Who we are Our team Our team Our team Following our recent AGM we will be updating our trustee list as soon as possible. We pay grateful tribute to Tony Smith, Dave Smith, Drisc Wardle and Kevin Hall who have recently stepped down from their trusteeship. Their generous contribution and unstinting hard work has helped SC&AA to weather the Covid storm, and we know their continued support as members will keep them as part of our family. We also pay tribute to Graham Cottam. Graham recently passed away after a short illness and his presence as acting Chair of SC&AA and as a hugely valued member of the Saltburn community will be very sorely missed. Board of Trustees and officers Paul Chappell - Chairman More information to follow Philip Thomson - Treasurer Philip is a retired Financial Adviser. He is an elected Member for Saltburn, sitting on Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. He served as Chairman of Saltburn Drama Group for 12 Years. And, has also served as Chairman of SC&AA for 12 years. Philip has been Treasurer of SC&AA for the last 7 years. Alison Smith - Company Secretary Alison worked as an Educational Psychologist and teacher. Within the voluntary sector, for many years she was also UNICEF’s Volunteer Development Officer and Educational Representative for the North East of England and since retiring has become a trustee of an organisation working with vulnerable people seeking refuge and asylum. She also sits on two advisory panels for the Royal College of Physicians and on both national and local committees for the Royal Osteoporosis Society. Her interests are within the Arts …… which fortunately are so often to be experienced on our doorstep! Clare Booth - Trustee Clare moved to Saltburn in 1991, and thoroughly enjoys Saltburn and living by the sea. Her professional life has involved being a librarian, a teacher and working for Barnardo's in respite care for children with special needs. She has also worked in an art gallery, which developed into an art gallery and vinyl record shop, with sessions as receptionist for antique toy auctions. Since 2015 Clare has been a contributing writer for the Darlington and Stockton Times and she has been a SC&AA trustee since July 2019. Clare’s interests include reading, writing, cinema, theatre, yoga, music, cooking and socialising. Mo Coade - Trustee Mo is a photographer and retired secondary school teacher, faculty lead and departmental head. She returned to the north 16 years ago, after many years in London teaching and working with trainee teachers and artists in residence. She runs a small photographic business from home and has had her work exhibited locally and at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Mo is also a keen ukulele player and enjoys playing with various groups. Saltburn Community and Arts Association is Mo’s first trusteeship. Wilma Gardiner-Gill – Arts Development Officer Wilma has been the Arts Development Promoter at SC&AA since October 2001. In that time, she has been responsible for creating the programming of events for the Theatre and Hall bringing both high-profile touring theatre companies and big-name comedians and musicians to Saltburn. She has been responsible for initiating and supporting the Saltburn Film Society currently standing at 150 memberships and has curated 10 film festivals at the venue. Over the years she has managed to secure many funding pots with the most recent being the ITV Peoples Millions, the Co-op Community Fund and Film Hub North. Previous to that she was at the BBC in Edinburgh working within the Drama Department before moving on to Jazz Documentaries and finishing up producing the Edinburgh Festival Cabaret shows across all BBC radio stations. She is currently Treasurer of the SCAG (Saltburn Action Chalet Group.) Wilma enjoys reading, watching films, gardening and spending quality time with her three granddaughters. Peter Martin - Trustee Drexal Parker - Trustee Drexal is retired having worked in computers and audio-visual aids.He has been involved with SC&AA for many years both as a trustee and working in the theatre. Outside of SC&AA Drexal is a group coach for the Riding for the Disabled and he also rebuilds motorcycles as a hobby. Sue Pierce - Trustee Sue has lived in Saltburn since 1987 and her principal passions are community drama and music. Recently retired from a career teaching in all phases of education, she is an active member of Saltburn’53 Drama group, acting, directing and writing plays, with a particular focus on youth drama. She also coordinates Saltburn Music Festival- an annual Competition which provides a platform for aspiring young musicians, and for adults with a keen interest in performing classical music. Christine Postlethwaite – Office Manager Christine is the SC&AA's office manager. Living and working in the Saltburn area since the age of seven she has seen the development of the Arts and live events in Saltburn flourish over the years. Whilst working as a primary school teacher, she became involved with SC&AA through the Saltburn '53 Drama group and later as a volunteer at events and finally a Trustee. Ten years ago, she decided on a career change and was lucky enough to find an opportunity to work for SC&AA in an administrative capacity. Christine enjoys the varied work here, particularly helping customers to organise successful events. Kath Sainsbury - Trustee Kath has lived in Saltburn for 13 years and loves its contrasting vibrancy and tranquillity.She has worked within the refugee community for 20 years, having been a teaching assistant before that. When not enjoying walks around the local area, Kath pursues her other interests of watching football and reading. David Jones - Trustee David is a theatre director, photographer and Saltburn resident who has been involved in the arts all his life. He began his career teaching drama locally and was given his first professional directing job by Teesside Youth Theatre. After moving away for work, he spent 20 years as artistic director and programmer of a 200 seat theatre on a university campus whilst teaching performing arts and arts administration. He also ran his own small scale touring company and has been on the Management Board of a number of arts organisations including the Royal & Derngate theatres, Northampton; Eastern Touring Agency and Momentum Arts, Cambridge. In addition, he was chair of the Northampton Festival. Having taken early retirement in 2011 from his final post as Deputy Dean of the School of the Arts at the university of Northampton, where he was responsible for academic quality and international development, he reinvented himself as a portrait, lifestyle and fine art photographer and has had solo exhibitions in the Menier Gallery, Southwark and at ARC in Stockton. Since moving back to the North East he has exhibited regularly and was Lead Volunteer at Palace Arts Gallery in Redcar for five years until it closed in December 2019. He sees the opportunity to work with the other Board Members of Saltburn Arts as coming full circle by helping to support the arts in the community which gave him his start. Kerry Reay - Trustee Kerry moved to Saltburn in 2015 from Stockton on Tees and is very pleased she made that move as she loves living beside the sea. She worked as a General nurse in the NHS for more than 27 years and retired in November 2019, when she joined SC&AA as a volunteer and then more recently as a trustee. Kerry has been attending and supporting live music and performance for over 50 years and is keen to become involved in sharing that enthusiasm and joy, while learning more about what makes the magic happen. She also enjoys looking after her grandchildren, travelling as much as she can and gardening. This is the first time Kerry has been in the role of trustee. Fiona Haley - Trustee Fiona was born in Saltburn, studied at Manchester and recently returned back to the town with her family. Having worked most of her career in Environment Health and Health & Safety for both Redcar and Middlesbrough Councils, she's now retired, enjoying voluntary work supporting SC&AA, Saltburn in Bloom and local animal charities. Fiona is very keen on Saltburn history, heritage and conservation and she also enjoys gardening, embroidery and socialising.