John Dover (Chair)
John Dover was Vice President Human Resources for Agusta Westland. He retired in 2006 after 40 years’ service. Since retirement he has become involved in a variety of voluntary roles, he is a director and trustee of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and is Deputy Launching Authority and honorary treasurer of Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Station. He is Chairman of the Mary Anning Wing Project Board.
Sam Hunt BA FMA (Deputy Chair)
An independent consultant with extensive experience of working with heritage organisations across the UK, from voluntary run museums to national institutions on a wide variety of projects. Previously Executive Director of AIM, the Association of Independent Museums. I also was Chief Executive of the South West Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Chief Executive of the South West Museums Council.
Stephen Locke, OBE
Former Chair of Trustees of Lyme Regis Museum, Director of Exeter City Museums 1972-1981, Director of the South West Area Museums Council 1981-1988, Head of Museums and Archives, Hampshire County Council 1988-2004, President of the Museums Association 1994-96. Stephen is a geologist who as a boy collected fossils in Lyme Bay.
Alan Kennard, MBE
Company Secretary of Lyme Regis Museum Shop, Alan Kennard was educated at Cambridge and was the Chief Executive of the Blue Cross from 1989 to 2001. He is honorary treasurer of SPANA, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad and brings a wide experience of fundraising and good practice in charity governance. In his spare time Alan is an entomologist with a special interest in butterflies, moths and nature conservation.
Richard Stratton is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in architectural design and project management. His practice, LF Webb and Partner, is situated in Lyme Regis. He is very interested in both modern architecture the sensitive adaption of historic buildings to modern needs. He has used his skills to support the museum in the preservation of its Grade 2 building and the construction of the new extension.
Valerie was Senior Clinical Biochemist at St Mary’s Hospital, London. She also taught in the Medical School. She went on to work as a lecturer, tutor and counsellor at Tertiary Colleges, Technical Colleges and the Open University. In Lyme she is very involved with the U3A, Lyme Regis Society and the Museum.
Educated at Cambridge with a specialism in physical chemistry, John Marriage enjoyed a diverse scientific career which included work in the civil nuclear power programme and a role as technical director in a company on the Cambridge Science Park. He ended his career as a management consultant working with large manufacturing companies across Europe. He is a former Chairman of the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum Trust.
Professor Christopher Paul
Chris Paul studied at Cambridge and was awarded his PhD in 1966. After a distinguished academic career in the USA and England he became Professor of Palaeontology at Liverpool University. Since retiring to Lyme Professor Paul has followed his research interests in primitive fossil echinoderms and freshwater molluscs.
Margaret Rose started her career in journalism and public relations based in London. She later moved into local government where she worked in youth and community services before becoming involved in school governor training. She continues her voluntary activities with the Lyme Regis Society, the Medieval Town Mill, and LymeArts Community Trust, owners of the Marine Theatre.