The board

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed by Performances Birmingham Limited, registered charity no 1053937.

Meet our board (and play their favourite song):

Ms Anita Bhalla OBE DL (Chair)

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Anita is a currently Chair of Performances Birmingham PLC (Town Hall and Symphony Hall), Independent Member of Birmingham & Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, Independent Member and Vice-Chair of Council at the University of Warwick, Chair of Iniva, Director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), Governor of the RSC, and Chair of WMCA Leadership Commission.

Anita's media career has been extensive of which she spent over 25 years working with the BBC; from setting up the BBC Asian Network to a News Correspondent, Documentary maker to being Head of Political and Community Affairs in England, then Head and Editor of the BBC's Public Space Broadcasting and President of Circom (a European wide group of public service broadcasters).

Anita has a strong commitment to public services and her portfolio in this area ranges from being a Trustee of the Children’s University, Commissioner on the Chancellor’s Commission (Warwick University), member of Birmingham's Social Inclusion Commission to being a past Chair of mac (Midlands Arts Centre), non-Executive Director of Birmingham Women’s and Children's Hospitals NHS Trust, Director of the High Speed Rail College, a previous Chair of a Junior and Infant School and member of the governing body of Birmingham City University.

In 2009 Anita was awarded an OBE for services to Broadcasting and Communities.

In 2012 Anita was the High Sheriff for the West Midlands. Anita has been awarded Honorary Degrees from Wolverhampton University, Birmingham City University and Warwick University. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mr Paul Faulkner

Paul took over as CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in June 2015, having previously been CEO of Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.  A history graduate from Cambridge University, Paul is an Associate Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital,  a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia and Vice Chair of Town Hall Symphony Hall.  He is also Chairman of Sport Birmingham.


Mr Dav Bansal

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Dav has been a Director of Glenn Howells Architects since 2010, holding a wealth of experience in residential and commercial projects as well as leading on urban regeneration projects throughout the UK, including the Curzon / HS2 masterplan and the Paradise Circus redevelopment in Birmingham. 

Ms Helen Bates

Helen Bates is chief financial officer at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. She joined the Chamber in September 2017 and was previously director of finance and resources at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust. Helen is a member of the Business Support & Audit Sub-committee of St Basil’s Youth Homelessness Charity, a non-executive Trustee of Performances Birmingham Limited and Chair of Performances Birmingham (Enterprises) Limited.


Mr Joel Blake OBE


Multi-awarding entrepreneur, business speaker and consultant, specialising in Diversity and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Ms Claire Evans

Claire Evans, a Partner at Deloitte with over 20 years’ experience as a trusted tax advisor to private businesses and their owners.


Mr Vidar Hjardeng MBE

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Vidar Hjardeng, MBE, is a Journalist and University Guest Lecturer who currently leads on Inclusion and Diversity for ITV News. Vidar's favourite song - principally on account of the lyrics - is PEOPLE, sung by Barbra Streisand. 

Councillor Ewan Mackey

Ewan is a Birmingham City & Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Councillor representing Sutton Roughley Ward, covering Roughley, Moor Hall, Whitehouse Common & the Defence Estates. He also a Trustee of Royal Sutton Coldfield Community Town Hall Trust, a company director, husband & father of two. He has lived in Royal Sutton Coldfield for 25 years.

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Ms Mary Martin


A commercial finance professional with the experience to challenge critically and encourage people and organisations to be the best they can.

Mr James Tait

James is an accomplished pianist, lawyer and head of Browne Jacobson’s Employment Law team in Birmingham with a young family who keep him very busy.


Mr Ian Myatt

Ian, Director of Educational Enterprise at University of Birmingham, is an experienced digital media professional and arts enthusiast. Formerly head of knowledge and learning at BBC Online, Ian is currently leading the charge into digital education at the University of Birmingham. He has served as Chair of The New Streetly Youth Orchestra for over 15 years and founded Made in Sutton. He is also on the board of The Birmingham International Piano Competition and is a Governor of Bishop Vesey's Grammar School.


Tony Howard

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Tony Howard is the Director of Strategy (Food and Retail) at the University of Warwick, having also recently served there in a dual role as the interim Director of Conferences. He has extensive knowledge of the Higher Education market, consulting in Australia and Malaysia. Tony has significant international retail and business expertise, previously a senior manager across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Starbucks. Tony also has wider high street retail experience with the Whitbread Group and in the commercial and marketing arm of Ferrari.

He has an MBA (Dist.) from Aston University and a BSc Hons. degree in Retail Management from the University of Surrey.

Tony is an adopted Brummie, his wife is a piano teacher and their three children fill their home with music

 Mac Alonge

Mac is the Founder and CEO of data-driven, equality, diversity and inclusion tech company, The Equal Group. Mac and The Equal Group are focused on providing forward thinking organisations with the tools and support that they need to optimise their equality, diversity and inclusion efforts.

Over the last 10 years as a regulatory focused consultant within the energy and utilities industries, Mac has worked with and for some of the world's largest private and public sector organisations, including the likes of KPMG, National Grid, Scottish Power, Capita and the Scottish and UK governments.

Throughout his career, Mac has observed that there are numerous barriers within the workplace that prevent organisations from truly reaping the benefits that come from embracing greater levels of equality, diversity and inclusion. Mac's mission is to ensure that the current generation leaves a legacy whereby equality and inclusion are the new 'norm' and individual differences are respected and valued. 

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Sheryl Miller

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Sheryl is a Chartered Accountant with a blue-chip, corporate background who now mentors purpose-driven startups. Founder of professional women’s network, Stilettos. Board member for Professional Women's Network PWN (UK Chapter)

Festival Director for the Black International Film Festival (2016 and 2017). Public speaker and facilitator, working with global organisations who seek to improve diversity in an authentic and inclusive way.

Paul Hooper-Keeley


Paul is a Non-Executive Trustee Director of THSH and has been appointed to the Finance & Scrutiny Committee. He sits on the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Board of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the West Midlands Board of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is Vice-Chairman of CIMA North West Midlands and a Non-Executive Trustee Director of Lichfield Garrick Theatre.

Paul has spent 37-years working in Finance Teams within industry, has spent the last 25-years as a Finance Director/CFO at Board level, and was the West Midlands Chairman of CIMA from 2014-2018 and the IoD’s 25th Chartered Director (and remains the West Midlands IoD Ambassador for this qualification). He is keen to give back to his profession, not only being a CIMA Mentor since 2014 but also joining the IoD Mentoring scheme at the University of Wolverhampton ahead of the 2021/22 academic year. In February 2019 he was awarded the prestigious CIMA Plaque for services to the Institute over the previous 20-years. Additionally, Paul has now moved from an executive career to focus on volunteering/Trustee/NED roles. He continues his 40-year journey as a semi-professional guitarist/songwriter (PRS/MCPS) with his band, The Deep Six (Heavy Soul! Records). 

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Mr Nick Reed (Chief Executive)

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Symphony Hall is 25!

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