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New chair Howells shares Birmingham Hippodrome vision

Published: 7 December 2018

Glenn Howells, a trustee since 2012, is the new chair of Birmingham Hippodrome and aims to build on its “huge successes”.

An architect, Howells has been influential in shaping Birmingham’s regeneration over the past three decades. He has served on the boards of a number of creative industries, advising government bodies and local authorities.

He said, “I’m very excited to be appointed chair as Birmingham Hippodrome is about to embark on very ambitious plans, with a tremendous team here to make them happen.

“Our vision for the Hippodrome is to widen our artistic programme and to connect to the largest possible audiences. We’ll do this through new partnerships and investment in our Hippodrome projects—new artists and programming, expanded education and community programmes, bigger community festivals and the development of our Southside campus.

“We see our role as helping make Birmingham an international cultural destination, fulfilling our vision of a vibrant, world-class Birmingham arts scene, with the Hippodrome centre-stage.”

Chief executive and artistic director Fiona Allan added, “in 2019 we’ll be celebrating 120 years of Birmingham Hippodrome. As a charity, the Hippodrome is committed to serving the widest possible communities. I know that Glenn wholeheartedly shares our values and aspirations and am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work with him to continue to grow our impact.”

Steve Orme