Patrons & Trustees

Our Patron

Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry

Sir Tony Baldry is a Barrister, a Director of a number of companies, and involved in a number of charitable and Church activities, and was a Member of Parliament for almost 33 years.

He was knighted for political and public services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 and was appointed a member of the Privy Council in November 2013. He has been a member of the Council of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor since April 2015.

As a practising Barrister, Sir Tony is head of a set of commercial Chambers, at 1 Essex Court, in the Temple, where he specialises primarily in commercial and international law, mediation and arbitration. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Mediator. He is a member of the International Bar Association.

Our Trustees

Gwen Van Spijk – Chair

Gwen is a Producer, Consultant, Trainer and Mentor working across the full breadth of the live performance sector. After working in the commercial sector in the USA and UK, Gwen moved into arts management. She was Administrative Director for Motionhouse Dance Theatre 1992 – 1997 after which she embarked on a career as an independent working with artists including: Russell Maliphant, Carol Brown, Rosemary Butcher and Nigel Charnock.

Gwen has also produced a number of one-off projects, including Where The Land Meets the Sea performed by a cast of a 100 on Brighton beach dance; a large scale dance programme for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 which encompassed a performance by a cast of 500 for the Opening Ceremony at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Gwen has lived in the Banbury area for 13 years (and together with her husband produces the village panto, producing an original devised show with an intergenerational cast and crew of 30+).

Karen Warren

Louise Norton

Barbara Baseley-Smith

Cllr. Andrew McHugh

Cllr. Andrew McHugh MSc BSc(Hons) DIS is the Cherwell District Council Lead Member for Health & Wellbeing.