Elizabeth Paris - Chair and Trustee
Elizabeth first experienced Oxford Playhouse as a Univ. undergraduate sneaking onstage amongst the far more talented Oxford Revue cast. The next nineteen years passed in investment banking as a Managing Director with Chase Manhattan Bank and JP Morgan. After a variety of board roles at national and regional level she is currently a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford Said Business School, a trustee of SOFEA, a trustee of Be Free Young Carers, a trustee of Be Free Young Carers, and a Charity Mentor. A particular focus on women and entrepreneurship includes a role as a World Bank consultant designing the IFC program for gender sensitivity in banks, leading on from managing the University of Oxford Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programmes in China.
Liesl Elder - Vice-Chair
Liesl is chief fundraiser for the University and directs the University Development Office. Liesl became Oxford's new Director of Development in September 2011. She joined Oxford from the University of Edinburgh, where she managed the fundraising and alumni relations team during the university’s £350m Enlightenment Campaign.
Sue Staunton - Trustee
Sue has been a Playhouse Trustee for a number of years and is a passionate advocate of the arts. She is managing Partner of James Cowper Kreston, accountants and business advisers, where she specialises in working with technology based businesses throughout their lifecycle and is also an external observer on the Finance Committee of the University of Oxford.
Sir Rory Collins - Trustee
Rory Collins is an epidemiologist studying how to prevent and treat heart disease. He trained in Medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, London, and Statistics at George Washington University and Oxford University. He came to Oxford in 1981 to run large randomised trials which showed that emergency treatment of heart attacks with clot-dissolving and clot-preventing treatment could more than halve mortality. Subsequently, he has shown that lowering cholesterol with statin therapy safely reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. These treatments have become part of routine care. Rory was appointed BHF Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in 1996, Principal Investigator of the UK Biobank study of 500,000 people in 2005, and Head of the Nuffield Department of Population Health in 2013. He was knighted for services to Science in 2011, became a Fellow of St John’s College in 2015, and was elected to the Royal Society in 2015.
Colin Mayer - Trustee
Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He has been a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business education and the administration of justice in the economic sphere.
Debbie Dance - Trustee
Debbie is Director of Oxford Preservation Trust which she has built into a leading Oxford influencer and institution.
Debbie has an established career in heritage and is a chartered surveyor. She has completed a number of award winning projects, including Oxford Castle & Prison, and has created and runs Oxford Open Doors, an annual festival which attracts over 35,000 people to celebrate Oxford’s built and natural environment across all walks of the City’s life, town and gown. OPT is small which has meant developing skills in membership, fundraising, finance and management along the way. One of her highlights has been taking ownership of the Painted Room where Shakespeare stayed developing an annual Oxford Shakespeare Birthday celebration.
She first came to the Playhouse in the 1970s on ‘two for the price of one’ Monday nights. Her interest continues as a board member and member of the Programme & Productions Committee.
Eleanor Lloyd - Trustee
Eleanor Lloyd is an independent commercial producer. Current productions include Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall and Dusty a musical about Dusty Springfield. Her recent West End and touring productions include: Nell Gwynn (Olivier Award – Best New Comedy, Apollo Theatre); three seasons of 1984 (Playhouse Theatre); 1984 (Hudson Theatre, Broadway); My Night with Reg (Olivier Nomination – Best Revival, Apollo Theatre); Handbagged (Olivier Nomination – Best New Comedy, Vaudeville Theatre & UK Tour).
Eleanor has worked for the Royal Court and Gate Theatres and Mark Rubinstein Ltd. She is the Producer for Peepolykus. Eleanor was awarded a Stage One Producer’s Bursary in 2005, a Start-Up Fund award in 2011 and she was a finalist in the British Council’s Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur Award.
Eleanor sits on the Board of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), Theatre 503 and Oxford Playhouse. www.elproductions.co.uk
Bob Price - Trustee
Bob retired recently after ten years as Leader of Oxford City Council, and 35 years as a City Councillor. He was also a member of the Arts Council South East Area Board for six years and a Board Member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership from its inception in 2011. He is an economist and HR professional, and has been deeply involved in the arts and culture sector in Oxford for over 30 years.
Dr Sos Eltis - Trustee
Dr Sos Eltis is a Fellow and Tutor in English at Brasenose College, Oxford, and an Associate Professor in the English Faculty of Oxford University. She is a University representative on the Playhouse Board.
Specialising in Victorian, modern, and contemporary theatre, it was productions at the Oxford Playhouse which she was as a child that sparked her life-long love of the plays of Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw. Her publications include Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde and Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage, 1800-1930, and articles on Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Noel Coward and wide range of other playwrights and writers. She was the Senior Member for the Oxford University Drama Society (OUDS) from 1998 till 2018 and is deeply committed to the central role of theatre in the cultural life of Oxford.
Moss Cooper - Trustee
Former Development Director for the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and former Associate Dean at the School of the Arts and Director of Principal Gifts at Columbia University. His current client portfolio involves working with a range of UK universities ad arts organisations. Moss is a philanthropic advisor to the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Sandip Popat - Trustee
Sandip is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the John Radcliffe in Oxford and has been a member of the Cleft lip & Palate multidisciplinary team for 15 years. He trained at University College (UCL) in London and undertook his Consultant training at the Eastman Dental Hospital which is also part of UCL. He has been a postgraduate examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in England for over 10 years and is also the Regional and Specialty Advisor to the RCS for the region.
Sandip has lectured both nationally and internationally and is actively involved in post-graduate education. He is currently President of BDA South Mercia branch.
Sandip has been actively involved in fundraising locally and is the new chair of the Oxford Playhouse Development Committee.
Chilina Madon - Trustee
Chilina is Director of Marketing and Sales at Birmingham Hippodrome. She has worked in the arts for 20 years alongside major international producers including The National Theatre, Disney, Cameron Mackintosh, Mariinsky Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Glyndebourne as well as working on several outdoor festivals including events for International Dance Festival Birmingham, the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the World War One centenary commemorations with 14-18 NOW.
Annabel Mutale-Reed - Trustee
Annabel Mutale Reed is a writer and director. She has a masters degree in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. She has written three musicals, 'Alice, 'Elizabeth' and 'Stop'. 'Stop' was written under the mentorship of Claude-Michael Schonberg. Annabel co-directed the premier at the Burton Taylor theatre and the award winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival run.
Her directing credits in New York include 'Trash Puppets', 'The Fall' and 'Toil and Trouble' at the off-broadway theatre The Pit Loft. Annabel also has a degree from Guildford School of Acting, and worked as a professional actor in the UK and internationally.
Rebecca Surender - Trustee
Rebecca Surender is the Advocate and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Deputy Principal of Green Templeton College. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Dept. of Social Policy & Intervention at Oxford where her academic research focuses on health and social welfare policy in developing countries, in particular, South Africa. She has worked as a consultant and advisor for various multilateral and government agencies including the World Bank, UNRISD, United Nations (Women's Directorate), UK DfID and SA DSD. Rebecca is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, South Africa.
Katherine Wilkes - Trustee and Chair of Finance Committee
Katherine is a Chartered Accountant and is an Audit Partner at a local firm of accountants, Critchleys, where her focus is on charities, academies and corporate clients. Katherine trained with a firm in Tunbridge Wells before spending time in industry and returned to practice in 2003 to spend a large portion of her career with a big four firm before venturing back to a regional practice to focus on charities. Katherine is also Chair of Cold Ash Brass, where she also enjoys performing, is a Scouting volunteer and has previously spent 5 years as a governor of a local special school.
Sandip Popat (Chair)
Katherine Wilkes (Chair)
Sir Rory Collins
Programme & Productions Committee
Moss Cooper (Chair)
Equality, Diversity & HR Committee
Chilina Madon (Chair)