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John Dover (Chair)John Dover (Chair)

John Dover was Vice President Human Resources for AgustaWestland. He retired in 2006 after 40 years’ service. Since retirement he has become involved in a variety of charitable and voluntary roles, in addition to this role he is currently a Trustee of Adventure Under Sail (a sail training and young person development charity), Chairman Lyme Regis/St George’s Bermuda Twinning Association (now tripled with Historic Jamestown, Virginia), and a founder member of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

Sam Hunt BA FMASam 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.

Stephen Locke, OBEStephen 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, MBEAlan 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 StrattonRichard Stratton

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 DoneyValerie Doney

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.

Alison Smith

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 ThomasJames Thomas

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.

Paul MasonPaul Mason

Paul Mason is currently UK CEO for Qatar National Bank, the largest bank in the Middle East & North Africa. Paul has spent 25 years in international banking, working in Europe, Middle East and Asia and has volunteered too to support Save The Children Fund, Adventure Ashram, MNDA and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Paul has been regularly visiting Lyme since his childhood.

Kate Pitts

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 HorsfieldJaqueline Horsfield

Jacqueline Horsfield is a Chartered Surveyor and a Project Manager with the Government of Bermuda. 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 Bishops Palace in Wells, where she has a home. Retired 2020 from Bermuda and based in Wells.

Charlotte Middleton

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.