The Board of Trustees

The Guildhall Trust, registered charity number 1153358, is managed by a Board of Trustees as an independent body responsible for the overall strategy of the Trust, our vision and future direction.

Greg Perry

Chairman of the Board

Greg brings a wealth of experience to the Trust having worked at senior management level within multiple cultural organisations in the UK and in the US including The Art Institute of Chicago, Rutgers University (New Jersey), the National Gallery, Imperial War Museums and more locally, as Director at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

The appointed Board Members

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Anthony Brown

Board Member

Anthony has been Head of Marketing for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2000. The BSO are one of this country’s leading orchestras and performed at the re-opening of the Guildhall in 1959. Anthony is also company director of Heritage Concerts which has successfully put on several outdoor events. Anthony has been a Trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2011.

Simon Frost

Board Member

Simon is owner of Hibou Communications and a former CEO of the Parity Trust, a community finance operation. Through Parity he supported many community schemes including the refurbishment of the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. Simon chairs the Trust’s Audit and Finance Committee. Simon has been a Trustee since the formation in 2011.

Chris Gilder

Board Member

Chris has an extensive background in construction and is Bid Manager for Wates. He previously worked for Warings, Costain and Balfour Beatty. He has been a Portsmouth resident for 20 years and sits on the Client Team managing Guildhall Renaissance. He has been a Trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2011.

Claire Hardy

Board Member

Claire has been working with Vivacity Culture and Leisure since 2011 as their Heritage Services and Programmes Manager. Prior to this she worked for Cornwall County Council in outreach and marketing, having worked for a number of years in education as a teacher. Claire joined the Board in 2017 and supports the work of our learning and participation team with her knowledge and experience.

Trevor Keeble

Board Member

Professor Trevor Keeble joined University of Portsmouth as the Dean of Creative and Cultural Industries in May 2017 having left the post of Executive Dean (Learning, Teaching and Research) at the University for the Creative Arts. He has 20 years' experience of teaching, management and leadership in creative arts education, and has held executive and management roles for academic development, student experience, research and enterprise during his career.

Declan Murphy

Board Member

Declan has been an active Board member of a number of local Hampshire organisations over the past 8 years, including as Chair of Trustees of Home-Start Butser, a Trustee of Home-Start Hampshire and a Trustee of the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant. Declan was a Senior Human Resources Consultant with IBM for over 30 years, working in the UK and across Europe, before setting up his own HR consultancy some 8 years ago specialising in employee benefits, acquisitions and HR Project Management.

Mark Turner

Board Member

Mark Turner joined the Board in October 2018. He spent the last 20 years of his career as Global Head of Strategic Planning and then as Global Head of Structured Finance for one of the world’s largest corporates. He was recruited to the Board to bring that experience to bear in helping to move the financial side of Guildhall Renaissance forward. Mark’s interests include theatre and sailing.

Patrons of The Guildhall Trust

Mark King

Patron of The Guildhall Trust

Founder, Lead Singer and Bassist with legendary band, Level 42, Mark has been a Patron of The Guildhall Trust since 2016. He believes music venues like the Guildhall are the life blood of the live music industry and is keen to support Portsmouth Guildhall to ensure it continues to thrive.

Mark Smith

Patron of The Guildhall Trust

Following 6 years as Chair of the Board, Mark continues his involvement with The Guildhall Trust as a Patron to support the Trust’s work around emerging business, community and skills development. As CEO of the Southern Coop and an Ambassador for the Princes Trust, Mark has a wealth of experience within the business and charity sectors.

Christopher Le Brun

Patron of The Guildhall Trust

A painter, sculptor and printmaker, Le Brun was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011, the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878. Born in Portsmouth in 1951, Le Brun trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, London. In his early career he was a double prize winner at the John Moores exhibitions 1978 & 1980, also showing in the Venice Biennale 1980 and the ground breaking Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin in 1982. He has since exhibited extensively worldwide.

Spike Edney

Patron of The Guildhall Trust

Since 1984, British multi-instrumentalist Spike Edney has been Queen‘s Musical Director and keyboard player, performing with the band at “Live Aid”, “Rock in Rio”, “Live at Wembley” and “Knebworth”. He has worked with Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Thomas Dolby, Haircut 100 and Duran Duran. With his own band Spike’s All-Star Band a.k.a. The SAS Band he has gone on to perform with Roy Wood, Chaka Khan, Roger Daltrey, Lionel Richie, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Paloma Faith, The Sugababes and many more.

Joanna Lumley OBE

Patron of The Guildhall Trust

Actress, model, author and activist, Joanna Lumley OBE joins the Trust as an advocate for the Renaissance of Portsmouth Guildhall. The recipient of three BAFTA Awards, the Special Recognition Award at the 2017 National Television Awards and the BAFTA Fellowship Award for her work on screen and stage, Joanna played the legendary Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous until 2012, stepping back into the role for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016 and has numerous other credits to her name.

Jools Holland OBE DL

Patron of The Guildhall Trust

Composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster, Jools Holland OBE DL joins the Trust as a Patron and advocate for the Renaissance of Portsmouth Guildhall. After starting out playing pubs in the East End docks, Jools Holland went on to lead his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and sell millions of records worldwide. He was an original member of the band ‘Squeeze’ and he has worked with many artists, including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Florence Welch, Paul Weller and Van Morrison.

The Guildhall Trust Management

Andy Grays

Chief Executive Officer

Andy has been the CEO of The Guildhall Trust since 2012. Andy has spent his whole career in arts management. Originally with the Apollo Leisure Group in the late 80s 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 Shaftesbury Avenue. He has opened and developed many unique venues including the Hat Factory in Luton in 2004 and the Luton Cultural Trust in 2008.

Katie Britton

Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Head of Finance

Katie joined The Guildhall Trust in January 2015 after working in various 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 online sports retailer Wiggle.

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.

Rachel Maryan

General Manager

Rachel has worked in the food and beverage industry in Kent & London. Having spent a large part of her career for Hilton Hotels, Rachel ventured away from hotels and landed a job as General Manager at The Charing Cross Theatre & The Players Restaurant & Bar.

Kelly Haswell

Head of Marketing

With over 18 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 and Kings Theatre. Kelly joined the team in 2017.

Katherine Scott

Business Development Manager

Katherine has worked in the arts and heritage sector across the south coast for the last 9 years with previous roles specialising in sales, client relationships, memberships and training at the UK’s largest independent gallery group and leading arts and heritage travel company.

Ian Featherstone

Head of Security & Safety

Following a number of years in the Hospitality industry, Ian moved into Security and Crowd Management gaining qualifications in Crowd Management and Occupational Health & Safety, working on some of the most iconic large music events and the security operation for the Americas Cup World Series. Ian joined the team in 2018 having been Head of Security as a contractor for over 3 years.
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