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 email here.  Our AGM is held in autumn each year, with all Courtyard Arts members invited to attend.

Jane Collier Fundraising

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Mike Howarth  IT & Website


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 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  Vice Chair


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 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.

Martin Smith  Governance & Redevelopment Project

Martin SmithProfessional background/experience
I am a retired accountant who spent a long career in financial services. I ran many change management programmes in large and small organisations and have provided support and guidance to businesses. For the last decade, I have been supplying my photography to homes and offices around the world from my studio in Hertford. This has been great fun as it has allowed me to see much of the world from behind my lens.

What is your role at Courtyard?
I am overseeing the Courtyard Redevelopment programme, as well as changes to the way we are run, to prepare Courtyard for the 2020s.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
Courtyard is a friendly place with an important role in the local community. Not only do I enjoy offering my skills to Courtyard, but I like meeting with and working with fellow artists.

Michael Smith  Strategy, Planning & Change Management

Michael SmithProfessional background/experience
I am a consultant with a long career in the publishing industry and now working also with organisations in the not-for-profit sector. I have delivered a number of transformational projects at a strategic level, including subscriptions strategy, high level marketing change management, pricing models, complex e-commerce websites and fully-integrated CRM systems. In the last decade I have become both a printmaker and an author; my illustrated translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published by Unbound in 2018.

What is your role at Courtyard?
I am working on a number of strategic initiatives to help position Courtyard effectively as it expands and grows over the next decade.

What do you like about working at Courtyard?
I have been involved with Courtyard since its inception and acted as Interim Centre Director in 2017. I love the atmosphere of the place and particularly talking with people about what interest them and how their art reflects those interests. Courtyard also attracts some wonderful volunteers – who are always great to talk to (and learn from!).