Trustee and Chairman, Martin Ainscough

Trustees

Chair Martin Ainscough
   
Vice Chair Pit Rink
   
Board Henry CF Bowring
  Anthea Case CBE
  Michael Clarke CBE
  Anthony Collinson
  Charles WN Crewdson OBE
  Susan Crewe
  Sarah Dunning OBE
  Charlie Gere
  John Hudson
  Sara Keegan
  Bronwen Riley
  Nicholas Thompson

Martin Ainscough

Worked in the City for 10 years, latterly with Nomura. In 1995, together with other family members, he established Bispham Green Brewery Co. He now runs a select group of individual hotels, pubs and restaurants in the North West of England. Other business interests include a 1600 acre mixed farming enterprise, and a self-catering holiday cottage business in Cumbria.

As well as Chairman of the Trustees of Lakeland Arts, he was Vice Chairman of Governors at Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire, a trustee of the John Moores Painting Prize and a member of the council of Grizedale Arts.

Elizabeth Rink

Elizabeth (Pit) Rink was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at Saint George’s Hospital Medical School University of London. She has contributed to many papers and conferences, and for eight years until 2010 was Chairman of Ataxia UK, a research and support charity for people with a degenerative neurological condition. She is based in London but has a home in the Lake District. Pit Rink is Vice Chairman of the Trustees for Lakeland Arts, and has a keen interest in the Arts & Crafts.

Henry CF Bowring

Henry Bowring runs his own fine art consultancy business and is a consultant to the Chairman's Office at Sotheby's, his particular interest being 17th to 19th Century English furniture and works of art. He is the regional Chairman of the Historic Houses Association for Cumbria and was for some time a member of the Art Fund, is a magistrate on the South Lakeland Bench, a former High Sheriff of Cumbria and a Deputy Lieutenant of the county. He is also President of the Westmorland branch of the NSPCC.

Anthea Case CBE

Director of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the first Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund between 1995 and 2003 and Chair of the Heritage Alliance between 2004 and 2010, Anthea Case has had extensive experience of funding bodies. She previously had a successful career in HM Treasury and has a strong interest in the arts. She directs the Arcadia Fund and is Chair of the East of England National Trust Regional Advisory Board, a Commissioner for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and is a Trustee of a number of Heritage, Museum and Philanthropic charities in England and the US. In 2003 she was awarded a CBE for services to heritage.

Michael Clarke CBE

Director of the National Gallery of Scotland, Michael Clarke oversaw the Playfair Project (1999-2004) which created a new complex in the centre of Edinburgh, comprising the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Weston Link, which currently attracts around 900,000 visitors annually. An expert on French painting, he has published widely, including books on English watercolours and the landscape painter Camille Corot. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Anthony Rickards Collinson

Anthony Collinson qualified as a Solicitor in 1972 and has acted for private clients as a director of Whiteside & Knowles Limited, Morecambe which firm has now merged and become JWK Solicitors Ltd.

During his career Anthony has dealt with Crime, Magistrates’ courts work, Matrimonial, Chancery, High and County Court litigation, public companies and their leasehold properties. He now undertakes conveyancing including agricultural transactions but the majority of his time is spent on tax planning, Will drafting and the administration of estates and trusts. He is also a trustee of several clients’ trusts with extensive assets.

Anthony was Secretary of the local Law Society for over ten years and a former Trustee of St John’s Hospice, Lancaster. He is a Trustee of Westfield War Memorial Village, The Rainbow Centre (formerly Age Concern) and Lakeland Arts, and Hon. Secretary for the Hulme Educational Charity.

He was elected to the Private Client Executive Committee of the Law Society in 2003 and Chairman of the subcommittee which recently published the book “Charities as Beneficiaries”.

His interests are country pursuits, gardens, antiques and art and woodland planting and conservation.

Charles WN Crewdson OBE

After a varied career in the army Charles returned home to Cumbria. During his 25 years of service he was based in West Berlin, Germany, Italy, Norway and involved in operations in Cyprus, Northern Ireland (Belfast), Bosnia, Middle East, Kosovo, Falkland Islands, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The last 5 years were spent predominantly involved in the Middle East including commanding his regiment in Iraq. Also during his time in the army he organised the Ten Tors on Dartmoor, a youth event for 18,000 school children which fuelled his desire to stay involved with young people.
 
