Our Executive Management Team

Michael Ockwell in the auditoriumMichael Ockwell | Chief Executive

Michael Ockwell began his career as an actor before moving into theatre management.

Michael was House Manager at the London Palladium and then Theatre Manager of the Gielgud Theatre. Michael became Managing Director of HQ Theatres before joining the Grand Opera House, Belfast in March 2010.

Michael joined Mayflower Theatre in October 2012 and is Chairman of Music & Lyrics Ltd, a Director of the Dance Consortium, a Trustee of Culture Southampton and on the Southampton Board of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

Michael is a football fan and is a frequent visitor to St Mary’s. He has a fascination with the Incas and aims to visit Machu Picchu.

Alison Harrison

Director of Finance

Having started her career in the airline industry Alison loves working in theatre. She enjoys a wide range of shows and works hard at making us all embrace the finances! Away from theatre Alison’s enjoys time with her daughter, socialising, swimming and travelling. 

Tasha Finch

Head of Customer Operations

Tasha’s background is event management within the leisure industry. She loves the variety, challenges and fun theatre brings! Travel, food and photography are her passions. Tasha is a keen ‘netballer’ – and captains our in-house team ‘Mayflower Tigers’.

Rachel Fox 

Head of Technical Operations

Rachel has worked in theatre for 23 years, she trained in spatial design and her first job was in the scenic workshop at Plymouth Theatre Royal. Rachel enjoys watching live entertainment, drinking red wine eating steak and travelling the world.

Sarah Houston

Head of Human Resources

Sarah has always worked in HR; insurance and paint manufacturing and now Theatre, which is the best! Her passions are horses and ballet and she feels very privileged to have seen and met her hero, Carlos Acosta.

Sarah Lomas

Head of Sales and Marketing

Sarah started her career in corporate marketing, but loves working in the arts and charity. Her favourite productions are the 25th Anniversary touring production of Les Misérables and anything by Matthew Bourne. Aside from theatre, Sarah loves sailing.

Sara Scott

Head of Creative Learning

Sara has had a varied career working in the Arts and participation across Theatre, Education, Health and Local Authorities. Having spent years telling stories and touring festivals she is glad to have a job with a roof – especially one as beautiful as Mayflower Theatre! 

Margarita Mifsud

Executive Assistant to Michael Ockwell

Our Board of Trustees

Mr Malcolm H Le Bas | Chairman

Malcolm worked with the Solicitors Paris Smith & Randall (now Paris Smith) for 46 years, including 18 as Managing Partner and 10 as Senior Partner. He also headed the Project Management teams for the development of St Mary’s Stadium and the Rose Bowl.

He has had prestigious roles in several charities including the Wessex Neurological Centre Trust, Asthma Allergy and Inflammation Charity, Wessex Cancer Trust, Wessex Medical Research and Gift of Sight. In retirement he has continued to support local cultural interests including Southampton Education Trust, Inspire Academy Southampton, Southampton City Art Gallery; to name a few.

Mrs Paula Claisse | Vice Chair & Chair of Audit & Governance Committee
Mr John Hannides | Chair of Remuneration Committee
Mr Colin E Lewis MIPA | Chair of Bursaries
Ms Lindsey Noble | Chair of Mayflower Enterprises Ltd
Mr Shaun Pantling
Mr R Primmer
Mr M D Smith | Chair of the Health & Safety Committee
Mr Nick Vaughan
Mrs I A S Gatward | President
Catherine Jones | Company Secretary


We will be undertaking a refurbishment of our Grade II listed auditorium in summer 2018. Please consider a donation to our auditorium appeal. Your help is essential in securing our future.



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