The Theatre Royal Bath had a remarkable response to its recent search for new Board members – receiving nearly 90 applications – many of a very high calibre, and can now announce the appointment of four new members to its Board:
Philip Addis, a Bath-based entrepreneur and businessman; Sue East, Headteacher at St Andrew’s Primary School in Bath; Dominic Eaton, Director of local Architects Stride Treglowan; and David Hoare, currently the Development Director of Hall & Woodhouse Ltd.
Greg Ingham, Chairman of the Theatre Royal Bath, said,
“We’ve been delighted with the sheer high quality and variety of applicants to the Board of the Theatre Royal Bath. This successful quartet will give fresh insight and bring additional skills to our existing team. Our thanks to all the applicants; the level speaks volumes about the regard in which the Theatre Royal Bath is held in the city.”
The role of a Board member is a part-time and unpaid position. Board members attend bi-monthly Board meetings and are expected to be regular visitors to the three Theatre Royal Bath auditoria – the Main House, the Ustinov and the egg theatre. Additionally, there is an opportunity for Board members to attend opening nights in London of plays produced by the Theatre Royal Bath’s production company, Theatre Royal Bath Productions.
The Theatre Royal Bath is run by a highly-experienced team of full-time theatre professionals. The role of Board members is to provide oversight of the executive team’s activities in the short term and also to aid the long-term planning of the Theatre’s development. The Board also acts on behalf of the Trustees to ensure that the Theatre Royal is being professionally managed and continues to uphold its remit.
Existing Board Members are: the Chairman, Greg Ingham; Cosmo Fry, Councillor Andrew Furse, Paul Heal, Vicky Moffat, John Monahan, Bel Mooney, Leonard Pearcey and Lucy Walker.
New Board members:
Philip Addis started Bath wine merchants Great Western Wine in 1983; creating one of the leading independent wine merchants in the UK and was CEO until selling the company in 2010.
Sue East is Headteacher at St Andrew’s Primary School and a keen supporter of the arts in education. She is also a member of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (B&NES) and received an award from Action for Children and the Arts recognising the contribution she has made in this area.
Dominic Eaton is an Architect and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a Director of Stride Treglown, a Bath-based architects firm, and is a keen and regular supporter of the Theatre Royal Bath both as a corporate sponsor and as an individual.
David Hoare is currently Development Director of family owned regional brewer Hall & Woodhouse Ltd. His career started in theatre, he moved on to the BBC and United Cinemas before joining Hall & Woodhouse.
Existing Board Members:
Greg Ingham (Chairman) is an English graduate with more than 30 years’ experience in media as a journalist, publisher and CEO. Having run Bath-based Future Publishing for a number of years, he started a new media company Media Clash (www.mediaclash.co.uk) in 2006, which publishes Bath Life amongst other media activities. In addition to TRB Ltd, Greg is also Chairman of Brighton-based internet company Gamer Network. In 2008 Greg started Creative Bath, a cluster for Bath’s creative businesses which is based at the Ustinov Studio. Greg joined the Board in 2001 and became Chairman in 2004.
Cosmo Fry is the son of the late President of the Theatre Royal Bath, Jeremy Fry, and has a long association with the Theatre Royal Bath. He is a local hotelier and is also a Trustee of Bath Theatre Trust.
Councillor Andrew Furse is currently Mayor of Bath. As Kingsmead Ward Councillor for Bath & North East Somerset he has been influential in culture and recreation committees on the council for over 10 years. He also sits on the city centre management board. He is a chartered engineer and works for Praxis as a railway signalling and safety consultant involved in major railway projects in the UK and worldwide.
The council are asked to rotate their place on the Board between the three leading parties. Council members serve approximately two years on the Board before rotation by the Council.
Paul Heal is a Chartered Accountant and retired in 2008 from PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he was a Partner and had responsibility for leading the firm’s services to middle market and fast growth companies in the West Region. He has recently been invited to join the Board of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Vicky Moffat has an MA in English Literature and 15 years of experience in the marketing and advertising services sector. She runs her own branding and innovation company, Antimony Partners. Beginning with the WPP Marketing Fellowship in San Francisco and Chicago, she moved to Ogilvy before joining the Boards of Y&R and Saatchi & Saatchi. At Saatchi & Saatchi Vicky co-founded the R&D Lab for strategy and creativity – an innovation lab for CEO level clients. Vicky is also a Trustee of the charity for disabled children and their families, KIDS.
John Monahan is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He was the Project Co-ordinator for the 1982 restoration/refurbishment of the Theatre Royal; the Client Representative/Project Manager for the egg theatre project in 2005 and for 2008’s Ustinov Studio modernisation project. Other schemes that John project managed include: The Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon; The Arnolfini, Bristol (both with substantial Arts Council Lottery funding); the restoration of Green Park Station, Bath (1982); and among several other Bath projects, the Teacher’s Stand for Bath Rugby.
Bel Mooney is a nationally-known author, journalist and broadcaster, whose successful career has spanned forty years. She has written six novels, over twenty-five children’s books as well as non-fiction titles, and has contributed to nearly every national newspaper as well as presenting many interview series for radio and television. She currently writes a weekly column on human relationships for the Daily Mail, as well as comment articles, and she contributes travel articles to the Mail on Sunday and book reviews to the Times. She was the Chair of the Appeal Group for the egg theatre, and is President of the NICU Appeal at the RUH, and has accepted the Chair of the Appeal to redevelop the TB. In addition, she is a keen supporter of the Arts in Bath, notably Bath Festival and the Holburne Museum, and has been awarded academic distinctions.
Leonard Pearcey has written and broadcast extensively, mainly on arts topics. He has produced and introduced a great many presentations, notably shows and naming ceremonies worldwide for P&O, including in the US with Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Olivia de Havilland, and in the UK with royalty. Before going freelance, he was Music Director at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For several years he was on the Board of Wimbledon Theatre and a member of the Arts Council’s Festivals Committee. He devised and ran the BBC Radio and TV Drama Awards.
Lucy Walker is a Barrister at Guildhall Chambers in Bristol and specialises in banking and finance law. She has extensive experience of media finance matters and frequently advises on the legal issues which arise in relation to transactions involving charitable organisations such as Bristol Zoo and the Eden Project. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Theatre Royal Bath since she was a schoolgirl at Bath High School.