Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is today delighted to be announcing the appointment of five new Board members, and a new Fundraising Board member too.
These new trustees join this vibrant and ambitious producing theatre, working in Outer East London, Essex and beyond, at an important time where the theatre is playing an ever increasing role at the heart of a changing community, as well as providing important leadership culturally across the sub region. QTH was recently awarded London Theatre of the Year 2020 (The Stage awards), the first Outer London theatre to receive this prestigious award.
The new Board members are:• Andrea Cunningham – Assistant Regional Director at Metal in Southend, with a background in learning in national museums and galleries• Dominic Hedges – a theatre maker from East Ham, with over ten years experience creating work with children and young people• Dr Neha Issar-Brown – director at one of the UK’s biggest medical research charities, and a Havering resident, who’s voluntary work reflects a broad commitment to diversity• Sonja Lahiff – an experienced fundraiser, working at English Heritage, living in Hornchurch, who has worked in the arts and culture sector for ten years• George Morgan – a drama teacher, actor and writer, living in Basildon, with a passion for inclusivity amongst young people in the arts
And joining the Fundraising Board, is Natalie Chan, an arts fundraiser and producer from Hong Kong, currently working for Creative Youth and The Bread and Roses Theatre.
These appointments follow Claire Gevaux stepping down as Chair in December, after four years of successfully steering the charity through significant change, alongside retiring Trustees Asma Hussain and Steve Moffitt. Sara Thompson, Deputy Chair, has taken on the role of Chair on an interim basis, and David Shearing the role of Deputy Chair.
The Theatre is currently undertaking the search for a new Chair.
Sara Thompson said: ‘The existing trustees and I are delighted to be working with Andrea, Dominic, Neha, Sonja, George and Natalie, and pleased that the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch Board has members from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds and lived experience. Despite the challenges of the last year, the Theatre has an impressive range of plans for the future, which as trustees we’re looking forward to playing our part in. We’re also exceptionally grateful to Claire, Asma and Steve for their considerable insight, support and dedication over the last four years.’