New Brewery Arts is supported by our Honorary Patron and President, and is guided by our Board of Trustees.
HONORARY PATRON: DAME FIONA REYNOLDS DBE, MA, MPHIL
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge in 2012. She came to the College from the National Trust, of which she was Director-General 2001-12. Before her position with the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office and was previously Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks.
Fiona is a Non-Executive Director of the BBC and Senior Independent Director of the Executive Board. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water.
Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998. She is married with three daughters and the family home is near Cirencester. Fiona was appointed DBE in 2008.
President: Graham Hadley
Graham has a varied career background: in the senior Civil Service, National Power Director, Member of the Competition Commission, economic consultant, and energy advisor to the World Bank and European Investment Bank. Since retirement he has developed an active portfolio of voluntary and paid appointments.
vice president: Penny Smith
Penny qualified and lectured in woven and printed textile design, which led to her work as a maker of contemporary jewellery and clothing accessories in fine leather. She ran her studio for seven years at the then called Cirencester Workshops before joining Arts Council West Midlands as Regional Craft Officer.
Following her role in the West Midlands Penny worked as a freelance consultant on a number of craft related initiatives for local authorities around the country, before taking up marketing and business development post in the commercial media sector.
New Brewery Arts’ Board of Trustees governs all aspects of the organisation.
Shirley has lived in Cirencester for over 30 years. Shirley became Town and District councillor in 1999 and served the town as Mayor in 2001-03 and 2007-09. Shirley is also a trustee of The Bingham Library Trust. Shirley studied Fashion Drawing and Dress Design and has a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts.
Nicholas Arbuthnott (vice chair)
Nicholas is an architect, property developer and development consultant who has lived near Cirencester for over 20 years. He jointly ran an architectural practice in London and Cirencester before retiring in 2008. He continues to be involved with urban planning, property development and the textile industry.
Colin Forbes (CHAIR)
Colin is a publisher and communications consultant who has lived in Cirencester for around 15 years. He has worked for commercial companies, government departments and agencies and third sector organisations. He has been in educational and professional publishing for most of his career, and latterly specialises in providing effective communications and business consultancy for a range of client organisations.
Rosie Parrish (vICE chair)
With a degree in biology and a masters degree in nature conservation, Rosie has worked as a research assistant for the National Trust. She is now a freelance publishing manager, specialising in science education, working for numerous clients including Oxford University Press, Pearson and the International Baccalaureate.
David is a Chartered Accountant living close to Cirencester for the past 40 years. After University and VSO he trained with Price Waterhouse, London, then moved into industry with Shell. His experience as a finance director covers many sectors, including the UK Met Office. Semi-retired, he has several voluntary roles. Past chairman of the Royal Aero Club of the UK he now chairs a pan-European representative organisation in the aviation field and, until recently, was a trustee of another local charity.
Chris has been a picture framer for the last 40 years; he works closely with artists, Museums and Art Galleries across the region. As well as running his business – Creative Picture Framing- in Cirencester, Chris is regularly involved with artists’ projects; he founded Cotswold Open Studios, and supports Museum in the Park Stroud.
Julian is a retired architect and university lecturer with great interest in the visual arts, both as a viewer and practitioner. After living in Stroud and working in Cirencester for over 30 years Julian is get more directly involved in the arts and crafts life of the area.
Charles has lived in Cirencester for 15 years, working as an actuary and finance manager, most recently for St. James’s Place Wealth Management (also based in Cirencester). During that time he has also been active as a trustee in supporting a number of local charities, and as a Governor at a number of local schools.
New Brewery Arts’ small staff team have a wealth of experience and all share a passion for craft and making. This team is supported by our Trustees, and works together with our on-site makers and tutors.