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(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.


John CrabtreeChair: JOHN CRABTREE OBE, DL, D.Univ (2001 – present)
John Crabtree is former senior partner of the law firm Wragge & Co. He led the growth of the practice from a turnover of £15.7 million to a £77.8 million turnover, creating an international business with 110 partners. John was appointed Birmingham Hippodrome Chair in 2004.

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.


BridgetBRIDGET BLOW CBE (2006 –present)
A former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bridget Blow is Chair of consumer electronics firm Alba having formerly held the post of Chief Executive at ITNET.

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.

RodROD 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 FowlerSARA 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 HowellsGLENN HOWELLS (2012 - present)
Glenn founded Glenn Howells Architects over 20 years ago, winning numerous major design competitions and over 70 awards whilst creating a portfolio of diverse building types. Glenn advises Birmingham City Council and also sits on the Board for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

He sits on the Warwick University Board and is Chair of the Warwick University Building Committee. He is also on the Design Review Council Panel for Cabe, is Chair of MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment) and Chair of Birmingham's Ikon Gallery.

Mick Laverty 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.
 Gary RoweGARY ROWE (2014 - present)
Gary has fifteen years experience in the games industry and has been at the forefront of the industry's transformation into a multiplatform digital business. Specialising in company and product acquisition, Gary also runs digital marketing, licensing and development groups. 
With 8 years experience at the Japanese giant SEGA as an SVP Publishing, Gary is now leading Codemasters' transformation into the digital future.

 Mark SmithMARK SMITH (2009 – present)
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.

Mark is also Chair of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Development Trust (see below).

Rt RevThe 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 Jones has supported the theatre as a Special Adviser since 2006.
(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.  
Mark SmithChair: 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 AlexanderFIONA 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-WestonSIMON BOARDMAN-WESTON (BRI Wealth 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

Chair of Theatre Trust - see above.

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-MilneNICOLA 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 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. Nicola is thrilled to become a trustee for Birmingham Hippodrome.
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.

Mahnaz HashmiDR MAHNAZ HASHMI (Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust)
Mahnaz Hashmi is a consultant psychiatrist with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. She has specialised in medical anthropology and psychological medicine, and has been instrumental in the recent development of local and national NHS services to identify and treat mental illness presenting in general hospital settings.

Mahnaz is an enthusiastic theatre-goer with a particular interest in dance. She is grateful for many happy memories of attending Hippodrome pantomimes as a young child and is now looking forward to the opportunity to be involved with this fantastic theatre as a Trustee.

Jayne HerrittyJAYNE 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 KingMARTIN 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 LuckmanMICHAEL LUCKMAN (Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co)
Michael is a partner in and an Executive Board member of Wragge & Co. LLP, a £120m law firm with offices in Birmingham, London and internationally.  Michael worked as a lawyer in the City of London for many years and is a Freeman of the City of London.  However, he made the Midlands his spiritual and real home in 1995. 

An intellectual property lawyer by background, Michael currently manages the Corporate, Commercial, Finance and Projects practice at Wragge & Co. LLP.  An enthusiastic theatre-goer, Michael saw appointment to a role in the Development Trust as an opportunity to learn more about theatre and what it can do for any community and to give something back to both.

Ruth PipkinRUTH 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.
Claire RalleyCLAIRE RALLEY (Technology & Videogames Consultant)

Claire Ralley is former Business Development Director for American multinational videogame publisher Take Two Interactive, responsible for European digital sales, business development and for key global licence acquisitions. She was instrumental in the multimillion dollar revenue growth in Take Two’s digital business and delivering the digital transition in Europe. 
With over 13 years of commercial experience in the entertainment industry, she now specialises in consulting for major videogames publishers and advising technology start-up companies.  She is also a Board Member of a promising technology start-up.

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.

Theatre Trust
Hon Alderman David Roy OBE (2004-2014)
Steve Wellings (2002-2011)
Anita Bhalla (2006-2013)
Mike Hayes (2012-2013)
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

Development Trust

Andrew Connors (2009-2014)
Jeremy Millington (2005-2014)
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)



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