The Directors

Cranleigh Arts Centre is both a charity and a Limited by Guarantee company. The Non Executive Directors or Trustees are effectively the governing body meeting the legal requirements enshrined both in the Charities Act and in the Companies Act. They are people entrusted to look after the money received by Cranleigh Arts Centre ensuring that it is used effectively to achieve the particular purpose for which it was given. Such money could be ticket income from performances or room hire fee income or donations or grants. The Board of Directors have a formal structure and meet every two months delegating the day to day running of the Centre to staff and volunteers. The Non Executive Directors behave as instructed in the Articles of Association. The post of Art Centre director is voluntary and receives no remuneration.

 

Chairman

Bob Wild

Appointed 2015 - Chair from Nov 2016


Chairman

Bob has spent over 40 years in banking. He has held Chief Executive and Director positions internationally and in the City of London. He is presently a Non Executive Director on the boards of two UK banks.

While living overseas for many years including in India, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Greece, he and his wife Lynne have had a home in Cranleigh for over 25 years.

His interests include history and the arts, golf, flyfishing, the progress or otherwise of the England rugby team and both he and Lynne are keen gardeners. In Athens he was a member of the board of governors of St Catherine’s British Embassy School.

 

Director

Peter R Adams

Appointed January 2015


Director


Peter lives in Mid Holmwood and is semi-retired after working for many years in the construction and mining industries, latterly as Chairman of a global mining services business.

Currently operating as Chairman of two businesses in Cairo, Egypt for a local construction company and also serving on their investment board.

Peter's current interest include golf, the theatre, walking, reading, rugby and general family activities.

 

Treasurer

Robert Watkins

Appointed 24 November 2016


 

Director

Gaynor Wilson

Appointed 2013

I have lived in Cranleigh for 18 years. I have always worked with my hands both as a Physiotherapist and a ceramicist.

My love of clay started in adult education and has progressed from working as a technician in a pottery to completing a BA in Ceramics from Glasgow School of Art in 2012.

I feel that hands on skills are essential in this progressively electronic age. I hope that I can contribute to the development of an in house `3D` artist programme, for Cranleigh Arts Centre.

 

Director

Antonia Wilson

Appointed 17 Nov 2010


Director

Lives in Esher, formerly a buyer and administrator with Ogilvy and Mather London. Was front of house manager at Vera Fletcher Hall Thames Ditton and member of management committee; recently publicity coordinator for Leatherhead Theatre; associate producer for Annual Night of 1000 voices at Albert Hall working on PR, advertising and production; administrator and tour booker for the Image Musical Theatre company, a childrens touring theatrecompany. Considerable independent and charitable productions including – first production at the Rose Theatre with the Shakespeare Review company.

Hobby - A singer with ‘Sing Live UK’ nationally and internationally.

 

 Director

Clive Wouters

Appointed 17 Nov 2010


 Director

More than 15 years in Cranleigh, a former professional actor with National Theatre and the Redgrave Theatre experience, who was President of the Cambridge University Marlowe Society; Was Head of Drama and Acting Vice-Principal at Farnham Sixth Form College, Director of Drama at Eastbourne College and currently Head of Performing Arts at Hurtwood House School in Ewhurst.

 

Director

Chris Wilson

August 2012


Director

Chris is a relative new comer to the Cranleigh area having moved to Ewhurst Green a few years ago. Encouraged by the strong sense of community in the area, Chris joined the Board of Cranleigh Art Centre to assist in developing a sustainable future for this unique arts venue.

Chris continues to pursue a full time career as an Air Traffic Controller. Having completed 20 years at Heathrow airport, his current tasks are primarily focussed on the future strategy of air traffic management.

Chris has a wide range of interests from motorsport to cooking; and from photography though fashion to interior design. A lover of live performance, particularly music and comedy, Chris has been a regular visitor to Cranleigh Art Centre over a number of years to hear some of the great blues musicians which underpin the live music programme.

As a volunteer on the Board Chris hopes to assist with the strategic direction of the arts in Cranleigh and to contribute positively to building a facility which can be enjoyed by all age groups into the future.

 

Centre Manager

Kary Backhouse

August 2012


Centre Manager

For five years Kary has run her own company providing marketing and management support to businesses, charities and social enterprises. Kary brings both strategic knowledge as an experienced economic development professional, together with extensive project management expertise towards developing her clients businesses.

Kary has a background in Arts Marketing having worked with an arts organisation in the North West for nearly ten years promoting a diverse programme of visual arts, performance and extensive arts education. In recent years she has worked with several arts organisations and maintain a passion for the arts, particularly for the transformative power of engagement with the arts.

As a local resident of Cranleigh, Kary enjoys exploring this beautiful county; in particular the Surrey Hills, and discovering new and interesting places. Kary is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce.