Margaret Casely-Hayford appointed as Chair of Shakespeare’s…

Margaret Casely-Hayford appointed as Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe

We are delighted to announce that Margaret Casely-Hayford has been appointed as the new Chair of the
Board of Trustees at Shakespeare’s Globe. She takes over from Lord Bichard, who
has served three years as Chair and ten years as a Trustee.

Margaret Casely-Hayford says: ‘I’ve always disliked seeing the arts weaponised and used as a tool to
carve out and perpetuate the distance between the privileged and everyone else.
So, it is an honour and a joy to be at the helm of an organisation that strives
to make sure that its rich cultural heritage is accessible and available to

Neil Constable, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe, says:
I am thrilled to be welcoming Margaret
as our new Chair of the Board. With a wealth of experience in senior roles
across the private and public sectors, she has an excellent understanding of
the needs of a complex organisation with international profile and reach. Her
mixture of legal, business and charitable expertise will be enormously valuable
to us. After thirteen years of service, including three as our Chair, I’d like
to thank Lord Bichard for his dedication to the Globe.’

Margaret has a breadth of experience spanning the
commercial, charitable and public sectors. She is currently Chair of ActionAid
UK, appointed in 2014. The charity is dedicated to relief of poverty and to
education, with a specific focus on the establishment and promotion of the
rights of women and girls. Previously she was a Government appointed
non-executive director of NHS England (2010 – 2014). Other Government
appointments include being a Special Trustee for eight years of Great Ormond
Street Hospital Charity and Trustee of the Geffrye Museum. She is also
nonexecutive director of the Co-op Group.    

Margaret is involved with a number of education
organisations, including being Chair of the advisory board of start-up Ultra
Education, which teaches entrepreneurial skills to children from primary school
upwards. She is a Patron of the Sir John Staples Society and supports London Music
Masters, which both seek to encourage cultural and music education in state
schools. Most recently in May 2017, she was appointed as Chancellor of Coventry

Previously, Margaret worked for nine years as Director of
Legal Services and Company Secretary for the John Lewis Partnership plc, where
she also operated as senior legal and compliance advisor to the Executive
Chairman and Senior Management of the Partnership group. Prior to that, she
worked for twenty years as a solicitor and was a partner at the global law
firm, Dentons.