The Board of Trustees 2021 - 2022

The Board of Trustees are are elected at the annual AGM and are responsible for the smooth running of the society. If you would like to e-mail us as a group please use See below for our individual e-mail addresses, if you would prefer to message one person directly. 

Alexis Rose

Alexis first joined Centre Stage in 2011, and has performed in fourteen Centre Stage shows - favourite roles include Roz in 9 to 5, Patty in Grease and Nellie in Jekyll & Hyde.  She also produced Centre Stage Unplugged and Fame.  She joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and spent a year as membership manager, three years as business manager and four years as Chair. A strategy consultant by training, she has over 20 years experience in consulting and business operations and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a tech start-up. She is also a qualified coach and a passionate diversity advocate. She is honoured to be moving into the role of President of the Centre Stage family.

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James-Lee Campbell

James-Lee is delighted to be Chair of Centre Stage. His love for the society has grown more and more over the past four years. James-Lee’s first involvement with Centre Stage was as Choreographer for ‘Christmas Cake’ and he has since performed in 'Love Happens Here' and 'Jekyll & Hyde'. He joined the Committee as Creative Consultant in 2018, originated the role of Education & Diversity Officer in 2019 and is now filling the shoes that have come before him as Chair. James-Lee aims to bring his industry experience and drive for diversity to his tenure.

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John Hoarey


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Peter Stonnell

Peter joined Centre Stage London in 2016 performing in 9 to 5: The Musical followed by Fame: The Musical in 2017.

After a short break Peter returned to Centre Stage London performing in Centre Stage Proms in 2019. His next Centre Stage project will be Choreographing and performing in our 2022 production of Cats.

Peter joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 and is excited to be carrying on in his role as Membership and Events Manager, being the first point of call for new and existing members.


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Will Garrood


Will took part in his first Centre Stage production in 2019 with Centre Stage Proms and and first joined the Board of Trustees as Marketing Officer. Having co-produced Godspell, he is delighted to now take on the role of Artistic Director. Will has enjoyed treading the boards in multiple amateur theatre productions in London and back home in Suffolk since 2013. Will has an extensive background in digital video production and digital video marketing, with over 5 years experience as a video editor, photographer and camera operator. 

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Emma Newman

Emma first joined Centre Stage in 2015 where she played Molly in Ghost and has been in a few too many shows since to list. She joined the Board of Trustees as Secretary in 2015, and has also been the Business Assistant and Marketing Manager since. She is now thrilled to be back as Business Manager for 2022! 

When not singing and dancing, Emma works at an advertising agency in London and runs a patchwork and quilting business in Melbourne, Australia and from her living room in London. 

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Giusy Pappalardo

Giusy is a trained performer, published mixed race model and freelance theatre professional working in London. 
During the day she works as Reception Manager and as Musical Theatre Department Assistant for City Academy. 
Active Body Positivity advocate, Charity work supporter and producer of Mental health Awareness related events, Giusy has first joined Centre Stage for their production of Godspell – and loved it- and is delighted to join the committee as Education and Diversity Officer.

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Kaylen Rose

Kaylen joined Centre Stage in 2016 just after she moved from Ireland and trained in Opera Singing at The Royal Academy of Music. Since then she has been in multiple shows with Centre Stage, and is thrilled to now be on the Board of Trustees in an events role. She hopes that if you attend any of our events that they always spark joy and make you feel right at home. 

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François Vanhoutte

François joined Centre Stage in 2018 for Grease. He loved it so much that he wanted to return! He was lucky enough to be in the cast of Jekyll & Hyde and Centre Stage Proms, in the same season. François recently played 'Judas' in our latest production of Godspell and is now very impatient to play hips and paws as 'Rum Tum Tugger' in our first 2022 production of Cats. François is really happy to be in the Board of Trustees as Box Office Manager and giving his free time to Centre Stage.

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Gia Benjamin

Gia joined Centre Stage in 2021. Driven by a long time personal love for theatre, she decided to seize the opportunity and take part in her first audition for the group’s production of Cats. Working as a digital marketer for a magazine publisher by day, she hopes that her experience will prove valuable as the committee’s new Marketing Manager for 2022.

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Will Hunkin

Will joined Centre Stage in 2018 and has appeared in many shows including playing ‘Doody’ in Grease The Musical. Most recently he got his ‘Quasimodo’ on for his solo ‘Out There’ from The Hunchback Of Notre Dame in Centre Stage Proms. After two years as Business Manager Will is now taking on Social Media, where he feels most at home. When not performing in shows, Will works in financial crime at Santander.

Rosie O'Rourke

Rosie is delighted to be joining the board of trustees this year and is very excited to be performing in Cats which will be her first show with Centre Stage. She has worked on a number of West End shows in merchandising and is now a Box Office Manager and Marketing assistant in a renowned West End theatre. She is very excited to be using her knowledge in her new role as the Marketing Officer to help get our shows and events out there and seen by all.