The Royal Variety Charity is honoured to have Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as its sole Patron.
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It's a real privilege to lead this very special and historic British institution; our staff and unpaid volunteers work tirelessly to help those in need throughout the entertainment industry, both in our care home in Twickenham and indeed all across the UK - they are all truly inspirational people to work with.
I'd like to thank the Members of our Executive Committee, including their elected Officers and Trustees for giving up their valuable time throughout each year and for working so hard for those in need within the entertainment industry. I'd particularly like to thank Life-President Laurie Mansfield, whose advice, assistance and support has been invaluable to me.
I'd like to acknowledge the brilliant team at ITV Studios who, year after year, prove they are unrivalled in 'live-event television production' and I'd particularly like to highlight from our Royal Variety Events team, Lorraine, Victoria and Cathryn, who help me organise our main annual fundraiser; the Royal Variety Performance.
The Royal Variety Charity has constantly evolved, but has always existed as the entertainment industry 'looking after its own' and this would never have been possible without the unwavering support of continuing generations of our Royal Family. I'd therefore particularly like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her continued support as the sole Patron of our charity, TRH The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales for attending our annual fundraiser, the Royal Variety Performance. Their attendance supports British show business as a whole and demonstrates how close an affection the Royal Family has for our entire entertainment industry.
The Royal Variety Performance has in recent years gone from strength to strength, consistently attracting the biggest stars from all over the world. Our social media channels such as Facebook are testament to the Royal Variety Show's massive resurgence in popularity, demonstrating the huge appetite that clearly exists in the UK and around the world for this annual, Great British Institution.
The Royal Variety Performance was first staged in London in 1912 to an audience of just 1,300 but in 2015 was broadcast in 63 countries and viewed by a combined television audience of over 152 million - making it the longest running and most successful show in the world.
Lastly, thank you to you, for your interest and support of the Royal Variety Charity. Please donate or buy a ticket if you are able and please get involved in our many fundraising ventures whenever you can.
Laurie Mansfield entered show business first as a salesman for CBS Records, and then as a record producer. In 1969 this led him in to the agency business where he became responsible for building International Artistes Ltd into one of the most successful all-purpose management and agency companies in the UK.
In April 2010 a new company was formed called Laurie Mansfield Associates presenting a combination of both theatrical production and talent representation.
In recent years, Laurie has become more involved in the production of West End shows, including: conceiving and co-producing the musical Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, which completed 13 years in London, in addition to various productions worldwide. Laurie co-produced the Olivier Award winning musical Jolson in London’s West End, before transferring to Toronto. Jolson has also toured in the United States and Australia. In 1999 Laurie coproduced the Olivier Award-winning Defending the Caveman as well as Animal Crackers and Dreaming, all playing on Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
In October 1999 Laurie was the lead producer on Great Balls of Fire, the Jerry Lee Lewis story, at the Cambridge Theatre. 2000 saw him involved in Ireland as Executive Producer of the film Agnes Browne (Universal), directed by and starring Angelica Huston. 2002 saw the transfer to the West End of the Edinburgh Fringe Award-winning show Zipp! co-produced by Laurie and starring Gyles Brandreth. In 2006 Laurie co-produced with Bill Kenwright ‘This Is Elvis’ and in 2009, again with Bill Kenwright, co-produced ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ which is currently playing at the Wyndham in London.
Laurie is Chairman of the British Forces Foundation, which was founded by Jim Davidson OBE and the charity was formed to promote and support the Armed Forces for charitable means by entertaining servicemen and women around the world.
