Meet the team behind the award-winning Razzamataz Theatre School franchise. Our people are at the very heart of what we do and many have been there since the very beginning.

Our Founder and Managing Director is still very much involved in the day to day running and decision-making and is supported by a team of professionals who bring their own unique skills and experience to the schools and who all share a passion for performing arts.

“We are privileged to work with young people in the performing arts, to watch them grow and help shape their experiences. I’m so proud of our team of Head Office staff and Principals for the work they do and the commitment they extend to the students of Razzamataz and the lasting legacy that we are creating.”

 

The quality of our entire team reflects the quality of the franchise opportunity we offer, and if you feel like you have what it takes to run a Razzamataz school then we’d love to meet you.

Denise Hutton-Gosney

Managing Director and Founder

Managing Director and Founder
Denise is as dedicated about Razzamataz as she was when she opened her first school in 2000 in Penrith, Cumbria. Denise is still very much involved in the day to day running and decision-making and works closely with all franchisees to create schools focused on excellence in training and creating amazing opportunities for students.
• Multi-award winning franchisor.
• Former professional dancer and acrobat.
• Successfully appeared on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
• Mum to two boys.
“Razzamataz is my baby and a business that I feel so passionately about. It’s a privilege to have spent my life working in the performing arts industry and supporting franchisees to build their own successful theatre schools.”
Fun fact: Denise is a fitness fanatic, can still do a headstand and caved into her boys when they asked for a rabbit and a hamster.

Charlotte Young

Operations Director

Operations Director
Charlotte joined Razzamataz in 2005 and became an award-winning, multiple franchise owner. She supports franchisees on their own journeys and is passionate about all things Razzamataz.
• Former professional performer and qualified street dance teacher.
• Arts Award Advisor.
• bfa & EWIF Finalist.
• Mum to Freddy.
“Razzamataz is a huge part of my life and who I am today. From transitioning from being a professional performer to being a teacher, manager and multi territory owner, all with Denise's support. It’s an industry that I love and I’m so grateful that I can continue to work within the performing arts."

Fun fact: Charlotte loves Street Dance and Yoga but always wanted to be a ballerina (but had awful flat feet!)

Karen Keeman

Public Relations Advisor and content creator

Karen joined Razzamataz in 2010 and works with franchisees to advise on all things PR and media. Karen creates content that can be used to help raise the profile of Razzamataz, attracting new franchisees and students. This includes the network’s own dedicated student magazine, RazzaMagazine.
• Journalist and awards writer.
• Media trainer.
• Blog writer.
• Mum to two teens.

“There’s never a shortage of amazing stories to tell at Razzamataz. From the incredible students to the inspiring franchisees, it’s always a pleasure to create content about the magical benefits of performing arts.”
Fun fact: Karen and Denise first met when they were young dancers and despite living at opposite ends of the country, regularly meet up for work and fun.

Suzie McCafferty

Franchise Support

Multiple-award winner Suzie is a powerhouse in the franchise industry. She works closely with Razzamataz to help support our franchisees grow businesses and smash their goals, as well as hosting our annual Conference and Regional Meetings.

• Chairperson for the Scottish Franchise forum and EWiF Scotland
• Member of the British Franchise Association
• Chamber of Commerce Business Mentor
• International franchise experience
• Mum to a 3 year old Diva in Training

“For me, the Razzamataz brand shines as an example of what can be achieved when you combine amazing people with a fabulous franchise model. More than 20 years of hard work has led to a network of empowered business owners, a host of well-deserved awards and thousands of happy parents and kids. I am so proud to be part of the Razz family!”

Fun fact: Despite being rarely seen out of a business suit or evening dress, Suzie is actually happiest in a wetsuit or riding boots. However, she has yet to find a reason to wear both at the same time!

Claire Walford

Systems Support & Brand Compliance

Claire combines working with Head Office with being a long-standing franchisee of Razzamataz Yeovil. Her background working with numerous financial and IT software programmes makes her ideal for supporting Razzamataz franchisees with improved technology and systems.
· Supports HO with financial analysis, plus software training & development.
· BA (Hons) degree in Economics & Econometrics.
· Qualified as a Management Accountant.
· Successful working parent.
“I am proud to be the Principal of Razzamataz Yeovil and see the development of our students and staff every week. Working for Head Office, providing financial data and systems support, now gives me a fantastic extra challenge that allows me to use my professional training to assist our entire network.”

Fun fact: Claire was an avid swimmer as a child, competing in synchronised swimming with her club team at Kent County level. At one time she could hold her breath underwater for a full minute.

George Darrall

Admin & Marketing Assistant

George started acting in local Pantomime at age 13, since then he went on to study at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith. After this he went on to attain a degree in Drama from Manchester Metropolitan University. Being very interested in creative arts and media,

George is a valuable addition to our team. He has dreams of acting in Film as well as writing his own fantasy novel series.

Fun fact- above all he wants a dog of his own to name Parsnip.

Jason Gosney

Health and Safety Support

Hayley Limpkin

Network Coach

Hayley is the franchisee of multi-award winning Razzamataz Medway, one of the network’s flagship schools with at its peak more than 600 students. Hayley and her team are instrumental in bringing new classes and products for the whole of the network to benefit from. This includes numerous projects with high-profile partners such as Universal Pictures, First Choice and Kids Casting Call Pro.
• Winner of the British Franchise Association Lifestyle Franchisee of the Year Award.
• Winner of the British Franchise Association Franchise of the Year Award.
• Member of the Leaders Council for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
• Mum to two young children.

“The wonderful thing about being in a Razzamataz franchise is that we can build our own teams and create the flexibility that works for every individual. We are committed to giving back to the community, achieving excellence in theatre arts and supporting youngsters to gain valuable life skills and experiences.”

Fun fact: Some 20 years ago, Hayley had the joy of working at Disneyland, can you guess which character she was?

Bookkeeping

Luke Disley - Bolt Books

Accountants

Dodd & Co Cumbria

Helen Bell

Stage Manager, Razz Early Years Development & Franchise Advisory Council member

Debbie Mitchell

Event Manager & Franchise Advisory Council member

Emily Connor

Creative Coach

Michael French

Future Fund Charity Ambassador

David Boothman

Graphic Designer

Ian Irving

ICT & Marketing Support

Louise Bennett

Child Protection Support

Catherine Hunt 

GDPR Support