The Board of Trustees

Gwyn Williams

Gwyn has been an Interior Designer for twenty five years, working on restaurants, retail interiors and leisure venues. He has designed and managed projects at Historic Royal Houses, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, BMW, Center Parcs and numerous visitor centres across the country. Gwyn is passionate about painting and photography and has recently had photographs published in retail interiors magazines.

John Brightmore

John Brightmore is a very successful nationally recognised photographer working with a client list from furniture to fashion, flowers to food. With his entrepreneurial skills he has developed the very successful small unit business centre The Lawns Business Centre in Hinckley He runs his photography business from one of the units as well as developing and managing the centre bringing a very unique and relevant business experience and appreciation of the arts to the team.

Bev Chandler

Bev Chandler is a practicing artist. Her abstract paintings can be seen in venues across the region and her works have been represented in The Atkinson Gallery, Somerset amongst others. Bev is an Artist in Residence at John Cleveland College integrating this post with Art/Textile Technician. She has led community art workshops, and is Chair of the Hinckley and Bosworth Arts Network. Bev is a successful artist with specialist knowledge of local arts groups bringing an understanding of artist’s requirements and perspectives.

Graeme Hawes

Graeme became captivated by the hostile environment of a glassblowing workshop from his first day at Sunderland University. There is heat oozing from every aperture. There is a deafening noise from the compressors and burners. There is broken glass strewn across the concrete floor and yet there is the facility to create something quite beautiful and delicate. Since completing his masters at the Royal College of Art, he has spent his professional life combining freelance glass making and University lecturing with his own glass making practice.

Winsome Ruddock

Winsome is a community artist and has exhibited in The Corner House, Manchester, the Leicester City Gallery, Seven Sisters Road Gallery London, also in Dresden Germany. As a community artist she believes the individual can empower themselves through the use of the arts. Winsome has delivered workshops for local festivals, and with the Primary Care Trust, Youth Groups, Art Groups, Art Galleries, Schools, Community Groups, libraries and museums. Winsome brings to the team a knowledge base of local groups that would both utilize the centre as a resource and as a base to develop links into the community.

Pete Underhill

Pete spent 23 years as a graphic designer with a bias toward illustration, working in agencies and as an in-house designer for a diverse client range using both digital and traditional media. His creation of the successful Bad Taste Bears brand required him to leave work to concentrate on the growth of the range; now a multi-million pound brand with presence in many countries. In recent years, Pete has dedicated more time to writing and illustrating children’s books.

Nicola Wynne

Nicola graduated from U.M.I.S.T. with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Textile Design with Design Management and has since worked in the textile industry for the last 14 years. She has worked as a Design Manager for Courtaulds Textiles, as a Buyer at Next, and most recently as a Design Manager for a private design house, that specialises in designing nursery and children’s bedding. In 2007 she set up her own Textile Design Consultancy specialising in surface pattern design for children’s products.