Meet The Directors

Stephen Sorrell

Stephen is a real estate lawyer and the senior partner for real estate in Eversheds LLP, an International Law Firm. As a lawyer, Stephen has over 25 years experience acting for the public sector and investors and developers in establishing and delivering major regeneration and development schemes often in partnership arrangements. He enjoys key relationships with senior corporate influencers and knows many of the professional services partners and directors across the region.

In addition to his role as our Chair, Stephen is a Trustee of the Greater Manchester Arts Centre, the organisation which has merged the Cornerhouse Cinemas and Manchester Library Theatre (MLT) and which is working with Manchester City Council to develop and deliver Home, a new cultural arts building to house both organisations in an emerging cultural quarter of the city. He also chairs the GMAC Development Trust which raises funds for Home.

Stephen provides fundraising support personally and secured funding from the corporate and professional services sectors in the North West Region.  As a consequence he has had a substantial reputation in the region’s cultural and professional scene for more than 20 years.  He was a Trustee of Manchester Art Gallery Development Trust from 2000 until 2010 and contributed to the redevelopment and re-opening of the new Manchester Art Gallery and Sir Michael Hopkins designed wing and assisted in raising £1m towards the new development.  The Gallery has won local and national awards as a venue and museum and maintained a very high profile in the region and nationally in terms of its organisation, profile and the nature and content of its exhibitions.

He is also a member of the national leadership team of Arts & Business – an organisation dedicated to providing business skills and experience to arts and cultural institutions across England and Wales. He supports and funds many public and cultural organisations and is involved in numerous other fundraising and charitable events. He was a Commissioning Circle member for the Manchester International Festival this year and is also involved in the sponsorship and promotion of the University of Arts London scholars and their work.

Stephen is particularly passionate about theatre, film and contemporary art.  He is an executive producer of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” a British made and funded psychological thriller staring Dougray Scott, Jodie Whittaker, David Warner and Emilia Fox.  He has other features in development through this boutique film investment company, 4D Pictures Limited and “Dirty Weekend”, a black comedy, is now completed and ready for release, with others on the cards.  His aim is to provide development seed money for new and innovative British film makers, particularly scriptwriters and directors.

Stephen is married to Jane who teaches special needs pupils and raises funds and sponsorship for her school in Highgate. They have two daughters, Imogen and Ruth.  Stephen and Jane live in Manchester and London

Annual Account & Report

The Development Trust recently produced its first externally examined annual accounts and report which detail its activities and future plans.