Our Values are at the heart of everything we say and do and our people demonstrate these values in every aspect of their work.
Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Senior Management Team and Directors are:
Adrian Vinken OBE — Chief Executive
Marianne Locatori — Director of Strategic Projects
Helen Costello — Operations Director
Mandy Precious — Engagement and Learning Director
Dylan Tozer — Audience and Communications Director
Theatre Royal Plymouth are grateful for the continued support of our trustees:
Nick Buckland OBE
Nick has been a patron of Theatre Royal Plymouth for over 30 years. He has worked with a number of organisations in and around Plymouth including the University of Plymouth, the Plymouth Development Company, Plymouth Science Park, UTCPlymouth, KARST and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
His love of theatre, in all its aspects, grew from his early years when his family were regulars at Windsor Theatre. Having got the ‘bug’ Nick enjoyed theatre across the country from Sheffield to Bristol. While in London he saw the development of the National Theatre out of its home in the Old Vic to South Bank and the development of the pub theatre at The Orange Tree, Richmond.
He joined the board of trustees of TRP in 2010 and was appointed chair in March 2016. Nick enjoys every aspect of the work Theatre Royal Plymouth provides from the panto to the new plays in The Drum and is proud to be able to support the work of this amazing Plymouth institution.
Bronwen spent her professional career in education and local government in the Midlands and Plymouth where she was Director of Education and then Director of Services for Children and Young People.
Currently Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Theatre Royal Plymouth, she is also a member of the Audit Committee. Following retirement from full-time work, Bronwen undertook education consultancy support work for three years before becoming a School Governor and a Non-Executive Director Board Member of the REACH South West Multi Academy Trust, where she is also Chair of the Education Standards Committee.
A lifelong interest in the performing arts—and theatre in particular—was forged from regular school organised trips to the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon. Bronwen has a particular interest in championing the interests of children with special needs, which is how she came to know and champion TRP’s Funky Llama programme and other outreach projects.
Francis has lived in Devon for the past thirty years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was the Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Plymouth. After retiring in 2009, he became a Trustee of Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2010. He brings a wealth of finance, audit, and risk management experience in both the private and public sectors, and currently chairs the Theatre’s Audit and Risk Committee.
As a regular theatregoer with eclectic taste, Francis enjoys the breadth of productions TRP presents and produces, from the most challenging and thought-provoking to the most populist entertainment. He is delighted to support the Theatre Royal Plymouth charity as a Trustee.
Paul has lived and worked as a lawyer in Plymouth for over thirty years; latterly as the Senior Partner of Wolferstans between 2002 and 2013. He is currently a Tribunal Judge.
Paul has, over recent years, been Chair of Plymouth Growth Board, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, President of Plymouth Law Society, Chairman and President of Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, and a Governor of Plymouth College of Art.
As a Trustee and Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth since 2010, Paul is delighted to serve on our Board; setting strategy and minding the governance of this wonderful theatre. He is immensely satisfied to have been able to support the TRP Team to put on top quality productions that offer something for everyone in our City and region to enjoy.
Shona is a qualified certified accountant and managing partner of Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants; a regional accountancy practice with 17 offices across Devon and Somerset and a team of 250 people. She is Head of Audit for the practice and has a detailed knowledge of UK and International Accounting Standards, corporate governance and all aspects of financial reporting, and the systems required to support a successful business. She has extensive experience of assisting clients with reviews of their financial budgets and strategies, and implementation of financial systems and controls. Shona will be a member of the Audit and Risk committee.
Shona lives with husband and two young sons near Holbeton and regularly attends the theatre to see a variety of performances—appreciative of the broad range Theatre Royal Plymouth has to offer, including many performances that appeal to younger audiences.
James Pidgeon is currently Director and Chief Executive at Shoreditch Town Hall; an events and cultural space housed in one of the grandest former civic buildings in London.
Previously, James assisted on the producing of the Watch This Space Festival and Platforms programme at the National Theatre, worked in the Director’s Office at Battersea Arts Centre, and spent three years supporting the Southwark Community Projects team at Shakespeare’s Globe. He regularly undertakes guest lectures in producing and arts management at the likes of Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and Royal Holloway, University of London.
James was thrilled to join Theatre Royal Plymouth as a Trustee in July 2017. As someone born and raised in Devon, James is incredibly passionate about the theatre’s staggering breadth of work and is proud to play a very small part in an organisation that so evidently has an impact on communities across Plymouth, the region, and beyond.
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience as a communications and digital professional. Most of her career has been spent working in London within multiple industries, from television to banking. Since moving back to the West Country in 2013, Sarah has been Head of Content at the Met Office in Exeter. She manages a creative team of presenters, graphic designers, and videographers; producing 24/7 content for social media, broadcast, and news & media websites.
Born and raised in Plymouth, Sarah has had a lifelong passion for theatre since participating in young writing schemes in the 90s, going on to have plays performed at Barbican Theatre, The Drum and the Cygnet Theatre in Exeter. This experience encouraging her to go on to study Theatre and Media Drama at the University of South Wales.
Sarah is delighted to support Theatre Royal Plymouth as a Trustee and give something back to an organisation that has always been a source of pride to Plymouth, and one that has provided her with access to world-class theatre since she was a child.
Emma Huxham is a HR & Talent Management professional with over 20 years’ experience in leading teams, developing organisations and driving continuous professional development cultures. Currently the Global Talent Director for Mars Inc, she is passionate about coaching teams and individuals and helping people locate their talent to leverage their own personal and professional expansion.
Emma was born and raised in Plymouth and is now proud to be able to raise her young daughter here too. With a love of culture, the arts, performance and nature there is nowhere else she would rather be. When the opportunity arose to give something back to the community and to be part of such an aspiring organisation Emma jumped at the chance to join our Board of Trustees. Having worked for TRP in the past as the HR Manager she feels a strong connection to the organisation. Emma’s passion for people, commitment to development and untapped talent in storytelling (as credited by her daughter) will be a wonderful addition to the Board.
Imogen is currently Executive Director at New Adventures, Matthew Bourne’s award-winning and internationally renowned dance company which she joined in April 2018. Previous to this she spent 10 years as Senior Producer for the Lyric Hammersmith during Sean Holmes’s tenure as Artistic Director. Prior to her time at the Lyric she held roles at Act Productions, a West End Production company, and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. She has also worked as a consultant for Emma Brunjes Productions and is a past participant of the Clore Leadership short course.
Imogen was born and raised in Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth has been an integral part of her life from a very young age. She joined the youth theatre at the age of 8 and performed in shows in the Drum and the Lyric. She was a member of the Plymouth Youth Music Theatre working backstage on shows including The Hired Man and Sweeney Todd and performing onstage in shows including Oh What a Lovely War. She attended Cardiff University and after graduating returned to Theatre Royal Plymouth where she began working in the Education department across a number of different roles including as the South West Regional Producer for National Theatre Connections. This work with the National Theatre took her to London where she still lives and works but she is very passionate about the importance of local theatres across the country.
Imogen joined Theatre Royal Plymouth as a trustee in February 2020 and is thrilled that she is able to continue her involvement with the work of this extraordinary and important organisation, whose impact reaches far beyond Plymouth and the South West playing a hugely important part in the cultural and creative ecology.