Trustees

A team of dedicated trustees are responsible for Courtyard Arts Centre.  The trustees, who are all volunteers, meet on a monthly basis.  If you have a query you wish to submit to the trustees, please email here.  Our AGM is held in autumn each year, with all members welcome to attend.

Our Trustees:
Bryan Andrews
Jane Collier
Tony Freeland
Mike Howarth
Sara Miller
Carolyn Perry
Mike Robinson


Tony Freeland  Chair

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Law; Industrial Relations; HR; Sales Management; 46 years in industry.

What is your role at Courtyard?
Maintenance and Property Management and Development.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
It’s a very friendly place to be; a dynamic atmosphere with great community spirit.


Bryan Andrews  Marketing

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Professional background/experience
Advertising and Marketing.  A member of the Mad Men advertising generation. As a new product development specialist I ran brainstorming and foreign searches for top UK and US companies and have authored a book on Creative Product Development. I trained Managers from top brands in creative marketing skills and taught Marketing at Oaklands College, WGC. I have ‘sold’ many London companies on the benefits of volunteering their skills into the community to help charities. I now lead Creativity Workshops to help people express their creativity and lead a very popular painting holiday in France every year.

What do you do at the Centre/your specific responsibilities?
Leading the Marketing group; contributing to Policy and Development planning.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
I love everything about Courtyard Arts. It is a privilege to be a part of this dynamic place, always improving its offer to art, artists and the local community. I really enjoy the company of the many people attracted to Courtyard Arts: volunteers, artists and fellow trustees. It is simply a great place to be involved with and is, unquestionably, a superb model of a successful, happy art centre, serving professional artists, beginners and the wider Hertford community.


Mike Howarth  IT & Website

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Professional background/experience
BBC Education producer, researcher and developer of teaching resources. Consultant for the staff training department (CALT) at University College, London: planning and filming video to promote the quality of teaching across the university. Tutor for trainee teachers Middlesex University. Various publications and lectures.

What is your role at Courtyard?
Organisational support for the growth of the centre and facilities; making films; website redesign.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
Good company. Knowledgeable professionals. Learning to draw. Personal development: visualisation skills learnt over the last two years have assisted my research in education. Links between Courtyard staff and University College have been forged. Hands-on learning is what I think Courtyard is about.


Sara Miller  Vice Chair

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Professional background/experience
I’m a Marketing Manager, and also a Parish Councillor and a trustee of two other charities, one of which is possibly one of the smallest ever museums. I’m on a Fairtrade committee and helped to get my home village, Datchworth, Fairtrade status – the first village in Hertfordshire to do so.

What is your role at Courtyard?
I take a particular interest in our volunteers and the centre’s policies.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
Courtyard Arts is a fun, friendly and exciting place to be. The art on the gallery walls is always changing, and there’s always an interesting and varied programme of events and classes.


Carolyn Perry  Education

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Professional background/experience
Head of Fine Art and Visual Studies, Hertford Regional College (1999-2004); External Moderator for Edexcel  (1995-2000); Advanced Practitioner in Teaching and Learning (2004-2009); Co-Chair British Tapestry Group, London Branch (2012-ongoing).

What is your role at Courtyard?
Staff development for tutors: observing tutors teaching when required and supporting new tutors. Undertaking review procedures.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
Working with both practising artists and those who are enthusiastic about the arts. Working in a lively environment with lots of fresh ideas.


Mike Robinson  Treasurer & Company Secretary

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Professional background/experience
Accountant with a number of local authorities over a 36 year period, focussing particularly on education and school finance and accounting, and the development of public and private sector trading organisations. Secondary School Governor (and Chair of Finance).

What is your role at Courtyard?
I am responsible for the Centre’s finances, including the preparation of accounts and returns. I also act as Company Secretary.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
I enjoy working with so many talented people who contribute so much to the community of Hertford.