Trustees, Patrons and Volunteers
Rose Marie
Rose Marie's big break came with an appearance before 15 million viewers on ITV's 'Search for a Star'. television appearances, pantomimes and summer seasons with the likes of Cannon and Ball and Les Dawson. She appeared with Les Dawson on his BBC show, She performed for the Royals at the Royal Variety Performance, sold out the Palladium three times. She picked up awards for National Female Singer of the Year, Best International Concert Star, Best New Act Las Vegas and Most Popular Singer at the International Music Awards. And the hit albums kept coming. She hosted her own BBC radio series and, when BBC Radio 2 made a documentary about the Travelling community. An appearance on cult BBC comedy series 'Shooting Stars' impressed hosts Vic and Bob so much they invited Rose-Marie to join them on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo for the live shows. With current record sales of over 15 million records, all 20 of her album releases going to gold or platinum status and a new album ready for imminent release,
Spike Dawbarn
Spike from 90s boy band 911 has become a patron of Entertainment Workshops. 911 reunited in 2005, when they participated in the ITV reality show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time. They continued to occasionally perform live shows thereafter. In October 2012, it was announced that 911 would again reunite for the ITV2 reality-documentary series The Big Reunion, along with Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, B*Witched, Five and Honeyz in January 2013. Due to the highly positive reception, the groups went on an arena tour around the UK and Ireland. Their comeback album Illuminate: The Hits and More was released on 8 September 2013, along with their comeback single '2 Hearts 1 Love'. In early 2014, 911 headlined their own UK tour The Illuminate: The Hits and More Tour. Entertainment Workshops is privileged to have Spike as a patron and we would like to thank him for all of his support in the work we are continuing to do.
Nick Van Eede
Nick Van Eede has agreed to become a patron of Entertainment Workshops. Cutting Crews first single to be released by the band was '(I Just) Died In Your Arm Tonight' released in the UK in August 1986. After an appearance on the BBC Television show, Top Of The Pops, with the song being regularly played on the radio and music videos shown on TV, the single shot up to number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and in May 1987 was number 1 in America for two weeks (Virgin's first Number 1 single in America). In total, the song went to Number 1 in 19 Countries. This would be their biggest hit single. In 2005 Cutting Crew participated in the ITV reality show Hit Me Baby One More Time Nick went on to write and produce for many other artists, including producing the original demo of Cher's hit 'Believe' Nick is currently working on a new Album. Nick volunteered his services at last year's EW Charity Ball and is helping EW with future projects it is a privilege and a pleasure to work with Nick and to have him as a patron.
John H Stacey
John H. Stracey, winner of the British welterweight title and won the world championship at this weight on the 6th December 1975, when he stopped Jose Napoles in the 6th-round in Mexico - despite having been knocked to the canvas himself in the first, EW is honoured to have such a legend as a Patron to our charity.
Bucks Fizz
Cheryl, Mike and Jay together again formerly of Bucks Fizz. Cheryl, Mike and Jay are as energetic, youthful and dazzling today, as they were when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with (the recently voted "UK's favourite Eurovision Song") "Making Your Mind Up", as part of the original line up of Bucks Fizz. The legendary skirt-ripping routine propelled them to overnight worldwide success, charting at No.1 in many countries beyond the UK. They sold more than 15 million records, toured the world and achieved success not seen since ABBA. They exceeded the popularity of many of their contemporaries in an era where records were more expensive and less readily accessible. Entertainment Workshops is thrilled and privileged to have them as our patrons
Paul Usher
Paul is best known for playing Barry Grant in Brookside, from the first episode until the last (with a lengthy gap before the final episode in November 2003), and PC Des Taviner in The Bill from 2001 to 2004. He has also appeared in Liverpool 1 and London's Burning and starred in Six Bend Trap, an Ironopolis Film Company with Lisa Riley and local actors from the Teesside Area. He appeared in Swing with Lisa Stansfield and Hugo Speer and in Robin Hood (2006, BBC). We are honoured to have Paul as a Patron.
