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.

Steve Rees (Treasurer):

Steve has been involved in the Lantern Arts Centre for nearly 10 years but became a trustee in 2010 and is now the treasurer. He was a primary school teacher for several years but more recently set up his own company finding solutions for people and families who are struggling financially. He is also a musician and is the drummer for a couple of local bands.

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.

Rev Roger Jones:

Roger is an ordained United Reformed minister and qualified social worker currently employed in Children’s safeguarding in Kingston. He has for many years enjoyed working on a voluntary basis in church-based youth and children’s work, including organising youth camps and musical events. Currently living in Mitcham with his family, he enjoys playing guitar and piano, attempting to sing harmony, musical theatre, holidays and would love to go walking in North Wales again!

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!