We are governed by 15 Trustees who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Tim Eyles (Chair)
Chair of The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, one of the UK’s leading arts charities, and Chair elect of the Royal Society of Arts. Tim also has a portfolio of business interests and serves on a number of boards. He is former Managing Partner at international law firm Taylor Wessing. Tim became Chair at the Theatres Trust on 1 February 2015 and was reappointed by The Secretary of State at the DCMS for a second term in January 2018.
Richard Baldwin is a chartered quantity surveyor by background and has over 40 years’ experience in the central London construction market, the majority of which he spent at Davis Langdon, where he was responsible for the successful delivery of numerous high profile projects. Richard is now Head of Development at Derwent London, which actively manages a portfolio of 5.5 m sq. ft. Richard Baldwin became a Trustee on 1 January 2016.
David Blyth has been involved in theatre and arts entertainment management for over thirty five years in both the commercialised and subsidised sectors. In 1987 David joined the management team of the local authority run Fairfield Hall Arts Complex in Croydon and over the next five years was Head of Operations. He joined The Ambassadors Woking as General Manager in 1992 and became Head of Operations for the Company in March 1997, while retaining the role of Chief Executive of the Ambassadors Woking. In February 2000 he joined the board of ATG as Operations Director. He subsequently relinquished the role as Chief Executive of Woking in September 2006 to concentrate on the expanded position of Operations and Buildings Development Director. In March 2011 he was appointed as Ambassador’s Property Director, with responsibility for their portfolio of 39 venues across the UK, America and Australia. David retired from Ambassador Theatre Group in 2015. Since his retirement David has become the Chairman of the Marina Theatre Trust in Lowestoft. David Blyth became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Pam Bone MINSTF(DIP)
Pam Bone is an independent adviser for the cultural industries. She advises organisations on strategic and business planning including fundraising and resource development. Over the past 17 years she has secured significant funding to enable new and refurbished arts buildings, artistic and learning programmes and individual projects. Prior to this she was employed in senior management roles in performing arts organisations, major theatre venues and the funding system. Pam Bone became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Dara Ó Briain
Dara is a comedian and television presenter, noted for hosting television shows such as Mock the Week, Stargazing Live and The Apprentice: You’re Fired! Dara began his career by performing in comedy clubs in Ireland; he now tours both nationally and internationally and has released 5 DVDs. He has also written books for children and adults, and written for most of the national papers in the UK and Ireland. Dara Ó Briain became a Trustee on 1 April 2014.
Paul Cartwright was a partner of the private equity firm, Rutland Partners LLP until December 2018. Paul joined Rutland in 1988 and has been actively involved in its development through to becoming Managing Partner in 2005. Paul has been a lead member of the team in raising £800m for investment across the three Rutland Funds since 2001. Paul has also led a wide range of turnaround and restructuring investments for Rutland and held many board positions in portfolio companies. Paul still represents Rutland in certain portfolio companies. Prior to joining Rutland, Paul qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen working in corporate finance and consultancy. Paul Cartwright became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Paddy Dillon is noted as a theatre architect and conservationist, and as a writer and broadcaster. He led Haworth Tompkins’s architectural team for the award-winning regeneration of the National Theatre, and before that headed the regeneration of Snape Maltings. He was a director at Allies and Morrison Architects, leading projects for the Roundhouse and RADA, and is now an independent architect and consultant. He sits on the casework committee of the Twentieth Century Society, and the editorial board of ITEAC. Paddy Dillon became a Trustee on 1 January 2016.
Currently CEO of the Grade II* Listed Matcham Grand Theatre in Blackpool, Ruth has worked in touring, presenting and producing theatres from Hull Truck to the Royal National Theatre. She has managed large-scale capital developments whilst Chief Executive of Leicester Theatre Trust (2006-9) and Poole Arts Trust (1997-2006). Ruth Eastwood became a Trustee on 7 February 2011.
David Ian is a theatre producer who presents shows all over the world. He is the recipient of five Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. He started out as an actor and appeared in a number of UK theatre productions, including the musicals Time, The Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Rocky Horror Show. From 2005, David was the Chairman and CEO of the global theatrical division of Live Nation having previously joined the group in 2000 when it was part of Clear Channel, the largest theatrical group in the world. At Live Nation, David was responsible for Broadway Across America, which produces and tours first class Broadway shows in over 40 cities in the United States and Canada. He was simultaneously CEO of the UK division which included over 25 theatres both in London’s West End and most regional markets in the UK. In 2006 he founded David Ian Productions, based in London’s Covent Garden. It is now one of the UK’s leading producers of live large-scale theatrical entertainment. David Ian became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Richard Johnston has been Chief Executive of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres since October 2004. He was also Chief Executive of Stoll Moss Theatres/Really Useful Theatres from 1992-2000. From 2000-2004 he was Chief Executive of the Racecourse Holdings Trust/Jockey Club Racecourses, which is the leading group of UK racecourses. Earlier positions included Director of the Birmingham Hippodrome and Chief Executive of the Contemporary Dance Trust. Richard Johnston became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Gary Kemp grew up in Islington and attended local grammar school Dame Alice Owens and Anna Scher’s Children’s Theatre drama club, becoming a child actor in film and TV. In 1976 he left acting to concentrate on making music and song writing, founding the 1980s super group Spandau Ballet. His songs spent a combined total of 500 weeks in the charts and generated over 25 m record sales worldwide. Gary pursued an acclaimed solo career after Spandau Ballet split in 1990 and returned to acting, starring in films such as ‘The Krays’ and ‘The Bodyguard’ and performing on stage at Wyndham’s, Stratford East and the Trafalgar Studios. He writes articles on art, music and the theatre for numerous publications, including the Times, Guardian and Evening Standard, and presents and produces programmes for TV and radio. Gary Kemp became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Simon Ricketts is one of the founding partners of Town Legal LLP, a boutique planning law firm. Prior to Town, he was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons (previously SJ Berwin). Simon specialises in planning, compulsory purchase and local government law, particularly in relation to UK major mixed-use development projects. He was ranked as the UKs most highly rated planning solicitor in 2018 for a ninth year running by Planning magazine and is rated as a Tier 1 planning solicitor in Chambers UK and Legal 500. Simon Ricketts became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Ann Skippers is a chartered town planner with over twenty-five years’ experience in planning in a career which has spanned the public, private and academic sectors. Ann was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in 2010, was the Vice President (Europe) of the Commonwealth Association of Planners from 2010-2012 and Vice Chair of the Construction Industry Council from 2011-2014. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Ann Skippers became a Trustee on 1 April 2014.
Truda Spruyt is Practice Director at Four Culture, working with a range of clients across the arts from the International Booker Prize to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. She has over twenty-five years’ experience of devising and executing integrated communications strategies, working with clients to define key messages, evaluate brand values and raise profile. She is Chair of the Philosophy Foundation and co-founder of Borough Book Bash.
Anna Stapleton has worked for over forty years as an Arts Manager in the performing arts. Previous posts include Administrative Director at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; Drama & Dance Director at the Scottish Arts Council; Drama Director at the Arts Council of England and work with a range of producing theatres in Scotland and England. Anna Stapleton became a Trustee on 12 May 2014.