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| BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME THEATRE TRUST Ltd
(Registered Charity No. 510842)
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd is an independent registered charity established in 1979.
It receives no public subsidy from Arts Council England or Birmingham City Council and relies on its share of Box Office revenue, transaction charge receipts, ancillary sales, conference income and fundraising.
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS|
Chair: JOHN CRABTREE OBE, DL, D.Univ (2001 – present)
A former High Sheriff of the West Midlands and former president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, he is a Non-Executive Director of SLR Management Limited and of Staffline Group plc, and a board member of Advantage West Midlands and Worcester Warriors RFC; he is also a Director of Real Estate Investors plc. John was awarded the OBE for services to the leading national charity for deaf-blind people, Sense, of which he is also Chair.
BRIDGET BLOW (2006 –present)
She is also a non‐executive director of the Coventry Building Society and a Council member of the University of Birmingham. Bridget is the first female Chair of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
|ROD DUNGATE (2008 – present)
Rod Dungate represents Birmingham City Council Labour Group on the Hippodrome Trust. He divides his time between writing and education.
He teaches at Birmingham School of Acting and is Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow for Birmingham City University’s faculty of Performance, Media and English.
SARA FOWLER (2011 - present)
Sara Fowler is a partner with Ernst and Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and leads the regional Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services.
Sara specialises in developing strategies for dispute management involving negotiated settlements, mediations and arbitration and acts as an expert witness both in the High Court and in arbitration proceedings, in the UK and internationally.
GLENN HOWELLS (2012 - present)
MICK LAVERTY (2011 - present)
Mick Laverty is the Chief Executive of the Student Loans Company and was formerly Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands (AWM) until its closure in 2012, responsible for all of its 2,500 projects and programmes.
He played a leading role in major transformational schemes such as the re-development of New Street Station, Eastside and Longbridge, Ansty Park in Coventry and i54 in Wolverhampton. Under his leadership, AWM were rated as the best performing Regional Development Agency by the National Audit Office and also won the prestigious Midlands Excellence Award.
|Hon Alderman DAVID ROY OBE (2004 –present)
David Roy is a past Lord Mayor of the City of Birmingham, past Chancellor of the University of Central England, Freeman of the City of London and is an Honorary Alderman of the City of Birmingham.
He is also Trustee of Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities and received the OBE in the 2011 New Year's Honours.
MARK SMITH (2009 – present)
Mark is also Chair of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Development Trust (see below).
|The Rt Revd DAVID URQUHART (2009 – present)
After a career in commercial management with British Petroleum, Bishop David trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
His appointment as Bishop of Birmingham was announced in 2006 and he acts as the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy to China.
|DIGBY, LORD JONES OF BIRMINGHAM Kt.
Digby Jones has supported the theatre as a Special Adviser since 2006.
|BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME THEATRE DEVELOPMENT TRUST
(Registered Charity No. 511567)
|Established in 1981 to raise funds in support of the work of the Hippodrome and to improve the building's infrastructure, the Development Trust has since secured millions most notably during the public appeal for our award-winning 1999-2001 redevelopent project.|
|Chair: MARK SMITH (PwC)
Midlands Regional Chairman of pwc and Senior Partner of the Birmingham office, Mark leads teams at offices in Birmingham, Castle Donington and Milton Keynes, which house more than 2,000 staff.
|FIONA ALEXANDER (University Hospitals Birmingham)
Director of Communications at the new Queen Elizabeth - Selly Oak Hospitals, Fiona was formerly Editor & Business Development Director of The Birmingham Post and is a board member of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
|SIMON BOARDMAN-WESTON (BRI Asset Management)
Simon is Chairman of investment management company, BRI Asset Management plc and is also a director of a number of Midlands based commercial property businesses.
He has been involved in a wide range of commercial companies and not for profit organisations and also serves on a number of charity boards
|ANDREW CONNORS (Lloyds TSB)
Andrew is Area Director for Lloyds Banking Group’s West Midlands Large Corporate business.
He joined Lloyds Bank in 1992 from University and prior to his current role has held a variety of positions over the last 20 years in Lloyds’ Commercial and Corporate Banking businesses, primarily in London.
JOHN CRABTREE OBE, DL, D.Univ
John was formerly one of the Divisional Directors for Brewin Dolphin in Birmingham. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, he brings almost 40 years of experience in investment management.
NICOLA FLEET-MILNE (FleetMilne Property)
As well as being MD of FleetMilne Property, Nicola is also Chair of the city’s young professional network Birmingham Future, Executive Vice Chair of Birmingham's largest senior business network Birmingham Forward, Board Member at Colmore Business District & mentor to young talent. A short list, but time consuming!
