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.
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 Bylth became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
Pam Bone is an independent adviser specialising in planning, resource development and project delivery for the creative industries. Over the past 15 years she has secured £50-100m for arts buildings, artistic and learning programmes and individual projects. Over the last decade she has enabled the creation of significant arts spaces including the refurbishment of the Lighthouse in Poole, the Crucible in Sheffield, the Courthouse in Otley, HEART – enterprise and arts centre in Leeds, studio spaces for Mind the Gap at Lister Mills in Bradford, New Writers’ Centre in Newcastle. Clients working with Pam to ensure ongoing sustainability and growth through fundraising have included Leicester Theatre Trust (Curve), Sheffield Theatres (Crucible), Mind the Gap, Jellymould, The Art House and the Quilters’ Guild of the UK. Pam Bone became a Trustee on 1 July 2017.
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.
Paul Cartwright is a partner of the private equity firm, Rutland Partners LLP. 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. 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 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.
David Ian is a theatre producer who presents shows all over the world. 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 the majority of the 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 premier 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 million 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 2017 for an eighth 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.
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.