The Board, comprising of individuals who give their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, meets approximately 10 times a year to review strategy and operational performance and to set operating plans and budgets. The Board consists of a maximum of 13 members appointed as follows:
Elected: Nominated by 10 members of the Society, unless recommended by the Board
Nominated: Nominated by Manchester City Council (1) and AGMA (2), appointed by the Board
The Chief Executive reports to the Board on behalf of the Management and Staff.
The Hallé Staff support the day-to-day administration and running of the Orchestra and its Ensembles, which includes scheduling concerts, planning repertoire, travel logistics, marketing, finances, funding and education work.
Maria Balshaw CBE
Strategic Lead for Culture, Manchester City Council (Manchester City Council’s representative on the Board)
Group Chief Executive of Scapa Group plc
Christine Gaskell MBE
Retired HR Director at Bentley Motors Limited
Chief Executive of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities representative on the Board)
Business and Development Manager in Educational Improvement with Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Children’s Services
Brandon Leigh (Deputy Chair)
Group Finance Director at PZ Cussons
David McKeith (Chair)
Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman at Norcros plc and a non-executive director of Manchester Concert Hall Limited. Former NW Senior Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers and former Chairman of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of global PR agency Weber Shandwick’s Manchester office, and the PR firm’s Corporate, Financial and Public Affairs division in London
Professor Linda Merrick
Principal at the Royal Northern College of Music and professional clarinettist
CEO of Marketing Cheshire
His Honour John Phillips CBE
A former professional violinist, barrister and circuit judge
The Board has three standing sub-committees with specific areas of responsibility and which make recommendations to the Board: Audit Committee, Nominations and Remuneration Committee and Investment Committee. Other ad hoc sub-committees may also be formed to oversee special projects and their terms of operation are agreed in advance by the Board.
The members of the three standing committees are:
Brandon Leigh (Chair)
Will Smith (co-optee)
Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Christine Gaskell (Chair)
Richard Bailey (Chair & Trustee of Hallé Endowment Trust)
Christopher Hirst (Trustee of Hallé Endowment Trust)
David McKeith (Trustee of Hallé Endowment Trust)
Edward Pysden (Trustee of Hallé Endowment Trust)
Colin Smith (Trustee of Hallé Endowment Trust)
Stephen Wood (Trustee of Hallé Endowment Trust)
The Hallé Society Group consists of the Hallé Concerts Society, its subsidiary Hallé Promotions Limited and three related trusts: the Hallé Endowment Trust; the Charles Hallé Foundation and the Hallé Concerts Society Sickness and Benevolent Fund, which are aggregated on the basis that they represent branches of the Society.
The Society also has a connected charity, the Terence Judd Trust Fund.
Terms of Reference
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Board and Staff
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