Trustees

Alan Brown (Chairman):

Alan is an architect and a founding director of IID Architects in Richmond. He lives in Raynes Park with his wife and has been involved in the Arts Centre as a Trustee and active member of the LAC Community since 2008. He attends a local church in Kingston, enjoys drama, storytelling, drumming and his grandchildren.

Mick Fuller (Secretary):

Mick has been a Trustee of Lantern Arts since 2009 and is now Secretary. He is a retired policeman and after 30 years in the ‘job’ he then worked for 12 years for the Charity Commission. He is a member of Streatham Baptist Church and is the designated Child Protection Officer. He has been Stage Manager for several LAC productions.

John Davis:

John is one of the founding trustees of the Arts Centre who previously ran a community theatre company at Raynes Park Methodist Church. He is now comfortably retired but a great supporter of the Lantern Arts Centre bringing a wealth of experience for the trustee body to draw from.

 

Tricia Rutter: (Fundraising Coordinator):

Tricia lives in Epsom and has been involved with the LAC since 2000.She became a Trustee in 2009 and coordinates the fundraising activities at the Lantern Arts Centre. Tricia enjoys live music, singing, making costumes, drama and reading and is part of the worship team at the United Church of St Mark’s, Epsom Downs.

Kay Wingate:

Kay first encountered LAC when her daughter Rebecca appeared in Scrooge in December 2009. As well as decades as a Nursery Nurse, Kay has been a school governor, a Guider, was almost a local councillor and lead two children’s centres. She now  assesses children and young people’s workforce qualifications and teaches parents with young children how to support language in the early years. She loves researching where to find money for LAC, helping Tricia with fundraising and volunteering in the centre .

 

Rev Margaret Adams:

Margaret has always been interested in drama and music. Having always worked with people she realises the importance of providing opportunities for people of all ages reach their full potential and be confident and is delighted that the LAC accomplishes that. She also supports Care for Uganda for which she is a trustee.

 

Richard Vernon:

Richard lives in Kingston. He has been involved with the LAC since 2009 and recently joined the team of Trustees. He is an Integrative Counsellor and is an active member and trustee of St Paul’s C of E, Kingston Hill. He also works for the Wildlife Aid Foundation animal hospital in Leatherhead as a Vet Auxillary. He enjoys making jewellery and being creative.

 Dave King:dave-king-ID

Dave joined the arts centre in September 2014, making his debut as Fred Gaily in Miracle on 34th Street. Since then he has become a regular in the main productions, and is an occassional member of Lantern Theatre Company. He also helps to lead Lantern Youth Theatre, our 30 strong company of 13 – 18 year olds. Outside of the LAC Dave is Head of Programmes for Variety, the Children’s Charity, working with sick, disabled and disadvantaged children all over the UK. In his spare time he can be found running and baking, though not often at the same time.

 

Martin Welsh:

Martin works for a large construction company – based on site, usually in Central London. He lives in New Malden with his wife Penny and their 4 kids, the youngest of whom (Dan) has been part of the wonderful Children’s Theatre Club at the LAC since 2007. Martin joined in later that year appearing in Oklahoma! and has rarely been away since then… He became a trustee in 2014.

Michael Bennett:

Michael was a teacher and  Head Teacher for over 25 years before starting his own IT company in 2003.He is married with a daughter and lives in New Malden. He enjoys music, reading and gardening. He spent many years running the worship and music ministry in his local parish church and has played in many different bands since the age of 15. He now plays bass guitar (very badly) but would prefer to play mandolin (very badly) as it is smaller and lighter to carry!

 

Janet Morgan Smith:

Janet is a school Office manager, with a passion for the creative arts.

Janet is married to the lovely Martin and they are both regular visitors to LAC.  Her debut performance was in Oklahoma way back in 2007 and she has appeared in at least one production every year since then.

When not at LAC, Janet enjoys Face and Body painting, jewellery making, dance, theatre, and elasticated waistbands!