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Our team

The staff structure is organised into teams with specific responsibilities:

Audiences and Facilities MORE LESS

The Audiences and Facilities team is responsible for all visitors to the building, whether audiences, visiting companies, or contractors. They also take care of the fabric of the building.

Communications MORE LESS

Our Communications people are often the first point of contact for someone coming to us for the first time – they generate all the print and advertising, press releases, and they look after this website. The Communications team also looks after the box office, and vital fundraising.

Stage and Performances MORE LESS

The Stage and Performances team are behind every single performance at the Queen’s Theatre, and provide sound, lighting, props, costumes, and flying.


Finance takes care of banking, budgeting, cashflow, accounts and planning

Learning and Participation MORE LESS

Our Learning and Participation team organises the massive suite of outreach work done by the Queen’s Theatre, from Baby Sensory events for the very youngest and our brilliant Youth Theatre company to our huge, incredibly popular community musicals.

Production Workshops MORE LESS

The Production Workshops team create all our wonderful scenery. They’re also available for outside projects from time to time.

Administration MORE LESS

Administration looks after programming, scheduling, internal communications and office support. They make sure the Executive team are in the right place at the right time.

The Queen’s Theatre is run by a charity, the Havering Theatre Trust Ltd.




The Board meets five times a year and delegates the day-to-day running of the Queen’s Theatre to the executive team, Artistic Director, Douglas Rintoul and Executive Director, Mathew Russell.

The Executive Team work closely together. The Artistic Director sets the overall artistic vision for the company, selecting shows to produce, and their directors and casts; the Executive Director makes sure that the Trust has resources (financial and otherwise), to realise this programme

The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are recruited according to the skills and networks required by the Trust. Of course this changes from time to time.

Trustees usually serve for a maximum of two three-year terms.

After a period of extraordinary growth and achievement, and despite current COVID-19 related challenges, ‎Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (London Theatre of the Year 2020) has a very exciting vision for the next chapter.
To shape and lead that ambition, the Board of Trustees is seeking to transform‎ itself, with a strong desire to change the diversity of the Board membership, and is over the next 6 months looking to recruit:
  •  A new Chair
  •  Up to five new Board members
  • New co-opted members for its Fundraising Board

Click here to find out more and apply


The Board

Claire Gevaux (Chair) MORE LESS

Claire started her arts career at Arts Council England where she often visited QTH to review shows for the theatre team. Having established a good grounding in grants management, a network across all artforms and project management experience, she spent eight years at the Olympic Park developing the arts commissioning strategy pre and post games. Since 2015 she has been a Director at Help Musicians developing a national programme ensuring musicians can access creative, business and health and welfare support when they need it the most. Since 2015 she has been a board member of QTH and has been chair since 2016. She is also a trustee of Culture Chelmsford and presents a weekly community radio show called The Arts Programme on Phoenix FM.

Sara Thompson (Vice Chair) MORE LESS

Sara grew up in Havering. She works as a legal adviser and senior official in the civil service. She is also a local amateur theatre maker, acting, writing and producing for several groups in Havering and Essex.

Julie Parker (Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee) MORE LESS

Julie joined the board as a Trustee in 2017. She is currently a non-executive director at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Julie has a background in local government having been a Director of Resources and Finance at the London Boroughs of Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Barking & Dagenham. Julie lives in Essex and has had a lifelong passion for theatre and the performing arts.

Asma Hussain (Chair of the Fundraising Board) MORE LESS

Asma has over 10 years of experience of fundraising in the arts and charity sectors, across trusts and foundations, individuals, events and corporates. Her roles in the arts have included Trusts & Foundations Manager at the Royal Opera House, and Development Manager at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Most recently, she was Head of Fundraising at a national charity, Campaign Bootcamp, and has just started a fulltime MA in Postcolonial Studies at SOAS. In addition to being a Trustee of QTH, Asma is also Chair of QTH’s first Fundraising Board, and Chair of AWA DANCE, a newly established dance charity for women and girls.

Steve Moffitt MORE LESS

Steve is CEO of A New Direction, a strategic organisation which connects children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture across London. Between 2002 – 11, A New Direction was the lead agency for the Creative Partnerships initiative in London. Steve was Head of ENO Baylis at English National Opera (1996 – 2002), Artistic Director and Associate Director of Theatre Venture  (1989 -1996) and a theatre practitioner with Community Arts Workshop (1984- 1988).

David Shearing MORE LESS

David is an award-winning artist who creates immersive multimedia performances and events. He is founder of design studio Variable Matter specialising in transformational co-creation projects.  He has a PhD in ‘Audience Immersion and the Experience of Scenography’ (University of Leeds) and is Lecturer in Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a committee member for the Society of British Theatre Designers.

Amanda Smethurst MORE LESS

Amanda is an independent consultant, coach and facilitator with a particular interest in organisational development, change, and strategic planning within the arts and cultural sector. Originally trained in Fine Art, throughout her career she has held several senior leadership roles within local government, Arts Council England and arts organisations in Yorkshire and London. Amanda is a Clore Fellow, and has also held a number of non-executive board appointments, including the Chair of Up Projects, and the London Arts and Health Forum.

Tim Walford Fitzgerald MORE LESS

Tim is a partner with the Chartered Accountancy firm HW Fisher, where he specialises in Private Client taxation, trusts and probate. He lives in Hornchurch and has been a Trustee since 2017.

Cllr Paul McGeary MORE LESS

Paul is a ward councillor for the Gooshays Ward of Harold Hill and is currently Head of Estates at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Paul was first elected as a Councillor for the London Borough of Havering in 2010, serving a 4 year term to 2014 in the Heaton Ward of Harold Hill, and was re-elected in 2018. He is also Vice Chair of Governors at the Learning Federation covering Broadford and Mead Primary Schools and a former Governor at both The Campion School and St Ursula’s Primary School. He is a keen theatre goer and has seen many productions at QTH.

Cllr Christine Smith MORE LESS

Christine was born and grew up in Hornchurch.  At the age of sixteen Christine started work as secretary to the editor of a monthly magazine located in Covent Garden. She entered the family Hornchurch based retail florist business in 1973 through until 2014, relinquishing the reigns to retire. In retirement Christine took advantage of training to become a care worker in the local community for Carers Trust Havering from 2015 – 2018.  Christine was elected as a Councillor for the London Borough of Havering in 2018.  She is currently Chair of the Individuals Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee and Member Champion for the Over 50’s.

Cllr Melvin Wallace MORE LESS

Melvin Wallace left school at the age of 16 and took up employment with Messrs Cazenove & Co, the City Stockbrokers. He worked in most departments of the company until he became Chief Cashier and subsequently became Partnership Secretary and Company Secretary to various companies attached to the Partnership for the last 6 years of his employment. Melvin retired from Cazenove in 2002 after 41 years employment. In 2006 Melvin was elected as a Councillor for the London Borough of Havering.


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