The Board of Trustees


Steve Battlemuch is a Labour Councillor for Wollaton West on Nottingham City Council. He has been a Trustee since June 2015.

Steve works for the civil service trade union PCS. Previously he worked in the civil service and also for Oxfam. He has particular interests in comedy and contemporary drama and has 2 teenage sons, one is which is an aspiring actor. He spends what spare time he has watching Forest lose and reruns of the West Wing.


Andy is a Chartered Accountant and works as a Director at PwC (having given up hope of becoming an actor 20 years ago, due to a love of theatre that far outweighed his talent). He came to University in Nottingham and has largely stayed here – with stints of time working in London, California and Connecticut. He is a regular theatre goer, both locally and in London.


David Belbin is the author of numerous novels, including two crime sequences set in Nottingham, The Beat, eleven novels for teenagers, and three – to date – Bone and Cane novels, for adults. His work has been translated into thirty languages. Provenance, his collected short stories, were published in 2016. He lectures part-time at Nottingham Trent University and has a PhD by publication. A Playhouse trustee since 2012, he led Nottingham’s successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature and continues to chair the company set up to run the City of Literature.


Tim is a Trustee of the Playhouse and Chair of the Nottingham Playhouse Trading Company. The Trading Company used to be responsible for CAST restaurant and is now the client for the catering concession.

Tim is a town planner by profession but since the mid – 1980s worked in culture in the Midlands and nationally. He worked for East Midlands Arts and the Arts Council of Great Britain, where he co-wrote a national strategy for the arts. He was head of the Leisure and Cultural Services of Nottinghamshire County Council and the Culture, Leisure and Lifelong Learning Services of Walsall Metropolitan Council. Whilst at Nottinghamshire he was an observer on the Nottingham Playhouse board and he has been on a number of national and regional cultural committees.

Tim is also chair of City Arts, Nottingham and of the arts charity, Cultivate. He is a director of the Ashbourne Festival and member of the Academy of Urbanism. Most importantly, Tim loves the theatre and live performance and believes in the value of the arts to people’s lives and society as a whole.

Cllr Carole McCulloch

Cllr Carole McCulloch is a Labour Councillor for Aspley Ward on Nottingham City Council, having lived in Aspley for 29 years. She has four children who went to local schools and is involved in the running of youth clubs, play schemes and is a community worker for the Aspley Partnership.

Sofia Nazar-Chadwick

Sofia Nazar-Chadwick is the Lead Marketing Manager for Membership Acquisition and Supporter Recruitment at the Woodland Trust. Prior to making the move into the third sector she had over 30 years experience in the cultural sector. She was Head of Audience Development & Marketing at Nottingham Lakeside Arts and prior to that Head of Marketing at Broadway Media Centre.

Sofia was a Director of Ticketing Network East Midlands, on the board of Retina Dance Company and a BBC Audience Panel member for the East Midlands.

Sofia’s experience includes strategic marketing, communications and audience development PR, donor acquisition and fundraising/brand & reputation guardian/press and media liaison. She has lead on the implementation and development of Tessitura, Ticketing and CRM system and is now working in the third sector, fundraising for an environmental charity with a particular focus on memberships and donor recruitment.

Sofia is a regular arts attender, gardener, Game of Thrones fan and Candy Crush obsessive!


Danielle Russell is a senior marketing, communications and fundraising professional with a career spanning 20 years. She is Head of Alumni Relations and Regular Giving at Nottingham Trent University, and prior to this she spent nine years in a similar role at Sheffield Hallam University.

Danielle believes in the importance of higher education in transforming people’s lives and increasing social mobility, and through her work at both universities has played a crucial role in supporting this.

Before making the move into Higher Education, Danielle enjoyed a career in the arts, working at Sheffield Theatres, the Southbank Centre during the successful £110 million capital fundraising campaign and 2007 relaunch, Box Clever Theatre Company, Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance.

A dance alumna of the University of Surrey, Danielle has a passion for theatre and dance, and champions access to arts and culture for all.

Neena Sharma

Neena has many years experience as a board level Human Resources professional. Having worked with some of the UK’s most well known companies, she now runs her own HR and Coaching consultancy in Nottingham. She studied English at Loughborough University and is a regular theatre goer. Being passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion, she strongly believes that going to the theatre should be something which is accessible to, and enjoyable for everyone.

Neena joined the Playhouse Board in 2018.


Caroline’s day job involves strategic marketing and business development for locally based Bedrock Tax whilst she also works as a consultant. Current clients include Cambridge Science Park, Social & Local and Food Standards Agency. She’s well connected into the region’s business sector having previously been the Communications & Marketing Director for the East Midlands Development Agency and Head of Corporate Affairs at Nottingham City Council. She’s been on the Board of Dance 4 and Ticketing Network East Midlands. She joined the Playhouse’s Board in 2014 becoming Chair in late 2015.


Paul Southby is a partner at law firm Geldards LLP and Chairman of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Limited, the place marketing organisation for the city and county, which incorporates the local inward investment agency Invest in Nottingham, the visitor economy agency Visit Nottinghamshire, and the business membership group Nottingham Partners.


Michelle Vacciana is an artist – making work in the mediums of theatre, lens-based media and music. Artistic projects often have a community focus or an aspect of documentary. She also works consistently as an educational practitioner – mainly at KS3 & KS4 facilitating Drama and Film-making workshops.