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NEWS: Newcastle Theatre Royal has appointed Nick Swales as its new Chairman
ON THE THEATRE INSPIRES TRUST’S NEW LEADING MAN
Newcastle Theatre Royal has
appointed Rathbones’ dynamic Regional Director Nick Swales as its new Chairman.An illustrious neighbour on Grey Street overlooking
the historic Theatre, Nick is excited to be cast in a leading role for the arts
Trust for which he has long held a strong affection.
office overlooks the Theatre Royal and I have often regarded with interest the
wonderful hustle and bustle of theatrical life.To be invited to be the Chairman of this iconic organisation right on my
doorstep is an honour and I can’t wait to get started.” Said Nick.
Rathbones Wealth Manager
Nick’s distinguished career to date includes other wealth industry senior roles
in Newcastle and Chairman of the Percy Hedley Foundation, as well as being
trustee of both the Newcastle University Retirement Benefit Fund and the
University’s Development Trust.
attending Newcastle University Nick decided to stay in the region and follow
his boyhood ambition of becoming a stockbroker. He achieved membership of the
Stock Exchange and progressed so far as to join the Board of the Industry’s
Institute, the CISI. For Rathbones he
uses his vast experience to advise private clients, pension funds and
replaces outgoing Chair of twenty years-service Bill Midgley OBE, a well-known
face from North-East business circles and former president of the British
Chambers of Commerce.
Theatre Royal's Philip Bernays (centre left) and new Chair Nick Swales (centre r) with two Kinky Boots Angels
Bernays, Chief Executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust Ltd, an independent
charity that runs Newcastle Theatre Royal and since April 2016, Newcastle City
Hall, said: “Although we are sorry to say good-bye to a magnificent Chair in
Bill, we are extremely excited to welcome Nick to our Theatre family.Nick caught our eye as an astute business
mind with considerable experience in managing charity boards and we look
forward to him playing a role in our continued growth and development.”
Nick is the immediate past
Chairman of the Percy Hedley Foundation, a large charity in the North East of
England providing educational, vocational and residential care opportunities
for disabled people. During his time there
he led the Board and together with the executive team transformed the organisation’s
governance and finances following the severe austerity cuts in funding for
charities providing special needs education.
said: “This is an exciting role offering up an iconic organisation and a very
enthusiastic and committed board of Trustees. The Theatre Royal Trust is at the top of its
game in terms of entertainment provision but also at a key stage in its life cycle
with a flourishing Learning programme and a landscape of ‘zero’ funding. I’m looking forward to the challenge, the
possibilities and the adventure.”