Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL
Robert is a solicitor and has served as a Councillor on Westminster City Council for over 30 years. He is currently 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 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.
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 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.
Edward is the founder of theatre production company Fiery Angel. Past producing ventures include The 39 Steps, The Ladykillers, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged, Fascinating Aida, and the opera Carmen at Sadler's Wells. Edward has a particular interest in theatre for younger audiences, presenting productions as part of the Children’s Touring Partnership, including Swallows and Amazons and Goodnight Mister Tom. Other children’s shows include Lazytown Live, Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Peppa Pig Live. He also launched Fiery Dragons in 2011 to co-produce a variety of plays and musicals in the UK and abroad.
Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen Bt. (Chairman)
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 Berwin 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
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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