Our Board Members

Our Board

Board Members


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Fiona Allan, President

Fiona was elected in 2016 as President. 

Fiona is Chief Executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome. Prior to this she spent four years at Curve, Leicester and six years at Wales Millennium Centre. During her time there she formed creative partnerships with organisations as diverse as the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg), Cape Town Opera, NoFit State circus, and Galeri in Caernarfon.

Before moving to the UK in July 2004, Fiona had an established career in Australia, where she held roles as Chief Executive of the Sydney Film Festival, Programme Manager at Sydney Opera House, and General Manager of the Australian National Academy of Music, amongst others.

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Rachel Tackley, Vice President 

Rachel is Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, one of the UK's flagship regional theatres with an international reputation for producing work of the highest quality. Prior to that Rachel was the first Producer to spearhead a funded company when she took over as Director of English Touring Theatre in 2008.  She has wide-ranging experience in commercial theatre as Head of Programming for the Ambassador Theatre Group and has produced work throughout the UK and all over the world.

Rachel was the President of UK Theatre between 2010 - 2016. 

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Anna Williams, Vice President 

Anna is currently the Finance Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and has worked with the company during a period of ongoing change and development which has seen the company evolve from being one of the performing companies of the Royal Opera House to becoming a thriving, independent, world class ballet company. 

As well as serving on the UK Theatre Board, Anna also sits on the Finance Committee.

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Dan Bates

Dan Bates joined Sheffield Theatres as Chief Executive in September 2009, in time for the completion of the final stage of the £15.3m refurbishment of the Crucible, which re-opened in February 2010.

Prior to Sheffield, Dan worked as Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal for five years and led the organisation through an exciting period of change including being the first theatre in Yorkshire to achieve the Investors in People standard. Before York, Dan had a long career at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where he joined the company as a Stage Manager in 1987 and eventually became Executive Director.

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Philip Bernays

Philip is currently Chief Executive of Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Philip's previous roles include General Manager of Actors Touring Company, Administrator of the Independent Theatre Council, Drama Officer for Arts Council England and Executive Director of the Young Vic.

In 1995 he was appointed as Chief Executive of the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, where he stayed until 2005, when he became Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

As well as serving on the UK Theatre Board, Philip is a Director of Edinburgh Festival Theatres Trust, the Dance Consortium, the Touring Partnership and Music & Lyrics Ltd.

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Julien Boast

In March 2011, Julien was appointed Director at Hall for Cornwall. Prior to this, Julien spent a 20-year career as an arts leader in both subsidised and commercial theatre. He has worked for the Ambassador Theatre Group initially as Chief Executive of the award winning Theatre Royal Brighton and then as Chief Executive of Churchill Theatre Bromley.

He was also Head of Production at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry (1998-2000) and before that spent ten years in the new writing specialist The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton as a Production Manager. 

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Adam McGinlay

Adam is currently General Manager at Cadogan Hall.




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Jon Gilchrist

Jon is Executive Director of the Bush Theatre, a world-famous producer of new plays and champion of emerging writers. He joined the Bush in 2014, having worked in theatres across the North West for ten years. Prior to the Bush, Jon was Marketing Director of The Lowry in Salford – one of the UK’s largest cross-arts venues and prestigious receiving houses. Before this, he worked in administrative roles at a number of producing venues including the Octagon Theatre Bolton, the Dukes in Lancaster and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

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Chris Glover

Chris joined HQ Theatres & Hospitality in 2012 as Theatre Director of The Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

Using established producer relationships Chris successfully put the venue back on the number one touring circuit and worked closely with the local authority to invest significantly in the building, in turn boosting audience figures and loyalty. As a result of this progression, The Orchard Theatre is now a venue of choice to launch new productions, from Derren Brown to the phenomenally successful Peter James adaptations.   

Prior to this, following a career in Public Relations, Chris made the leap into theatre by joining ATG in 2003 as Executive Assistant to Derek Nicholls at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Chris stayed at the venue for nine years, becoming General Manager in 2011.

From April 2016 Chris has also been running The Churchill Theatre on behalf of HQ Theatres & Hospitality.

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Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes is Chief Executive of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich which she reopened 15 years ago along with Artistic Director Peter Rowe, placing accessibility, quality and diversity at the centre of the artistic offer. Originally from New Zealand where she gained experience in technical and stage management ,she has been working in theatre administration in the UK for 35 years, 10 years in London at the London Bubble and Theatre Royal Stratford East before relocating to North Wales for 10 years as Head of Marketing and Customer Service, and later Administrative Director, at Theatr Clwyd.

She is currently leading on Ramps On The Moon an Arts Council funded project that brings together seven major mainstream regional partners to respond to the opportunities and challenges of creating more employment and access for D/deaf and disabled artists, participants and audiences. Her work at the New Wolsey has also seen the theatre become the first UK venue to work with US based consultants TRG Arts , a US firm specialising in data analysis for audience development.

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Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth is a freelance arts manager with many years experience in producing & presenting, building-based and touring drama. 

