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The Harborne Royalty Trust
The Harborne Royalty Trust has been set up as an unicorporated not for profit organisation initially. We have also carried out substantial preparatory work in anticipation of changing our structure to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in due course. The Board Members will provide a broad skill base for the Trust Board but will have no financial gain whatsoever through their involvement to save or administer the future running of this building.

The board will look at ways to ensure that those who are interested in saving this building and have the skills to manage it for the future are able to act as Board Members.

The Board Members will be providing information through the website and social media whenever possible and also plan to hold public meetings.

The Board of the Trust is actively engaged in discussions with the current owner to establish a plan for retention of the building for the benefit of the community and understand how the building can be restored to protect its architectural heritage but also expand the opportunity as a community facility and strengthen income streams necessary to support the future maintenance liabilities.

The Trusts aims stated in its Constitution are:

  • To work in partnership to ensure the preservation of the Royalty in Harborne, a Grade II listed building of historical importance and to ensure its ongoing conservation and care for public use.
  • To ensure the advancement of community development by providing a multi-use community building, ensuring urban regeneration and provision of social and community infrastructure for the general public.
  • To ensure the advancement of the arts, culture and heritage by ensuring the provision of mixed use performance, exhibition, entertainment and community space for the benefit of the general public and local community.
  • To ensure the advancement of the arts, culture and heritage by protecting the unique art deco features of the building, its influence on early cinema design.
  • To undertake any other activities that shall further the attainment of the objectives to ensure the preservation and continued use of the building for the benefit of the public, as decided by the trustees.

The Trust through discussion, understands that once close to ownership of the building it can apply to the Charity Commission to be granted charitable status which will enable a much wider range of applications to funding organisations as well as maximising what may well be quite limited income. The Trust is a vehicle to secure the Royalty for the future and to enable everyone to continue to enjoy and benefit from the various features forming this marvellous Art Deco cinema.
The following are the current Harborne Royalty Trust board members.
Robert Sutton

Rob Sutton is an aerospace technical author with a passion for heritage conservation. For over 15 years he ran his own design and development business. In 2007 he became Chair of the Moor Pool Residents Association and led on the formation of the Moor Pool Heritage Trust which successfully negotiated and raised the funds to acquire in 2014 the Moor Pool Conservation Area community facilities including community hall, shops, residential flats, bowling green, tennis courts, skittle alley, a builders yard which is being converted to an ecology centre and a new pocket park. Rob has the practical experience of what it takes to finance the running of a vibrant community facility and has built up extensive contacts with BCC planning, conservation practitioners, building consultants, funders and local Councillors.
Adam Fraise

Adam is a retired doctor. He has been a trustee of 2 medical charities (the Healthcare Infection Society and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy) as well serving as the Chairman and Treasurer of the latter for several years. He has lived in Harborne and Edgbaston since moving to Birmingham in 1991 and has a longstanding passion for buildings of architectural merit.
Rachael Magson

Rachael is an arts and fundraising professional with over 12 years experience in the arts and cultural sector. Rachael has worked for Arts Council England as a Relationship Manager for Combined Arts and Touring, run a small Arts Charity as Managing Director (Pentabus Theatre Company) and is currently Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome, responsible for fundraising circa. 1million per year to support community and engagement projects and programmes. She is also a board member of Motionhouse Dance Theatre, and has extensive experience of charity management.
Bob Boucher

Bob has been a resident in Harborne for 48 years and is married with three grown up children all of whom attended local schools. Bob spent the majority of his working life as an educational psychologist employed by Birmingham and Sandwell education departments. Bob has always expressed an interest in the local community and has acted as Chairman of Harborne Tenants' Snooker Club on the Moor Pool Estate for the past twelve years. As such, he is highly experienced in community asset management. As a keen musician all his life he continues to play a wide variety of musical styles in numerous different bands in the local area. Music , golf , allotments and photography are his other interests.
Simon Coghlan

A local lad, Simon has lived in Harborne since 1959. He passed the Royalty each day in its heyday until he went to Durham University to study law. After leaving university he qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and then worked briefly in London until 1987 returning to work for Pinsents and then moving to what is now is Shakespeare Martineau in 1996 and has been there for the last 21 years. He is now a Legal Director and was a partner for 11 years. He specialises in commercial property work.
Steve Potter MRICS

Steve is A highly experienced chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 15 years’ experience within the profession having worked for a number of the country’s leading quantity surveying firms including Gardiner and Theobald, Turner and Townsend, and more recently Rider Levett Bucknall.
During his career he has been involved in a number of grant funded projects within the Arts and Heritage sector. Steve was the lead Quantity Surveyor for Coventry City Council on the post contract stage of the redevelopment of the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and also lead Surveyor from inception through to completion for Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust on the redevelopment of Blists Hill Museum.
During 2013/14 Steve was interim lead on an account with a national pub chain on their acquisition and refurbishment programme. Of particular interest was the refurbishment of a listed pub that had been severely damaged by flood. The project required thoughtful conservation, whilst meeting the requirements of its owners, to provide the necessary return on their investment. Steve's involvement provided him with great insight into the challenges and practices of a successful hospitality organisation and their need to achieve commercial viability.
Further surveying experience has been with several further and higher education providers, NHS trusts, and commercial organisations. This has including working during all stages of project delivery from inception through optioneering, design development, procurement and construction, on projects with challenging affordability limits, complex funding agreements, using a variety of contract types and procurement routes.
Katy Ross

Katy Ross is a chartered accountant with a leading top 4 accountancy firm based in Birmingham.

Lizzie Hayes

Lizzie Hayes works for a local authority as Strategic Investment Manager; managing grants programmes working within the Community Investment and Partnerships team, supporting charitable and voluntary organisations to grow and thrive and enabling them to become sustainable community resources.

Alison Solomon. 

Alison has worked in a producing theatre with A list and jobbing actors; MD's; international directors; casting directors from the RSC, Royal Court, The National and West End, working with some of the top names in theatre, writers and creatives. Alison also has community arts training /experience and current practice with leading and multicultural organisation nationally delivering arts, crafts to the youth, elderly, mentally ill, Dementia & Alzheimer's patients and culturally diverse people.

The Trust is also grateful to the many other volunteers who have come forward and offered their services. If you would like to help or perhaps join the board of the Trust then please get in touch.
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