The Team

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Senior management

Chris Gribble, Chief Executive and Board Member

Chris Gribble is NCW’s CEO and in charge of the overall strategic direction of the organisation and its artistic, social and place-making impact. He is Chair of the International Cities of Refuge Network ( and sits on the board of Carcanet Press and Modern Poetry in Translation and both the New Anglia LEP Culture Board and its Skills Advisory Panel. He has a PhD in German poetry and philosophy from Manchester University, swims enthusiastically, runs slowly and reads constantly.

Peggy Hughes, Executive Director

Peggy Hughes is Executive Director at National Centre for Writing. She is on the board of publishers at 404ink and Open Book Reading, and is former Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland. She is from Northern Ireland, and before moving to Norwich worked in literature in Scotland, at the University of Dundee, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, Scottish Poetry Library and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Amanda Salmon, Head of Operations and Commercial

Amanda is Head of Operations and Commercial. Amanda has re-joined the National Centre for Writing having previously worked for the organisation as General Manager. Prior to this, Amanda was General Manager for Dragon Hall under the Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Trust. She has a background in commercial events management, business development and general management in both the private and charity sectors. She loves to read, spending time outdoors with her family, and has joined a ‘Back to Netball’ team.

Freya Gallagher-Jones, Operations Officer

Fresh from her BA in English Literature, Freya has been with NCW since 2015, when she started as a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary placement. She is now Operations and Commercial Officer facilitating the operational delivery of NCW’s events at Dragon Hall, venue hire, building management and human resources. Freya is a self-confessed musicophile and has her fingers in a few creative pies, side hustling in illustration, craft and most recently metalworking.


Kate Griffin, Associate Programme Director

As Associate Programme Director, Kate Griffin focuses on international literature, translation and residencies. She previously worked for the British Centre for Literary Translation, Arts Council England, British Council Russia and as a freelancer for organisations including PEN International, Wasafiri and And Other Stories. Her photography blog is

Hannah Garrard, Programme Manager, Learning and Participation 

Hannah develops creative engagement programmes for children, young people and communities, offering a way into the literary arts for everyone. She has worked as an educator in many different spaces including a school library on a Liberian refugee camp, in a South Korean high school and in many corners of Norfolk as a youth worker for the young person’s charity, MAP. She is passionate about collectives, creative spaces and of course, books. Hannah is also a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna.

Laura Stimson, Programme Manager

Laura has been with National Centre for Writing since 2007, working primarily on live literature and talent development projects. She’s a graduate of Norwich School of Art & Design and has worked in event management for the NHS, for performing arts venue The Garage and as a reader for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. Laura is currently working on NCW’s Early Career Awards. She writes fiction and is represented by Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.

Florence Reynolds, Programme Manager

Flo Reynolds is Programme Officer, focusing on the programming and delivery of NCW’s festivals, year-round events and the Writer’s Toolkit face-to-face workshops programme. They are a Clore Emerging Leader (2019) and prior to working at NCW, they worked in academic publishing and the heritage sector. Flo’s poetry and essays have appeared in the likes of The White Review, Magma, Stand and more, and their debut pamphlet is forthcoming from Guillemot Press in 2021. When they’re not working or writing, Flo enjoys gardening and cooking. Their website is

Rebecca DeWald, Emerging Translator Mentorships Programme Manager

At NCW, Rebecca looks after emerging literary translators and their mentors. She is a bilingual emerging literary translator herself and an experienced academic, non-fiction and commercial translator (German, French, Spanish) with a PhD in Translation Studies. She coordinates the Literature and Translation Programme at the artist residency centre Cove Park, sits on the Translators Association Committee (Society of Authors) and runs the monthly Translators’ Stammtisch and Translation Theory Lab at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow. Rebecca enjoys swimming and gardening, and sharing her sewing and knitting projects @sewexpensive.

Sam Ruddock, Programme Producer (INN CROWD)

Sam has worked with NCW since 2009, as a Programme Assistant, Programme Manager now as Programme Producer of INN CROWD, presenting live literature in pubs and rural communities across England. He is also a publisher with Gatehouse Press, Director of Story Machine Productions, and a freelance editor, coach, and supports writers and literature organisations with fundraising. He started his career as a bookseller, is a Clore Leadership Fellow, and can usually be found trying to work while a dog sprawls across his lap.

