The Royal Exchange Theatre Board

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Pictured Back Row, Left to Right:
Ben Caldwell (Chair), Martyn Torevell, Tony Gordon, Aziz Rashid, Caroline Roberts-Cherry, Jean Oglesby, Geoffrey Shindler

Pictured Front Row, Left to Right:
Jennifer Raffle, Bernard Sharp, Nicole May, Ann-Marie Humphreys, Davina Shah, Sally Penni

Ben CaldwellBen Caldwell, Chair, joined his family hardware business after reading history at Cambridge. He spent the next twenty-five years evolving the business into the outsourcing company IESA. He was Vice-Chair of Business Link Cheshire and Warrington Collegiate, and Chair of the Warrington Chamber of Commerce and Warrington Youth Club. He is a founder investor in the Homeless World Cup and a member of Ashoka, an organisation that supports social entrepreneurs.

Tania Black is a RADA trained actor with extensive credits which include the RSC and numerous roles in TV and radio. She is involved with development at the National Theatre, the NYT and the Centre for Social Justice.

Tony Gordon is a lifelong Manchester resident who has served on numerous boards including Chair of Arawak Walton Housing Association. He has 25 years experience in Governance & Finance and is passionate about community development.

Sinead Greenaway is Technology and Operations Director at UKTV. She previously held senior executive roles at The Lighthouse Company, Virgin Media Television and The Studios at MediaCityUK where she built and led teams delivering production and technology services to the BBC and other independent production companies.

Ann Marie Humphreys

Cllr Ann-Marie Humphreys is an elected member of Salford City Council and Assistant Mayor for Culture, Leisure and Sport. She has been the executive of Children Services and Environmental Services, Chaired select Scrutiny Committees and was a Director of several outside bodies of the Council including The Port Health Authority, GMWDA and Salix Homes.



Jean Oglesby

Jean Oglesby is an eminent arts philanthropist. She was awarded a CBE in 2016 for services to philanthropy and the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy in 2013. As administrator of the Oglesby Charitable Trust Jean was instrumental in its development into one of the most active grant giving charities in the region, awarding over £2m each year. Jean sits on a Grants Making Panel for the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester and her family business Bruntwood is a major sponsor of arts and medical science.


Sally Penni

Sally Penni is a prominent Barrister at Law, diversity champion and community advocate. She is Vice Chair, Association of Women Barristers UK, and Counsel to International Criminal Courts, The Hague.





Jennifer Raffle

Jennifer Raffle was a chartered accountant with KPMG. Moving to GEC plc. she was responsible for business review and trouble-shooting. She returned to KPMG as a technology analyst before leaving to join the Manchester Technology Fund, the in house venture capital fund for the University of Manchester as an investment manager. Jennifer now has her own financial consulting business.



Aziz RashidAziz Rashid is Head of BBC North West in charge of BBC TV, Radio and Digital services for the North West of England. He has held senior editorial roles in BBC World News, BBC Breakfast and Network TV News. Aziz is also Head of Diversity for BBC English Regions.




Caroline Roberts Cherry

Caroline Roberts-Cherry runs her own TV development and production company. She has over 25 years experience in television – predominantly as an executive producer in the BBC. She set up the Cultural Diversity Network North for the TV industry in the North West and chaired the organisation for three years. 




Bernard Sharp

Cllr Bernard Sharp is a senior Trafford Councillor of 25 years standing and a former Mayor. He recently retired as a solicitor, practicing in all branches of Law and specialising in Criminal Law. He was Trafford’s representative on the former Police Authority for 13 years.





Geoffrey Shindler

Geoffrey Shindler OBE is a Trust Consultant at Old Trafford Consulting Ltd, specialising in wills, trusts, capital taxation and estate work. He has held trustee positions with a number of organisations including Manchester Camerata, Manchester Portico Library Charitable Trust and Lancashire County Cricket Club. He is the Consulting Editor of Trusts & Estates Law & Tax Journal and a member of the Editorial Board of Wills & Trusts Law Reports.



Martyn Torevell

Martyn Torevell is a founding director of Dewhurst Torevell which provides active independent financial advice to high net worth individuals. Through his company Martyn has developed a significant portfolio of arts philanthropy in Manchester.