Trustees

A team of dedicated volunteer trustees are responsible for Courtyard Arts Centre.  If you have a query you wish to submit to the trustees, please send us an email.


Could you be a Trustee?

We’d love to hear from you if you feel that you could contribute to the running of our busy Centre – please get in touch for more information.

Mike Howarth  IT & Website

MikeHowarthwebProfessional 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 learned 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  Chair

SaraMillerwebProfessional 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 of 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 is always an interesting and varied programme of events and classes.


Jude O’Sullivan  Education

Jude O'SullivanProfessional background/experience
After completing a DipAD in Graphic Design at Wimbledon School of Art, I worked as a creative in the advertising industry, winning a D&AD award in 1980. When my children came along, I became a freelance Graphic Designer  and began teaching part time. I obtained my PCET and began a 30-year teaching career in Further Education at a local college. I taught Graphics and Printmaking as well as being a personal tutor and course coordinator across a broad range of qualifications.
I retired from full-time teaching in 2011 after 10 years in managerial positions at the college, including Head of Art. I have also owned a public house and been a partner in a car components company.

What is your role at Courtyard?
I joined Courtyard Arts when I moved to Hertford in 2012. I teach weekly Printmaking classes and occasional workshops. Recently I have been involved with developing and expanding the range of classes offered at Courtyard. As a trustee I am keen to keep developing the range of classes offered and assist the other trustees in working to improve our facilities and the profile of Courtyard Arts.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
Courtyard Arts is full of talented, supportive, generous and interesting people who make it a vibrant centre for the arts. Inclusive and caring, I believe Courtyard is quite unique.


Mike Robinson  Treasurer & Company Secretary

MikeRobinsonwebProfessional 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.