Staff

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    Jon Morgan

    Jon is responsible for leading the work of the Trust, and the development and delivery of the Trust's strategy. With a wealth of experience across the theatre and arts industry, Jon joined us from the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) where he had been Director since 2008. Jon's previous roles include Director of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Executive Producer of Contact Theatre, Manchester and General Manager of TAG, Glasgow with earlier periods at Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Orchard Theatre, Kent. Jon joined the Trust in January 2017.

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    Claire Appleby

    Contact Claire if you require design and architectural advice for theatres or for information and guidance on working with theatres at risk.

    Claire manages our Theatres at Risk work, advises on theatre-related capital redevelopments, and is responsible for the delivery of the Trust’s Advisory Review. Claire studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and has worked for renowned practices including Panter Hudspith Architects, Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, and Bennetts Associates. Claire has experience working on new build and refurbishment projects, both within the arts sector and on heritage buildings, including projects for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Hall in Harrogate. Claire joined the Trust in June 2015.

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    Kate Bierman

    Contact Kate if you would like to support the valuable work that the Theatres Trust does in theatres across the UK.

    Kate is responsible for raising funds from trusts and foundations, public funders, individuals and corporates as well as managing our wonderful Friends and Corporate Supporters. Most recently she was Director of Arts and Heritage at fundraising consultancy Philanthropy Company and clients included BAFTA, The Factory and Tara Arts. Kate's previous roles include the Development Director at Wilton’s Music Hall and Donmar Warehouse, with earlier periods at the Unicorn, Soho and Bush theatres, and Rambert Dance Company. Kate joined the Trust in April 2018.

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    Kate Carmichael

    Contact Kate if you have a press or marketing enquiry, or would like to contribute to Theatres Magazine.

    Kate coordinates the communications, marketing materials and publications of the Trust, including editing Theatres Magazine and the NewsDigest. Kate previously worked for the Trust as Resources Adviser, managing the grant schemes. Kate studied archaeology at Durham University, specialising in standing buildings. Kate joined the Trust in 2006.

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    Tom Clarke MRTPI

    Contact Tom for advice on Planning and Listed Building Applications and Planning Policy.

    Tom manages the statutory planning casework referred to the Trust for consultation by local authorities and advises on local and neighbourhood plans and national policy consultations. Tom studied for a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Westminster where he undertook unique research on how the planning system might better protect pubs from unnecessary loss. Tom previously worked at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where he led on key aspects of their new Local Plan and drove forward new policies promoting and protecting cultural venues and the arts.  Tom joined the Trust in January 2018.

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    Justine Harvey

    Contact Justine if you have a press or marketing enquiry or want to work with us to promote theatre, the arts or placemaking.

    Justine leads on the Theatres Trust’s marketing and communications strategy, with responsibility for raising the organisation’s profile, increasing engagement with key stakeholders and developing the Theatres Trust’s communications channels. Justine has a background in marketing and communications in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including working at Amazon, UK Theatres (back when it was the Theatrical Management Association) and most recently at the National Housing Federation. She has also volunteered at various theatres including the Gate, Shakespeare’s Globe and Questors. Justine joined the Theatres Trust in July 2018.

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    Janina McBride

    Contact Janina for information and guidance on working with Theatres at Risk, particularly if you are a campaign group, building owner, or other stakeholder and want some advice about how to develop early plans to protect or restore your theatre.

    Janina supports our Theatres at Risk work in a part-time capacity, focusing on early-stage evidencing of project viability, organisational capacity and governance, and the development of business plans. Having studied Heritage Management at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, she has worked at the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the grants team, and for consultancies Barker Langham and Tricolor. Janina joined the Trust in August 2021.

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    Ashish Shah

    Contact Ashish if you have any finance enquiries.

    Ashish is responsible for managing the Theatres Trust and Theatres Trust Charitable Fund accounts. Ashish is a chartered accountant with 20+ years’ experience in the Finance field, including 9 years as Head of Finance in a well-known Charity in London. In addition to his accountancy skills, Ash is also an IBM Certified Software Engineer. Ashish joined the Trust in December 2017.

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    Tom Stickland

    Contact Tom if you are in need of advice or funding for a capital project, are interested in applying to our grant schemes, or attending one of our workshops.

    Tom provides advice around the effective operation of theatres, including fundraising and viability. Tom manages our grant schemes and the Building workshop programme. Tom previously worked at HQ Theatres & Hospitality as Business Manager. Prior to this Tom was the national administrator for Arts Council England’s Cultural Olympiad programme and the evaluation of the London 2012 Festival, and worked as a freelance venue manager operating venues of all sizes. Tom joined the Trust in January 2017.

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    Laura Wootten

    Contact Laura if your enquiry is related to the operational and general management of the organisation.

    Laura supports the overall work of Theatres Trust through effective organisational, operational, project, and event management. Laura has spent over 10 years working across a variety of business support roles – everything from key account management and credit control to developing company culture and recruitment strategy. Most recently, she was Operations Manager at Engineers Without Borders UK; running all of the operational functions of the charity.  Laura studied Drama at the University of Lincoln, and her most memorable performance was on the stage at Frank Matcham's Gaiety Theatre on the Isle of Man in 2014. Laura joined the Theatres Trust in August 2021.