Culture Southampton

The Trustees

The Trustees who represent and support Southampton Cultural Development Trust are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The one passion they all share is their commitment to creating a more vibrant and engaging city centre for Southampton.

Find out more about them individually below and watch the short film where you can hear more of why they have chosen to take part in the redevelopment of Southampton's burgeoning Cultural Quarter.

Founding Patron:

Maldwin Drummond OBE DL Hon DSc FSA


The Trustees:

Stephen Boyce is an independent arts and heritage consultant working for a wide range of clients including the National Trust, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Winchester City Council as well as small museums and arts organisations. An actor and teacher in his early career, Stephen has held senior positions with Southern Arts Board, the Community Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. He has been a trustee of several arts bodies and chaired Creative Partnerships and the board of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. He is a published poet.

Chair until August 2014.

Born in Southampton Jan has been an active member of the business community in the City and has been a Director of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years and is a Past President. Jan is CEO and founder of Corrotherm International Ltd which supplies equipment the oil gas industry.  Jan is a Non Executive Director of a number of companies in sectors covering marine equipment manufacturing and waste to energy process development and is a mentor to small businesses.

Acting Chair from August 2014.

Julian Thould has been the Head Master of King Edward VI School, Southampton since April 2002. He read history at Oxford and was Deputy Head, King's Worcester, 1997-2002, Director of Studies at Cranleigh School, 1989-97 and a history teacher at Westminster School, 1984-8. He has been an ISI school inspector since 1995. Before moving into education he worked in industry, most recently for HP Bulmer PLC.  

Malcolm le Bas was born and bred in Southampton and worked with the Solicitors Paris Smith & Randall (now Paris Smith) for 46 years, including 18 as Managing Partner and 10 as Senior Partner. He headed the Project Management teams for the development of St Mary’s Stadium and the Rose Bowl. He chaired the Southern Newspapers and Alldays Stores Pension Funds.

Ray Hallett was born, bred and educated in Southampton and has spent the majority of his life living and working in Hampshire.  He is a Chartered Accountant, working in the profession, and his current role is with RSM Tenon as a Director of Accounts,Taxation and Advisory.

"I am keen to contribute to the development of Southampton and the surrounding area and, in addition to being a trustee of SCDT, I am also a Board Member of Southampton City College and Treasurer for the SCA Group (Social Care in Action)."

Stephen Foster began his career as an artist, teacher and lecturer, and began his curatorial career as the Director of Axiom, an artist-run Gallery space in Cheltenham from 1982 to 1987. Since 1987 he has been the Director of the John Hansard Gallery at the University of Southampton, during which time the Gallery has won a substantial reputation for seminal work with artists and curators. The Gallery was designated ‘world leading’ for its curatorial research in the last Universities’ Research Assessment Exercise and has also pioneered groundbreaking access and audience development work.

Dr Stephen M. Payne OBE RDI MNM was appointed Chief Designer of Queen Mary 2 in 1998. From 2004-2010 he was Vice President Chief Naval Architect of Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding based in Southampton. He is now Principal Consultant of PFJ-Maritime Consulting Ltd.

Derek Burke was born in Shirley and has lived in Southampton all his life.  Educated at Merryoak School in the city, he has been a stevedore in the city docks throughout his working life and currently works for Solent Stevedores. He was first elected to Southampton City Council in 1990 and in May 1999 was elected Mayor of Southampton and during his mayoral year represented the city on over 1,000 occasions.


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Cultural Partners

The Cultural Quarter builds on already strong arts and heritage activity in and around Southampton.  The Trust is working with a wide range of partner organisations and venues including: