Birmingham’s most popular theatre has announced the appointment of two new board members.
Leading architect Glenn Howells and the chief executive of computer games creator Sega, Mike Hayes, have joined the board of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust as non-executive directors.
Mr Howells leads one of the most successful Birmingham-based architectural practices, Glenn Howells Associates, and will bring his knowledge of the city alongside Midlands-based Mr Hayes’ understanding of new technology.
In 2010-11 the Hippodrome had 523,219 paying visitors making it the most popular single theatre in the UK. Ticket sales totalled £15,088,265 from 392 performances.
Trust chair John Crabtree said: “Their insight, experience and enthusiasm will make an important contribution to the implementation of our vision.
"Working closely with our chief executive Stuart Griffiths, we intend to ensure that Birmingham Hippodrome grows its position as a major cultural enterprise with vibrant international links.”
Mr Howells, who also sits on the board of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Warwick University, said: “Not only is this theatre one of the most successful in the UK, but it is a vital component for the future regeneration of Birmingham. I am focused on how we can maximise this potential.”
Mr Hayes trained as a sales and marketing executive at Unipart and then Kraft and subsequently spent most of his career in the entertainment sector.
He added: “It is exciting to be able to work with the first class team at the Hippodrome and to make a contribution to the outstanding success already achieved.’’