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Our Trustees

Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL

Robert is a solicitor and served as a Councillor on Westminster City Council for over 30 years.  He was Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage. He served as Lord Mayor of Westminster in 1996-97 and is a Deputy Lieutenant's for Greater London. He chairs the Board of the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, is a trustee of the Savoy Educational Trust and trustee and founder of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.  He was Chairman of the London Mayors' Association for 18 years until he retired from the post in 2016. Robert was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2015 for his services to local government and planning. 

Mary Hammond

Mary is Sondheim Professor of Musical Theatre Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, having founded the Academy’s renowned post-graduate Musical Theatre course and was head of the Musical Theatre department from 1993-2012. Mary is an active member of the British Voice Association and is on the board of the Actors Centre.  Following her training, Mary spent 25 years as a singer from opera at Covent Garden to stadium gigs with Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.  She teaches up-and-coming young bands alongside a diverse mix of international chart-topping artists including Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs and Katherine Jenkins. In theatre, Mary has worked as vocal coach and advisor on many West End shows including Billy Elliot the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Les Misérables, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia! and Rent.

Ashley Herman

Ashley Herman is the Founder and Deputy Chairman of Encore Tickets. Ashley began his career in stage and production management, through which he recognised a need for a specialised theatre sales and marketing company. He established his first company, Applause, to address this issue and it became one the UK’s leading ticket agencies. He then launched Theatre Direct Inc. (now known as Broadway.com) in New York, at the request of Cameron Mackintosh and this became the largest Broadway ticket agency. In 2000, Ashley founded Encore Tickets, which specialises in the multi-channel distribution of West End theatre throughout the world and is the largest agency of its kind. In addition to his commercial activities, Ashley has long been interested in promoting theatre as a means of education. In 1999, he was appointed Chairman of the Guildford School of Acting, which he merged with the University of Surrey in 2007. Ashley serves as a member of the University’s Governing Council and is the Chairman of the Guildford School of Acting’s Advisory Board. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005 and, in 2012, received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Rosie Hytner

A graduate of Cambridge University, with a degree in Drama and Education, Rosie began her career in public relations with the CMT group, leaving after ten years as an Associate Director.  In 1991 Rosie founded Hytner Anderson Public Relations with her business partner Debbie Anderson and ran a range of campaigns, becoming well known for its management expertise.  Rosie has written a children's book, sits on the National Theatre Development Board, is active in the British Heart Foundation, is a regular theatre attendee and believes passionately that all young people should have the opportunity to experience the magical world of 'The Arts'.

Fawn James

Fawn is a director of Soho Estates, her family property company. She joined in 2009 after graduating from The University of St Andrews with an MA is Social Anthropology. She is involved in many charities in her local area of Soho and is very keen to support the creative industries. She will be reopening The Boulevard Theatre in Walkers Court, Soho in 2018, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Variety Charity and sits on the board for Soho Theatre.

Phyllida Lloyd CBE

Phyllida's prolific directing career includes one of musical theatre’s biggest success stories, Mamma Mia! in London and around the world as well as directing the film of the musical.  Other directing credits include Mary Stuart, which transferred from the Donmar to the West End and Broadway and the all-female Julius Caesar at the Donmar and in Brooklyn NY.  She has worked at the National, RSC, Royal Court and Shakespeare's Globe; and in opera at the ENO, the Royal Opera House, Paris and Barcelona. She also directed the film Iron Lady.  Phyllida was given a CBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours List.

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson is Managing Director of TALK.PURPOSE, the communications business she founded within the M&C Saatchi group to create purpose-led campaigns for global brands. She has more than 15 years’ experience in delivering communications solutions and strategic visions in both the private and public sectors with recent clients as diverse as Floraand The World Food Programme. Before establishing TALK.PURPOSE, Sarah held a number of senior communications roles including leading the corporate team at Weber Shandwick and serving as director of public affairs at Centrica and a senior director at Edelman. Sarah also brings experience as a journalist, a non-executive director and an elected politician, is a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and a governor of Pimlico Academy. Sarah served as Lord Mayor of Westminster and Deputy High Steward of Westminster Abbey in 2013-14.

Jonathan Sayer

Jonathan is a Founding Member and Company Director of Mischief Theatre, an Olivier Award winning company specialising in comedy.  Plays have included The Play that Went Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy about the Bank Robbery.  Jonathan attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and in addition to these plays, he also performs improv comedy.

Andrea Sullivan

Andrea oversees Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Environment, Social and Governance efforts globally outside of North America.  In this role, she leads on the Environment, Community Engagement, Arts & Culture and Sustainable Business practices. Prior to this, she held several positions at Lehman Brothers, as Managing Director, Head of Corporate Engagement and Cultural Partnerships and the Chief Executive of the Lehman Brothers Foundation Europe.  She also is active on numerous charity boards and committees including Children and the Arts, Bridge’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the Arts Impact Funds’ Investor Committee.

Christopher Tabor

Christopher is a senior real estate executive with over 30 years’ experience in the corporate and investment property markets.  Christopher runs TMCT, a property consultancy which acts for private investors and property funds wishing to directly invest in the UK property market.  His charitable activities include chairing The One Off Ball to raise awareness and research for male cancers and has been a Trustee of The Bach Choir, chairing its Marketing and Fundraising Committee.

Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen Bt. (Chair)

Sir Stephen is the producer of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. When he purchased the production rights, it was his idea that this long-running play should give something back and he set up The Mousetrap Foundation, now Mousetrap Theatre Projects.  Sir Stephen is the former owner of the Victoria Palace, current owner of the Ambassadors Theatre and manages the St Martin’s Theatre.  He is a former President of the Society of London Theatre and Trustee of the Theatres Trust and is currently the Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.



Chris de Pury

Chris is Head of Real Estate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. He has been ranked in the top tier of real estate lawyers for over a decade and three times listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 in the last few years (the 100 most influential lawyers in the UK).  He is a Trustee of St Bride's Foundation, a member of The Old Vic's Development Council and has acted as an advisor and Trustee of various other charities and arts organisations.  

Raymond Gubbay CBE

Raymond Gubbay has been promoting concerts and musical events for over forty years. Raymond Gubbay Ltd is the UK’s leading promoter of classical concerts, opera and ballet events.  Raymond is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and of Trinity College of Music, London and is on the Board of Governors at Central School of Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded a CBE in June 2001 and a BASCA Gold Badge Award in 2009, honouring his unique contribution to music.

Mathew Prichard CBE

Mathew is the grandson of Agatha Christie and Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.  He is a former President of the National Museum of Wales and a former Chairman of the Welsh Arts Council.  He is also a trustee of the Colwinston Charitable Trust, which provides funding for arts organisations primarily in Wales, but also elsewhere.

Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock CBE

Jill began a career in marketing and media in New York City then moved to London to co-head the consulting firm, The Government Research Company.  Jill joined the US investment bank Alex Brown & Sons and became Managing Director of the London office.  In 1999, she retired from finance and became involved in the theatre world, fundraising and joined the boards of The Donmar Warehouse and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.  In 2011 her book The Second Half of Your Life was published to critical acclaim and she founded the charity, The Second Half Foundation. She established the Second Half Centre in North Kensington, which provides activities for older people.

Lord Willoughby de Broke

David’s family built and still owns the St Martin's Theatre, where The Mousetrap is playing. He is an active member of the House of Lords.  David is also an Honorary Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and President of the Warwickshire branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.  He lives and farms in Warwickshire.


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