Staff

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    Jon Morgan

    Contact Jon to discuss the impact of our work protecting theatres, or if you would like to support us through partnership to further our understanding of theatres infrastructure or to help us raise awareness of their vital role in communities.

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

    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 manages the communications, marketing, press campaigns 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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    Marie Lane

    Contact Marie if you would like to hire a meeting room at the Trust.

    Marie manages the Trust's meeting room bookings. Marie previously managed Clapham Community Project, a charity delivering free advice in Lambeth. As Manager, Marie ran the attached rehearsal rooms for 15 of the 25 years she was there. Marie joined the Trust in October 2016.

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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 Better Theatres 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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    Sarah Walsh

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

    Sarah is responsible for the operational management of the Trust; including governance and personnel; operational and logistical event management; and the management of the delivery teams for key activity areas, including the Resource Centre and marketing. Sarah joined us from Thames Festival Trust, where she had been General Manager since 2014, delivering large scale site specific work across London. Prior to that Sarah worked at the Whitechapel Gallery as Administration Manger and played an integral role reopening the Gallery in 2008. Sarah joined the Trust in October 2017.