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 formulated by The Arts Society National Working Group, 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.




• Christina McHugh: Vice Chair

My first interest in the arts was literature and theatre. After retiring from my job as a high school bursar I did an MA in Creative Writing. Growing up in Liverpool my love of art came through many visits to the Walker Art Gallery. A member of my book club introduced me to NADFAS, now The Arts Society, and I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of lectures, study days and visits; furthering my knowledge and pursuits in the arts.



• Hilary Creswell: Minutes Secretary


• 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.




 • 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.



• Lesley Peabody Brewer: Membership Secretary

As some are aware, I along with other have organised various day trips for the Society. Hopefully in the non too distant future there will be more trips to be organised. In the meantime and being aware that organisations such as Fylde Arts cannot run themselves, I thought it was my turn, now I am retired, to step up to the plate by offering my services.



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.