Kate Varah

Kate Varah

Panel discussion: Changing Organisational Culture

Speaker's biography

Arts leader, currently serving as Executive Director at The Old Vic working to deliver Artistic Director Matthew Warchus’ artistic vision for the theatre.

Previous roles include Business Development Director at inclusive theatre company Chickenshed and arts consultancy.

Career began as employment lawyer at Linklaters, training and practising as Solicitor Advocate for six years in London, Hong Kong, on secondment to JPMorgan, and additionally pro bono co-ordinator and Community Investment Manager.

Personal priorities are widening access to the arts and supporting offender rehabilitation programmes, as reflected in varied Trustee and Chair roles performed including: PIPA, Parents in the Performing Arts; Chickenshed, inclusive theatre company; Samaritans Chad Varah Memorial Appeal Taskforce, funding Samaritans Connect; and co-founding The Michael Varah Memorial Fund, a grant giving trust working to level the playing field for offenders.