Andy Grays, Chief Executive Officer
Andy Grays has spent his whole career in arts management. Originally with the Apollo Leisure Group in the late 1980’s 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, Head of Finance & Commercial Development
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 my 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’.
Lorraine Pink, Fundraising and Campaign Director
Lorraine has worked in marketing, fundraising and business development. Having worked in the commercial sector for a number of years, Lorraine moved into the charitable sector 8 years ago and has never looked back.
Lorraine was Director of Business Development for a military welfare charity and helped raise over a million pounds. Lorraine started working at Portsmouth Cultural Trust in October 2015, and shares our vision to transform the Guildhall’s facilities and make it a vibrant cultural, entertainment and community hub for the southern region.
Lorraine’s previous roles include working for The YOU Trust and Defence Medical Welfare Service.
Nick Coles, Head of Technical and Support Services
Since 1984, Nick has developed a vast knowledge of sound, lighting and stage production with the number of position 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 arts forms and television, as well as producing his own productions.
Rachel Maryan, Operations Manager
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 of been a part of the team that has made much improvement to the Guildhall operation’.
Marelize de Beurs, Head of Marketing
In 2012 Marelize became part of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust team. Her previous roles include Director for Creative Careers SA and Marketing Intern for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Marelize has a passion for classical music and was once a fulltime violinist for two symphony orchestras in South Africa. She is keen to continue the growth of Portsmouth Guildhall’s classical music programme.
Charlotte Stamp, Acting Head of Marketing
Charlotte has been working for the Portsmouth Cultural Trust since 2012. Her previous roles at PCT include Front of House, Promotions Assistant and Marketing and Events Coordinator.
Prior to working for us Charlotte graduated from university with a Journalism degree and worked as an Editorial Assistant for a high-fashion magazine.
She is particularly interested in fundraising and has recently undertaken a course with the Institute of Fundraising, which she hopes to put to good use during the redevelopment phase