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


SMA Directors leaving the board in 2018 were Anna Hill, George Hims.   The SMA thanks them all for their hard work, commitment and support for members, and pays a particular tribute to George Hims SMA Chair for three years who stood down this summer,.

At the 2018 SMA AGM Sarah Jenkins was elected to the Board for a term of three years  The SMA welcomes her and looks forward to working together over the coming years.


Co-Deputy Chair

Area of work: Touring, Regional and West End Theatre.
Sarah has  been working in Stage Management for twenty years. In site specific theatre as well as traditional theatre. On musicals, straight plays and as a Tour Manager


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.


Areas of work: Commercial Theatre,; Theatre and Conservatoire stage management teaching and mentoring
In Stage Management since:1988

Ruth was the Lighting Designer for Keswick’s Theatre By The Lake before joining BOVTS as a Visiting Specialist in 1995. She continued her freelance work and was a regular at Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath and was Lighting Designer for the inaugural season of plays at the then newly established Tobacco Factory Theatre in 1998. Before becoming a full-time member of BOVTS staff as Technical Manager.  Ruth also designed and delivered many short courses for Bristol University, UWE and Theatre Royal Bath’s Education Department. In 1999 having assisted in the creation of the new 3-yr Professional Stage Management BA for BOVTS and following the School’s acquisition of Christchurch Studios, Ruth developed the Film and Television strand for the Stage Management Course becoming Head of Film & TV Production in 2001. In 2007 Ruth left BOVTS to take an international research trip and returned to freelance production roles in theatre, events, film and corporate work. Highlights during this time include: Event Manager for BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Showcaller for Skyfest 3 years running, Script Supervisor for Ragdoll’s In The Night Garden, and Stage Manager for Bristol Old Vic’s Coram Boy at Colston Hall.  After five years Ruth joined Bristol Old Vic as Company Stage Manager and saw in shows such as Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan and Jane Eyre, Richard Eyre’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Leslie Manville and Jeremy Irons, George Mann’s Pink Mist, and Tom Morris’ Internationally acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his new musical The Grinning Man.

Ruth continues her professional work around teaching commitments and is a regular at Bristol Old Vic as a Stage Manager and presents Stage Management workshops for their Engagement Department.



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.


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Areas of work : Commerical Theatre ;  Stage Management Education

Stage Management Career spanning 15 years (since 2002

Having worked in a freelance capacity as a ASM, DSM, CSM and Stage Management Tutor.  Emma has worked in regional theatre, touring, West End and events.  Her teaching includes LAMDA and ALRA and Mountview. 

Emma has  been a member of the SMA several years and feels it is time for me to make a contribution as until now she  has had very little time to devote to outside interests due to difficulties of the freelance lifestyle. 



Areas of work : Commerical Theatre 

Member of the SMA since 2006

After several years of membership and work in the industry,Sarah looks forward to a role on the SMA Board  and to take a more active role in the Association Sarah is keen to learn more about how we support members and to see how we can develop membership (both in person and online).