Our Staff
Portsmouth Cultural Trust Staff
Our Staff

Our Staff

Portsmouth Cultural Trust Staff

Andy Grays, Chief Executive Officer
Andy Grays has spent his whole career in arts management. Originally with the Apollo Leisure Group in the late 1980s where he worked at some of this country’s largest theatres, he joined Stoll Moss Theatres in 1989.

He worked on the opening of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane before taking over as manager of the Lyric Theatre Shaftsbury Avenue. His professional career has seen him open and develop many unique venues including the Hat Factory in Luton in 2004 and he helped form the Luton Cultural Trust in 2008.

In 2012 he took up his current role as CEO of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Whilst he loves theatre and contemporary dance, music is his passion.



Katie Britton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Head of Finance
Katie was proud to join the Portsmouth Cultural Trust in January 2015 after working in various other industries, including retail and manufacturing. She began her career working for a classical music shop followed by a large roofing felt manufacturer in Canterbury where she gained the beginnings of her accountancy qualifications. Following a move to Portsmouth in 2007, Katie worked for the Pall Corporation and on-line sports retailer Wiggle where she qualified as a CIMA accountant in 2013.

The move to the cultural and charity sector has been very rewarding for Katie, she states ‘it is my privilege to work with this dedicated energetic team, and to be part of something very special’.

Nick Coles, Head of Technical and Support Services
Since 1984, Nick has developed a vast knowledge of sound, lighting and stage production with a number of positions held within the Guildhall Stage department.

In 2012, Nick was appointed the role of Head of Technical Services, with the responsibilities of maintaining and enhancing the fabric of the building, along with overseeing the requirements of events, developing the high quality of service and meeting the ideals of the Cultural Trust. Nick has toured nationally and internationally, with a variety of art forms and television, as well as producing his own productions.

Rachel Maryan, Head of Operations
Having worked in Hotel food and beverage operations for 9 years in Kent & London mainly for Hilton Hotels, Rachel ventured away from hotels and landed a job as Assistant General Manager at The Charing Cross Theatre & The Players Restaurant & Bar.

Initially Rachel’s focus was mainly on the development of the food and beverage offer there, but she found herself drawn into the box office and front of house operations world of theatres.
During Rachel’s time there she was promoted to General Manager.

When Rachel re-located to the south coast, she felt that the commute was getting too much and came across a very rare position outside of London here at the Guildhall.

Rachel states that she is ‘proud to work in such an iconic venue and to have been part of the team that has made such improvement to the Guildhall operation’.

Kelly Haswell, Head of Marketing & Sales
With over 15 years of experience within the Tourism & Leisure Industry in Portsmouth, Kelly has been privileged to work for some of the city’s most iconic venues - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Kings Theatre and now Portsmouth Guildhall.

During her time at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Kelly lead and worked on marketing campaigns including the launch of the new Mary Rose Museum (2013), Navy Days (2010), Meet Your Navy (2008) and Trafalgar 200 Celebrations (2005) as well as the Dockyard’s annual Victorian Festival of Christmas and visitor campaigns including those for trade, corporate and education.

While at the Kings Theatre, Kelly marketed a diverse programme of shows including touring West End musicals, comedy, music, ballet, opera, drama and family shows including traditional Pantomime and also lead a complete rebrand and development of a new website for the theatre.

Kelly is delighted to join the team at Portsmouth Guildhall at this exciting time.