Our Executive Management Team

Michael Ockwell | Chief Executive

Michael has been Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre since October 2012. He started as an actor before moving into theatre management when he became House Manager at the London Palladium. Michael has worked in UK regional theatre since 1999.

Michael is responsible for the overall strategy of the theatre but also selecting the productions that appear at Mayflower Theatre.

Michael has produced several regional shows, at Grand Opera House, Belfast he produced Richard Dormer’s award winning production of Hurricane directed by Rachel O’Riordan and A Night in November by Marie Jones. At Mayflower Theatre he produced the UK Tour of The Santa Trap and Here Be Monsters and was an Associate Producer on Titanic the Musical and Fiddler on the Roof.

Michael’s passion is offering young people the opportunity to engage in live theatre and he directs the Mayflower Theatre summer youth productions. He has directed 12 youth productions enabling over 2,200 young people the opportunity to appear on the stages of some of the best regional theaters in the UK.

Michael is on the Southampton2025 City of Culture steering group, a member of Dance Consortium and Chairs several regional cultural forums. He is an avid football fan and a regular attendee at St Mary’s.

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 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

Executive Director of MAST Mayflower Studios

Sara has had a varied career working in the Arts and participation across Theatre, Education, Health and Local Authorities. Having spent the last 7 years developing the Creative Learning work at Mayflower Theatre she is delighted to now be moving to MAST to lead the organisation’s development as a Cultural Hub for the City.

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.