The Adjudicators



Laura trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating in 2007 with a first class Honours degree and is currently completing her MA at LJMU. Her performance career over the past ten 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. 


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.


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.


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.




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.


Having read Drama and English at Bristol University, Rebecca worked for BBC Radio Four’s Drama Department. Always drawn to teaching, she is now a teacher of Speech and Drama privately and in schools. Additionally, Rebecca works as a voice and presentation skills coach in colleges and businesses and also facilitates Speaking and Listening Courses for South Gloucestershire; she continues to direct plays with young people. Rebecca is an adjudicator for the International Federation of Speech & Drama.


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: Joan Hawkins

Vice President: Gerry Parker

Chairman:  Caroline Whitehead

Vice Chairman: Steve Blackmore

Secretary: Liz-Anne Hendy

Treasurer: Denise Jones


Peter Coe


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


Richard Jones


Helen Moss OBE


Veronica Northam

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