Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd (Registered Charity No. 510842) 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.
Board of Directors
Glenn Howells (Chair)
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. He has led some of Britain’s most complex and ambitious regeneration projects and has been particularly influential in shaping Birmingham over the last 28 years. Glenn advises Birmingham City Council and also sits on the Board for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Glenn has been involved in an advisory role for several leading cultural and education organisations including Ikon Gallery, MADE (the West Midlands Architecture Centre), RIBA, CABE, University of Warwick and Birmingham City University. In 2018 he was appointed as Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University’s School of Architecture and Design. Glenn became a Trustee in 2012 and was made Chair in December 2018.
Andrew is Head of Large Corporates, Midlands Region and national Head of Higher Education and Charities for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Over a 25 year plus career at Lloyds Banking Group he has held a variety of national and regional roles across Lloyds’ Commercial and Retail Banking business. He is an elected member of the CBI West Midlands Council. Before joining the Theatre Trust Andrew has previously spent five years as a member of the Development Trust.
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 Theatre Trust in Dec 2015; he joined our Development Trust in 2011, becoming its Chair in 2015 (see below).
Vidar Hjardeng MBE
Now Diversity Consultant for ITV News across England, Wales and the Channel Islands, Vidar spent over 25 years working for ITV in the Midlands and for a number of years was a Consultant Producer with Channel 4’s daytime political programme produced by ITN. Vidar has reviewed audiobooks for Radio 4 and publications including The Book Magazine, Disability Now and The Financial Times and reviews audio-described Theatre, Opera and Ballet performances for Insight Radio. He is a Trustee with the RNIB Group, SHAPE, Performances Birmingham (which oversees both Symphony Hall and Town Hall) and an executive member with the Audio Description Association. In the past Vidar has also chaired the national audio-description charity VocalEyes, as well as Virgin Train’s Passengers’ Panel. Vidar currently chairs Birmingham New Street’s Access Forum as well as Birmingham Hippodrome’s Access Forum.
Immy Kaur is a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Immy is Director of Project 00, [zero zero], a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers with ventures including WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more. Immy was one of the original founding team members that produced Birmingham’s first ever TEDx.
Mick is chief executive of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust an organisation which enables older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational village communities, including the largest retirement villages in the UK. ExtraCare currently has five villages in Birmingham including its newly opened village in Longbridge. Mick was previously chief executive of the Student Loans Company, a government funded ‘digital exemplar’ organisation which distributes £18 billion per annum and has seven million customers. Prior to that Mick was chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency for the West Midlands where he helped spearhead major transformational projects including the re-development of New Street Station, Birmingham’s Eastside and the MG Rover site at Longbridge. Mick is a Council member of the University of Birmingham and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands in 2018.
Harj Millington is a businesswoman and lawyer. She is Co-Owner, and Commercial and Legal Director, of Style Our Home, a leading online furniture and home retailer. Before joining Style Our Home in 2010, Harj spent ten years as a commercial solicitor at leading law firm Gowling WLG (formerly Wragge & Co) acting on behalf of a wide range of corporate businesses in complex disputes, and advising the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on directors’ responsibilities and forensic investigations. Harj is a Governor of Hill West Primary School.
Suzie Norton is the Founder Director of Zanna Creative a UK-based creative enterprise with a mission to help grow the creative industries. Zanna Creative achieves this at a national and regional level through the development of policy and strategy; and at an organisational level by offering a range of services to help cultural and creative businesses or projects to flourish. Clients include British Museum, HOME Manchester, SharpFutures Manchester, Creative England, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Growth Company, Rural Media and London Arts In Health Forum.
Suzie has over 20 years’ experience within the UK’s creative and cultural sectors, working in senior positions across a variety of fields. She is an experienced leader with specific expertise in formulating strategy, organisational and board development, partnership and stakeholder management and advocacy.
Suzie is Vice Chair of national screen agency Ffilm Cymru Wales, an Ambassador for UpRising, a Clore Fellow a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Creative Industries Federation’s International and EU Working Group.
Professor David Roberts
David was founding Dean of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University, where he is now Professor of English. He has taught at the universities of Bristol, Kyoto, Osaka, Oxford, Warwick and Worcester, and his work on C17th drama and literature is published by OUP, CUP and Methuen. He has contributed talks for BBC Radio 3 and 4, writes programme essays for the Royal Opera House, and is the author of a novel and numerous short stories. 2019 sees the publication of his anniversary history of the Birmingham Hippodrome. As BCU’s Orator, he has given more than 90 citations for honorary awards to luminaries including Melvyn Bragg, Lang Lang, Julie Walters, Lenny Henry and Michael Heseltine. David became a Trustee in 2014.
