04:44AM, Wednesday 26 September 2012
The new chairman of trustees at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts says he is 'honoured and excited' to have taken up the role.
Paul Rutherford was appointed to lead the board of directors of the centre in Altwood Road, Maidenhead, following their election at its annual general meeting earlier this month.
The father-of-three is a regular visitor there and described it as a 'wonderful place' for the whole community.
"Being a trustee brings with it a responsibility to ensure that continues," he said.
"I think everybody coming into a role like this is going to experience some form of stage fright. But when I look around the table at the rest of the trustees there are some fantastic people there with terrific experience in business, the arts and the local community and fundraising.
"Having that scope of expertise makes it less daunting."
A former member of Maidenhead Round Table, company director Paul has almost 30 years of business experience behind him and works as an executive coach and consultant.
He decided to increase his involvement with the arts centre when its £143,000 Arts Council England funding stopped earlier this year.
This coincided with the previous board advertising for new trustees.
"You're faced with a choice. Do you sit back, wring your hands and think 'that's a problem for Norden Farm' or do you get involved?" Paul said.
His vision for the centre so far includes maintaining the diversity of its programme.
"Getting that balance right between professional and community projects is very important," he said.
Connecting more with the community is another priority; to make the most of Norden Farm's relationships with its members and volunteers as well as groups and organisations.
"That's an incredibly important resource we need to maintain," he said.
Paul encouraged people to bear with the board as they set about helping the centre to thrive.
"We've got really good intentions but it's going to take a bit of time," he said.
"I just ask people for their patience as well as their support as we find a way of tapping into the passion that Norden Farm generates."
Read more about the rest of the new trustees below.
Thames Valley Adventure Playground volunteer Susan Flinders is also chairman of Maidenhead Astronomical Society.
She has worked across a number of industries including marketing, retail and hospitality.
Susan has been appointed vice chairman of the board.
Qualified chartered accountant Bob Miles is the finance director for Cancer Research UK.
His business career began with Ernst and Young, and has included work internationally.
Bob has been appointed honorary treasurer of the board.
Former tax inspector John Seymour's voluntary roles since retirement have included being a school governor and a member of the Bray Society.
He has also worked in IT and international marketing and business development.
John has been appointed chairman of the finance committee.
Theatre, music and watercolour painting are among the interests of retired chartered engineer Tony Stock.
His voluntary and community activities have included roles as chairman of Windsor and Maidenhead Voluntary Action, an NHS non-executive director and a school governor.
Tony will form part of the catering committee.
As director of sales for a group of conference centres in London, Margaretha Welsford has doubled revenue in the last five years and opened six new venues.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Margaretha will form part of the catering committee.
Chairman of Maidenhead and District Arts Council Norma Herdson is a former Royal Borough councillor.
She previously worked in education for 20 years and was a deputy headteacher.
Norma will form part of the catering committee.
Major fundraising campaigns are the speciality of Ruth Beckinsale, who has 16 years' experience of raising cash in the arts and cultural sector in the UK and Ireland.
She works as associate director of campaigns and stewardship at London Business School.
A keen painter, Asmat Nisa brings a range of useful skills to the board.
She works as assistant director of public health for Berkshire NHS.
They join existing directors/trustees Iain Donaldson and Cath Hockley on the board.
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