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(Registered Charity No. 510842)

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd is an independent registered charity established in 1979.

It receives no revenue funding from public sources, and relies on its share of Box Office, transaction charge receipts, ancillary sales, hospitality and conference income, and fundraising.


John CrabtreeChair: JOHN CRABTREE OBE, DL, D.Univ
John was senior partner of Wragge & Co for 12 years during which time the Birmingham legal firm developed into a major international practice, now renamed Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. He was UK Lawyer of the Year in 2003 and voted West Midlands Businessman of the Year in 2004.  

John has been instrumental in raising over £4.5m for the leading national charity for deafblind people, Sense, and was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to Sense which he also chairs. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

A former High Sheriff of the West Midlands and former president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, John is also Chair of two quoted companies and several private enterprises, and was appointed Chair of Birmingham Hippodrome in 2004.

John became a Trustee in 2001.


A former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bridget 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. Bridget became a Trustee in 2006.


Rod 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. 
Rod became a Trustee in 2008.

Sara 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.
Sara became a Trustee in 2011.

Andy has held senior roles in a wide range of businesses including retail, support services, healthcare, hospitality, and construction. As Finance Director he led the MBO and subsequent trade sale in 2002of Pipeline Constructor Group, a £100m utility services business. 

He is currently CEO of Staffline Group plc, sits on the board of an elderly care charity and is a Director of Hogarth's Hotel, a boutique hotel in Solihull. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) as well as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Certified NLP coach. He joined Staffline in 2002 as Finance Director, becoming Managing Director in 2005 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2009. 


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.

Glenn became a Trustee in 2012.

MickMICK LAVERTY (2011 - present)
Mick 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 and i54. 
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.
Mick became a Trustee in 2011.

Dean of Faculty and National Teaching Fellow at Birmingham City University, David has taught at the universities of Bristol, Oxford, Kyoto, Osaka and Worcester.

He has written extensively about 17th and 18th-century drama and literature, contributed talks for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and written numerous programme essays for the Royal Opera House. As BCU's University Orator, David has given citations for the award of Honorary Doctorates to, among many others, Melvyn Bragg, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, actress Julie Walters and advertising guru Trevor Beattie.

David became a Trustee in 2014.

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 eight years' experience at the Japanese giant SEGA as an SVP Publishing, Gary also led Codemasters' transformation into the digital future before becoming EVP Publishing at Green Man Gaming.
Gary became a Trustee in 2014.

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 served as Chair of the Theatre's Development Trust from 2009 to 2015, and joined the Theatre Trust in 2009.

Ann opened the independent restaurant Opus at Cornwall Street Birmingham in 2005 with a small team, and has since built it into a much-admired favourite, renowned for celebrating beautiful market fresh British produce.

Michelin-recommended Opus is fiercely committed to core values of quality and an ethical approach to food using the best seasonal, home grown ingredients. Ann and her team recently opened a café within the Ikon gallery in Brindleyplace, and a bar at One Snowhill.

Ann is a governor of the King Edward’s independent schools Birmingham and a founding board member of the Colmore Business District.

Ann became a Trustee in 2014.


Representing Sutton Four Oaks Ward since joining Birmingham City Council in May 1982, Cllr Underwood (Conservative) is Executive Member for Local Services Sutton Coldfield, and Conservative Group Secretary. She sits on the Council Business Management Committee, Lord Mayor's Advisory Group, Regulatory Committees and Overview & Scrutiny Committees.

Anne became a Trustee in 2014.


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.

Bishop David became a Trustee in 2009.

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 redevelopment project, and the replacement of the stage in 2012.  

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.  

Martin joined the Development Trust in 2011, becoming Chair in 2015. 

(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.  He joined the Development Trust in 2012.

Steve ClarkeSTEVE CLARKE (Lloyds Bank)
Steve has worked in the banking sector for over 35 years and is currently the Area Director of the largest area team in Lloyds’ Mid Markets business. His team covers businesses in the £25 million to £750 million segment, working with over 450 clients throughout the Midlands. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in leading corporate banking teams in locations as diverse as Botswana, South Africa and the Seychelles.

He became a Trustee in 2014.


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.

John became a Trustee in 2010.

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 and 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 was thrilled to become a trustee for Birmingham Hippodrome in 2013.

Matthew HansellMATTHEW HANSELL (MIlls & Reeve LLP)
Matthew is Head of Private Wealth at Mills & Reeve LLP, solicitors. Matthew is rated by the legal directories as a leader in this field.

He is a member of STEP and of the Capital Taxes Committee of the Law Society. He frequently writes and lectures on private client issues and acts for many entrepreneurs and owners of family businesses advising them on inheritance tax planning, Wills and Trusts.

Matthew joined the Trust in 2015.


(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, having joined the Trust in 2014, is looking forward to the opportunity to be involved with this fantastic theatre.

Jayne HerrittyJAYNE HERRITTY (Calthorpe Estates)
Jayne has over 20 years' experience in property and has been involved in the regeneration of Edgbaston during her time with Calthorpe Estates.
Jayne is passionate about the world-class facilities in Edgbaston and is a keen supporter of developments that attract new visitors and improve the lifestyles of people working and living in the city.
Jane became a Trustee in 2006.
Martin KingMARTIN KING (Tilney Bestinvest)

Martin is Managing Director Investment Management and Head of Key Clients at Tilney Bestinvest, one of the UK's leading Wealth Management advisers.

Prior to joining Tilney Bestinvest, Martin was Managing Director of Signia Wealth and he previously held senior management positions at UBS Wealth Management and was one of the founder Directors of their Midlands office. He has over 30 years' experience of advising entrepreneurial, ultra high net worth and charity clients, and is a Patron and supporter of a number of Charities including LFBC, Brain Tumour UK, Caudwell Children, and Teens Unite.  Martin joined the Trust in 2013.


(Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co)

Michael is a partner in and an Executive Board member of Wragge Lawrence Graham & 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 Lawrence Graham & Co. LLP.  An enthusiastic theatre-goer, Michael saw appointment to a role in the Development Trust in 2014 as an opportunity to learn more about theatre and what it can do for any community and to give something back to both.

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. Ruth became a Trustee in 2008.
(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 and became a Trustee in 2014.

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)
Paul Bassi (2005 - 2010)
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

Mark Smith (2007-2015)
Fiona Alexander (2003-2014)
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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