Honorary Doctorate - 2009
Angela Galvin, former chief executive of Sheffield Theatres, is the driving force behind the redevelopment of the city’s Crucible Theatre.
A Londoner by birth, Angela has been connected to Sheffield ever since she became a student at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) in 1978, where she was also elected president of the Students’ Union. Her affiliation with Sheffield Hallam University continued when she later completed a part-time Masters in Film at Sheffield Hallam’s Psalter Lane campus. However, the city knows Angela best for her work at its theatres, first as marketing director in 1996 and then chief executive from 2004-2009.
Angela says, 'I have made Sheffield my home. I had a really memorable time as a student here, and to have lived and worked here with two of my great loves - Sheffield Wednesday FC and the Crucible Theatre - has been a real pleasure. To be honoured in this way for my contribution to the city makes me feel very proud.'
Angela secured the funding for the £15.3 million refurbishment of The Crucible, bringing it from the brink of closure to become a venue fit for twenty first century artists and audiences. The refurbishment ensured the World Snooker Championships, held at the Crucible since 1977, remained uninterrupted, guaranteeing significant economic benefit to the venue and the city.
Angela currently works as a consultant to cultural organisations across the UK. Angela is currently chair of Site Gallery, Sheffield and serves on the board of Freedom Studios, Bradford and the Directors' Guild of Great Britain.