Iain Hayes appointed new Executive Director at Derby Theatre

Published Thursday 29th Jun 2023
Derby Theatre is delighted to announce that Iain Hayes will join the organisation, as part of the leadership team, in the role of Executive Director.

Iain joins Derby Theatre from the leadership team of Halo Community Leisure Trust in Herefordshire. Working as Operations Director, Iain has played a key role in the rapid expansion of this trust which now employs 600 people and operates 23 centres in England and South Wales.

Previous to this, Iain’s experience in theatre includes working at such venues as Edinburgh Playhouse, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Southport Theatre and Floral Hall, in a number of Front of House, sales and management roles. Iain is also a Trustee of Herefordshire Night Shelter, a charity providing accommodation for homeless men in Hereford. Iain’s role at Derby Theatre will be responsible for the implementation and operation of Derby Theatre’s activities, managing and developing the staff team, strategic objectives and financial strategy, as well as the strategic development and growth of the organisation alongside the CEO/Artistic Director and Creative Learning Director.

Iain said:

“I am delighted to be joining Derby Theatre as Executive Director. I find the learning theatre model compelling and I’m keen to support Sarah Brigham and the wider team in this work, which I believe is significant and important for the community. Everyone I have met in this theatre is wonderfully committed to the vision of the organisation.”

Sarah Brigham (CEO and Artistic Director) said:

“I am thrilled that Iain is joining us to help me steer the organisation over the next exciting phase of our development. Iain understands our commitment to making real impact for our communities and the city of Derby. We are excited that he is joining us as we embark on a new business plan which aims to continue our reputation of trailblazing new ways of working and offering experiences to remember both on and off stage”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL, Chair of Derby Theatre and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said:

“We are really looking forward to Iain joining the leadership team at Derby Theatre, and with the skills, expertise and knowledge he holds, I feel confident that they will greatly benefit us and help to propel us forward as an exciting, thriving and ever-evolving organisation.”