Members of the Board of Wren Music are volunteers who serve as both Directors of the limited company and Trustees of the Charity.
The Board has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up. The Board has ultimate responsibility and accountability for the management and operation of the company, whilst the day to day running is delegated to a professional staff team.
Here is a summary of each of our Board members, in their own words ....
Board members can serve a maximum of two three year terms, so this means we are always looking to add new and changing skills to the team.
If you feel you have something to offer as a Wren Music Director/Trustee, please contact the Chairman Jon Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org
My professional career was in education, first as a secondary school teacher, later in the administration of adult education and the youth service and finally running my own consultancy. I came to Devon in 1984 as Deputy Principal of Ilfracombe College and it was in this role that I first started working with Wren Music.
I also have a background in community arts development, so a continuing involvement in Wren's programme of activities has been a natural extension of this interest.
My theatre career started while still at school and, without ever really having planned it, my hobby became my profession. Initially a technician, lighting designer and stage manager, I have toured on every scale with both opera and physical theatre companies before settling behind a desk with a stint as poacher turned gamekeeper at Arts Council England where I was Music Officer in the eastern region. During this time I worked with Sound Sense to establish the first regional community music network and also began a 10 year stint as stage manager on the main stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2002 I moved into venue management, initially at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds where I played a key role in the delivery of a major capital project to restore the Regency masterpiece to its former glory and then at the Exeter Northcott Theatre where I led the organisation through a challenging period of change. I now work as a freelance producer and have just returned from a tour of Ireland with Footsbarn Travelling Theatre.
In my work life, I am a clinical pharmacist and manager at Torbay Hospital and am proud to have worked in the NHS since moving to Devon in 1988. I have particular interests in quality improvement, patient safety and healthcare education and have had the privilege to part of a partnership project between Torbay and Laikipia County in Kenya.
My roles as trustee and founder member of Ale and Cake have provided the opportunity for me to give something back to Wren after all that it has given me. Singing, baking, good company and seeing people learn and grow together are some of my favourite things and Wren offers the chance to combine them all at once, what could be better!
My interest in folk music is longstanding. From the age of ten I learnt songs and dances from involvement with Forest School Camps where I led ‘glee’ (evening singing round a fire and dancing) from my early teens at camps of up to 150 people. I contributed to compiling the FSC song book during this period. I sung at folk clubs in south London and Dublin. In Devon I attended the first Dartmoor Folk Festivals and many folk music events in the 70s and 80s.
I’m not involved practically in folk music in my life now but I value how it enriches people’s lives. I love Wren’s thorough going approach to both traditional and modern folk music and the joy they bring to people’s lives so I’m delighted to contribute by being a trustee.