliver and direct it on a stage in Spain. The players consisted of three groups of people, Am Drams, Children’s Theatre and a group of ex-pats with no real acting experience, the latter of which proved to be the best actors and singers!
Steph Jerrard

Steph Jerrard

I’m Stephanie. I live in Oswestry. Married with one son. I’m a watercolour artist and a Mum and I love all things creative.
Anna Lingard - Compliance Officer

Anna Lingard - Compliance Officer

I am a primary school teacher with a degree in theatre. I have lived in or near to llanymynech for 13 years and joined The LADS in 2007 during their open air community theatre project In The Limelight. I have always been impressed and excited by The LADS willingness to create memorable theatre experiences, from large scale community projects, Shakespeare on tour, or smaller productions in local venues. I’m pleased to be part of the new committee.
Mark Lingard - Vice Chair

Mark Lingard - Vice Chair

Mark is a former journalist turned marketing manager, who is responsible for the group's website and any marketing materials. You will never find him on stage, under any circumstances whatsoever, unless he is helping Anna to rig lights. His only theatrical appearance to date remains Wise Man Number 2, Sitwell Infant School, Rotherham, circa 1981. It went well, so he quit while at the top.
Ian Phelps

Ian Phelps

I’m Ian and I live in Llanymynech having relocated from Bedfordshire in December 2017. I joined LADS in 2018 predominantly to meet people in the local area. Since then I have worked on stage sets as crew for the one act plays and festival before being ‘conscripted’ by Pam to play the Commanding Officer in The Forresters House and Edward IV and Sir Richard Radcliffe in the immensely enjoyable staging of Richard III. In my professional life I work in Human Resources and I am Chair of Trustees for Age Cymru Powys
Bex Smith - Treasurer

Bex Smith - Treasurer

I've been a LADS member for over 20 years with my parents being founder members. I've been on the committee for the last 5 years as treasurer. I'm an accountant. I have 2 little girls and I live in Llanymynech but in the process of moving to Trefonen. I have been involved in countless productions and done a range of jobs like sound and props. Most recently played Bathsheba in Far from the Madding Crowd.
Julia Thomas

Julia Thomas

I have been a member of LADS for probably 20 years, started doing bits while I was still teaching, then was able to become more actively involved when I retired in 2012. I enjoy performing but have also directed with some success, however I’m happy to help in any capacity bar anything to do with social media - I’ll leave that to the experts.
Alison Utting - Chair

Alison Utting - Chair

I have been a member of LADS since 2005 and have served on the committee for the last few years. I've been involved in many LADS productions, usually as an actor or director. I love the adventurous, ambitious side of LADS - and the fact that it never gets in the way of fun and friendship.