The board

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed by Performances Birmingham Limited, registered charity no 1053937.

Meet our board (and play their favourite song):


Ms Anita Bhalla OBE DL (Chair)

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Anita has worked at the BBC for more than 25 years. She has gone from being one of the first regionally based bi-media correspondents to being head of the BBC’s Public Space Broadcasting. Anita is chairman of Performances Birmingham Ltd, chairman of the Creative City Partnership and a board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.


Mr Paul Faulkner

Paul took over as CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in June 2015, having previously been CEO of Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.  A history graduate from Cambridge University, Paul is an Associate Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital,  a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia and Vice Chair of Town Hall Symphony Hall.  He is also Chairman of Sport Birmingham.

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Mr Dav Bansal

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Dav has been a Director of Glenn Howells Architects since 2010, holding a wealth of experience in residential and commercial projects as well as leading on urban regeneration projects throughout the UK, including the Curzon / HS2 masterplan and the Paradise Circus redevelopment in Birmingham. 


Ms Helen Bates

Helen Bates is chief financial officer at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. She joined the Chamber in September 2017 and was previously director of finance and resources at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust. Helen is a member of the Business Support & Audit Sub-committee of St Basil’s Youth Homelessness Charity, a non-executive Trustee of Performances Birmingham Limited and Chair of Performances Birmingham (Enterprises) Limited.

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Mr Joel Blake OBE

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Multi-awarding entrepreneur, business speaker and consultant, specialising in Diversity and Entrepreneurial Leadership.


Ms Claire Evans

Claire Evans, a Partner at Deloitte with over 20 years’ experience as a trusted tax advisor to private businesses and their owners.

Claire


Mr Vidar Hjardeng MBE

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Vidar Hjardeng, MBE, is a Journalist and University Guest Lecturer who currently leads on Inclusion and Diversity for ITV News. Vidar's favourite song - principally on account of the lyrics - is PEOPLE, sung by Barbra Streisand. 


Councillor Ewan Mackey

Ewan is a Birmingham City & Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Councillor representing Sutton Roughley Ward, covering Roughley, Moor Hall, Whitehouse Common & the Defence Estates. He also a Trustee of Royal Sutton Coldfield Community Town Hall Trust, a company director, husband & father of two. He has lived in Royal Sutton Coldfield for 25 years.

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Ms Mary Martin

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A commercial finance professional with the experience to challenge critically and encourage people and organisations to be the best they can.


Mr James Tait

James is an accomplished pianist, lawyer and head of Browne Jacobson’s Employment Law team in Birmingham with a young family who keep him very busy.

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Mr Ian Myatt

Ian, Director of Educational Enterprise at University of Birmingham, is an experienced digital media professional and arts enthusiast. Formerly head of knowledge and learning at BBC Online, Ian is currently leading the charge into digital education at the University of Birmingham. He has served as Chair of The New Streetly Youth Orchestra for over 15 years and founded Made in Sutton. He is also on the board of The Birmingham International Piano Competition and is a Governor of Bishop Vesey's Grammar School.

Ian


Tony Howard

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Tony Howard is the Director of Strategy (Food and Retail) at the University of Warwick, having also recently served there in a dual role as the interim Director of Conferences. He has extensive knowledge of the Higher Education market, consulting in Australia and Malaysia. Tony has significant international retail and business expertise, previously a senior manager across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Starbucks. Tony also has wider high street retail experience with the Whitbread Group and in the commercial and marketing arm of Ferrari.

He has an MBA (Dist.) from Aston University and a BSc Hons. degree in Retail Management from the University of Surrey.

Tony is an adopted Brummie, his wife is a piano teacher and their three children fill their home with music


 Mac Alonge

Mac is the Founder and CEO of data-driven, equality, diversity and inclusion tech company, The Equal Group. Mac and The Equal Group are focused on providing forward thinking organisations with the tools and support that they need to optimise their equality, diversity and inclusion efforts.

Over the last 10 years as a regulatory focused consultant within the energy and utilities industries, Mac has worked with and for some of the world's largest private and public sector organisations, including the likes of KPMG, National Grid, Scottish Power, Capita and the Scottish and UK governments.

Throughout his career, Mac has observed that there are numerous barriers within the workplace that prevent organisations from truly reaping the benefits that come from embracing greater levels of equality, diversity and inclusion. Mac's mission is to ensure that the current generation leaves a legacy whereby equality and inclusion are the new 'norm' and individual differences are respected and valued. 

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Mr Nick Reed (Chief Executive

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Celebrate

Symphony Hall is 25!

Looking back at the seasons celebrations!