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


Ian is 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.

Liz Blyth

Liz Blyth is an experienced public sector leader for arts, culture and sport. She works as an independent consultant, mentor and advisor.  She is an Associate for the Local Government Association and a part time lecturer and module leader for the MSc Cultural Events Leadership at De Montfort University. Previously she was Director of Culture and Neighbourhood Services at Leicester City Council.  Liz also enjoys creative practice as an artist and maker. 

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

Gary has lived and worked in Leicestershire since 1983, primarily in the financial services sector. A Fellow of the ICAEW, Gary is the Chair of Council at the University of Leicester as well as acting as a Director, and Audit Committee Chair, at a large pension scheme as well as other financial institutions.

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.

Sita McIntosh

Sita has been the Chief Operating Officer at the UK theatre website,
since August 2014. In a career spanning over 30 years she has worked at a number of companies including Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Stoll Moss Theatres (now Lloyd Webber Theatres) gathering experience in theatre marketing, ticketing and sales. Sita also sits on the boards of Kiln Theatre in North London and Tonic Theatre.

Savanna Patel

Born and bred in Leicester, Savanna is currently studying Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She has engaged with Curve through community productions, as a member of the young company and as a current member of the Youth Advisory Board. Savanna is particularly interested in expanding access and engagement in theatre to those from the BAME community.

Cathy Tyson

Cathy has enjoyed working at Curve on My Beautiful Laundrette and The Importance of Being Earnest. Most recent work includes, Rockets and Blue Lights, Royal Exchange Manchester. Rebus Long Shadows Birmingham Rep and nationwide tour. Films include, The Fight. Together and Two Graves. Verbatim theatre with Crowded Room, The Listening Room. FIGHTER, Stratford Circus. The Odyssey readings at Brian Friel Festival. Audio books, including The Muse by Jessie Barton. Other films include, Mona Lisa, Priest, The Serpent and the Rainbow and Turbulence. Three series of Band of Gold.

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.

Chair of Health and Safety Committee

Vijay Sharma

Vijay Sharma was the Managing Editor & Head of the BBC Asian Network, the National BBC Digital Station.

A qualified Social Worker, Vijay has also worked as Leicestershire County Council’s Race Relations Advisor. Vijay has held numerous Non-Executive and Trustee roles including with East Midlands Strategic Heath Authority, West Midlands Government Office and Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust.

Vijay is a qualified Coach and Mentor and was awarded the EMCC Diploma in Professional Coach – Mentoring.