Fermynwoods has received strategic direction and support from a Board of Trustees since it became a Company Limited by Guarantee with not-for-profit charitable objectives in 2005 and an Educational Charity in 2006.
Our current Board members and Trustees are:
Rhona Rowland (Chair) is the Managing Partner of VSH Law, she specialises in commercial and employment law and qualified as a Workplace Mediator in 2012. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Rhona worked as a manager for United Utilities and then as a researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.
Barbara Dougan (Trustee) is an experienced artist, director of a gallery, and curator of her own project space, with twelve years experience working with Engage in different capacities. Barbara currently evaluates the ARMA artist residency and commissions and edit the Engage international journal. Barbara is good at and enjoys strategic thinking, and has supported Engage with two Arts Council NPO applications and two G4A applications.
Christine Goodwin (Trustee) specialises in behaviour management, life skills and the social and emotional development of the more challenging and disaffected students. In 1988 she moved to Northamptonshire and began her career in education, working in primary schools with children with special educational needs. Following this she had nine years of experience within a Secondary School holding the position of Deputy SENCO and Deputy Head of Year 10/11. It became a natural personal development to move onto a secondary pupil referral unit where she held the position of Assistant Head, SENCO and Examinations Officer. Christine is currently Director of the Enterprise Education Foundation and the Chair of a Primary Academy Advisory Board.
Kirstin Irving (Trustee) is a qualified occupational psychologist. For the past 25 years she has consulted to global corporations in a range of sectors. Her special interest is in helping people lead creatively in the face of multiple strengthening imperatives for change. Living locally, she appreciates the many ways in which Fermynwoods Contemporary Art enhances life in rural Northamptonshire.
Graham Keddie (Trustee) has a BA in Painting, an MA in Fine Art Sculpture and is a Member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors. He works as an Artist Curator and has works in American, European and National Collections. He has 35 years lecturing experience including authorship of Fine Art Undergraduate Courses and is a Founding Member of APT? Practice Research Group and gallery202.
Valeria Medici (Trustee) is currently a BA Fine Art student at the University of Northampton, emerging conceptual artist and networker. Originally from Sicily (Italy), she has a previous background in restoration of art, theatre and film in both production and creative roles. Her interest in the art community has seen collaborations with arts organisations and exhibitions on a national level.
We also owe a deep gratitude to all the Board members who have supported Fermynwoods since 2005, including:
Veronica Kimbell (former Chair)
Joana P. R. Neves
Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner
Tim Smith (former Chair)