Dr Jonathan Evans (Chair)
Jonathan is a geologist by background and, following a PhD and Post-Doctoral research, spent 30 years working for BP in geoscience and business leadership roles before retiring at end 2020. He now lives in Dorset.
He is a non-executive director of Geologica Ltd., a geoscience training organisation which is focused on the role of geoscience in the Energy Transition.
Sam Hunt (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.
Alison is a committed cultural sector professional. She is experienced in managing major capital and activity projects, developing fundraising and business plans, public and community engagement, and conducting evaluation across arts, museums, and heritage organisations. She is a doctoral researcher at Bournemouth University researching public engagement and social impact in cultural organisations. Before getting hooked on museums, Alison worked in the telecommunications sector. She has two children, lives in Dorset, and does triathlons.
James Thomas taught Geography at The Woodroffe School for forty years, retiring as an assistant head, in charge of the Sixth form in 2015. A past member of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat crew and auxiliary Coastguard he now volunteers in various roles: helping with some school groups at the museum, instructing dinghy sailing to youth members at Lyme Regis Sailing Club, teaching basic power boating and as a trustee of King George’s playing field in Uplyme. He is a keen dinghy sailor, swimmer and walker and enjoys being part of the local community.
Kate was the Head of the Future Markets Research Group in the Royal Mail and the Post Office, specialising in emerging technologies. Seconded from the PO, Kate designed and built the Innovation Works at the University of Reading – an innovative space bridging the gap between business, academia and the government. Following this she worked at Oxford University as a Research Facilitator in the Department of Supercomputing. She lectures in Digital Marketing at Exeter University Business School.
Jacqueline Horsfield is a Chartered Surveyor and PRINCE2 Project Manager. Her background includes management roles in hospitality, third sector, property, airports and government. She is non-executive director of Palace Enterprises Ltd, which is the commercial arm of the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, where she has a home. She retired in 2020 and moved from Bermuda to England.
Charlotte Middleton is a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Whitehall where she specialises in energy and climate change issues. Prior to the Civil Service Charlotte had a brief stint in the City. Charlotte has an undergraduate degree in Geography from St Hugh’s College, Oxford University and an MBA (public sector) from the University of Birmingham.
Peter Ryley is a retired FE College Vice Principal and Finance Director, management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand, and CEO of his own financial consultancy company. He is currently Chairman of Trustees of Shaftesbury Abbey Museum, Treasurer of Shaftesbury & District Archaeological Group, and Company Secretary of Shaftesbury Arts Centre. Peter joined the Board of Lyme Regis Museum in August 2020.
Wayne Earp is a professional pension trustee, chartered environmentalist and chartered civil engineer. He is experienced in leading sustainable strategic change, and establishing strong governance with sound risk management. Wayne is currently deputy chair and trustee for two large pension schemes and sits on the governance committee for another. Previous roles include Managing Director of Severn Trent Services UK & Ireland and Chief Data Officer for Severn Trent Group. Wayne relocated to Lyme Regis in 2017 where he now has his own independent consultancy.