The following are the Trustees of Torbay Museums Trust:
Andrew Cooper – Chair
A biologist and anthropologist by training, Andrew is an author, broadcaster and television producer with the BBC Natural History Unit. Widely travelled and employing some of the biggest names on screen, he has over 30 years experience as a film maker and media executive. He also served 11 years as a NHS Non-Executive Director, first as the Vice-chair of Torbay Foundation Trust Hospital and later with the Care Trust. He was a Vice President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and the Chair of the Devon Wildlife Trust for more than a decade. He also served as a school governor for a leading private school and is still a trustee of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust that owns Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo. Andrew has considerable experience at board level in public, charitable and private sector organisations. His latest Secretary of State appointment is a Board Member of Dartmoor National Park.
Caroline Skelton – Company Secretary
Cazroline was educated in Torquay, but later moved to London where she studied for her accountancy qualifications and followed a career in accountancy, working in such varied places as the Royal National Theatre and Bonhams the Auctioneers. After leaving Bonhams, Caroline decided to go to university, gaining an BA and MA in archaeology from UCL. Further to a period living in Italy, Caroline has moved back to Devon and is currently undertaking further part time study. Caroline has volunteered for various organisations including The Museum of London, and the London Wildlife Trust, and more recently was a volunteer for The Tale and the Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay.
Kate Richards – Vice Chair
Kate works freelance in museum and heritage education and community engagement. She is a co-founder and director of Squircle Arts Community Interest Company, delivering pop-up arts and cultural workshops throughout Torbay and South Devon. She attended the Camberwell College of Art in London in 1997, and obtained a BA (Hons) in History of Art and Archaeology (Africa and Asia) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2002. In 2008, Kate was awarded an MA (Distinction) in Cultural Heritage at the School of World Art Studies and Museology at the University of East Anglia. Her museum career began as a volunteer in 2002 and in the years following included roles at the Horniman Museum and the Museum of London, as assistant registrar, documentation officer and documentation manager. Her various positions have involved managing loans, acquisitions and collections procedures and management systems, as well as being responsible for a variety of large-scale documentation projects to develop online museum collections.
Kate joined the Education team at Torquay Museum in a freelance capacity in 2015 and has since helped to develop an interactive education programme for local schools and community groups. She is qualified as an Advisor for Arts Award (Trinity College) and delivers Arts Award on behalf of the Museum. She is an active member of the Torbay Culture and Arts Network and the Devon Heritage Education Group on behalf of the Museum, and has also recently joined the committee for the Torbay and South West of England Music Festival. Kate assists in the strategic development of museums in Torbay and in preparing funding applications for potential projects. She is passionate about widening access to museums and their collections and envisages Torquay Museum as an ideal community hub, central to culture in the Bay.
David Wills - TMS representative
Edgar Halton - TMS representative