About The Guildhall Trust

About the Guildhall Trust and what we do

ABOUT THE GUILDHALL TRUST

The Guildhall Trust is a leading cultural management that specialises in Venue
Management, Cultural Consultancy, Creative Learning and Event Management services.

With our wealth of experience in the commercial and subsidised sectors, we offer pragmatic and creative advice and solutions to a range of organisations including Local Authorities, Venues, Cultural Organisations, Event Organisers and more.

It is our mission to deliver inspirational opportunities that entertain, inspire and transform lives, placing our communities at the centre of everything we do.

We were formed as an Independent not for profit Distributing Organisation (NPDO) in 2010, becoming a registered charity (1153358) in 2013, and are the sole operator of the 2,000 seat iconic leisure venue, Portsmouth Guildhall.

At Portsmouth Guildhall we have increased footfall through the venue by 120,000 people and increased income by £1million.

We are producers and promoters and have created a range of new community events such as Comic Cons and Comedy Festivals.

As experts in catering we have developed our brands, including Square Kitchen, and built successful hospitality packages.

With our expertise in Conferencing & Events we have developed a unique sales approach to maximise revenue.

At the heart of our work is our community led programmes which engage schools, colleges and develop partnerships to encourage people to engage with culture. As cultural experts we have advised Local Authorities and arts organisations on establishing a Trust, venue management and programming.

Since 2014, we have been committed to reducing the impact that our operations and activities can have on the environment. We endeavour to continually improve our environmental performance and aim to achieve standards that exceed minimum levels required by legislation and general codes of practice.

Combining strong ethical management and practise with commercial know how, our ability to increase revenue against a backdrop of reduced subsidy has made us one of the most efficient and effective managements around.

The Board of Trustees

The Guildhall Trust, registered charity number 1153358, is managed by a Board of Trustees as an independent body responsible for the overall strategy of the Trust, our vision and future direction.

Mark Turner

Chairman of the Board

Mark Turner joined the Board in October 2018 before becoming Chairman in 2020. He spent the last 20 years of his career as Global Head of Strategic Planning and then as Global Head of Structured Finance for one of the world’s largest corporates. He was recruited to the Board to bring that experience to bear in helping to move the financial side of Guildhall Renaissance forward. Mark’s interests include theatre and sailing.

Trevor Keeble

Board Member

Professor Trevor Keeble joined University of Portsmouth as the Dean of Creative and Cultural Industries in May 2017 having left the post of Executive Dean (Learning, Teaching and Research) at the University for the Creative Arts. He has 20 years' experience of teaching, management and leadership in creative arts education, and has held executive and management roles for academic development, student experience, research and enterprise during his career.

Rachel Maryan

General Manager

Rachel has extensive experience in the Food & Beverage industry, Hotels and General Management of venues.

Nick Coles

Head of Technical & Support Services

With a vast knowledge of Stage Production and Event Management, Nick manages the Trust’s public event programme, Dance Live! school’s event and Equipment Hire Service.

Kelly Haswell

Head of Marketing

Kelly has over 18 years of experience of marketing within the Tourism & Leisure industry having worked for a range of cultural organisations.

Hayley Reay

Learning & Participation Manager

Hayley has experience in developing and delivering high quality learning and engagement activities, working with a range of demographics across the community.

Our Team

With over 30 years Venue Management experience, a wealth of knowledge and experience
from a rich variety of backgrounds, our team are at the core of our success:

Andy Grays

Chief Executive Officer

With his whole career in Arts Management, Andy has worked with Apollo Leisure Group, Stoll Moss Theatres and Luton Cultural Trust and has opened and developed a number of unique venues including The Hat Factory, Luton.

Sam Singleton

Finance Manager

A qualified Management Accountant and specialist in the Charity Sector with specific knowledge of working with multiple boards.

Rachel Maryan

General Manager

Rachel has extensive experience in the Food & Beverage industry, Hotels and General Management of venues.

Nick Coles

Head of Technical & Support Services

With a vast knowledge of Stage Production and Event Management, Nick manages the Trust’s public event programme, Dance Live! school’s event and Equipment Hire Service.

Kelly Haswell

Head of Marketing

Kelly has over 18 years of experience of marketing within the Tourism & Leisure industry having worked for a range of cultural organisations.

Hayley Reay

Learning & Participation Manager

Hayley has experience in developing and delivering high quality learning and engagement activities, working with a range of demographics across the community.

Our Clients

Some of the clients we’ve
worked with in the past