Board of Trustees
Arnold M Crook (Chair)
Arnold M Crook was the Chairman of Louis I Michaels Ltd, the holding company of the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1981-2018. During his time at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, he was responsible for the restoration of the theatre to its former historical splendour and provided theatregoers with some of London’s most lauded productions of the late 20th and early 21st Century, showcasing many of the UK’s most illustrious and respected performers, directors, writers and designers.
As a producer for Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Arnold together with Nigel Everett and on behalf of the TRH board of directors financed, produced and general managed a number of productions including: A Slice of Saturday Night, Lust, Stephen Berkoff’s – Shakespeare Villains, the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Blue Room, The Royal Family with Dame Judi Dench and directed by Sir Peter Hall, Lady Windermere’s Fan with Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, also directed by Sir Peter Hall, The York Realist written and directed by Peter Gill, Ralph Fiennes in Brand directed by Adrian Noble, A Woman of No Importance with Rupert Graves and Samantha Bond, the musical The Genius of Ray Charles, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Claire Bloom and Billy Zane and most recently,* The Last Confession* with David Suchet.
In 1998 Arnold formed the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, believing that rather than sitting empty and silent for long hours of the day before performances, the theatre should also be used for the benefit of young people.
David Jones worked in the City of London in investment banking for over thirty years, most recently as Managing Director & Global Head of Foreign Exchange Trading for National Australia Bank. David is an avid traveller and has travelled extensively around the globe.
David became introduced to Masterclass in 2006 through Arts and Business as he was keen to engage with and help young people through the world of theatre and is proud to have been involved with Masterclass for the past thirteen years. The highlight of his involvement with Masterclass has so far been the success of The Two Worlds of Charlie F, a play created as a way of using theatre to support the recovery process of wounded injured and sick Service personnel. David is also passionate about supporting young people through hands-on training opportunities and during this time has felt incredibly rewarded by the success of The Internship Scheme, which supports emerging talent through paid internships on West End productions.
David is also involved in many local community projects. He was recently elected Chairman of the new North Cray & District Royal British Legion Branch and is a committee member of the North Cray Residents Association which has a 75 year history. He is also involved in sponsorship and supporting local sports clubs, Welling United FC and Sidcup RFC.
“It is wonderful to be involved with something outside of the ‘noise’ of the financial world that is so worthwhile and supports so many young people".
Jeremy has worked as a London-based international corporate lawyer for the last 30 years and is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP. He regularly advises Boards on transactional matters and on their legal and regulatory obligations and has wide experience of advising on corporate governance and risk management issues. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Allen & Overy’s staff pension schemes in the UK and was previously a member of Allen & Overy’s audit committee for 8 years.
He serves as an independent governor on the Board of London South Bank University and on its Major Projects & Investment Committee. He is also Chair of its Remuneration Committee.
He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Enham Trust, a charity for the disabled.
Jeremy has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the theatre and dance and is delighted to be involved in Masterclass. He lives in London, and in Wiltshire where his wife is an arable farmer.
Pauline Tambling CBE
Pauline Tambling has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over thirty years with a long track record of helping to support young people to engage with the arts and to find employment in the creative industries.
She set up the Royal Opera House’s Education Department in 1983 and ran a full annual programme including schools performances, teacher workshops and special projects for fifteen years including through collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the European network, RESEO. In five senior roles at Arts Council England from 1998 to 2007 she led the Council’s work in education, research, audience development, social inclusion, diversity and capital investment in arts organisations. Notable projects created at the time include Artsmark, Arts Award and Creative Partnerships. Most recently Pauline was Chief Executive of Creative & Cultural Skills where she developed apprenticeships for the creative industries and supported young people from all backgrounds into careers in the sector working closely with the Further Education sector across the UK. In 2011 she built the Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex, a state-of-the-art training and rehearsal space for backstage technical skills as part of High House Production Park in Thurrock.
Pauline was Chair of Shape Arts, an arts and disability organisation, a governor of the University of the Creative Arts, and a trustee of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. She is currently a trustee of the Roundhouse in Camden and England Chair of Voluntary Arts.
Pauline was awarded a CBE for services to education and training in the cultural sector in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014.