The Executive Committee & Team Leaders

As part of a modernisation process The Arts Society (previously NADFAS) worked on a restructuring process for societies. National Trustee Hilary Alcock, who was also our first Chairman, suggested that The Arts Society Fylde should be a pilot, keeping a diary and reporting on our progress and problems as we go along. A document explaining the pilot is available here.

The Committee agreed to participate in this pilot study and restructure itself using a model currently being formulated and under discussion amongst The Arts Society National Working Group but which is customised to The Arts Society Fylde.

The structure of The Arts Society Fylde comprises an Executive Committee and a number of Teams. The Executive is responsible for governance and strategic planning.

The Executives are Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Programme Secretary and Communications Officer:

 

• Nigel Bramley-Haworth: Chair

I am a retired dentist and live near Blackburn. My hobbies include reading, going to the theatre and attending music concerts, especially opera. I am currently learming to play the bassoon. Since retiring I have travelled extensively.

 

 

 

• Jean Holland: Vice Chair

I have always been fascinated by all forms of art & design but trained after school as a Tax Officer and worked in Manchester. My formal Art education came much later when I took my degree in Fine Art and spent a brief spell teaching art. I was a member of Samlesbury DFAS and joined the Fylde Society at its inception. My other interests are painting for pleasure, golf, bridge and visiting art galleries at home and abroad.

 

 

• Hon. Secretary

(Position currently vacant)

 

• Rowland Darbyshire: Hon. Treasurer

I am an, almost retired, solicitor. Age and decay now restrict my enthusiasm for sailing and skiing but, having  been introduced by my wife Jo  to The Arts Society Fylde, I have found a warm welcome. The lectures have opened a new world to me and the trips organised by the society are a wonderful way to enjoy a holiday with friends.

 

 

 

 • John Driffill: Membership Secretary

I am retired Civil Servant spending most of my career in HM Customs & Excise and latterly, and briefly, with HMRC after the merging of Customs with Inland Revenue. I moved to the Fylde coast in 2010 and my hobbies are musical theatre, opera and ballet. I have an eclectic taste in music ranging from Wagner to Dylan to 70s progressive rock. I work as a volunteer at the local community theatre. I joined the Arts Society to broaden my understanding and appreciation of the Arts.

 

 

 

• Pam Foster: Communications

I worked in the business information sector as an editor/consultant/researcher for most of my working life. I have a general interest in the arts, especially modern art, and am particularly interested in design.  I joined The Arts Society Fylde to improve my knowledge of art and to meet like-minded people. I am also a founder member of the Friends of St. Annes Library, and am a volunteer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on behalf of the Epilepsy Society.

 

 

• Jean Holland: Events Co-ordinator

I have always been fascinated by all forms of art & design but trained after school as a Tax Officer and worked in Manchester. My formal Art education came much later when I took my degree in Fine Art and spent a brief spell teaching art. I was a member of Samlesbury DFAS and joined the Fylde Society at its inception. My other interests are painting for pleasure, golf, bridge and visiting art galleries at home and abroad.

 

 

• Denise Malpas: Programme Secretary

I grew up on the Fylde Coast and have recently resettled here after a career in Higher Education and Social Research. My early interest in dance and theatre was fostered locally and led to a course of undergraduate study in Drama and Education. I joined DFAS – now The Arts Society – a number of years ago in order to support and further develop my cultural interests. I have taken an active part in the activities of the Society, and my particular interests include embroidery, textiles, art history and regular visits to art exhibitions.

 

 

Team Leaders

• Rita Calvert: Volunteers Co-ordinator

I was born in Northern Ireland and moved to the Fylde in 1977. I taught Science in a primary school until 2004.  My hobbies are reading, badminton and gardening. I have always been interested in the Arts and I joined The Arts Society Fylde in 2011. I enjoy the lectures and find the topics very interesting. I also enjoyed being involved with The Tagging the Treasures project.

 

 

• Tony Tackett: Arts Volunteering

 

 

 

 

• Pam Foster: Communications (details as above)

• Jean Holland: Events Co-ordinator (details as above)

• Denise Malpas: Programme Co-ordinator (details as above)

 

 

Our President

Hugh Ellwood: President

Hugh was appointed President in February 2015. HE studied philosophy in Rome, followed by a degree in architecture at the University of Manchester. Previously an architect partner with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK, he was for some years an external examiner in architecture at the University of Manchester. For several years Hugh was a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. Hugh is a watercolourist who has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations, including cruises, on art and architecture.  Some of his artwork can be viewed in our Members’ Gallery.