Our team

Board of Trustees/Directors: April 2020


  • Tony Smith - Chair

Tony lives in Saltburn with his wife Lorna and their dog Toby. Tony is retired and keeps himself fit by walking, looking after the local bowling green and being involved with the local ‘53 drama group. Tony has been involved with SC&AA on and off for a lot of years and has been chair for the last few years and has seen it go from strength to strength with the help of a great team.

  • Drisc Wardle – Company Secretary

Drisc is a partner in her own Graphic Design business which relocated to Saltburn 6 years ago. She is a member of the Parish Council and trustee of East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust, a charity which helps young people gain building skills. In addition, she works to support Emmanuel Church and Saltburn Valleys. Any spare time is spent tending her allotment or walking on the moors.

  • 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.

  • 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. 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. Mo is also a keen ukulele player and enjoys playing with various groups. Saltburn Community and Arts Association is Mo’s first trusteeship. 

  • Graham Cottam – Trustee

Graham has had a connection with Saltburn for over 40 years, first coming to work in the Youth Hostel for a couple of summer holiday jobs whilst at university.  Later he was the residential housemaster at Glenhow School until it closed in 1992 and always said he would be back.  After retirement in 2016 it didn't take long for that resolution to be fulfilled!   Graham is Secretary of the local Rotary Club and the Residents’' Association where he lives and is heavily involved in the Methodist Church at both local and Circuit levels.  He has been a Trustee for just under a year.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Hall - Trustee

Kevin has been a Trustee at Saltburn Community and Arts for three years. He is retired and lives in Saltburn. His working life was spent in the construction industry, latterly he was employed as a Health and Safety professional. Since his late teens Kevin has been involved in Folk Music and Dance, both locally and nationally and he is part of a small group who organise and promote Seaside Folk concerts at SC&AA.

  • 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.

  • Alison Smith - Trustee

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!                         

  • Dave Smith - Trustee

Dave worked in children’s services for over thirty-five years, with a particular focus on raising the achievement of vulnerable groups, working as a teacher, educational psychologist and, latterly, as an Assistant Director. He subsequently worked as an Adviser for the Department for Education and as a member of the National Children's Improvement Board. Since retirement Dave has become involved in police ethics and currently chairs both the Cleveland and Durham Police Ethics Committees. He also sits on the Independent Complaints Panels for both Forces. Dave enjoys walking, reading and watching rugby, interspersed with regular visits to France.