Queen’s Theatre chief executive Thom Stanbury to step down from role

PUBLISHED: 13:59 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 21 July 2016

Thom Stanbury Picture: Mark Sepple

Thom Stanbury Picture: Mark Sepple

Mark Sepple

The chief executive of Queen’s Theatre will be stepping down from his post later this year.

Thom Stanbury started off as the stage manager in 2000, working his way up to administrative director in 2004, before taking on the role of chief executive.

He has decided to leave after working at the Hornchurch venue for 16 years.

Artistic director Douglas Rintoul said: “Thom has been a rock for the theatre and myself.

“He has guided us through a period of transition with great care and passion.

“His legacy, one of security and stability, will be felt long into the future.

“Although we are terribly sad to lose him, I’m thrilled that he’s embarking on an exciting new journey – one where the Queen’s Theatre no longer consumes his every waking moment.”

During his time at the Queen’s Theatre, Thom pioneered a thriving series of apprenticeships for young people in various backstage roles and has helped to keep ticket prices lower than the national average.

He also fronted the theatre’s campaign against reductions in local government funding, resulting in a compromise from the council to stagger the cut over several years.

Thom said: “This is an immensely exciting time for the Queen’s Theatre, with our brilliant artistic director leading a refreshed artistic programme, and a renewed engagement with the wider theatre industry and with our community.

“The Queen’s is a unique organisation which encourages its extraordinary staff to develop themselves and to be more than they were before.

“I have taken full advantage of this ethos and, I hope, helped others in my turn.

“I have truly enjoyed my 16 years here, however, and although it will be a terrible wrench to leave, I feel it’s now time for a change.

“I can’t think of better hands to leave the theatre in.

“I hugely look forward to watching the Queen’s continue to thrive in the coming years and returning as a paying customer!”

Mr Stanbury will be leaving at the end of September.

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