Nicola has passion for Birmingham and all its offerings in abundance. A former Birmingham Young Professional of the Year category winner and an active member of the city’s thriving young professional community, Nicola’s drive and influential status has a substantial impact on Birmingham’s development. A huge advocate for the city, Nicola is thrilled to become a trustee for Birmingham Hippodrome.
|MARTIN GUEST (CBRE)
Martin is the Managing Director of the Birmingham Office of CBRE, the world’s largest property consultants, and is responsible for some 100 staff across 10 different business lines.
Martin is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in Birmingham and the Midlands for over 20 years and has advised on some of Birmingham’s most significant office leasing projects including Snowhill, Baskerville House and Arena Central. He was the founding Chairman of the Birmingham Office Market Forum and has also chaired the Office Agents Society.
|JAYNE HERRITTY (Calthorpe Estates)
Jayne has 20 years experience in property and has been involved in regeneration of Edgbaston during her eleven year with Calthorpe Estates.
Jayne is passionate about the world class facilities in Edgbaston and a keen supporter of developments that attract new visitors and improve the lifestyles of people working and living in the city.
|MARTIN KING (Signia Wealth)
Martin King is Managing Director of Signia Wealth, and heads up their newly opened Birmingham office based in Edgbaston. Martin joined Signia in 2012 from UBS, where he was Executive Director and founder of their Birmingham office, and has over 25 years experience working for a number of Private Banks, including, UBS, KleInwort Benson, and Singer and Friedlander.
Martin supports, and is an Ambassador for a number of charities, including Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer (LFBC) and Teens Unite Fighting Cancer.
|MICHAEL KUO (ENT Partnership)
Michael Kuo is a consultant otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon) at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He has a comprehensive paediatric otolaryngological practice at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a particular interest in paediatric head and neck diseases, airway problems and congenital hearing disorders.
At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Michael has a general otolaryngological practice as well as being one of the surgeons (alongside speech therapists and a voice consultant) providing a laryngological service to professional voice users.
|JEREMY MILLINGTON (Wragge & Co)
A partner at Wragge & Co., Jeremy specialises in mergers and acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, private equity and venture capital. Jeremy also supports the charity Sense.
|RUTH PIPKIN (ReWired PR)
Ruth has over nine years' experience in the PR and marketing industry, working both in-house and in consultancy before her specialist interest in the creative, arts and leisure sectors saw her establish Rewired PR in May 2008.
Ruth is a founding Director of Creative Republic, a representative body for the West Midlands’ creative and cultural sectors. She is a former Birmingham Young Professional of the Year and a member of Birmingham Future’s Graduates into Employment Committee, working to ensure that the city retains its key talent for the future.
|We are indebted to the following people who, for the periods indicated, have supported the theatre by serving on one of our Boards since our inception in 1979.
Steve Wellings (2002 - 2011)
Anita Bhalla (2006-2013)
Mike Hayes (2012-13)
Ronnie Bowker (2005 - 2010)
Ian Squires (2005‐2009)
Cllr Ian Ward (2004‐2008)
Ray Way (1999‐2008) Deputy Chair from 2005
Chris Kirk (1985‐2005) Chair from 1996
Kay Alexander (1996‐2005)
John Hawksley (1993‐2005)
Sir Neville Bosworth CBE (1979‐2004)
Frank Graves OBE (1979‐2004)
Bruce Tanner (1982‐2001) Deputy Chair from 1990
J Alexander Patrick (1990‐1993)
BV Smith (1986‐1989)
CV Wilkinson (1979‐1984)
LF Matthews (1979‐1982)
David Justham (1979‐1989) Chair from 1979
T Morris (1979‐1996) Chair from 1989
Mark Hales (2011 - 2013)
Derek Inman (1999 – 2009)
David Richardson (2005 ‐ 2009)
Stuart Flint (2004 ‐ 2009)
Kathrine Ohm Thomas (2005 ‐ 2009)
Keith Dennis ( 2005 ‐ 2007)
Julia Willoughby (2002 ‐2006)
John Minards (2004 ‐ 2006)
Chris Kirk (1996 – 2005)
Gordon Tonkinson (1997 – 2004)
Amrik Chote (2002 ‐ 2003)
Alistair Nee ( 2001 – 2003)
Freddie Dyer (1996 ‐ 2003)
Lynda Hopkins MVO (1991 – 2003)
John Hawksley (1992 – 2003)
Bruce Tanner (1996 ‐ 2001)
G Walsh (1991 ‐2000)
S Sham (1997 ‐ 2000)
W R Raby (1999 ‐ 2000)
S Livingstone (1997 ‐ deceased 1999)
D West (1998 ‐ 1999)
E R Petrie (1994 ‐1999)
Timothy Morris (1982 ‐ 1996)
John Wardle (1981 ‐1994)
John Adcock (1985 ‐ 1994)
J A Patrick (1990 ‐ 1993)
Anthony Da Nouaille Rudge (1981 ‐ 1993)
Edward Jeynes (1989 ‐ 1992)
Otto Charles Darby (1981 ‐ 1988)