Chelmsford City Council has announced the appointment of members for the Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust, an organisation that will positively impact the cultural services in the city.
In July 2017 the City Council agreed to support the establishment of the Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust as a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, made possible through partnership funding from Arts Council England.
The Board will meet in shadow form until the Directors’ details are filed at Companies House and this will be followed by registration for charity status, expected in April 2018.
The City Council will work closely with the Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of Chelmsford’s Museums Service and other heritage and cultural venues such as Chelmsford Theatres and Hylands House.
Since becoming a City in 2012 the Council has resolved to develop its cultural services, to add greater value for the public. The Council has continued to set out ambitious plans and invested in its services for the future. This was recently demonstrated and acknowledged in the award to Chelmsford Museum of just under £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a single visitor destination at Oaklands Park. Initially the Trust will help fundraise for this Museums Enhancement programme but it will take on a key role to support and help the city to invest further in its museums, theatres and other cultural and arts assets, to greatly enrich and enliven the public offer.
The Board will play a important role in developing funding strategies, including individual giving and legacies to assist with the future development of Chelmsford’s museums and theatres, helping to attract or creating new exhibitions and events.
All venues and staff will remain the responsibility of the City Council.
Councillor Julia Jeapes, Cabinet Member for Leisure said: "The Development Trust and its members will play a key role in the development of our cultural offering in Chelmsford. We are delighted to have attracted high quality applications and I look forward to working closely with this very high calibre Board."
The appointments are as follows:
Roy Clare CBE (Chairman)
Culture sector professional. Recent roles include Director of Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand; Board Member and Chair of Museums Aotearoa New Zealand; Chief Executive Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, England; and Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Dr Trevor Bolton
Pro Vice Chancellor (Partnerships) at Anglia Ruskin University, an outward facing role both in the UK and overseas working with other universities and commercial partners. Previously Dean of the Business School at ARU. Governor of Havering College and Moulsham High School, soon to become the Bridge Academy Trust.
Extensive experience as an artist, manager and strategic leader within the cultural sector and a good working knowledge of the cultural and political landscape of Essex. Currently Artistic Director and CEO of the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
Cllr Jenny Chandler
Representing the City Council on the Board, Jenny is both a City Councillor for the Great Baddow West ward and Essex County Councillor for the Great Baddow Division.
Positive, energetic and dedicated individual with significant expertise in heritage operations, change management and operational knowledge of historic sites. Currently employed as Chief Executive Officer of Stow Maries Great Aerodrome Trust responsible for £24m restoration project.
Strategic and dynamic creative leader with over 15 years' experience of devising and delivering cultural visions and programmes in the UK for charities and the public sector. Currently employed as Creative Director and Director for Scotland, Help Musicians UK and serving as Chair of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
Stephanie Mitchener (Finance Lead)
Stephanie is an experienced finance professional currently employed as Head of Finance/Senior Finance Business Partner at Essex County Council and has worked in Chelmsford for over 10 years. With previous senior finance experience at two London Boroughs, Stephanie has extensive knowledge and understanding of strategic financial management and financial frameworks. She is also adept at providing financial advice to political and senior management groups.
A senior Human Resources professional Nicki now runs her own company providing HR and management consultancy to support SMEs to achieve their business goals, developing and managing projects to reduce costs and improve profits. Nicki will act as the first point of contact for the Development Trust and coordinate their meetings.
Ben is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Backhouse Solicitors Ltd. based in Chelmsford. He has been involved in running and growing this family run business from day one and joined full-time in 2008 after leaving a Vice-President position with Credit Suisse. Ben is also currently Chairman of the Mid Essex Business Group, a committee of Chelmsford-based business owners and managers.