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Birmingham Hippodrome Spokespeople

The people below will be happy to comment on any media related enquiries - please contact either Mandy Rose or Amy Haycock using the link to the right.

John Crabtree OBE DL D.UNIVJohn Crabtree image
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust
John Crabtree, a former senior partner of Birmingham law firm Wragge & Co., joined the board of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd in 2001 and was appointed Chairman in 2005.
A former High Sheriff of the West Midlands and former President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he is currently Chairman of  Brandauer Holdings Limited, Glenn Howells Architects, HSEC Limited, Real Estate Investors Plc, Staffline Group Plc, TruckEast Limited and White & Black LLP.
John is also a Director of SLR Management Limited and Worcester Warriors RFC; he was a board member of Advantage West Midlands (the regional development agency for the West Midlands) and was recently appointed Chair of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel.
He has collected several awards including UK Lawyer of the Year in 2003, Birmingham Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and Variety Club Midlands Businessman of the Year in 2004. 
John is also Chairman of Sense,  the leading national charity for children and adults who are deafblind, for which he was awarded the OBE for his services.
Martin Guest (CBRE)
Martin Guest 2Chairman, Birmingham Hippodrome Development Trust

Martin is the Managing Director of the Birmingham office of CBRE Property Consultants, and is responsible for some 100 staff across 10 difference business lines.

Martin is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in Birmingham and the Midlands for over 25 years and has advised on some of the City’s most significant new developments including Snowhill, Arena Central and Paradise.  He was the founding Chairman of the Birmingham Office Market Forum, has chaired the Office Agents Society and is a local committee member of the Urban Land Institute. 

Martin has been a Trustee of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Development Trust since 2011 and was appointed Chairman in July 2015.

Rob Macpherson
Director of Marketing & Development
Rob MacphersonRob has worked in the arts and entertainment industry since 1991.  After graduating in Music from Bristol University, he spent a year with PwC before moving to the London Philharmonic Orchestra (working at the South Bank Centre and at Glyndebourne), and later with Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
He was previously at Warwick Arts Centre (University of Warwick) prior to taking up his post at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2003 where he now oversees marketing and communications strategies. He also has fundraising responsibility for the theatre’s charitable projects, building partnerships with corporate supporters, individuals, Trusts and statutory bodies. 
Rob also works closely with the Chief Executive conducting research, developing new initiatives in education and access, and collaborations such as International Dance Festival Birmingham and the Southside BID. 
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