Meet the Directors

For further information or to contact any of the Directors please email:
or telephone: 01502 714911

Vicky Russ (Chair)

Vicky became a Director in 2020. Formerly Head of Leisure at Waveney District Council, she recommended outsourcing the Lido and Hall, and was then CEO of Sentinel Leisure Trust, running WDC’s remaining leisure assets. More recently she has held senior marketing, business development and transformation roles, currently at Norfolk & Suffolk (NHS) Foundation Trust. As Chair, Vicky is responsible for leadership and management of the Board.

You can contact Vicky by emailing her:

Shaun Crowley (Managing Director)

Shaun is one of the founding Directors of BLL and worked in London as a Sales Director for Thomson Reuters.  As Managing Director, Shaun oversees each of BLL’s assets and is responsible to the Directors for leadership and strategic direction of BLL.  He also acts as focal point for PR and co-ordinates Treasurer activities.  Shaun is on the Lido and Hall Management Groups.

You can contact Shaun by emailing him: or by telephone: 07710 976519

Maureen Saunders (Deputy Chair)

Maureen is one of the founding Directors of BLL and before she retired spent a long career in Nursing, finishing as a Day Sister.  She co-wrote “Beccles and its Hospital” and is a Friend of Beccles War Memorial Hospital.  Maureen oversees HR and is also on the Lido Management Group with responsibilities including overseeing the cafe.

You can contact Maureen by emailing her: or by telephone: 01502 714911

Suzanne Gibbons (Secretary)

Suzanne is one of the founding Directors of BLL and has a strong back background in charity fundraising.  Before retiring, she was chief executive of a registered charity based in London, raising money for neurological research at UCL’s Institute of Neurology.  She was also awarded a National Lottery grant to build 2 floodlit multi-purpose playing areas for tennis, football and netball in Yoxford, Suffolk.

You can contact Suzanne by emailing:

John Cushing

John joined BLL to save the Public Hall and became a director in 2012. He has a 25 year association with the Hall, performing in and directing a number of shows, and advising the district council (the previous owners) how the Hall should be operated. He is a member of the Hall Management Group and takes responsibility for day-to-day management and operation of the Hall.

You can contact John by emailing him: or by telephone: 01502 712329

Jane Claridge

Jane is a Freelance Arts/Leisure Business Planning Advisor and became a Director in 2021. She has a long track record in the Arts and Theatre, including in the West End and at Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and The Garage. Jane was a professional advisor on the 2009 Heritage Lottery funded restoration of St George’s Theatre, and then a Trustee 2013-20. Jane oversees business development and community engagement matters.

You can contact Jane by emailing her: