Playhouse Board

Oxford Playhouse is currently seeking two new Trustees to join the Board.

Anyone with an interest in theatre and the performing arts can apply for this important voluntary role overseeing the continued development and success of the Oxford Playhouse.   We are particularly interested in recruiting Trustees with demonstrable expertise in one of the following areas:

  • Creative industries
  • Development
  • Education
  • Equality, diversity and community

For further information please download an Application Pack here.

Deadline: 31st January 2019

Interviews: 7th February 2019

Board

Elizabeth Paris - Chair and Trustee

After graduating from Oxford University Elizabeth spent nineteen years in investment banking as a Managing Director with Chase Manhattan Bank and JP Morgan. Elizabeth is a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford Said Business School. She is chair of The Orwell Youth Prize; a trustee of SOFEA and The Orwell Foundation; a Vice-Patron of RAW and a Charity Mentor. A particular focus on women and entrepreneurship includes designing the World Bank/IFC program for gender sensitivity in banks, and managing the University of Oxford Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programmes in China. 

Andrew Parker - Trustee

Since 2013 Andrew Parker has been the Treasurer, Domestic Bursar and Fellow of Somerville College Oxford where he is responsible for finance, HR, catering, conferencing, accommodation, estates, capital expenditure and the College’s endowment.  Before that he was the Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon, for 12 years, responsible for Finance, HR, H&S, IT, estates, and overseeing the financial management of the £112m refurbishment of the theatre.  Prior to that he was Finance Director of Oxford University Press’s International Division. Andrew is also Chair of Governors at the Cotswold Academy, Bourton on the Water and on the Board of Mountview Academy of Theatrical Arts, in London.

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 and Sub-Warden 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 is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse.  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 Dance OBE, MSc, FRICS, IHBC, RSA

Debbie is Director of Oxford Preservation Trust 1999 onwards.   A chartered surveyor with an established career in heritage, she has completed a number of successful projects, including Oxford Castle.  She is Chair of the national Historic Chapels Trust.   She set up Oxford Open Doors and is now establishing an annual Oxford Shakespeare Birthday celebration at the Painted Room. 

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 Council 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 on Oxford for over 30 years.

Sue Staunton - Trustee

Sue is Vice-Chairman of the Oxford Playhouse and has been a Trustee for a number of years. She is passionate about the theatre and her first involvement with the theatre was more years ago than she cares to remember as a student involved in the performance of a play about the fate of Lizzie Borden. For her day job she is a Partner in accountancy and business advisory firm, James Cowper Kreston where she leads the firm’s technology team – advising technology businesses and their owners from start-up to exit. She is also an external observer on the Finance Committee for the University of Oxford.

Saphié Ashtiany - Trustee 

Saphié is Trustee and Chair of the Equal Rights Trust, Trustee of Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Trustee and Chair of The Nationwide Foundation, Trustee of Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a Member of the Advisory Board of Welsh National Opera.

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. 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. She was the Senior Member for the Oxford University Drama Society (OUDS) from 1998 till 2018.

Moss Cooper - Trustee

Liesl Elder - Trustee

Development Committee

Felicity Dick 
Danby Bloch
Edward Bernard
Bob Campbell
Roland Fuggle
Colin Mayer
Sandip Popat
Sue Sternberg
Jens Tholstrup
Frank Webster
Julia Harland
Moss Cooper
Alison Jeffreys

Finance Committee

Andrew Parker  
Colin Mayer  
Elizabeth Paris  
Sir Rory Collins  
Lorraine Stone  
Sue Staunton
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