Meet the Team

Equal People Performing Arts is run by a Board of Trustees, supported by Mushroom Theatre Company and a Fundraising Team.

Pat Mitchell

Trustee & Secretary
Pat became a Trustee in 2014, taking on the role of Secretary to the Board, having been a supporter of the charity and of Mushroom Theatre Company since her daughter joined several years prior to that. Pat spent some years working with children with additional needs in a local school, and mans reception on a Saturday morning, enabling her to see the aims of the charity come to life whilst meeting the students and parent/carers of Mushroom Theatre Company. She is delighted that EPPA are now able to offer AQA Unit Awards, and continues to provide support wherever she can.

Ian Smith

Trustee – Chair of Board
Ian  works as a professional sports coach in primary schools, and previously was a Sales Manager for the market leader in the music industry. He has been friends with Penni Bubb since 1990 and, constantly inspired by the children when he watched a Mushroom Theatre Company show, he immediately volunteered to be a Trustee when Penni launched Equal People in 2006.
Ian took over as Chair in March 2016, freeing up Dawn to focus on her role as Treasurer, and looks forward to steering the Charity forward alongside fellow Trustees and Volunteers.

Dawn Scrafield

Trustee & Treasurer
Dawn has been an Accountant for two decades in the NHS in Essex and has recently completed her Master’s in Business Administration.
She has been the Treasurer for equal People since 2006 when the charity first registered with the Charity Commission. Dawn lives in Southend and has two daughters, who have been Mushroom dancers. She has been an avid supporter of the charity since first being invited to join as a trustee and in 2014 happily accepted the role of the Chair to the board of Trustees.

Paul Shuttleworth

Marketing & Communications
An experienced special needs teacher, Paul recently completed his Masters in Education. He became involved with Mushroom Theatre Company once leaving school, has been part of the Equal People fundraising team since it was first established. Paul became a Trustee in 2013 as he believes the work of Equal People is truly unique in providing a fully inclusive environment for everyone.

Penni Bubb

Founder & Creative Advisor; Head of Strategy
Director, Mushroom Theatre Company
Penni founded Equal People Performing Arts in 2006, alongside Mushroom Theatre Company, and continues to provide the creativity and vision for both organisations, enabling children and young people to experience performing arts in new ways. Penni oversees most of the day-today operations within the Studios as the Director of our ‘preferred provider’, Mushroom Theatre Company.

Steve Westrop

Chair of Fundraising Committee
Website & Social Media Manager
Previously Operations Director and Chair of a national charity supporting disabled parent families, Steve has become increasingly involved in Equal People and MTC since his son attended a workshop in 2011. Steve manages the online presence of both organisations through his company, S6 Connect, and chairs the Fundraising Committee on behalf of the Trustees.


Volunteer, Fundraising
Amanda has been involved with MTC and Equal People for several years, both as a parent and an assistant teacher, and is part of the Charity Fundraising Team.


Volunteer, Fundraising
Parent of two children who attend classes at MTC, Katie recently joined the Charity Fundraising Team.

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