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Playhouse 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 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, and managing the University of Oxford Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programmes in China. 

Sue Staunton - Vice-Chair

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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 and arts organisations. Moss is a philanthropic advisor to the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Liesl Elder - Trustee

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.

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 the Director of Marketing and Sales at Birmingham Hippodrome having worked in arts marketing for over 18 years. She began her career at The Beck Theatre in Hayes before taking up the role of Marketing Manager at Oxford’s New Theatre and Old Fire Station. Chilina has worked with 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 Advocate and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Deputy Principal of Green Templeton College. Her academic research is primarily in the area of 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 Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy & Intervention, Oxford and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Development Committee

Sandip Popat (Chair)
Felicity Dick 
Danby Bloch
Edward Bernard
Mark Charter
Roland Fuggle
David Jackson
Colin Mayer
Jens Tholstrup
Susan Sternberg
Moss Cooper
Alison Jeffreys

Finance Committee

Sue Staunton (Chair)
Colin Mayer
Elizabeth Paris
Sir Rory Collins
Liesl Elder

Programme & Productions Committee

Moss Cooper (Chair)
Debbie Dance
Eleanor Lloyd
Annabel Mutale-Reed

Diversity Working Party

Bob Price
Rebecca Surender
Chilina Madon

Nominations Committee

Debbie Dance
Elizabeth Paris
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