The Digswell Arts Trust is a registered Charity (No. 1150915) and is a company limited by guarantee (No. 8282859). The Trust is governed by a board of Trustees with a range of relevant skills, and many of the Trustees have given long service to the Trust. In addition to serving on the board, Trustees play a role in the selection of prospective fellows and liaise with specific studios.
Chairman, Judy Glasman MSc MBA PGCE ILTM
Judy Glasman is Head of School of Creative Arts at University of Hertfordshire and is an art and design historian working within an arts practice environment. She has worked extensively on the professional context for arts practice within the creative and cultural industries, including joint projects on developing artists business and communications skills in partnership with Digswell. Qualifications include MSc in Architectural History, Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Education and MBA, as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Executive Committee member of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design which represents University art, design and media education nationally. Judy has been a Trustee for 7 years.
Treasurer – Steve Rogers, BA (Hons) ACMA
Steve Rogers has a background in financial management with a large multinational, ending his career as Chief Financial Officer of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He also obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire, and was a Digswell Fellow from 2005 to 2010. Steve is a passionate believer in the importance of the Trust’s activities in supporting emerging artists and of art in the community
Howard Cropp, Trustee
Has been involved with the Trust for over 40 years, initially as examiner and adviser, then as Treasurer from 1992 to 2010, and continues as a trustee. He is a Chartered Accountant, who retired after 30 years in public practice, latterly as a partner in the London office of Ernst & Young.
Mike Shaw MA
Mike Shaw is a solicitor and partner with international law firm Squire Sanders. He obtained an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and has twenty years’ experience in real estate law. He is a founder member of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association and serves on its committee. Mike became a Trustee in 2013.
Ruth Harding BSc (Hons)
Ruth Fergyson has worked in the food industry for over 20 years, she has had experience in working on product & packaging innovation within multinational companies such as Cadbury and Nestle, she has a background in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. Ruth comes from a family of artists and gained an appreciation of art though studying the history of art in her spare time.
Julia Skrebels BA (Hons)
Julia graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2007. She was offered a Fellowship at the Digswell Arts Trust in 2008. She joined the Board of Trustees after her 5-year Fellowship and has taken responsibility for the health and safety aspects of running the studios, having recently become qualified as a freelance health and safety consultant.
Julia exhibits her work widely and has been teaching both groups and individuals on a part-time basis for several years.
Amanda Bloom, Trustee
Amanda Bloom has an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and a BA (Hons) in 3D design from Middlesex University. She was one of the initial Fellows who helped set up the Fenners Building in Letchworth in 2012 and had a studio there until 2017. She then became a Trustee with responsibility for new applications and Fellows welfare. She is also a textile artist who shows regularly with the International Textile Group ‘Prism Textiles’ and a phone line counsellor for Family Lives National Helpline.
Sue Lines, Trustee
Sue Lines, resident of Letchworth since 1990. Was trustee of the then Letchworth Arts Centre (now the Broadway Gallery) with long-term interest in local issues. Retired early from teaching in 1996. Was a fellow at the Farmhouse but due to a change in personal circumstances did not complete the five-year term but left with abiding respect for the Digswell Arts Trust and accepted invitation to become a Trustee in 2017 with role to build Fenners’ relationship with Letchworth and responsibility for ceramics and our developing education programme.
Lawrence Born, Trustee
Lawrence Born is a Mechanical Engineer and Technology Developer, working for a consultancy in Cambridge. He has a degree in Industrial Design Engineering and has spent most of his working life in design and product development.
He was one of the original Fenners Building fellows involved with converting the industrial building into studios, staying for 2.5 years. Having enjoyed the conversion and continual improvement of the Fenners building site he became a Trustee in 2017 covering building and maintenance.
Anton Psak MA, Trustee
Anton has an MA in Fine Arts from The Unversity of Hertfordshire. He has been building his reputation as an artist in the UK and Europe over the last two decades and has a strong track record in digital marketing, servicing clients in both the private and public sectors. He was offered Fellowship at Digswell Arts in 2013, becoming a fellow of the Farmhouse. He was made a Trustee in 2018 and was given the responsibility of managing Digswell Arts’ online presence.
Anton carries on with his studio practice in Parndon Mill and still exhibits his work extensively.
Caryl Beach MA, Trustee
Caryl has worked for many years as Company Secretary for a Property Investment Business based in Hertford.
In recent years she has attained a BA Hons and MA in Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire. She was then fortunate to be offered a five-year fellowship at Digswell Arts.
In October 2018, at the end of her five years at The Forge, she was invited to become a trustee of Digswell Arts.
Caryl has now moved to a studio in Hertford as well as becoming a member of The Wynd Gallery Artists based in Letchworth. She has close ties with the Arts Community in Hertford and volunteers at Courtyard Arts.