Our Trustees

Some of our trustees have been with Artventure for many years, some joined only a year or two ago.  New trustees are always welcome; we like having new ideas coming in and we like having a range of ages, experiences and skills on the Board.

If you want to support us in this way, and get a buzz from helping to run a small, successful and caring organisation – please get in touch.

Robert Muir - Chairman

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.

Ann-Marie North

Ann-Marie North

Anne has been involved with Artventure for over 20 years.  From early in 1998 initially as an art-worker, and for the last eight years as Manager until retirement in 2016.  Since then she has volunteered as an art-worker on several occasions.  Anne graduated from The University of Creative Arts in 1997 with a B.A. Hons in Fine Art.  Then she 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 she ran art classes at Guildford College. Shortly after joining Artventure, along with the Trustees, she was very involved with gaining of large National Lottery grant to enable the construction of our new building and with the relaunch of the charity and its new facilities and better accessibility.  Anne is still a practising artist and enjoys helping people express themselves through creative arts.

Paul Charlesworth

Paul Charlesworth

Paul’s background is in management consultancy, where he operated at board level in an international organisation performing 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 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 work has included project management, staff development, research, reports, articles, and quality assurance.  Sue also brings experience from the art world, having trained in the visual arts, particularly sculpture.  She has been chair of Surrey Sculpture Society, managed art exhibitions and still has a keen interest in the arts.

Philip Trumble

Philip Trumble

Philip Trumble has a wide experience in music and arts education having been a school teacher and leader of organisations including Richmond Music Trust where as Chief Executive he helped to established a successful music therapy service. As Head of Surrey Arts, he oversaw the development of a range of innovative partnerships including Surrey Music Hub. He is a musician and composer who has created a wide variety of music for stage, TV and other media. 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 Arts Boards as well as being a School Governor.