Emily Thrane was nominated by High Peak Borough Council to serve on the HIgh Peak Theatre Trust in June 2015. She is the authority’s Executive Councillor for Finance and Corporate Services. She has represented Temple ward in Buxton since May 2007. She was also a Theatre Trust director 2007- 2011 and represented the Derbyshire district councils on the East Midlands Arts Council 2008 - 2011.
Now retired, her previous career was in educational administration, first with local authorities and then with the Further Education Funding and Learning and Skills Councils. She is vice-chair of governors of Reaseheath College, a land-based specialist college in Cheshire.