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The Brighton Hippodrome Community Interest Company (CIC) as the vehicle for carrying forward the management of capital fundraising and project management, to develop the business plan and commission all the necessary work to bring the project to fruition.
      The board of directors comprises the following.

Professor Gavin Henderson CBE
chairs the CIC. Principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama since 2006, he had extensive experience in theatres, festivals and arts centres around the country before in 1984 succeeding Sir Ian Hunter as Artistic Director of the Brighton Festival, doing much to expand the Festival's profile as a centre for international theatre and dance. In tandem he directed the Dartington International Summer School, where he succeeded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as Artistic Director, from 1985 until 2010.

David Fisher
was editor of the international media business/technology journal Screen Digest for 39 years, executive editor of Television: Journal of the Royal Television Society for four years, a government advisor on film and screen media, consultant to two government departments on cinema data, postgraduate-level lecturer in European cultural policy at the University of Warwick, and representative of UK interests in the Council of Europe's European Audiovisual Observatory. Now a local and media historian, author of Cinema-by-Sea: Film and cinema in Brighton & Hove since 1896 and the and websites. He is a trustee of the Regency Society.

Liz Hall
has been the Executive Director of Carousel, the award-winning learning disability arts organisation, for 16 years. In her earlier career she was a stage manager, designer and company manager for a number of productions and theatre companies and did development work for the Grace Eyre Foundation. She is a member of the Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission, a trustee of the Speak Out advocacy service and of Komedia Productions.

Steve Pavey
was Finance and Business Director at the University of Sussex for 10 years. He is or has been honorary treasurer/trustee of a number of charities, including the West Pier Trust, for which he managed funding of the i360 tourist attraction on the Brighton seafront. He was on the board of the Gardner Arts Centre for many years, was chair of the Actors of Dionysus and is joint-chair of the Clifton Montpelier & Powis Community Alliance. He is keen on bringing the discipline of good corporate governance into the charity world.

Steve Piper
was general manager of the Brighton Dome complex for 10 years until he became managing director of the Brighton City Venues, including the Brighton Centre, in 1998. From 2010 he was Director of Venues for BH Live, the trust that operated leisure, arts and cultural venues and services in Bournemouth. He is now an independent consultant.

Dr Helen Walker
is an independent policy consultant working to support sustainable communities, with a background in local authority planning policy. Currently a lecturer in planning at the University of Brighton, she has held academic appointments at the universities of Westminster, UCL, Leeds and Portsmouth. She is a special consultant to DCLG's Select Committee. She is a member of the National Committee of the Civic Trust Awards and a trustee of the Regency Society, the West Pier Trust and of Fabrica Gallery, Brighton.



Architectural consultant
John Muir
is an architect whose practice has a long history of work in the commercial theatre and entertainment sector, including extended periods handling the building works of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, Stoll Moss Theatres and the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).The practice also acted for eight years as house architects for the Tussauds Group. He was a trustee of The Theatres Trust from 1995 to 2004.

Theatre consultant
David Blyth
was Head of Operations of the local authority-run Fairfield Halls Arts Complex in Croydon from 1987 until joining Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) in 1992, becoming Head of Operations in 1997. In 2000 he joined the board as Operations Director and in 2011 was appointed Property Director, with responsibility for the portfolio of 39 venues across the UK, America and Australia. He retired from ATG in 2015. He is chairman of the Marina Theatre Trust in Lowestoft and a trustee of the Theatres Trust.

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