Victoria Maitland, Programme Officer

Victoria Maitland is Programme Assistant, Learning and Participation. A lifelong Norwich resident, she graduated from UEA in 2015, taught creative writing in Leeway Women’s Refuge, and worked as a copywriter before joining NCW in 2017. She loves cycling and can occasionally be found talking about books on the internet.

Ellie Reeves, Programme Assistant

Ellie Reeves supports administration and logistics for the Programme team. Since graduating from the University of East Anglia, she has held roles in copywriting and event management. She is a current member of Young Norfolk Arts Trust and joined NCW after working for Norfolk & Norwich Festival. With a keen interest in poetry and live performance, she co-founded the arts review blog, rrramble. You can typically find her with a coffee in hand.


Paula Sanchez, Head of Communications & Development

Paula Sanchez has been passionate about levelling up the playing field her whole life and has spent the last 25 years helping different people and organisations make great things happen in communities with artists and other creative practitioners; from community radio and art in public spaces to festivals and young people’s creative development.

Originally from Essex, then growing up in California, Paula is alumni of University of East Anglia with a masters from Norwich University of the Arts. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She focuses her leadership in increasing the demonstrable value of the arts, social change and being a champion for how culture, creativity and art shapes and defines us as individuals, teaches us about ourselves and connects us as communities.

Before joining National Centre for Writing, Paula was Development Director at Norwich Theatre and Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and Head of Partnerships and Development for Out Loud Music and Sound City Ipswich. She spends as much time as she can on the Norfolk coast in an old camper van full of sand, packed with body and paddle boards, wetsuits and a flask of something. Two sons, two Bengal cats and an Instagram fanatic.

Stephanie McKenna, Communications Manager

Steph is the Communications Manager, leading on our box office and the promotion of our festivals, events and in-person workshops. A graduate of the University of East Anglia, she has previously held communications roles in the NHS and local government. As well as helping to co-host The Writing Life podcast with Simon, Steph co-hosts a pop culture podcast in her spare time and guests regularly on film podcasts. She edits Outsider, a zine featuring writing and drawing by women, non-binary folx and trans men. She was previously editor in chief of the SHHHH Guide to Norwich.

Róisín Batty, Communications Assistant

Róisín oversees NCW’s social media channels, assists with website and print promotions, and supports the administration of our box office. She also curates a monthly blog for Visit Norwich. Her background is in libraries, both in community and higher education settings, where she assisted with the planning and delivery of community events and led computer literacy sessions with vulnerable adults. A graduate of Goldsmith’s College, her interests lie in all things creative; from reading and writing poetry and scripts to exploring visual arts, theatre, textiles and film.

James Gill, Digital Marketing Manager

Gill is the Digital Marketing Manager, working to reach and engage audiences across our digital channels for all our on and offline events and initiatives. Gill spent his first 10 professional years as a journalist in print and digital newsstand music titles in London including magazines, websites, TV, radio and podcasts. In 2012 he returned to Norwich moving from media to content marketing where he worked on content strategy and delivery for brands including Rolls Royce, Santander and Oxford University. An avid reader and writer, he has self-published three sci-fi/dystopia books including a novel and two short story collections.


Meg Rumbelow Hemsley, Development Manager

Meg has a background in arts fundraising, working for Arvon and Whitechapel Gallery in London before joining the team in September 2018. Her role focuses on our revenue fundraising which keeps her busy with writing funding bids to trusts and foundations, looking after the NCW Supporters Circle and organising special events for our supporters. Meg is Norfolk born and bred and lives in the countryside where she enjoys birding and writing about the natural world in her poems, watching films and drawing portraits.


David Barrass, Head of Finance

David has been the Head of Finance for nearly three years.  He has over 13 years experience in the charity and arts sectors having been the Head of Finance at Cambridge Arts Theatre for 10 years.  David’s interests outisde of work involve being outside whether it be walking, allotmenteering, gardening or wildlife/birdwatching.

Maggie Ludlow, Senior Finance Officer