We are governed by 15 Trustees who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Tim Eyles (Chair)
Tim Eyles is Managing Partner UK and International Board member of leading international law firm Taylor Wessing, Chair of The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, one of the UK’s leading arts charities, and a Director of the Jerwood Space. In his early career he was a lawyer, then partner, with the law firm, Goodman Derrick, where the senior partner was Lord Goodman CH, the founding Chairman of The Theatres Trust. Tim Eyles became Chair on 1 February 2015.
Richard is a chartered quantity surveyor by background and has over 40 years’ experience in the UK and Global construction market including 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, one of London’s most innovative office specialist property regenerators and investors with an actively managed portfolio of 6 million sq. ft. Richard is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently engaged by the Royal Academy of Arts and the Geffrye Museum as a special advisor on their new building programmes. Richard Baldwin became a Trustee on 1 January 2016.
Dara Ó Briain
Dara Ó Briain is a comedian and television presenter, noted for hosting television shows such as such as Mock the Week, Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums and The Apprentice: You’re Fired! He began his career by performing in comedy clubs in Ireland; he now tours both nationally and internationally. He has also written a book; Tickling the English published in 2009, and written for most of the national papers in the UK and Ireland, including a year as sports columnist for the Guardian. Dara Ó Briain became a Trustee on 1 April 2014.
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 is currently a director at Allies and Morrison Architects, and sits on the casework committee of the Twentieth Century Society. Paddy Dillon became a Trustee on 1 January 2016.
Ruth Eastwood is currently CEO of the Grade II* listed Matcham Grand Theatre in Blackpool. She 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 (2006-2009) and Poole Arts Trust (1997-2006). Ruth Eastwood became a Trustee on 7 February 2011.
Dame Penelope Keith DL
Penelope Keith is an actress. Her theatre career began in repertory prior to joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. President of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund. Previously High Sheriff of Surrey in 2002-2003 and now a Deputy Lieutenant of the County. Penelope Keith was appointed a Dame in the New Years honours 2014. She became a Trustee on 14 July 2008.
Peter Roberts has spent the last 54 years working in the theatre industry, in theatres all over Great Britain and internationally. Most recently he was the technical director and head of theatre development at Cameron Mackintosh, and is now a freelance theatre consultant. He is currently an Independent Governor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Peter Roberts became a Trustee on 1 April 2014.
Ann Skippers is a chartered town planner with over twenty-five years’ experience in the planning sector in a career which has spanned the public, private and academic sectors. Director of Ann Skippers Planning, Ann speicalises in neighbourhood planning and is a well known advocate for the profession. She 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 in the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. Ann Skippers became a Trustee on 1 April 2014.
Anna Stapleton is a Freelance Arts Manager, with over forty years’ experience of working in the arts. Previous posts include Administrative Director at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; Drama & Dance Director at the Scottish Arts Council; and Drama Director at the Arts Council of England. She has also worked with a range of producing theatres in Scotland and England. Anna Stapleton became a Trustee on 12 May 2014.