Belfast Operatic Company : Office Bearers
Thompson Steele (President)
A long serving and enthusiastic member of the Company, Thompson (better known as Thompie) served the Committee for over 20 consecutive years as Company Treasurer, overseeing the income and expenditure of productions and the day to day running of Heron Road. In 2010 Thompie was popularly voted the new President of the Company and continues to play an extremely active part in the running of BOC. Thompie also acts as the Company's AIMS representative, as well as completing many small but vital roles which ensure the smooth running of the premises.
James Huish (Chairman)
Since he was a child James has had a passion for singing and performing and has appeared in many musicals, playing Tony in ‘West Side Story’ and Danny in ‘Grease’. He is known province-wide for his Michael Buble Tribute Band.
In 2010 James appeared with Belfast Operatic Company for the first time in the demanding role of ‘The Beast’ in our award winning ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Since then he has become an enthusiastic member of the Company, joing the committee in 2011, becoming Vice Chair in 2012 and Chairman in 2013.
Tina McVeigh (Secretary)
Not only has she been singing for the Operatic for over 25 years, but Tina has also been Company secretary since 2003, and is responsible for all Company correspondence. While this would seem to be a limited role, most members will be aware that the role of Secretary goes far beyond this, and indeed is one of the busiest offices a Company member can hold. Our frequently filled email inboxes, loaded with announcements and reminders from Tina are testimony to this, and the large amount of hard work, effort and dedication she puts into her role.
Elizabeth Boyd (Treasurer)
A Life Member of the Company, Elizabeth joined as a babe in arms in 1983 (ahem!). She quickly worked her way up from chorus girl and enjoyed playing many principal roles in the Grand Opera House and beyond.
Offstage, she has often served on the main committee, even chairing it for a year. For the last few years she has concentrated on the marketing side of things but has decided to brush up on her arithmetic and step up to the mark once more with the role of Treasurer.
She hopes to successfully follow the trail blazed by the previous Treasurers and keep a firm hand on the controls of the Company's finances!
Richard Couser (Vice-Chairman)
Ricahrd feels privileged to be elected as Vice Chairman for the Belfast Operatic Company, where he has inherited a strong and vibrant group of members, both singing and performing. It is a real challenge to step into the footsteps of previous office bearers where the company has grown from strength to strength, with success after success. On and off, he has been a member of the Company for over 30 years and has watched it develop from a talented group of performers to a very successful amateur society.
This coming year is no different where, in November, the company is staging "A Christmas Carol" and soon afterwards in 2014 a production of "The Producers."
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