Herts Inclusive Theatre Welcomes Two New Trustees!

Trustees are an integral part of Herts Inclusive Theatre’s running – and today we are thrilled to announce we are welcoming two new Trustees to our board!

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Ben Darmanin and Jeremy Freeman who both have a wealth of experience to bring to HIT. We can’t wait to see how they develop the running of our charity. If you’d like to find out more about what a Trustee does, and learn a bit more about Ben and Jeremy, you’re in the right place.


What do Trustees do?


The Trustee Board is an essential part of HIT working successfully as a charity. The Board has a variety of purposes. They are key to keeping the charity accountable; ensuring that HIT is always acting within the law. They work with our Director, Caroline, to think about the big picture: planning strategy, policy and setting goals and targets. As time goes on, they will check that these goals are being met, evaluating the progress that’s been made.


Trustees are important for the board, but also a major asset as individuals. Each of our Trustees brings a unique history of their own to the role, whether through their personal or professional life. With their distinct perspective and skillset, our trustees can help our staff and volunteers in particular areas to creatively problem-solve or to open doors to help HIT be the best it can be.


Our Trustees act as representatives of HIT in the community, so we always want to welcome people on board who share our values of inclusivity and creativity.


Who are our new Trustees?


We are so pleased to introduce you to Ben Darmanin and Jeremy Freeman, who have recently joined our Board of Trustees.


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Ben Darmanin


Ben Darmanin has worked in theatre for over 25 years both onstage and behind the scenes. Currently, Ben moves between the UK and New York City. In New York, Ben works as an Associate Producer to Andy Blankenbuehler (Cats the Musical; Dirty Dancing; Hamilton), while in the UK, Ben is the CEO of MPAA, a musical theatre conservatoire providing degree-level education. Ben shares HIT’s passion for providing greater access to the creative industries for young performers and protecting their wellbeing – something he achieves through his consultancy work.



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Jeremy Freeman


Jeremy Freeman has had a long history in business, having run several companies over the years including current work as the founder of Business Brainbox, who specialise in content writing. He also works as the Conference Director for UpLift Live, the UK conference for LinkedIn users. Jeremy was born deaf and learned to communicate using speech rather than sign language, meaning he relies on lip reading. This has led to another career as an expert witness lipreader, which has had him working alongside the media, legal firms and the police.


Give a big welcome to Ben and Jeremy!


As you can see from the brief biographies above, Ben and Jeremy clearly have plenty of skills HIT will benefit from massively. We are so excited to start working with them, and we’re pleased to hear they’re excited to get started with HIT.


Could you be one of Herts Inclusive Theatre’s Trustees?


We love welcoming new people into the HIT team, and we’re always looking for new Trustees. If you’ve read this and think it sounds like something you’d be perfect for, we’d love to hear from you! You can access a full breakdown of the role here, and you can get in touch with us to let us know you’re interested by emailing admin@hit-theatre.org.uk.

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