Catherine Mallyon

Catherine Mallyon

Honorary Fellow formerly Chief Executive, Royal Shakespeare Company


Catherine Mallyon was Executive Director, a Governor and a Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2012–23.  Catherine is Chair of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, a member of the National Council of Arts Council England, and on the Boards of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and the West Midlands Combined Authority Cultural Leadership Board.  She is on the Advisory Council of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and of the Orchestra of the Swan, and chairs the Advisory Groups for the Bristol + Bath Creative Cluster and the Centre for Cultural Value, based at Leeds University.  Catherine has completed terms on the Board of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, as Chair of their Culture and Tourism Business Group, and on the Council of the Creative Industries Federation.

Catherine was previously Deputy Chief Executive of Southbank Centre, leading all Southbank Centre operational activity, including the reopening of Royal Festival Hall after refurbishment in 2007 and the renewal of Hayward Gallery in 2010.  In her earlier career in arts management, Catherine was General Manager of Arts and Theatres at Reading Borough Council. There she managed all theatre and arts operations, programmed drama and classical music for the Hexagon and Concert Hall and co-produced the WOMAD festival. Prior to that, she was General Manager at the Oxford Playhouse and at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon.

Having spent five years working as a finance trader and analyst, Catherine trained in general arts administration on Arts Council England's bursary programme.  She plays violin with the Oxford Sinfonia.