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Lichfield Garrick Theatre appoint six new Trustees

posted 17 Aug 2023
Lichfield Garrick Theatre appoint six new Trustees

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre is delighted to announce the appointment of six new trustees.

Josh Beaumont, Natalie Haslam, David Hill, Sophie Price, Emma Ryan and Beth Shouler will join the charity’s existing trustees, Deb Baker, Phil Carter, Denise Peach, and Wayne Smith (currently Acting Chair), volunteering their time and expertise to support the strategic development of the venue.

These new appointments follow the largest open trustee recruitment process the organisation has ever undertaken, attracting more than 40 applications from across the community.

Josh Beaumont is a commercial theatre producer with over ten years’ experience, working both nationally and internationally. He’s proud to be joining the team and looks forward to furthering relationships with the communities of Lichfield and the surrounding areas through the Garrick’s work both on- and off-stage.

Natalie Haslam has lived in Lichfield all her life and is passionate about inclusive, community-based projects that champion access and development. She is a producer and dance artist who works for a number of dance companies, and is looking forward to working with the theatre to build on its commitment to the wider local cultural scene.

David Hill has enjoyed a long career in the arts, including five years as the Marketing Director of the Birmingham Hippodrome and as a Framework Consultant for Arts Council England. He is keen to explore the Garrick’s potential to play an even more significant role in the cultural and community life of Lichfield and its surrounding areas.

Sophie Price is a Chartered Accountant with a long-standing passion for theatre and performance. She is thrilled that as a Trustee of the Lichfield Garrick she can draw on both her professional experience and her personal passions in support of the venue.

Emma Ryan is very proud to call Lichfield her home. Arts and culture is a huge passion of hers, both personally and professionally (she is Head of Communications at the Birmingham Hippodrome) so she is thrilled to be joining the team as the theatre focuses on reaching out and allowing more people to have transformational cultural experiences.

Beth Shouler is a Midlands-based theatre director with a particular passion for supporting emerging artists and developing new audiences. She was drawn to the Garrick’s close relationships with its local community and is looking forward to working with the venue on its next chapter and helping to support it to fulfil its huge potential.

Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Daniel Buckroyd, said:

‘Arts charities like Lichfield Garrick Theatre thrive when a talented staff team are working in close partnership with a dynamic, ambitious, experienced Board of voluntary Trustees.  So, we’re thrilled to welcome this new cohort of Trustees who join our team as the venue celebrates its twentieth anniversary, and who, alongside our existing Board members, will bring new insight and energy to the organisation as we shape our vision for the next twenty years of live theatre in Lichfield.’