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.
John Crabtree OBE
Birmingham Hippodrome Development Board is a voluntary group of supporters who assist the theatre both with fundraising and philanthropy, and with business development and venue hire.
Every year generous donations are raised through individual and corporate memberships, and from fundraising events. Profits made from venue hire are covenanted back to the Theatre Trust enabling us to achieve our artistic ambitions.
Martin Guest (Chair)
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. He also sits on the Theatre Trust board, see above.
Sajida is Director of Operations and Development at Creative Black Country. Her role is about making the most of the Black Country through Arts and Culture. Championing unique collaborations with key stakeholders and leading initiatives which encourages local people to have a say in what they want to see and do. This role is part of Creative People and Places national Arts Council initiative which engages people least engaged in the Arts. She has been part of Creative Black Country since 2014. Prior to this, her previous roles focussed on widening audiences at Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Services and the National Trust. Her experiences have been shaped by ‘doing’, co-creating projects and learning from others.
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.
Sarah Siena Edwards
Sarah studied Spatial Design and after graduating, co-founded a design collective specialising in public arts events. She has worked for an international charity and presently works for a trade union. She holds a number of voluntary positions including as a Trustee of The Chamberlain Highbury Trust, a board member of the Edgbaston Priory Club, and a governor of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. She has an interest in promoting leadership skills in young people, is a graduate of Uprising’s Leadership Programme and the American Ambassador’s Young Leaders Programme. She has worked on policy and strategy for various political campaigns.
As owner/founder of both FleetMilne Property and Smart Living PRS, Nicola is incredibly active both at work and in her voluntary positions. She is a senior Board Director at Colmore Business District, Chair of the Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Planning Forum, and since 2013, an active member of the Hippodrome Development Trust Board . A former Birmingham Young Professional of the Year category winner, IoD Emerging Leader award winner and an active member of the city’s thriving professional community, Nicola’s drive and influential status has a substantial impact on Birmingham’s development.
Andy Hammond is a Partner with PwC, one of the leading professional services networks in the world, delivering quality in Assurance, Tax and Advisory services. Andy currently leads the Assurance practice across the Midlands, a multi-discipline team responsible for the delivery of an extensive range of audit and risk assurance services. Previously, Andy was the partner responsible for the development of people across the Midlands Assurance practice. A key element of this role was to identify and retain the most talented people and ensure they fill their potential and deliver the very best service levels to clients.
Dr Mahnaz Hashmi
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.
Amelia is Marketing Coordinator for Birmingham at Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group, and has worked in the city since graduation from the University of Birmingham in 2014. Presently a Trustee of the Birmingham Civic Society and Chair of their Events Committee, she has previously held the position of Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire and Board Member for BPS Birmingham from 2014 – 2016. Active in working with community and educational partners to deliver skills and mentoring initiatives, Amelia joined the Development Trust in 2016.
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.
Michael is a partner in and an Executive Board member of Gowling WLG, 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 Gowling WLG. 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.
Joanne Malin has been a TV and radio journalist for more than 20 years. Previously she has fronted her own mid-morning radio programme on BBCWM and spent a decade at ITV presenting their 6 o’clock regional news programme for the West Midlands. She is currently seen on TV presenting Midlands Today on BBC1. Born and raised in Birmingham, Joanne left to study musical theatre at the age of 18 and her first professional job was at none other than Birmingham Hippodrome in Jack and the Beanstalk in 1988. She also graced our stage in 42nd Street and as Frenchie in Grease. Joanne joined us in 2015.
Sara Middleton is the Associate Dean for Academic Development, Employability and Marketing for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University. She started her career as a Multimedia Producer, moving on to being a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media in 1998. She went on to become the Director of NTI Birmingham, developing a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses centred around technology-related fields. Sara’s specialism is working to develop ideas and initiatives that bring industry, community and students together.
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.
- The Rt Revd David Urquhart (2009-2018)
- Mark Smith (2009-2018)
- Andy Hogarth (2015-2018)
- John Crabtree OBE (2001-2017)
- Gary Rowe (2014-2018)
- Rod Dungate (2008-2016)
- Sara Fowler (2011-2016)
- Bridget Blow (2006-2015)
- 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
- Matthew Hansell (2015-2018)
- John Driver (2010-2017)
- Claire Ralley (2014-2017)
- John Crabtree OBE (2001-2017)
- Simon Boardman-Weston (2012-2016)
- Jayne Herrity (2006-2015)
- 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 (1997-1999)
- 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)
- Matthew Hansell (2015-2018)