Meet The Team
We have a small team of four staff, supported by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Responsible for planning and booking our events programme – including exhibitions, live music, theatre, comedy, film, event cinema, workshops and arts hires. Also acts as a Duty Manager.[email protected]
Marketing & Box Office Coordinator
Responsible for all aspects of marketing, publicity, ticketing and box office support; including production and distribution of season brochures, e-newsletters, mail-outs, press, posters, social media and our website. Also acts as a Duty Manager.[email protected]
Responsible for the recruitment, management and training of our volunteer team.
Also acts as a Duty Manager.[email protected]
Venue & Facilities Coordinator
Coordinates day-to-day operations including event management, venue hire and hospitality. Responsible for building maintenance, room set-up, supplies, event tech and health & safety. Also acts as the Bar Manager.[email protected]
Friends Team[email protected]
Handmade in Cranleigh[email protected]
Operations Coordinator[email protected]
Cranleigh Arts is a charity and company Limited by Guarantee, overseen by a Board of Non-Executive Directors, or Trustees. The Board has a formal structure and meets every two months delegating the day to day running of the Centre to staff and volunteers. The Non-Executive Directors behave as instructed in the Articles of Association. The post of Art Centre director is voluntary and receives no remuneration.
Chairman: Bob Wild, appointed 2015, Chair from Nov 2016
Bob has spent over 40 years in banking. He has held Chief Executive and Director positions internationally and in the City of London. He is presently a Non-Executive Director on the boards of two UK banks.
While living overseas for many years including in India, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Greece, he and his wife Lynne have had a home in Cranleigh for over 25 years.
His interests include history and the arts, golf, fly-fishing, the progress or otherwise of the England rugby team and both he and Lynne are keen gardeners. In Athens he was a member of the board of governors of St Catherine’s British Embassy School.
Trustee: Peter R Adams, appointed January 2015
Peter lives in Mid Holmwood and is semi-retired after working for many years in the construction and mining industries, latterly as Chairman of a global mining services business. Currently operating as Chairman of two businesses in Cairo, Egypt for a local construction company, also serving on their investment board.
Peter’s current interests include golf, the theatre, walking, reading, rugby and general family activities.
Treasurer: Robert Watkins, appointed 24 November 2016
Robert has lived in Cranleigh since 2012 and is a Partner in a local accountancy practice providing audit, accountancy and tax services to small and medium sized businesses. As a volunteer at the Arts Centre Robert provides input to keep the finances on the straight and narrow and help deal with all the red tape!
Otherwise Robert’s time is occupied by looking after his two young boys who are at primary school in Cranleigh and helping at Cranleigh RFC during the rugby season
Trustee: Lynn Murray, appointed 2017
Lynn grew up in Warrington and moved to Guildford to attend the Law College following her law degree at Bristol University. She has one son and lives in Shamley Green and set up her law practice in Cranleigh in 2001.
Her interests include attending live arts events, music – particularly jazz – cookery and travel, anywhere and everywhere!
Trustee: Gaynor Wilson, appointed 2013
Gaynor has lived in Cranleigh for 18 years. She has always worked with her hands both as a Physiotherapist and a ceramicist. Her love of clay started in adult education and has progressed from working as a technician in a pottery to completing a BA in Ceramics from Glasgow School of Art in 2012.
She believes that hands-on skills are essential in this progressively electronic age and is keen to develop 3D work at the Centre.
Trustee: Chris Wilson, appointed August 2012
Chris is a relative new-comer to the Cranleigh area having moved to Ewhurst Green a few years ago. Encouraged by the strong sense of community in the area, Chris joined the Board of Cranleigh Art Centre to assist in developing a sustainable future for this unique arts venue and to assist with the strategic direction.
Chris continues to pursue a full-time career as an Air Traffic Controller. Having completed 20 years at Heathrow airport, his current tasks are primarily focussed on the future strategy of air traffic management.
A lover of live performance, particularly music and comedy, Chris has been a regular visitor to Cranleigh Art Centre for several years to hear some of the great blues musicians which underpin the live music programme.
Trustee: Alison Winter
Alison is Head of Drama and Theatre at Hurtwood House and has lived locally for 26 years. Her love for the arts started at an early age and she gained a degree in Drama from Exeter University as well as a postgrad from London University. She was a director of the West Kent Youth Theatre and involved in Drama as therapy for the disabled, taught in London comprehensives; directing shows and introducing theatre to children from a wide variety of social backgrounds. This led to her broadcasting career where she worked as a presenter, newsreader, producer and editor for many years before returning to teaching. She is much looking forward to her association with Cranleigh Arts Centre and being part of a thriving local arts community.
Trustee: Danyah Miller
Danyah’s background and passion is in the arts. She is an independent theatre producer, as well as performer, writer and storytelling trainer. She read drama, dance and English at University and later trained in physical theatre at Lecoq in Paris. She was a course leader at The International School of Storytelling for over 10 years. Danyah has co-produced two major West End musicals, including Olivier nominated ‘Soul Sister’, and she’s currently producing their third musical, based on the much-loved stories of Pippi Longstocking.
“I am delighted to join the trustees here at Cranleigh Arts. What a beautiful and valuable asset it is to the community and I hope to be able to contribute and support the centre to the best of my ability.”
Trustee: Simon Rabinowitz
“I grew up in an ‘Arts Family’ surrounded by the world of Show Business as my father’s musical journey progressed from Radio to TV and then onto Theatre and Films. I absorbed more than I realised about the Entertainment world although mostly from a commercial point of view. As the only one who could add up I became the family ‘Drop In’ much to the disappointment of my parents. Many years later I found myself managing catering, bar, event and hospitality facilities in Theatre and Television companies. Hopefully, some of this experience will be useful at the Arts Centre.”