Dan Bates

Dan is the Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres Trust, producing extraordinary theatre in Sheffield and across the UK. After his formal training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, Riding Lights Theatre in York and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. He became Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal in 2004 and joined Sheffield Theatres in 2009.

Alongside his work at Sheffield Theatres, Dan is a Board member of Welcome to Yorkshire, English Touring Theatre, UK Theatre and the Sheffield BID Company. He also sits on the Sheffield Cultural Consortium.

"I’m delighted to be a part of this prestigious judging line up for the LNER Song for Yorkshire. Songs are a great way to express our emotions and although the times have changed, this is a great way to show that Yorkshire is moving forward and recovering".