New Brewery Arts is supported by our Honorary Patron and President, and is guided by our Board of Trustees.




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: 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.


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. 

Jeremy lodwick (vice chair)

Jeremy retired from full time institutional fund management in 2015 but remains a non-executive director of two investment firms. He has lived near Cirencester for over 20 years. He practices stone carving at the studio in New Brewery Arts and is a student of Art History at the V&A Museum in London. He is a trustee of Tetbury Hospital and is chairman of the Tetbury branch of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England).  



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.


A trained architect with an MSC in Sustainable Design, Nicholas Arbuthnott was a partner in ALP Architects. He has been a trustee since July 2014 and remains a keen student of stone carving; you’ll often see him with chisel in hand at New Brewery Arts. Nicholas lives near Cirencester with his wife, textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott.


David Roberts

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.

Charles Woodd

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.



Melody Vaughan works as a creative consultant supporting and promoting the creative practice of contemporary craft makers. She offers support to makers in finding their voice, uncovering and communicating about their practice, and writing effective text for websites, applications and social media. Her approach is a friendly, conversational collaboration underpinned by a passion for communicating about making. Alongside the 1:1 sessions, workshops, talks and resources she offers, she also runs projects for makers and coordinates the Oxford Makers Group.

Melody is a writer and artist, graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2014 with a degree in Decorative Arts. She has a background in Museum Education and Archaeology which fueled her enduring passion for communicating with people about the objects people make.


Victoria Forrest is a graphic designer specialising in print and branding design for the Arts. Since her MA at the Royal College of Art, Victoria has designed for a Ange of clients including renowned British artists, photographers, publishing houses, museums, galleries and corporate clients. Her own publications have been listed in Amazon’s Top 40 Bestsellers and featured by BBC News and been shortlisted for several design awards. Victoria writes for The Bookseller and lives in Bristol with her husband and son. 



Jane is a communications coach and consultant. After working as a researcher at the Policy Studies Institute and LWT, she joined Willis Towers Watson as a communications and change consultant. Following training from Birkbeck, the Coaches Training Institute and Bath Consulting, among others, she set up her own business in 2000, working with clients who include GSK, AstraZeneca, Unilever, Shell, the Red Cross, Save the Children and Coram Beanstalk . She works primarily on mid and late career leadership transitions, with a particular focus on communications. Jane also works extensively with leadership teams, in particular facilitating Boards in way that enables members to have ‘better conversations about things that matter’. She lives in Nailsworth with her husband, Robert, an academic.


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.  


Want to join the team? We have a range of opportunities from voluntary roles, trustees, staff roles to studios.