Her work has three main strands: 1) interim management, working for venues as diverse as Wycombe Swan and Basingstoke Haymarket; 2) producer / general manager for Watershed Productions, specialising in high quality work for children and families; 3) tour booking for Watershed and others including Wakefield Theatre Royal and Birmingham Rep/The Touring Consortium.  She also provides management support, advice & training for smaller theatre organisations.

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Conrad Lynch

Conrad is to the new Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, starting full time this September. 

Conrad is also a freelance creative producer and arts consultant– current clients include Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Shared Experience and West Yorkshire Playhouse. 

He has recently been a Producer for ATG (Ambassador Theatre Group) and the Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre. Prior to this he was Executive Producer for Shakespeare’s Globe where he headed the company’s development into National and International touring.

 Before working at Shakespeare’s Globe Conrad was the Executive Director of Salisbury Playhouse where he ran a major Capital Campaign to build a rehearsal & community education centre and produced a wide range of productions.

 Conrad has also been Executive Producer for Oxford Stage Company. Finance Director for the Young Vic and Administrative Director for The Drill Hall. 

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Julia Potts

Julia was appointed UK Business Development Director for the Ambassador Theatre Group in May 2014. Prior to this she was Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre from 2011-14, including a period as Acting Chief Executive between the Artistic Directorships of Michael Attenborough and Rupert Goold. Former positions include Acting General Manager of the Churchill Theatre Bromley (2010/11), Head of Learning and Access for ATG (2003-11), as well as specialist consultancy work for a number of clients including SOLT and various Local Authorities. Julia was appointed a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2006, and undertook her secondment at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Alongside her work at ATG, Julia is a Board member of Magpie Dance, an inclusive dance company for people with learning disabilities, and a former Board Member of dreamthinkspeak and Action for Children’s Arts.

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Janet Powell

Janet has many years’ experience in regional and West End theatre across both the subsidised and commercial sectors, beginning her career at the Crucible Theatre under the Director Clare Venables.  After ten years in Sheffield, during which time she was one of the team that re-opened the Lyceum Theatre, she joined Jenny King at Centreline Productions, and general-managed more than thirty large scale touring dramas. Subsequently she spent four years at Act Productions, working on a mixed portfolio of West End, UK and international touring shows. 

In 2010 Janet left Act to be a founding member of the Playful Productions team with producers Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon. Since then Playful has quickly become one of the largest independent theatre production companies in the UK, specialising in the production and general management of plays in the West End and on tour, and of musicals both in the UK and internationally.

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Stephanie Sirr

Stephanie Sirr has been Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse since 2001. Before this she ran Blackpool Grand Theatre for five years and the Merlin Theatre Frome for two. She has programmed several theatres in addition including Sadler’s Wells and The Hackney Empire. Prior to this Stephanie worked as an actress for five years, a stage manager for two and has been, variously, a theatre critic, court reporter and comedy club compere. She is a founder Board Member of Dance Touring Partnership and Ticketing Network East Midlands and a board member of Nottingham City Of Literature. 

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Michèle Taylor

Michèle Taylor is Director for Change for the Ramps on the Moon consortium (funded by Arts Council England) with responsibility for supporting partners in implementing their change programmes, and reporting on progress and learning.

Following time working in theatre, Michèle has been working as an independent consultant and trainer on disability issues for nearly 30 years. Although she works mainly with arts organisations, other clients have included the Department for Education, the Balkan Museums Network and a number of HE institutions.

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Deborah Williams

Deborah’s career started in the mid-1980s with her first theatre company. She moved to The Pleasance in Edinburgh and became the first manager at Pleasance Islington. She was an actor with Graeae Theatre Company, worked with the London disability arts forum, and taught stage management at the Webber Douglas Drama School.

In 1999 she started Reality Productions and in 2008 went to Rich Mix where she was responsible for the one day arts and activism event 6 Billon Ways. 

Deborah has worked with Arts Council England, leading on equality analysis and the introduction of the Creative Case for Diversity, and at the British Film Institute, leading on diversity and creating the BFI Diversity Standards.

She has been an advisor to the Swedish Film Institute and Arts Council, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, the Danish Film Institute, Cannes Film Festival and the European Disability Forum. Deborah is now developing a social enterprise specialising in diversity within the arts and cultural industries.

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Sheena Wrigley

Sheena trained and worked as an actor and theatre director. Over a number of years she moved into producing and arts management, becoming the General Manager of national touring theatre company, Temba Theatre in 1990.

After a period working in Canada, where she was Administrative Director for ESTC attached to the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, she returned to the UK to work for the Arts Council of England (South) as Theatre Officer. 

She moved to Yorkshire to take up the post of Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre.  In 2003 she became the Head of Theatres, Arts & Festivals in Bradford with responsibility for Bradford Theatres (The Alhambra & St Georges Hall), Arts Development and the City’s Festival and Outdoor Events programme.

In 2007, she was awarded a place on the Clore Leadership Programme and in 2012 she was appointed General Director and Joint Chief Executive at West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2015, Sheena joined HOME, Manchester as Executive Director.



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