Our Board

Board Members

Leicester Theatre Trust (LTT) is governed by the Board of Trustees who act as Directors of the company.

The Board includes two members nominated by Leicester City Council, one member nominated from Leicestershire County Council and eleven independently appointed members, one of whom must be under 24. Members of Management and representatives from the main stakeholders are also invited to attend Board meetings.

Ian Squires


An experienced theatre trustee and board member. He chaired the board of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for eight years helping to oversee the theatre’s redevelopment and reopening in 2013. He was also a board member of the Birmingham Hippodrome for four years until 2009. In 2014, he joined the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company and last year became a trustee of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and of Belarus Free Theatre – the political theatre company, who make their first appearance at Curve later this year.

Ian takes over the role from Professor Philip Tasker who is stepping down after six years.

Anthony Clare

Vice Chair

Partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP, a leading international law firm, specialising in corporate law advising public and private companies on all aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financing.

Gautam Bodiwala

World President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine and has been given Honorary Doctorates by the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. He served as Consultant and Head of the A & E department in Leicester for 26 years.

Councillor Piara Singh Clair

Assistant City Mayor for Culture, Leisure and Sport. He has been an elected member of the City Council for the last 21 years. He has held various positions in the past, including being the Chair of Leisure, Planning and Licensing

Mike Dalzell

Mike has a background in economic regeneration and business development at the city council including the development of new workspaces for creative businesses. He also worked for almost ten years for Asra housing group. When not at work he is often to be found on a bike.

Gary Dixon

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Gary has worked at Board level within several financial services companies. Retired in 2013, he remains a Member of Council at the University of Leicester as well as being a member of the Audit Committee.

Shobna Gulati

Shobna who is known for her long-standing role as Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street and for playing Anita in the TV series Dinnerladies delighted audiences as Miss Lynch in Curve’s 2016 Christmas production of Grease. Her theatre credits also include Mamma Mia! (International tour) & April in Paris (UK Tour)

Shobna also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed comedy show for young women, The Masala Girls.

Nicola Hurley

Born and still living in Leicestershire, Nicola is the managing director of Mercia Group Limited, a Wilmington plc business. Head-quartered in Leicester, Mercia is the UK’s leading provider of accountancy training and support services supporting professional firms of accountants nationwide.

Vivien Waterfield

Vivien is Deputy CEO of Home-Start UK – one of the country’s leading family support charities, with its roots here in Leicester. She leads the charity’s external relations and new business development activity. Vivien joined the charity from Action for Children and worked previously as a Marketing Manager at the Haymarket and Phoenix Arts.


Donna Williams

Board Observers

Kevan Grantham

Leicester City Council’s Arts Manager, working in Arts & Museums for Cultural Services. He is currently the project officer link for many of LCC partnership organisations and has worked for the council for over 26 years many roles, including Arts leadership roles, community development and building and project management.

Claire Simpson

Claire joined Arts Council England in October 2017, as Theatre Relationship Manager.  Before then, Claire was General Manager at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry from 2013. While working in London from 2005 -2013 Claire held posts as General Manager at Paines Plough and the Gate, Front of House Manager at the Royal Court, and as a retail manager. Claire is a past participant of the Clore Leadership Programme short course. She has previously served on the boards of the Independent Theatre Council, and curious directive where she was Chair.