We are governed by 15 Trustees who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Paddy Dillon (Interim Chair)
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 and was reappointed by The Secretary of State at the DCMS for a second term in January 2019.
Paddy Dillon has agreed to take on the role of Interim Chair pending the appointment of a new Chair for which the recruitment process is currently underway.
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 and was reappointed and was reappointed by The Secretary of State at the DCMS for a second term in January 2019.
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 and was reappointed by The Secretary of State at the DCMS for a second term from January 2021.
Annie Hampson is a Town Planner who prior to March 2020 was the Chief Planning Officer at the City of London. She has 40 years’ experience at a senior level within Planning Authorities involved in a great range of development schemes and in repurposing and refurbishing many listed buildings. She has given a wide range of talks and presentations and has experience in judging, negotiation and decision making. She is the Chairman of the London Diocesan Advisory Committee which has responsibility for over 600 Church buildings, many of which are listed and where Access and new needs lead to change. She was awarded an OBE in 2018 for her services to Planning in London. Annie Hampson became a Trustee on 14 September 2020.
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 and was reappointed by The Secretary of State at the DCMS for a second term from January 2021.
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 and was reappointed by The Secretary of State at the DCMS for a second term from January 2021.
Jane Spiers is Chief Executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, (His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall and Lemon Tree). She led the £10m restoration of the Music Hall and as Chief Executive of Horsecross Arts, she led the team through the construction of Perth Concert Hall and championed Perth Theatre redevelopment. She was client lead for the redevelopment of the Stirling Tolbooth, winner of the Crown Estate Conservation Award. Jane is an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Jane is an experienced programmer, producer and events manager. She is a Non-Executive Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, Sage Gateshead, Sound Festival, UK Touring Partnership and the Scottish Theatre Producing Consortium. Jane Spiers became a Trustee on 14 September 2020.
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. Truda became a Trustee on 7 October 2019.
Katie Town is Executive Director of Theatre Royal Wakefield, a Grade II* listed Frank Matcham theatre in West Yorkshire. She has led the theatre since the end of 2015, taking the organisation through a process of rapid creative and organisational change, including building and opening a new extension. Katie previously worked as General Manager for the National Theatre’s Learning Department. Originally qualifying as a non-practising barrister, Katie decided a career in the arts seemed more interesting, initially working at the Royal Opera House and then in a number smaller arts organisations, including Candoco Dance Company. Katie Town became a Trustee on 14 September 2020.