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Margaret Casely-Hayford named Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe

LEADING LADY: Margaret Casely-Hayford

BRITISH LAWYER and businesswoman Margaret Casely-Hayford.has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at Shakespeare’s Globe. She succeeds Lord Bichard, who served three years as Chair and ten years as a Trustee.

The Oxford University graduate has a breadth of experience across the commercial, charitable and public sectors.
Last May (2017), she was appointed as Chancellor of Coventry University and is also non-executive director of the Co-op Group.

Appointed in 2014, Margaret is also Chair of ActionAid UK. 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). In addition to this, she assumed the role of Special Trustee for eight years of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Trustee of the Geffrye Museum.

Passionate about helping others, 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.


Margaret has previously 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.
Of her new role, Casely-Hayford said: “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 all.”

Neil Constable, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “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.”

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