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.


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.


Mr Joel Blake OBE


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.


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 represents Sutton Trinity Ward, covering Whitehouse Common, Maney, Tudor Hill, the Defence Estates, Falcon Lodge, Little Sutton, Moor Hall and Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Centre. He has lived in Royal Sutton Coldfield for 25 years with his wife Julia and his two children. He runs his own businesses transferring, editing and duplicating Video as well as supplying safety and rescue equipment to the emergency services.

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Ms Mary Martin


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.


Professor Michael Whitby


Michael is a late-Roman historian with interests in religious, military and social affairs, who is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts &H Law at the University of Birmingham.

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.


Cllr Carl Rice

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Originally from Worcestershire, Carl was elected Councillor for Ladywood Ward in May 1987 and has held many roles – most notably Chair of Leisure Services, Ladywood District Committee, Thinktank, the main Overview & Scrutiny Committee and was Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 2016-2017.  He is now Cabinet member for Children, Young People & Schools.

Carl worked in the voluntary sector for most of his life, principally as Director of the West Midlands Low Pay Unit and Chief Executive of Walsall Citizens Advice Bureau.

Carl is a passionate hill walker and at the time of his appointment has climbed 247 of the 282 Munro’s (mountains over 3,000 feet in height) in Scotland. 

Mr Nick Reed (Chief Executive)

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