Our Executive Management Team
Michael Ockwell | Chief Executive
Michael has been Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre since October 2012 and 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 and therefore travels extensively in the pursuit of bringing the very best shows to Southampton.
Michael’s passion is offering young people the opportunity to engage in live theatre. He directs Mayflower Theatre’s summer youth production and has been involved in 12 youth productions enabling over 2,200 young people to appear on the stages of some of the best regional theatres in the UK.
Michael is a Trustee of Culture Southampton, Chair of Mayflower 400 the Southampton based project team delivering the cultural programme to commemorate the 400 anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower ship and Chair of ZoieLogic Dance Company.
Michael is a football fan and a regular attendee at St Mary’s – he also 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