Birmingham Hippodrome’s teams form a brilliantly talented, experienced and increasingly diverse community, working across many varied departments from Technical to Ticket Sales, Front of House to Artistic Programming and everything in between.
Along with our board, partners and friends, our collective focus and mission is to enrich the cultural life of the region, creating a world class cultural scene with the Hippodrome centre stage.
Artistic Director & Chief Executive
From 2018 to 2022, Jon was Executive Director of HOME in Manchester the city’s centre for live performances and international contemporary art and film. He worked as Executive Director of the Bush Theatre between 2014 and 2018 and in this time he led on their major capital redevelopment and helped expand the organisation’s reach as a centre of excellence for diverse emerging talent. Before this he worked in marketing roles at theatres across the North West for ten years, including The Lowry in Salford, the Octagon Theatre Bolton, and the Dukes in Lancaster. Jon is the Joint President of UK Theatre and is also on the boards of the Edge Theatre in Manchester and Oldham Coliseum.
Chilina has worked in the arts for over 20 years, joining Birmingham Hippodrome in 2007 and becoming a Director in 2019. Chilina oversees areas of external affairs including Marketing, Sales and Communications. She also leads on Business Strategy, the venue’s Circle Lounge and works alongside Artistic Director and Chief Executive Jon Gilchrist on the programming of Birmingham Hippodrome’s main stage. Chilina is former Trustee at Oxford Playhouse where she served an almost five-year term.
Chief Operating Officer
Tim is the Finance and Planning Director and Company Secretary, looking after the Finance, HR and Executive Office teams and responsible for managing our financial performance, all regulatory reporting and overseeing our risk management processes.Prior to joining Birmingham Hippodrome in 2017, Tim worked for a large single-family office and in the consumer goods sector after qualifying as a chartered accountant with PwC. Tim is also a serving board member for the WMCA Cultural Leadership Board and Southside BID.
Chris joined Birmingham Hippodrome in 2017. He leads on programming for both our stages, our produced work, Hippodrome Associates and artist development activity; and oversees accessible performances, Learning & Participation.Previously, Chris was Executive Director of The Old Rep, and the first Creative Director of The Core at Corby Cube: opening and establishing a venue with young people and communities at its heart, developing new work and partnerships nationally and internationally.Prior to that, he was a freelance director and producer and led a national young people’s leadership programme for Arts Council England. Chris is a Board Member of Wriggle Dance Theatre, an informal adviser to Beatfreeks, and a member of the More Than a Moment working group, championing a more equitable arts and culture sector in the West Midlands and beyond.
Director of People & Culture
Ruth is a Human Resources specialist with over a decade of experience working across charities and education covering all aspects of the people profession. Ruth has joined us from KEMP Hospice where she was part of the Senior Leadership Team, working alongside the Board of Trustees to create and deliver the People Strategy. Ruth holds strong values in equity and is a firm believer that people are what make an organisation and are a company’s most important asset. In 2021 Ruth became a Co-opted Governor at a primary school in Stourbridge. Ruth has been an avid theatre goer from a very young age and is excited to be part of such an iconic establishment in Birmingham.
Our Heads of Department
Jacky Barron – Head of Marketing
Jen Burrows – Head of Organisational Strategy
Matt Evans – Head of Hippodrome Sites
Claire Farnell – Head of Visitor Services
Laura Gallimore – Head of Finance
Judith Greenburgh – Head of Fundraising & Development
Sophia Griffin – Head of New Work & Artist Development
Deirdre O’Halloran – Head of New Musical Theatre
Charles Pette – Head of Hospitality & Events
David Reeve – Head of Technical Services
Emma Ryan – Head of Communications
Donna Scott – Head of Sales
Thomas Valentine –Head of People
Scott Whitehouse – Head of Business Systems
Zaylie Dawn Wilson – Head of Creative Partnerships
Jenny Wood – Head of Risk & Compliance