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The Adjudicators



Michael has been involved with the theatre, in one way or another, for nearly 50 years. He started at Sally Noble's Bristol Youth Theatre at the age of 10 and went onto graduate from The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in the mid-1980s. Thereafter he worked as a professional actor for a couple of decades. In the 2000s until 2016 Michael worked as a full-time drama teacher, teaching all age groups from year 3 to year 11. In 2012 he gained a first-class honours degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Manchester. Michael currently works full time as a site manager in the construction industry.

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Laura trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating in 2007 with a first class Honours degree, followed by a MA in musical Theatre at LJMU where she was awarded the Lynda La Plante Prize Fund for Outstanding Practice, as well as a GoGlobal Scholarship to carry out research in Europe. In 2020 she was awarded a GSMD ELQ Scholarship to complete a PGCert in Performance teaching at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Her performance career over the past fifteen years has seen her touring the UK as an actress and vocalist, from the UK Tour of ‘Dry Rot’ to supporting Will Young at the Olivier Awards. Alongside performing she is currently Artistic Director and Lyricist for A Handful of Keys Theatre Company and teaches Musical Theatre, LAMDA and LCM examinations at 344 Dance Centre.

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Nick started learning the piano at the age of five and attended the Central Oxford Music School for six years, learning piano with Vernon Jones and playing the violin in the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. He has recently retired from a long and successful career in education. He was Director of Music at Stonar School in Wiltshire for the last 28 years. Throughout his teaching career, he continued to perform regularly as a pianist and bass player and has written several instrumental compositions. He works closely with a number of local musical groups.



Ross Harvey is a professional actor trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked in theatre, television and radio drama. Theatre includes seasons with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Basingstoke and several major productions for the Bristol Old Vic. He has toured extensively with Bristol’s Ministry Of Entertainment since 1999. He works extensively as a corporate actor in the UK, South America, Far East and India.

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Chris worked in NHS primary care which he combined with being a writer, and for many years wrote an anonymous satirical column for a national pharmacy magazine. In addition, he has appeared in amateur drama and theatre sketches, been employed for corporate presentation and voice-over work, and recently has written and directed a number of amateur productions. Now semi-retired, Chris also performs with a sea shanty group that tours regularly around the South West.



Caroline has been involved in television, radio, theatre and performance for the past seventeen years, including touring with a theatre company. She is now a full-time Speech and Drama Teacher.

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Tash studied Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and since graduating in 2004 has worked as an actor, mostly in theatre and often in 'actor-musician' productions. She has also worked freelance across the Film and Television industries in production and crew roles, and in-house for a major UK broadcaster



Claire studied English and Drama at Leicester University.  During this time she worked in a Parisian recording studio, her voice being used in the production of French/English learning material. She worked as a Drama teacher before moving to the South West where she has been an active member of three different amateur dramatic groups.


GERRY PARKER - Drama Critic

A journalist and broadcaster with wide experience as an actor and director, Gerry has contributed theatre and music reviews to The Bristol Evening Post (now the Bristol Post), Western Daily Press and other journals since 1970. For many years he has written a weekly column on local theatre for the Bristol Post newspaper.



After qualifying, Clare Toghill taught, directed and choreographed in the Far East, The Middle East and Europe for a number of years. She was responsible for creating theatre-based curricular programmes for schools in Asia and for staging large-scale productions in several countries. She was an in-house Choreographer for a Singapore-based touring Theatre Company during her time there. Clare still teaches Drama and English in schools, lectures in colleges and tutors privately.


CAROLINE WHITEHEAD - Senior Adjudicator

Caroline trained as a classical singer and pianist. She has performed opera, light opera, classical concerts and musicals for more than 30 years with both amateur and professional ensembles. Caroline works as a vocal coach and has been a musical director for numerous productions in the South West. She also conducts mixed choirs, as well as playing the piano and the cello. As the widow of David Whitehead, Founder of Stage Electrics, Caroline retains a particular interest in lighting, sound and stage management aspects of performance.

The Committee

The Rose Bowl Awards are managed by a Committee comprising family representatives of the founders, Walter Hawkins and John Coe, and other officers and committee members.

President:  Gerry Parker

Chairman:  Caroline Whitehead​

Vice Chairman:  Steve Blackmore​

Secretary:  Liz-Anne Hendy​

Treasurer:  Rob McDonald

Peter Coe

Brian Fisher (Chair of the Awards Ceremony Sub-Committee)

Helen Moss OBE

Veronica Northam

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