Jersey Boys
Realising the shortage of quality acts on the Costa Blanca in Spain... After 4 successful years and with an immaculate reputation Gary realised that the Entertainment scene needed something new and fresh, it was at this point in 2008 that FX Tributes was born. They are constantly adding more artists, songs and shows to their database. “It is very important to us to keep evolving FX Tributes and to keep our shows fresh and because of this we always see familiar faces at our shows who come back time and time again.”Rather than Just offering one tribute artist they are a team of professional entertainers to creating some of the most spectacular shows you have ever seen. The main selling point of FX Tributes in the unique way they can tailor their shows to suit your audience whilst retaining a fluid and professional feel. Entertainment Workshops is very proud to have the guys as patrons.
Simon Pengelly
Simon Pengelly, born Simon Bradley Pengelly in Brecon on the 11th of February 1983, Simon went to Brecon high school, where he gained his g.c.s.e's and played for the school rugby team. Simon gained his second Dan black belt in shotokan karate with brecon shotokan karate club and became a welsh international fighter earning several Caps for his country. Simon took on an apprenticeship as an electrician and gained his nvq level 2, after completing the apprenticeship, Simon decided to travel the world, he spent considerable time in new Zealand and Australia playing rugby to a regional standard and also traveled Europe. Upon returning from his hiatus, Simon laced up his rugby boots once again and started playing for Neath RFC, semi professionally. He trained, competed and played at this elevated level for several years while simultaneously training in stone masonry. After completing this training, Simon was ready for a change. The rugby boots were hung up and Simon decided to chase the burning desire to become an actor, which had long been suppressed. Starting in 2009 with relatively small rolls, and moving along quickly he has appeared in the BBC's casualty, merlin, and being human, to name a few. Simon has appeared in a number of short films, most of which have gone on to win awards, but his passion lies in the feature films, where he has been lucky to work alongside such greats as Lou Ferigno, Simon has a real desire to push himself to the limits in his acting and likes to do his own stunts. With four feature films and two short films coming up and three feature films due for release this year, Simon Pengelly is a name to look out for.
Steve Brookstein
10 years on, Steve Brookstein still holds the record for the most votes in one night with over 6 million when he became the first ever winner of The X Factor. He went on to have a number one album 'Heart and Soul’ and number one single ‘Against All Odds'. Steve soulful tone has allowed him to duet on 'Yah Mo Be There' with 5 times Grammy winner BeBe Winans and supported soul legend Dionne Warwick We are grateful that Steve has agreed to be a Patron for EW.
Brett McLean
Lord Brett McLean is a business and community leader representing 30 charitable and private commercial enterprises from local to international level. He is President, Patron, Director, Chairman, Trustee and Ambassador for organisations that serve the communities of East & West Sussex, Kent, London and India. Brett has a keen interest in welfare & justice and is a strong advocate of ethics and standards. His motto is "Prodesse Civibus" when translated means to benefit his fellow citizens. Recipient of 2 lifetime achievement awards, The Civic Seal honouring public service and a Mayoral Award for services on behalf of those with disabilities he follows his motto to the best of his abilities. Details about Brett can be found on his website
John Phillips
The second son of Granville and Pauline Phillips, I was born in Cannock, Staffordshire on the 11th August 1964. My parents, although now deceased, remain to be my inspiration as to the protection and the caring of all people. As foster carers, I would see literally hundreds of special needs children enter my parents’ home over a life time of years. Is it any wonder that I now work in a world that sees the need for the protection of all? As a qualified, trained and practised medical instructor, my world of work is focused on humanitarian aid and the protection of others. I have travelled extensively to war torn countries and countries where disaster has befallen them due to natural occurrences. Be it medical assistance or simply the providing of basic fundamental needs like food and water, I play my small role in an effort to help the people of our world. Here in the UK I own and run a medical training company. It is here that I found a new focus. The protection of a free health care system for everyone. I started National Health Life Support to run alongside my company, EMTS, Eastbourne Medical Training Services, as a social community development program and initiative to support and protect our NHS. We all need a free health care system yet I fear that our people, in as little a time period of 10 years, will lose our NHS system in favour of private health care. Millions of our people with suffer. NHLS is a working plan which will help to stop this from happening. I continue to remain focused on assisting where I can in the preservation of health and care.