|Board||Henry CF Bowring|
|Michael Clarke CBE|
|Charles WN Crewdson OBE|
Worked in the City for 10 years, latterly with Nomura. In 1995, together with other family members, he established Bispham Green Brewery Co. He now runs a select group of individual hotels, pubs and restaurants in the North West of England. Other business interests include a 1600 acre mixed farming enterprise, and a self-catering holiday cottage business in Cumbria.
As well as Chairman of the Trustees of Lakeland Arts, he was Vice Chairman of Governors at Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire, a trustee of the John Moores Painting Prize and a member of the council of Grizedale Arts.
Henry Bowring was born and bred in Westmorland. After doing Classics at Oxford, he worked for Christie’s, where he set up their offices in the North West and then in East Anglia. Following that, Henry set up a fine art consultancy business, advising people on valuation, buying and selling of collections, first in London and then back at home in Cumbria. In 1997, he was asked to be a non-executive director of Sotheby’s and Consultant to the Chairman’s Office there. His particular interest is in English furniture and works of art and he was also for many years the Regional Chairman of the Historic Houses Association. He is a member of The Art Fund and was for some time on its regional committee and was a magistrate on the South Lakeland bench for almost twenty five years until Kendal Court was closed recently. Henry was High Sheriff of Cumbria in 1996/7 and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the county. He is also President of the Westmorland branch of the NSPCC and a Director of Grasmere Sports.
Former Director of the National Gallery of Scotland, Michael Clarke oversaw the Playfair Project (1999-2004) which created a new complex in the centre of Edinburgh, comprising the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Weston Link, which currently attracts around 900,000 visitors annually. An expert on French painting, he has published widely, including books on English watercolours and the landscape painter Camille Corot. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Michael Clarke is a Trustee of Thirlestane Castle Trust, and a member of the Government’s Works of Art In Lieu of Tax Advisory Panel.
Tony Collinson qualified as a Solicitor in 1972 and acted for private clients as a Director of Whiteside & Knowles Limited, Morecambe which firm merged and became JWK Solicitors Ltd. He is no longer a director and due to retire as a practising solicitor at the end of September 2018.
During his career Tony has dealt with Crime, Magistrates’ courts work, Matrimonial, Chancery, High and County Court litigation, public companies and their leasehold properties. He now undertakes conveyancing including agricultural transactions but the majority of his time is spent on tax planning, Will drafting and the administration of estates and trusts. He is also a trustee of several clients’ trusts with extensive assets.
Tony was Secretary of the local Law Society for over ten years and a former Trustee of St John’s Hospice, Lancaster. He is a Trustee of Westfield War Memorial Village, Lakeland Arts and former Trustee of the Rainbow Centre (formerly Age Concern) and Hulme Educational Charity.
Tony was elected to the Private Client Executive Committee of the Law Society in 2003 and Chairman of the subcommittee which recently published the book “Charities as Beneficiaries”.
His interests are country pursuits, gardens, antiques and art and woodland planting and conservation.
After a varied career in the army Charles returned home to Cumbria. During his 25 years of service he was based in West Berlin, Germany, Italy, Norway and involved in operations in Cyprus, Northern Ireland (Belfast), Bosnia, Middle East, Kosovo, Falkland Islands, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The last 5 years were spent predominantly involved in the Middle East including commanding his regiment in Iraq. Also during his time in the army he organised the Ten Tors on Dartmoor, a youth event for 18,000 school children which fuelled his desire to stay involved with young people.
In 2007 Charles returned to the fold of the family firm, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, to take up the position of Chairman. The Company was founded and has remained in Kendal since 1853 and manufactures pumps and hydro electric equipment which it exports worldwide. Charles is particularly interested in the providing of apprenticeships and graduate placements to make available quality jobs to our extremely talented youth.
He is married to Victoria, with one son, James.
Susan Crewe was borne and raised in Cumbria and now lives half the time in the county. In her twenties she combined raising her children and running her husband’s dairy farm in Cheshire. After moving to London she embarked on a career in magazine journalism and for 21 years she was the editor of House & Garden magazine, retiring from that position in 2014. Retained as the Consultant Editor she now also writes for various publications on travel, design and gardens. In the course of the last two decades, through the magazine, she has spearheaded various fund-raising drives for among other causes, the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew, Water Aid and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. An early supporter of RAPT (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust) she founded 'The Friends' of that charity which now works in 26 prisons in England. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of ASAP (African Solutions to African Problems) which supports vulnerable children orphaned by aids in South Africa.
In September 2013, John was appointed Managing Director – Maritime with responsibility for the Naval Ships, Submarines and Maritime Services businesses within BAE Systems UK operations.
John’s early career was spent as a Naval Architect at the Clelands shipyard on Tyneside. He then joined Lloyds’s Register in London. John joined VSEL in Barrow in Furness in 1989 and was first appointed to the Management Board in 1999 as Design Director. He was appointed the Submarines Managing Director in 2009.
John is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is married with one son and enjoys rock climbing and cycling.
Having worked for many years in the commercial world of the City of London Sara moved back to the family hill farm 14 years ago to live full time. Sara has in the past been involved in the Friends of Abbot Hall and was Chairman of the Support Trust and assisted with the initial fundraising for Blackwell. She was a Trustee on the Board of St, Mary's Hospice in Ulverston for nine years.
Eric Kentley worked at the National Maritime Museum for 16 years in a variety of roles from curator of ship technology to corporate planner. He then spent four years at the Design Museum as Assistant Director, responsible for curatorial and education programmes. In 2001 he left to become a freelance heritage consultant, specialising in interpretation: commissions have included both the Cutty Sark and the Mary Rose. He is a member of National Historic Ships’ Advisory Committee, author of several maritime books and has a DPhil in Social Anthropology.
Bronwen Riley is Head of Content at English Heritage and the series editor of English Heritage Red Guides. Her early career was in book publishing and journalism, working on magazines such as Country Life and Tatler, writing reviews and articles for various publications on art, architecture, saints and travel and contributing obituaries to the Daily Telegraph. A Classicist by education, she also studied Byzantine art and has a long-standing association with Romania, with a particular interest in its cultural history and rural traditions. Bronwen has devised and led cultural tours in Romania and lectured on both Roman and Romanian topics; she is currently undertaking research on the connections between Britain and Dacia in the Roman period. She is a member of the English Heritage Research Committee. Publications include Journey to Britannia (2015); English Heritage Guide to Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars Cloister (2011); Transylvania (2008). A Lancastrian by birth, Bronwen now lives in Cumbria.
Nick Thompson is Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which was founded in 1896 and has been owned and operated by the Thompson family since its inception. In January 2017 Nick was appointed as the new Chairman of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA). His father and grandfather both previously held the role.
Judith Mottram is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Art at Lancaster University. After studying painting at Manchester Polytechnic and Reading University, Professor Mottram completed a PhD at Manchester Polytechnic in 1988. She has been affiliated with the Royal College of Art as Dean, School of Material (2012-2017), Coventry University (2012-14); Nottingham Trent University, (2009-12, Dean of Art and Design; 2004-9 Associate Dean Research, Art, Design & Built Environment); and Loughborough University (2000-3, Director of Research, School of Art and Design). Her research interests include colour, drawing and pattern, and the inter-relationships between subject knowledge, creativity, research and practice. She is a Fellow of the Design Research Society, and a member of the Coventry Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee.
- Martin Ainscough, Chairman of the Trustees of the Lakeland Arts