Trustees

Robert Muir - Chairman
Robert spent over 30 years as a senior manager in the Petrochemicals industry. In 2005 he co-founded a company called Ancon, that uses nanotechnology to detect very small concentrations of semi volatile chemicals in the air, with applications in air pollution monitoring, airport security and medical diagnostics. He remains a major shareholder and the managing director of this company. Robert has three children and 4 granddaughters. One son and two grand daughters live in Thames Ditton, a second son (and two granddaughters) in New York, and his daughter in Hong Kong. Robert joined the trustees of Artventure in 2004, helping to raise Big Lottery funds to establish the arts centre. Artventure is a special place, with staff volunteers and users belonging to a family. Some of the work done by our users is outstanding, and he is very proud of how Artventure brings out the best in everyone.

Anne-Marie North
Anne have been involved with Artventure for over 20 years. From early in 1998 initially as an art-worker, and for the last eight years as Centre Manager until retirement in 2016. Since then I have volunteered as an art-worker on several occasions. I graduated from The University of Creative Arts in 1997 with a B.A. Hons in Fine Art. Then I began working through the charities Artventure and Creative Response alongside adults with learning difficulties and mental health problems. After completing a 16 plus teaching qualification I ran art classes at Guildford College. Shortly after joining Artventure, along with the Trustees, I was very involved with gaining of large Lottery grant to enable the construction of our new building and with the relaunch of the charity and its new facilities and better accessibility. I am still a practicing artist and enjoy helping people express themselves through creative arts.

Michael Steele
Michael is a former bank manager, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, and has also been a school bursar. He served as a Foundation Governor of St Peterís Catholic Comprehensive School for over 20 years, mostly as chairman of the finance committee. Artventure operated for many years in the school premises, but now has its own building on the school site. There has always been a close link with the school, and when a deputy head teacher was leaving on promotion, he asked Michael to replace him as the main link. Michael uses his knowledge to improve the financial arrangements of Artventure, and was instrumental in setting it up as a registered charity in 2001, and continues to keep a close eye on the finances. He enjoys meeting the participants and encouraging them in their work.

Heather Thomas
Heather is currently working as a Learning and Engagement Manager at The Lightbox, where she has been for the past 7 years. This role enables her to work with children right through to adults to inspire creativity and learning through the arts and heritage. Heather is also a freelance artist, blogger and education consultant, when time allows. Previously she has worked in theatres and events management giving her a wealth of experience in project management, social media and the arts.

Paul Charlesworth
Paulís background is in management consultancy, where he operated at board level within an international organisation that engaged in major contracts with blue chip companies and central government bodies. His early career was in academic research and teaching at tertiary level. Paul has worked with charities that support disadvantaged groups for over twenty years and has a special interest in learning disabilities. He became a Trustee of Artventure in 2015.

Sue Cundell
Sue is an educational consultant, now semi-retired, following teaching and management roles in the post 16 sector. She brings to Artventure the knowledge and skills gained from her work in colleges, universities, as a member of a county advisory service, and training as an Ofsted Inspector. Her consultancy work has included project management, staff development, research, reports, articles, and quality assurance. Sue also brings experience from the art world. She trained in the visual arts, particularly sculpture. She has been chairperson of Surrey Sculpture Society, managed art exhibitions and still has a keen interest in the arts.

Philip Trumble
Philip Trumble has a wide experience in music and arts education as both a school teacher and leader of organisations including Richmond Music Trust where as Chief Executive he established a successful music education charity including a music therapy service. As Head of Surrey Arts, he oversaw the development of a range of innovative partnerships including the establishment of Surrey Music Hub. Philip believes passionately in the power of the arts to change lives and he has served in a voluntary capacity on a number of charitable boards including Creative Response and Rhythmix as well as being a School Governor. His contact with Artventure goes back to the early days when he was head of creative arts at St. Peter's school.

STAFF

Mariann Kehrling - Manager
Mariann is our manager since January 2019. She is originally from Hungary. She studied business and economics and worked in marketing and communication. She is the co-founder of an international kindergarten in Budapest. Mariann enjoys painting, therefore she finds working at such a creative environment as Artventure very rewarding. Mariann is working hard to create an inviting and nurturing atmosphere for our participants and introduce their works to the community and raise the profile of disability art.

Steve James - Deputy Manager
Steve has been an artworker at Artventure since the early days and heís enjoyed working with our clients for more than 20 years now. Steve is responsible for the smooth running of our studio. Steve has a close and unique relationship with all of our clients and he is one of the reasons they all like to come to our sessions. He caters all their needs and always has a joke for them. Steve has many creative ideas for our clients, too.

Lyanne Margadant - Art Worker
Lyanne has been involved with Artventure on and off for 27 years, and has enjoyed seeing it change and evolve. She has always been creative but didn't follow a conventional path with formal arts training. However, she has learnt a great many techniques and has a broad understanding of materials and what they can do. For her, the best part of working with Artventure is helping the participants reach their creative potential and seeing the pride on their faces when they complete a piece of artwork. She very much enjoys the fun atmosphere in the studio and the feeling that anything is possible to make and do, be it a giant papier mache animal or a huge painting on canvas. Lyanne has a lot of experience preparing for and putting on exhibitions and this, for her, alongside the people who make up the Artventure 'family' is what it's all about.

Mary Ambrose - Art Worker
Mary joined Artventure as a volunteer in 2009 as she had just moved to Guildford and had an interest in the visual arts, and she has been working as an Artworker since 2011. She really enjoys offering visual arts opportunities to the participants in such a creative environment, having a lot of fun together creating art - it is often said that Artventure has a family feeling. She gets a lot of satisfaction from supporting the local community, and enjoys meeting and working with staff and volunteers, visiting students, and artists, with their varied backgrounds and experience. Mary's background is in providing IT services in local government, and she sees her work at Artventure as providing another important service for the local community. Since leaving the IT industry, she has been developing her interests in drawing, painting and printmaking, particularly etching, by attending various classes at Putney School of Art for over a decade.

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