Catherine Mallyon was appointed as our Executive Director in 2012. She is a Governor of the Company and a member of its Board.

Catherine was previously Deputy Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, the largest single-run arts centre in the world. Since 2005 she led all Southbank Centre operational activity and her major projects in that time included reopening Royal Festival Hall after refurbishment in 2007 and the renewal of Hayward Gallery in 2010.

Catherine Mallyon seated on a red auditorium chair in the theatre
Catherine Mallyon
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In her earlier career in arts management, Catherine was General Manager of Arts and Theatres at Reading Borough Council. There she managed all theatre and arts operations, programmed drama and classical music for the Hexagon and Concert Hall, and co-produced the WOMAD festival.

Prior to that, she was General Manager at Oxford Playhouse, including the Burton Taylor Studio Theatre.

Catherine trained in general arts administration on Arts Council England's bursary programme, after five years in the City as a trader and analyst.

She plays violin regularly with the Oxford Sinfonia.

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