In 2007 Charles returned to the fold of the family firm, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, to take up the position of Chairman. The Company was founded and has remained in Kendal since 1853 and manufactures pumps and hydro electric equipment which it exports worldwide. Charles is particularly interested in the providing of apprenticeships and graduate placements to make available quality jobs to our extremely talented youth.
 
He is married to Victoria, with one son, James.

Susan Crewe

Susan Crewe was borne and raised in Cumbria and now lives half the time in the county. In her twenties she combined raising her children and running her husband’s dairy farm in Cheshire.  After moving to London she embarked on a career in magazine journalism and for 21 years she was the editor of House & Garden magazine, retiring from that position in 2014. Retained as the Consultant Editor she now also writes for various publications on travel, design and gardens. In the course of the last two decades, through the magazine, she has spearheaded various fund-raising drives for among other causes, the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew, Water Aid and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. An early supporter of RAPT (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust) she founded 'The Friends' of that charity which now works in 26 prisons in England. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of ASAP (African Solutions to African Problems) which supports vulnerable children orphaned by aids in South Africa.

Sarah Dunning OBE

Sarah Dunning, OBE, runs Westmorland Limited, their second generation family business which includes Tebay Services and the Rheged Centre in Cumbria, Gloucester Services in Gloucestershire and Cairn Lodge in Scotland. They employ 900 people and are known for their commitment to locality and community and for bringing proper food to the motorway network, through their farmshops and homemade food.

Sarah is a Patron of Eden Valley Hospice, a school governor and a past Trustee of Cumbria Community Foundation. Sarah has recently been appointed as a new Members to the Board of VisitEngland. Sarah is married to Joel and has two children.

Charlie Gere

Charlie Gere is Professor of Media Theory and History in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. Until 2005 he was Lecturer in Digital Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Digital Culture (Reaktion Books, 2002), Art, Time and Technology (Berg, 2006), Non-Relational Aesthetics: Transmission, the Rules of Engagement 13 (Artwords, 2008), with Michael Corris, and Community without Community in a Digital Culture (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and co-editor of White Heat Cold Technology (MIT Press, 2009), and, of Art Practice in a Digital Culture (Ashgate, 2010), as well as many papers on questions of technology, media and art. In 2007 he co-curated Feedback, a major exhibition on art responsive to instructions, input, or its environment, in Gijon, Northern Spain. He lives in Lancashire with his family.

John Hudson

In September 2013, John was appointed Managing Director – Maritime with responsibility for the Naval Ships, Submarines and Maritime Services businesses within BAE Systems UK operations.

John’s early career was spent as a Naval Architect at the Clelands shipyard on Tyneside. He then joined Lloyds’s Register and worked on the development of ship design rules before joining the Technical Investigations Department. John joined VSEL as a structural engineering specialist in 1989.  He was first appointed to the GEC Marine Management Board in 1999 as Design Director. He was appointed the Submarines Managing Director in 2009.

John is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is married with one son. When time permits he enjoys rock climbing and cycling.

Sara Keegan

Having worked for many years in the commercial world of the City of London Sara moved back to the family hill farm 14 years ago to live full time. Sara has in the past been involved in the Friends of Abbot Hall and was Chairman of the Support Trust and assisted with the initial fundraising for Blackwell. She is also a Trustee on the Board of St, Mary's Hospice in Ulverston.

Bronwen Riley

Bronwen Riley is Head of Content at English Heritage and the series editor of English Heritage Red Guides. Her early career was in book publishing and journalism, working on magazines such as Country Life and Tatler, writing reviews and articles for various publications on art, architecture, saints and travel and contributing obituaries to the Daily Telegraph. A Classicist by education, she also studied Byzantine art and has a long-standing association with Romania, with a particular interest in its cultural history and rural traditions. Bronwen has devised and led cultural tours in Romania and lectured on both Roman and Romanian topics; she is currently undertaking research on the connections between Britain and Dacia in the Roman period. She is a member of the English Heritage Research Committee. Publications include Journey to Britannia (2015); English Heritage Guide to Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars Cloister (2011); Transylvania (2008). A Lancastrian by birth, Bronwen now lives in Cumbria.

  • Martin Ainscough, Chairman of the Trustees of the Lakeland Arts
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