Our Executive Management Team
Michael 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.
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