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Trustee - Martin Neild

Martin has spent most of his career in publishing, having joined Macmillan Publishers as a graduate trainee and worked for them in Australia, Southern Africa and London. In 1993 he became Managing Director of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers and subsequently Chief Executive of Hodder, Headline, and John Murray Publishers. In 2010 after taking the Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring at Oxford Brookes University, he set up a coaching, mentoring and training company working across the creative industries. He was a visiting fellow on the UCL MA Publishing Studies Course. He is Chair of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and a Trustee of the Michael Cuddigan Trust (awarding grants to young composers.) He is founder and co Executive Producer of the touring theatre company, Shakespeare in the Squares.

What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees? 

Over the last ten years, I have been energetically committed to training and developing the full potential of students and young professionals across the creative industries. I have always been passionately interested in theatre and a key objective of the theatre company I co-founded, Shakespeare in the Squares, is to provide opportunities and a showcase  for actors and crew.  As a local Oxfordshire resident I have watched the School with interest from afar. So when I was approached to join the OSD Board, it seemed a perfect opportunity to bring together all my relevant experience and interests in a way which I hope can make a real contribution to the School’s future.

What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role? 

The School is at an incredibly exciting point in its development. I would like to contribute to the new vision by supporting best practice governance; compassionate and transparent leadership and management, and excellence in all our endeavours.