The Digswell Arts Trust is a registered Charity (No. 305993) and is in the process of becoming a company limited by guarantee. The Trust is governed by a board of Trustees with a range of relevant skills, and many of the Trustees have given long service to the Trust. In addition to serving on the board, Trustees play a role in the selection of prospective fellows and liaise with specific studios. The Trustees are assisted by a volunteer team led by a Chief Administrator.
Chairman – Anthony Gaughan MBA Dip BA MCSI JP
Anthony is a Partner with RG Investment Capital and has twenty years’ experience in the investment and aviation industries. He holds both Post-Graduate Diploma and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Lancaster University, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment. Anthony is also a Non-Executive Director & Trustee of Hertsmere Leisure Limited, a social enterprise company, and also serves as a Magistrate in an inner London court. Anthony has been a Trustee since 2010 and became Chairman in 2012.
Treasurer – Steve Rogers, BA (Hons) ACMA
Steve Rogers has a background in financial management with a large multinational, ending his career as Chief Financial Officer of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He also obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire, and was a Digswell Fellow from 2005 to 2010. Steve is a passionate believer in the importance of the Trust’s activities in supporting emerging artists and of art in the community.
Howard Cropp, FCA
Howard has been a Trustee for over twenty years, as auditor, and financial adviser and Treasurer. He is a chartered accountant, and ran his own successful practice, which was acquired by Ernst and Young where he became a partner.
Robert Frost MA
Rob completed an engineering apprenticeship, which was followed by two years National Service in the Royal Army Ordinance Corps. After training to become a teacher, he taught in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and in the Fiji Islands as a Deputy Head. Returning to the UK, he moved to Hertfordshire teaching Design and Technology. During this time, he gained an MA in Art and Design in Education from London University. Rob has also been an examiner in Design and Technology for various examining boards from CSE to “A” level standard. Rob has been a Trustee for 19 years.
Judy Glasman MSc MBA PGCE ILTM
Judy Glasman is Head of School of Creative Arts at University of Hertfordshire and is an art and design historian working within an arts practice environment. She has worked extensively on the professional context for arts practice within the creative and cultural industries, including joint projects on developing artists business and communications skills in partnership with Digswell. Qualifications include MSc in Architectural History, Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Education and MBA, as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Executive Committee member of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design which represents University art, design and media education nationally. Judy has been a Trustee for 7 years.
Mike trained as a painter and print-maker at Goldsmiths College, the University of London. He ended his career as Head of Art at Oaklands College in Hertfordshire. He is a visiting examiner for ‘A’ level Art and Design and now lectures part-time in painting and the History of Art. He has been a Trustee for 16 years.
Philip Hodgkinson RIBA
Philip trained at Birmingham School of Architecture and registered as an architect in 1956. He worked for RMJM (London) Ltd, a large multi-disciplinary building design practice and directed design of projects at both in the UK and internationally for 19 years prior to before forming a partnership based in St Albans in 1985. Phil served on the RIBA Council for 4 years, is a past Chairman of Hertfordshire Association of Architects, and is a Trustee of Cockaigne Housing Group Limited. Phil has been a Trustee since 1981.
Simeon Nelson FRSA
Simeon Nelson is Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hertfordshire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an award winning international sculptor and installation artist. After establishing himself as artist in Australia and Asia, Simeon moved to London in 2001. His work is held in public and private museums including the Art/Omi Foundation in New York, the Jerwood foundation, London , the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia and the Cass Sculpture Foundation. He has had artist residency and solo exhibition at the Royal geographical Society in London, and was a finalist in the National Gallery of Australia’s National Sculpture prize in 2005 and a finalist in the 2003 Jerwood Sculpture Prize.
Kimberley Bevan BA (Hons)
Kim graduated in 2004 with a BA(Hons) in Applied Media Arts from The University of Hertfordshire. After graduation she was awarded a Digswell Arts Trust Fellowship, and has both exhibited and tutored in Hertfordshire, London and Holland. In 2010, she moved into the private art studios at Molewood Arts based in Hertford, where she continues to explore complex themes of philosophy and quantum physics within oil on canvas paintings.
Ronald Maddox PRI Hon.RWS,FCSD
Honorary Life President
Andrew is a former Chairman, having been associated with the Trust since it’s earliest days and a Trustee since 1969. He spent his business career in marketing and was a Director of British Airways Air Miles business, and a director of several London advertising agencies. He has been Chairman of the Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce, the Welwyn Garden City Society and is a Trustee of the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust and an Adviser to the Prince’s Trust. He now runs a property management and relocation company.
Chief Administrator – George Woodcraft BSC (Eng) ACGI
George has worked as a volunteer with the Trust for the last fifteen years. Professionally, he worked for Hertfordshire County Council, starting as a Town Planner, moving into Finance as a senior manager and then the Chief Executive’s office responsible for performance review and policy analysis. An expert in local government finance, he provided central management support for the County Council’s capital programme of about £20 million per year. George is a Trustee of the New Maynard Gallery, and has facilitated the further development of the Trust over the last sixteen years. He is also an enthusiastic baritone singer.
Assistant Administrator – Christine Roach
Chris has worked in local government for the last 15 years. Having initially worked for Hertfordshire County Council, in 2002 she was asked to lead a national project for the Home Office. In 2003 she joined St Albans City & District Council as a Community Safety Manager and, more recently, held the position of Community Engagement Manager. One of her responsibilities involved working with a wide range of public and private sector partners to bring public buildings back into community use. Chris also managed substantial Council community grants budgets and has been successful in securing grant funding for projects from a range of sources.