THE ROYAL VARIETY CHARITY
Hon. Life-President - Laurie Mansfield • Chairman - Giles Cooper • Vice Chairman - Phil Dale • Treasurer - Ian Freeman • The Executive Committee (elected): Wyn Calvin MBE, Duggie Chapman MBE, Pat Church, Dee-Dee Crosher, Kenny Earle, Joy Francois, Cheryl Garland, Valerie Garland, Paul Ganjou, Fawn James, Keith Lascelles, John Logan, Vicki Michelle MBE, George Muranyi, Gordon Peters, Babs Powell, Robert Powell, Rev. Canon Roger Royle, Nilesh Ruparel, Keith Simmons, Kay Smart, Ronald Smart, Bradley Walsh, The Dowager Lady Westbury CBE. JP. • Trustees (elected): Laurie Mansfield, Giles Cooper, Phil Dale, Ian Freeman, Nilesh Ruparel • Vice Presidents (honorary): Ronald Smart, Roger De Courcey, Ken Dodd OBE, Robert Earl Jnr, Roy Hudd OBE, Peter Jay, Stuart Littlewood, Joe Pasquale, Nick Thomas • Life Governors (honorary): Lord Michael Grade CBE, The Dowager Lady Westbury CBE. JP, Cdre. Sir Donald Gosling KCVO. RN • Hon. Chaplain (honorary): Rev. Canon Roger Royle • Brinsworth House Staff (employed): Matron of Brinsworth House - Matron Tatree Preece RN, ONC, BA(Hons), PA to the Chairman of the charity - Peter Hinton, PA to Matron of Brinsworth House - Kirsty Bristow, Finance Director - Sital Makwana, MA, Clinical Lead - Suhasini Raja, Senior Nurse - Muriel De Silva, Catering Manager - Henry Sheerin, Accounts Assistant - Myra Harte, Events Co-Ordinator - Lorraine Crowther, Events Assistant - Victoria Bond, Grants Officer - Sheila Powell, Activities Co-Ordinator - Jay Crank, Maintenance Manager - Joe Williams • Nursing/ Caring/ Catering: Sheenamol Alexander, Sue Amory, Mo Atia, Dorothy Atkins, Pedro Barretto, Gillian Beaver, Gemma Bishop, Tracy Brown, Rosita Cajanding, Coral Campbell, Emilinda Canlas, Penny Cheadle, Sarah Colvin, Jill Curley, June Curtis, Dudi Dollani, Elaine Duesbury, Maureen Fois, Anita Gasu, Kate Geoffrey, Annie George, Dawn Good, Teressa Gowlan, Hawa Hashim, Kathleen Howden, Temenushka Ivano Scott Ingam, Golda John, Emese Juhasz, Sheila Keating, Ranjeeta Kaur, Agneieska Korlowska, Erzebet Kurucz, Linda Lado, Lucy Mayall, Suzzane Lado, Millie Mc Lead, Luisa Moreno, Roisin Maun, Ariel Madronio, Thair Ohn, Mohinder Panesar, Suhasini Raja, Esther Rana, Patricia Smith, Lena West, Louise Thompson, Sheenamol Alexander, Dudi Dollani, Hawa Hashim, Emese Juhasz, Sheila Keating.
As the elected Treasurer it is my duty and obligation to consider where we stand financially and to report the situation to the Management Body and the relevant authorities honestly and transparently.
The work of Chairman Giles Cooper really has revolutionised this charity over the past five years and his efforts have transformed our financial stability, governance and operations. I salute his leadership and am proud of the hard work of all of us who have assisted him in modernising this wonderful 108 year-old charity.
The Royal Variety Charity’s award-winning residential home, Brinsworth House, continues to provide the highest standard of care for many former showbusiness professionals. On behalf of our residents and all our other beneficiaries, as well as all the officers of the Charity, may I offer our grateful thanks for your continued support. Given the challenges continuing to confront the charity sector, we face a constant struggle to raise sufficient funds to maintain the levels of care and guardianship for which we are renowned and we thank you respectfully and profoundly.
May I also thank our finance team of Nilesh Ruparel (Finance Director), Sital and Myra, for their hard work. Please help us to maintain our invaluable work by donating whatever you can, no matter how small, through our website. We will, in return, promise to work diligently and conscientiously to guarantee a happy and comforting future for those who have brought us so much joy and laughter for so many years.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (ELECTED)
WYN CALVIN MBE
VICKI MICHELLE MBE
REV CANON ROGER ROYLE
LADY WESTBURY CBE
LIFE GOVERNORS (HONORARY)
CDRE. SIR DONALD GOSLING, KCVO
THE DOWAGER LADY WESTBURY CBE JP
LORD MICHAEL GRADE CBE
VICE PRESIDENTS (HONORARY)
ROGER DE COURCEY
KEN DODD OBE
ROBERT EARL JNR
ROY HUDD OBE
BRINSWORTH HOUSE - SENIOR MANAGEMENT (EMPLOYED)
MATRON TATREE PREECE RN, ONC, BA(HONS), MA
FINANCE DIRECTOR - SITAL MAKWANA
SUHASINI RAJA - CLINICAL LEAD
MURIEL DE SILVA - SENIOR NURSE
HENRY SHEERIN - CATERING MANAGER
RVC ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (EMPLOYED)
PETER HINTON - PA TO CHAIRMAN
KIRSTY BRISTOW - PA TO MATRON
MYRA HARTE - ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT
SHEILA POWELL - GRANTS OFFICER
LORRAINE CROWTHER - EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR
VICTORIA BOND - EVENTS ASSISTANT
JAY CRANK - ACTIVITIES CO-ORDINATOR