The SMA Board of Directors

The SMA is governed by a Board of  Directors who are all SMA Members. Additional co-opted Directors who are not SMA Members may be invited to serve at the discretion of the SMA Board. Directors' term of office is for three years, after which they may choose to stand again for election.

Remembering DAVID AYLIFF Honorary Life President & SMA Co-founder 1916 -2016  RIP


At the 2017 SMA AGM, the following board members were elected to the SMA Board for a term of three years each: Ruth Sidery, Emma Hansford.  Sarah Yelland and George Hims were also confirmed on the board for a further period of three years.  The SMA welcomes them and looks forward to working with them over the coming years.


Area of work: Touring, Regional and West End Theatre.



Areas of work: Repertory, Commercial Theatre and Site Specific Shows
In Stage Management since: 2002

Helen trained at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh, studying Stage Management and Theatre Production, and started her professional career doing varied work with Edinburgh companies such as Grid Iron, also enjoying many happy years of casual work at The Edinburgh Playhouse.

Having spent two years as ASM at Pitlochry Festival Theatre working on straight repertoire plays she then embarked on several years of UK and international tours of large scale musicals. Now settled in London, Helen has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting productions, including musicals, plays and very unique site specific projects such as 'The Railway Children' at Waterloo Station and Punchdrunk's epic 'The Drowned Man'.

Helen's aims for the SMA are for us to continue to support Stage Managers and to encourage more networking amongst members who are spread across all of the UK.


Theatre and Conservatoire stage management teaching and mentoring



Area of work: Repertory Theatre & Events
In Stage Management since: 2012

George trained on the Technical Theatre & Stage Management course at RADA. After graduating in the summer of 2012, he worked as an ASM on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies. Since then, he has gone on to work in a wide variety of areas - from fringe to "one off" events and concerts, outdoor theatre and the West End. George is currently working as an ASM with the RSC.


Area of Work: Education - Teaches Stage Management & Technical Theatre
In Stage Management since: 1995

From the moment she was taken backstage and shown how 2 ASMs with flowerpots of dirt could make a dug out set look like it was falling down around everyone's ears, Rebecca was hooked on becoming a Stage Manager. Having completed a BTEC course in Portsmouth followed by training at Rose Bruford, one of her first jobs was as resident ASM at Norwich Playhouse for its opening season; a baptism of fire but thoroughly enjoyable! She then went on to work for Birmingham Rep, Derby Playhouse and the Watermill Theatre, both as resident and on tour.

It was through the SMA's Stage Managers for Managers scheme that Rebecca was first encouraged to serve on the SMA board of directors, and she thoroughly believes that Stage Managers are a group of people who can offer so much to many areas of business, not just within the realms of the theatre. She is thrilled to again be part of the body that represents our profession as she feels that the SMA is an essential voice in the theatre world; Rebecca believes that it is imperative that Stage Management are taken notice of, as even though they are often on the front line, if they do their jobs well they can be so easily overlooked. Now she works alongside students and professionals in University training and education, creating the next generation of theatre makers and SMA members.


Stage Management,  Conservatoire technical theatre and stage management training



Area of work: Repertory & Commerical Theatre
In Stage Management since: 1988

Anna trained at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and subsequently has gained nearly 30 years of experience in Stage Management, with her work including West End, commercial touring, the National Theatre & the Royal Shakespeare Company.  The third generation of her family to work in the business, she is currently a senior DSM at the National Theatre, where her work has included the live BBC2 broadcast of "National Theatre: Fifty Years On Stage" and the first ever NT Live cinema broadcast.

Having been a member of the SMA for over 20 years, Anna wanted to join the Board of Directors in order to give something back to the profession.  She is very keen to encourage more diversity and to promote Stage Management both within & outside the theatre industry.


Adam specialises nowadays in work with young people, devising and site-specific theatre, but works in most areas of theatre. He’s dad to Liam, 10.
Working in stage management since 1993.

Recent work includes; CSM for Sleeping Beauty at Peterborough Key, CSM for Fabulous 50 at Yvonne Arnaud (GSA), PM for Mountview, SM for Cardboard Citizens, CSM for Snow White, the SM team for the Almeida’s “Odyssey” live event, SM for “The Afterlife of Cook and Moore” for Vadim Jean, CSM for David Schneider’s “Making Stalin Laugh,” at JW3 for Matthew Lloyd & as PSM for many Generation Arts productions. Selected previous work includes PSM for Theatre Peckham, CSM for Dan Crawford’s King’s Head and 5 years working in the schools’ sector.

A repected Trade unionist and Equity’s elected Stage Management Councillor since 2012, Adam’s a campaigner against exploitative jobs and for theatre parents, having been on the small team that created Equity’s Professionally Made Professionally Paid. He sat on the launch panel for Parents in Performing Arts at the Young Vic as well as moving Equity’s motion on childcare at TUC 2015. He was also delighted to be on the Equity SM team that met for the first time with US Equity’s SM wing. He has three times been elected by Equity’s council to attend TUC congress and spoken to motions as above on childcare, mental health provision and The Taylor Review. In 2017 he was elected as chair of the TUC scrutineers. Adam brokered a successful deal with Mandy Network monitoring and removes poor job postings. Regular meetings ensure that the partnership with Mandy gets stronger. Committed to ending the inequities of Bad buyouts & ensuring extra duties, if totally necessary, are fair and well paid and ensuring unscrupulous producers are held to account, Adam is advocates strongly the strength of the partnership between SMA and Equity. Adam has been a trustee of the Equity Charitable Trust since 2014 and serves as a school parent governor and safeguarding lead.