STEPHEN FRY (CHAIRMAN)
Stephen Fry was born in 1957 and has an illustrious career in media and writing.
He has written award winning plays, books and appeared in numerous television programmes including Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Kingdom, Tom Brown’s Schooldays
He currently hosts the BBC quiz show QI and has also presented the documentaries The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, HIV and Me and The Machine That Made Us all for the BBC.
As a stage actor he performed in Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, Michael Frayn’s Look, Look, Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit and Cell Mates (a run cut inexplicably short). He won a Drama Circle award and a Tony Nomination for his work on the revived musical Me and My Girl which ran for years and years on Broadway and in the West End.
His numerous film appearances have included award winning performances in Peter’s Friends, Wilde, Gosford Park, V for Vendetta and most recently Eichmann. He wrote and directed Bright Young Things in 2003.
He has written four best-selling novels, an autobiography, Moab is My Washpot, and a book on poetry form, The Ode Less Travelled, and is well-known among a younger generation as the reader of the audiobook versions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.
Stephen Fry has been candid about his episodes of mental health problems. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his work in this field.
Stephen became Chairman of The Criterion Theatre Trust in September 2010.Back to top
Sally is renowned for rescuing and restoring The Old Vic, Criterion and Richmond Theatres. In 2004 Sally opened the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, a now famous and much loved Chelsea eaterie voted restaurant of the year by Harper’s magazine and she opened its sister restaurant, The Waterloo Bar & Grill, also in London, in December 2007. Sally is the proprietor of the world-famous Soho jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s. She is the recipient of an OBE and a Montblanc Arts and Culture Award, in recognition of her contribution to the arts in Britain.
She is Founder and Chief Executive of Old Vic Productions plc, an independent commercial producer that works in association with The Old Vic Theatre Company as well as producing in the West End and around the world. Set up in 1994, OVP has produced or co-produced over 100 productions in the West End and on Broadway. It is co-producer, with Universal Stage Productions and Working Title Films, of the multi-award winning Billy Elliot; The Musical, which is currently playing in London and on Broadway where it won ten Tony Awards in 2009.Back to top
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Robert started his career with Mark McCormack’s IMG. However, his entrepreneurial instincts soon led him to pursue his own business interests. Following a successful period in residential property development, he embarked on his first commercial property venture, co-founding Local London Group in the 1980’s and eventually taking it public in 1986 before selling it in 1989 for £120m. Following the sale of LLG, Robert set up Bourne Capital in 1989 with a vision to build a new kind of property and leisure group that acquires adjoining properties to form Central London Estates.
Robert oversaw the acquisition and restoration of both The Richmond and Criterion Theatres, sympathetically restoring these listed buildings to embrace modern working standards while maintaining their distinctive historic identity. Robert sits on the board of over fifty companies and charities in the UK and abroad, in addition to the Criterion Theatre Trust he is also Director of The Old Vic Theatre Trust, and an Associate Member of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). He is a former Director of the Richmond Theatre Trust and of RADA.Back to top
Alan Banes is a partner at West End law firm Howard Kennedy LLP. He specialises in corporate finance transactions and the acquisition and disposal of both public and private companies. He also advises a range of charities, including those involved in the Arts, particularly on governance issues and he is a trustee of a number of charities including The Old Vic Theatre Trust 2000 and Films without Borders.Back to top
From 1980-1992 Joyce Hytner worked at Granada TV
1993-1998 Head of Development at The Royal Court Theatre.
1998 launched ACT IV, an arts consultancy working with clients from both the arts and corporate sector. ACT IV specialises in organising income generating events for arts companies but also advising companies on their sponsorship programmes.
Joyce Hytner is currently on the following boards:
1996 - The Criterion Theatre
2000 - Royal Court Theatre
2000 - The Old Vic Theatre Trust (Trustee)
2007 - National Campaign for the Arts
2007 - Hightide Festival
2008 - St Paul’s Foundation Trust
2009 - Manchester International FestivalBack to top
Peter previously had a career in the city as a Board Director of Dewe Rogerson, where he was responsible for the retail marketing of over 15 privatisations (including BT2, The TRECS, Portugal Telecom, CVRD, (Argentaria, and PT Telkom-Indonesia).
He become International Development and Marketing director of Imagination, where he built the US and Asia business, opening offices in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.
He currently has his own consultancy business advising clients as diverse as Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Old Vic Productions, Sally Greene and Bupa.
Peter is a member of the Chichester Festival Theatre Board, He is also a patron of the Born Free Foundation; on the Boards of the Criterion Theatre, Greene Lit Films and The High Tide Festival.
He was previously a trustee of LAMDA, ACE Africa (an HIV Aids education NGO in Kenya) and Crusiad.Back to top