Steering the arts in Bishop's Stortford
Published 30th October 2018
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Three knowledgeable and dedicated independent residents of Bishop's Stortford have joined the steering group which is leading the development of a new arts and entertainment centre for the town.

­­­­­­­The three volunteers and six existing members make up the steering group set up by East Herts Council, Bishop's Stortford Town Council and Rhodes Birthplace Trust.

Angela Dias has worked in the arts for nearly 20 years, starting her career at the Tate Gallery for the opening of Tate Modern. Currently based at the Barbican Centre - Europe's largest multi-venue arts centre - she manages communications and media relations, promoting around 40 dance and theatre productions annually.

She's also served as board member of a children's theatre company, giving her an insight into how a small-scale international touring company operates.


Peter Brown,a recently retired secondary head, ran a large school with more than 130 employees and 1,100 students. He's experienced in managing budgets, HR and high-level organisational management, leading tendering procedures, managing contracts, project management and writing successful bids for grants.

As head of creative arts before moving into senior leadership, his work focused on engaging young people in the arts, developing festivals, artists' residencies and community projects.


Sally Gorham had a successful 30-year career in the NHS, mostly at chief executive or Board level. She left to pursue her interest in art and last year graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

She's worked extensively with public and private partners to deliver multi- million pound facilities, including the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop's Stortford.

The steering group has also recruited Paul Bennett,a chartered surveyor with 39 years of post-qualification experience, who'll be called on in relation to property questions. He's held senior positions in large national retail multi-site businesses and has wide experience of property asset management and project management. 

The six existing members are:

·         East Herts Council - councillor Eric Buckmaster  - chair

·         East Herts Council - councillor Linda Haysey

·         Bishop's Stortford Town Council - councillor George Cutting

·         Bishop's Stortford Town Council - councillor Keith Warnell

·         Rhodes Birthplace Trust chair Deirdre Glasgow

·         Rhodes  Birthplace Trust trustee John Wyllie.

Steering group chair Eric Buckmaster said: "We're committed to providing the best facilities for Bishop's Stortford's growing population and the surrounding area.

"Our four independent volunteers bring a wealth of experience to the steering group. As well as top level professional experience, they share a love of Bishop's Stortford and the arts. We're delighted that they've agreed to join the group as we progress with our exciting plans which will enhance the life of everyone who lives in the town."


October 30 2018