28 Mar 2023

Hippodrome announces new board member


Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust welcomed Catherine Mallyon to its board of trustees.

Catherine has been executive director, a governor and a board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2012.

Catherine (pictured) was previously deputy chief executive of Southbank Centre, leading all Southbank Centre operational activity, including the reopening of Royal Festival Hall after refurbishment in 2007 and the renewal of Hayward Gallery in 2010.

In her earlier career in arts management, Catherine was general manager of Arts and Theatres at Reading Borough Council.

There, she managed all theatre and arts operations, programmed drama and classical music for the Hexagon and Concert Hall and co-produced the WOMAD festival.

Prior to that, she was general manager at the Oxford Playhouse and had the same role at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon.

Catherine is an Honorary Fellow of St John 's College, University of Oxford and was awarded a CBE in the Queens Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours list.

Jon Gilchrist, artistic director and CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome said: “It 's a privilege to welcome Catherine to the Hippodrome board.

“I 've had a huge admiration for her for many years: as a strategic voice for theatre, and as a champion for the arts in the West Midlands.

“She is the perfect addition to what is already an extraordinary board. I look forward to working with her as the Hippodrome prepares to announce an ambitious new five-year strategy to capitalise on this special time for the arts in the region. ”

Catherine added: “I am thrilled to be joining the Hippodrome board, and I look forward enormously to working with the voluntary trustees in supporting the team to deliver more Hippodrome “goosebumps moments. ”