Derby Theatre appoints new executive director


Rachael%20Thomas%20%28New%20Executive%20Director%20at%20Derby%20Theatre%29Derby Theatre has appointed Rachael Thomas as its new executive director responsible for the finance and commercial side of the organisation.

Rachael, who will take up her position at the Theatre at the end of November, is currently the castle development manager for Lincoln Castle, part of Lincolnshire County Council.

Rachael’s role at Derby Theatre will involve her managing and developing the financial strategy and business plan for the theatre, in line with its artistic vision.

Rachael will work closely with Sarah Brigham, artistic director and chief executive, and she will be a member of the theatre’s senior management team. She will also lead on the strategic management of all organisational aspects including human resources, marketing, finance, production and administration.

Rachael said: “I’m delighted to have been offered the post of executive director and am looking forward to joining Sarah and the team at such an exciting time in the theatre’s development.

“The unique learning theatre model that’s being pioneered with the University of Derby is visionary and ground-breaking; it represents a huge opportunity for the Theatre and University and could become something of a blueprint for the wider sector. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead enormously.”

Sarah  said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Rachael to the theatre’s senior management team.

“She has worked in a number of senior roles for arts and cultural organisations across the UK developing a significant breadth of experience within the sector. As the producing theatre in the heart of Derby, our audiences are continuing to grow and with it, our reputation.

“I am confident that Rachael, with her wealth of experience and knowledge, will be a key and integral member of the team, helping us to take our vision forward. We very much look forward to her joining us.”

Rachael’s career in the cultural sector to date has spanned 20 years, 17 years within the arts and three years in the heritage and museums sector.

Over the last three years, Rachael has project managed the delivery of Lincoln Castle Revealed, a £22 million pound restoration and re-interpretation of the castle and a brand new heritage visitor experience funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, LCC, European Regional Development Fund and the David Ross Foundation.

Prior to working for Lincoln Castle, Rachael worked for ten years in the finance department at Nottingham Playhouse including as head of finance and business development.