Ilkley Players Limited is a charitable company trading as Ilkley Playhouse, governed by a Board of Trustees and under the operational management of an Executive Committee.

 David Park

 Chair of Trustees

My family joined Ilkley Players in the mid to late seventies and I quickly became involved as a volunteer on the bar, in working party and as a member of the Front of House team. My children joined Greenroom and appeared onstage both in Ilkley and in Minack.

I have been an active member of the Club Committee for over thirty years, Secretary to the Theatre Committee/Trustees for ten years and am now Chairman of Trustees.  I am also Premises Licence Holder, Licensee and Safeguarding Officer [monitoring youth productions in the theatre]. I have also been involved in Stage Management for a number of years. My appearance on stage was limited to one production many years ago as a jury member in “Inherit the Wind” – that was enough for me and, I suspect, the audience and fellow performers!!

The Chair is elected for two years by the other members of the board of Trustees. His/her role is to support and monitor the business of the two committees (ETC and Trustees) and lead on Playhouse developments. He or she provides strategic leadership, ensures the Board operates within its charitable objectives and chairs meetings effectively and efficiently. In addition, the Chair is responsible for encouraging positive change, fostering the right balance of skills within the Board and, if necessary, resolving conflicts if or when they may arise.

The tenure of office, initially for two years, can be extended if the Board so decides.

 Niccola Swan

 Secretary and Trustee

I became a trustee in 2015 and secretary in 2016, replacing the excellent David Park. My connection with the Playhouse is primarily a legacy of my husband, Walter Swan, who was the Playhouse manager from 2012 to 2014 and Artistic Director before that. I used to go and watch most things (and offer probably not very helpful advice from the side-lines) but wasn’t involved at all behind the scenes. When he died so suddenly and unexpectedly whilst still in the job, I thought I would like to keep the connection going.

I worked in banking for 25 years, retiring from Barclays from the post of Regional Director for the North-East in 2005. I later worked with a disability charity and became chief executive of Leeds Mind from 2010 until 2014. I am now more or less fully retired and a trustee of several charities, an NHS governor and a Parish Councillor in my village of Burley in Wharfedale, but I haven’t acted since my early 20s, when I was genuinely terrible. I have helped a little behind the scenes with The Mitre Players at The Minack Theatre, and I am a chaperone both with them and us. I enjoy working on the bar and doing programme duty.

I love and hate the Ilkley Playhouse in equal measure: so much great stuff and potential and so much enormous frustration! However, as each month goes by a little bit more gets sorted and most importantly. We put on some great plays and events with excellent performances, involving so many people from our local community, having a lot of fun. As a group of trustees, our role is to ensure that this continues for as long as possible in a safe and sustainable way.

 Bruce Piper


I am a qualified Chartered accountant having spent the majority of my career in industry working as a Finance/Commercial Director in various roles for a multi-national Packaging company. I retired in May 2016 and now combine the general joys of retirement with voluntary work at the Playhouse and the Princes Trust.

My role at the Playhouse is to oversee all financial and commercial activities working closely with the Theatre and Finance managers. I have lived in Ilkley and the surrounding area for most of my life and have been interested in all forms of art for a number of years. Retirement has enabled me to pursue these interests further whilst utilising my financial experience.

 David Wallbank

 Members Trustee

 Patrick Hebbert

 Community Trustee

 Colin Waterman

 Community Trustee

I first became involved with the Ilkley Playhouse a few years ago when I started to attend the Adult Greenroom  classes on a Saturday morning. I knew that I wanted to act but wasn’t quite sure where to begin. So, this provided a great way in for me. 

Since 2017, I’ve become really involved in the local theatre scene having acted, danced and sung in 8 productions - I also directed a fringe play with the Adult Greenroom Players. This has been a most wonderful baptism of fire and I’ve learnt so much about theatre work.

The Ilkley Playhouse is a vibrant community resource and I’m delighted to have recently become a Trustee. The team of paid staff, volunteers, actors and back stage crew are working hard together to make this a welcoming environment for all members of the community. Diverse, high quality live entertainment is the aim so that everyone in the town feels the Playhouse has something to offer them. 

For 32 years I have worked within the public sector - all within Social Care and the NHS. As I press the ‘pause button’ and start a 6 month career break, I’m hoping to have a bit more time to explore my interests in music and theatre. I look forward to seeing you around our wonderful theatre at some point soon. 

 Dick Hebbert