New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Norma Corkish, Chair
Norma has more than 30 years experience in the voluntary sector, over 15 years as Chief Executive and 5 years as NGO consultant adviser. She also has wide experience of being a trustee and Chair. Her specialist areas include strategic and business planning and organisational development. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator and experience of working at home and abroad.
Rosie Baxter, Honorary Treasurer
Rosie is a chartered certified accountant. She has a keen interest in the Arts having recently graduated with an MA in Textiles from UCA and holds a BA fine art degree specialising in Sculpture from the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University. She previously worked at the Farnham Campus of UCA as Financial Controller & Deputy to the Head of Finance and has 5 years prior experience as a trustee of the Fairfields Art Centre, Basingstoke.
Margaret is a highly experienced arts manager with a career ranging from contemporary craft to national museums and broadcasting. Margaret managed for ten years the innovative craft education charity, The Making, based in Hampshire. She was previously Director of the V&A’s Theatre Museum where she initiated the National Video Archive of Performance, pioneering the regular video recording of major theatrical performances. She has also worked as Deputy Director of the National Media Museum in Bradford and, for ten years, as a BBC Television producer/director in Bristol. Margaret currently works as a freelance arts consultant advising artists and organisations on strategy and development.
Lynne joined the Board in 2013. She is Director of Making Space, which offers affordable studio spaces to makers producing high quality craft and design. It includes fully equipped ceramics and jewellery studios which are utilised by the public and organisations for networking, team building, teaching, community projects and maker development. Lynne has previous experience as the Arts & Heritage Officer for the Bracknett Forest Council, in Cultural Diversity Programming and Education at the Portsmouth Arts Centre and Portsmouth City Arts and as a trustee of Artswork.
Jim worked for 38 years in arts and leisure management in the local authority sector. He acted as an Adviser to the Local Government Association on cultural issues for many years and chaired the Arts, Museums & Libraries Panel of the Institute of Leisure & Amenities Management. He ran major arts and music festivals in Greenwich and Camden and set up a Cultural Service in Barnsley in 1986 and a Directorate of Leisure Services in Guildford in 1996. Since retiring he serves on the Boards of three local arts organisations in a voluntary capacity.
Ann Smith, Company Secretary
Ann has 28 years’ experience in the NHS, most recently at the Royal Marsden as a Consultant Clinical Scientist with responsibility for the operational and strategic management and development of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. She spent 5 years in academia as a Senior Lecturer in Haematology and Immunology. She has developed an extensive research portfolio throughout her working career and has been actively involved in raising £2 million in research funds. Although her background is scientific, Ann is passionate about art and hopes to bring her experience in strategic planning and fund raising to the Gallery.
Beverly is a textile artist and has recently completed her practice-based PhD at UCA Farnham. Her research examines how cloth can be used as a metaphor for loss and how it can connect with the emotions of the viewer. Beverly has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and has work in the Whitworth Art Gallery collection in the UK and in collections in the USA. She is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Beverly has presented her research at international conferences and has had her work published in the UK.
Amanda is Managing Partner of a local law firm Bakerlaw, having been a Partner at a top 30 UK firm before starting her Farnham practise almost 5 years ago. With her desire to support growth in the local business community and beyond, Amanda brings strategic, business planning, organisational and legal skills to the Board and has a passion for the Arts in all the various forms.
Susan was Director of the Gallery for a year or two prior to 2006. She was responsible for introducing our support for emerging artists and was highly regarded, in particular for her PR and marketing skills. Since leaving the Gallery she has worked for large commercial organisations on the PR and marketing side and at the moment works for Hammerson.
With over 15 years of experience in providing marketing support, brand & creative direction and events management, Melanie understands how important it is for a business to communicate both distinctively and effectively. She has worked with independent makers through to multi national organisations - all who share the same desire to reach their clients and customers in the very best light. Melanie is passionate about working with people and businesses who, like her, are passionate about making a difference in their industry.
Paget has a long relationship with the Gallery and served in the Board as a trustee in 2011-7. She has a legal background, having worked as a Solicitor in a City practice for many years, and has particular expertise in litigation and dispute resolution.