About Us

Management and Boards

about us

who we are

Chief Executive Officer

Ruth Eastwood


Management Team

Mark Preston – Finance and Business Manager
Andrew Howard – Marketing Manager
Max Allatt – Technical Manager
Colin Johnston – Venue Development Manager
Robert Kearton – Contracts & Administration Manager
Celine Wyatt – Creative Learning Manager



Amy Warner – Assistant Marketing Manager
Natalie Townsend – Digital Marketing Officer
Richard Everingham – Marketing Administrator



Rose Rankin – Finance Officer


Box Office

Lucy Worthington- Sales Manager
Josie Harrison – Supervisor
Amy Brailsford – Supervisor
Chris Greenwood
Nick Richards
Sam Black


Front of House

Shaun Gorringe – House Manager

Neil Armstrong – Duty Manager (Bars)
Jenny Simpson – Duty Manager
Nicola Allatt
Robert Bagshaw
Mia Davidson
Sasha Ehlke-West
Susan Halliwell
Saffron Pye
Matthew Shires
Marisa Tancredi
Marcus Taylor
Abigail Warne
James Withers
Steven Turner – Operations Assistant


Youth Arts

Phill Fairhurst – Creative Learning Co-ordinator




James Slater – Technical Stage Manager
John Hopwood – Chief Electrician
Mark Harrison – Technician (Lighting and Sound)



Danny Barton
Abi Harton
Tony Sanderson
Elaine Stoddard



Tony Silva – Housekeeping Team Leader
Michael Collins
Vicki Roberts

P J Hart


Blackpool Grand Theatre (Arts and Entertainments) Ltd Board

Anthony Stone LALAM (Chair)
Tony Depledge OBE (Deputy Chair)
Lindsay Campbell
Stephen Crocker
Michael Dickson (Treasurer)
Glenn Mascord
David Parry
Susan Walker
Karen Ross
Philip Welsh


Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust Board

Roger Lloyd Jones IPFA CFIIA (Chair)
Richard Baguley
David Coupe
Robin Duke
John Grady
Zoe Hammond LLB Hons (Deputy Chair)
Matthew Hill RIBA
Gwen Law
Michelle Wiseman

Mark Price



Amanda Thompson OBE


Vice Presidents

Barry Fothergill (Arts & Entertainment, Trust)
Cllr David Owen (Arts & Entertainment, Trust)
Geoff Tolson (Arts & Entertainment, Trust)
Neil Thomson (Trust)


Blackpool Grand Theatre Catering Company Board

Anthony Stone LALAM (Chair)
Tony Depledge OBE

Honorary Archivists

Geoff Tolson
Linda Tolson MBE


Friends of The Grand Committee

John Buck – Chairman
John Grady – Treasurer
Ann Royle – Secretary
Ken Bowe
Edward Linton
Dorothy Malone
Geraldine Porter
Marjorie D Taylor
Christine Watkins
Irene Watson

Linda Cassell


The Grand has been managed and programmed by a succession of theatre managers: Brendan Sweeney (1981), John Shedwick (1982-1988), Paul Iles (1988-1992; 2005-2007), Will Quekett (1993-1994), Danny Moar (1995-1996), Stephanie Sirr (1997-2001), Peter Cutchie (2002-2005), Paul Iles (2005-2007), Neil Thomson (2007-2013) and Ruth Eastwood (2013-)

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