Sherman theatre announces new board appointments

05 Nov 2020

Sherman Theatre has announced the appointment of new Chair Graham Morgan, and new trustee Rushna Ghaznavi. The appointments bring further substantial experience and expertise to the oversight and governance of the organisation.

Graham Morgan succeeds David Stacey, who served on the Board of Trustees of Sherman Theatre as both Trustee and Chair for over three decades and steered the theatre through challenging times to artistic success, stability, and growth.

Graham Morgan, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers since 1996, has operated under the UK and international Business Doctors franchise delivering direct consultancy support to businesses across South Wales since 2015. Prior to his consultancy establishment, Graham Morgan served as Director of the Chambers of Commerce in Wales and oversaw the merger of a number of former Chambers to form what is now South Wales Chamber of Commerce. Graham had a highly successful banking career for 33 years with RBS/Natwest before joining the Chamber in 2009.During his career Graham has had a wide range of Board and Association experience, and currently remains on the Board of Lisvane Panthers FC and Pembrokeshire College.

Rushna Ghaznavi, who joins the Board of Trustees, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, qualifying from KPMG LLP in Audit and Insurance. Rushna is currently Director at Ton Media Chartered Accountants, providing specialist tax, accountancy and business advice to those working in the creative, media and music sectors in Wales. Rushna has over a decade of experience dealing with and advising clients ranging from privately owned SMEs, the public sector to multinational listed groups. During this time, she has successfully lead her teams through departmental transformations, budgeting and forecasting, and cross border transactions and projects while also actively acting as a member of numerous university academia boards.

Julia Barry, Executive Director at Sherman Theatre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rushna and Graham into their new roles on the Board of Sherman Theatre. Each brings a valuable and relevant skillset, and we are confident that the organisation will benefit greatly from this expertise.

“We also would like to recognise the incredible contribution made to the organisation from previous Chair David Stacey, who is stepping down after over thirty years of dedicated service to Sherman Theatre.”

David Stacey was instrumental in the campaign to save Sherman Theatre in the mid-1980s, securing its future and establishing the Sherman Theatre Company. Since then he has guided Sherman Theatre to numerous achievements including: becoming the first Welsh Theatre to be awarded The Stage Regional Theatre of the Year in 2018; winning the Olivier Award for Gary Owen’s Killology; and becoming the first Theatre of Sanctuary in Wales.

In recognition of this commitment to Sherman Theatre and the wider theatre ecology of Cardiff, Sherman Theatre has created the David Stacey Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sherman Theatre, which will be presented to a member of the Sherman family - staff member/ volunteer/ youth theatre member/ participant /associate on an annual basis.

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