Spotlight on Dame Rosemary Squire, Nottingham Girls’ High School

As we count down to the GDST Alumna of the Year Award 2018, we’re shining the spotlight on each of our trailblazing finalists. Here, we find out more about Dame Rosemary Squire, alumna of Nottingham Girls’ High School.

Dame Rosemary Squire is one of the most prominent women in British theatre, having co-founded the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1992, which has gone on to become the world’s leading live-theatre company with venues across Britain, the US and Australia.

Recently, Rosemary and her business partner have founded and now run Trafalgar Entertainment Group –  a live entertainment business that owns and operates distinctive, stylish cultural buildings as well as creating, distributing and live-streaming innovative content. She is a National Member of the Arts Council England Board, Chair of South West Area Council, and together her husband/business partner, Sir Howard Panter, has topped The Stage 100 for seven consecutive, record-breaking years.

She was also the first ever woman to win the prestigious EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year (2014).

Dame Rosemary has been awarded an OBE and this year, was awarded a DBE (Damehood) in the New Year’s Honours List for services to theatre and philanthropy.

Her philosophy of giving back to the next generation runs through all she does, with her active charity and fundraising work and her inspirational message to young entrepreneurs that they can succeed in the arts.   

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