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.
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