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Peter Beacham

A native of Somerset but resident in Devon for the last 50 years, Peter is a writer on south west England. He was sometime Director of Heritage Protection at English Heritage.


Cllr Roger Croad

Cabinet Member for Community and Environmental Services, Devon County Council.  He is Devon County Council’s nominated member (with the same duties and legal responsibilities as other members).


Prof Henry French

Professor of Social History at University of Exeter since 2009. Main areas of historical research are British social & economic history 1600-1840; British gender history 1600-1900; British agrarian history, 1500-1900.


Peter Gunner

A chartered accountant with wide experience of working in the voluntary sector, more recently as a trustee and honorary treasurer (of the Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Community Council for Somerset).


David Gwyther (Chair)

Former Director of Social Services at SCC and an independent consultant since 2005 working nationally for local authorities, health organisations and businesses. A non-executive director of a Somerset- based Community Interest Company.


Cllr David Hall

Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, Somerset County Council.  He is Somerset County Council’s nominated member (with the same duties and legal responsibilities as other members).


Sam Hunt

Heritage consultant working across the UK. Previously Executive Director of the Association of Independent Museums, Chief Executive of SW Museum, Library and Archive Council and Head of Bath Museums. Currently Trustee of National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Lyme Regis Museum. 

Sandy Maberley

Artistic Director and CEO of Theatre Mélange, with extensive working knowledge as a leader in the professional arts and culture sector. Former member of the Arts Council’s Drama Advisory Panel.


Terry Makewell

Chief Digital Officer at the Office for National Statistic. Previous experience working with national museums including the Tate, V&A and National History Museum.


Mike Motum

Regimental Secretary The Rifles (Somerset and Bristol) and curator of Somerset Military Museum.


Nicola Nuttall

Current CEO of the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries; Founder and Director of Tempus Fugit consultancy. Heritage practitioner with 30 years’ experience, specialising in advocacy, fundraising and partnerships.

Anthony Smallwood

Former spokesman for the EU in Washington DC; former British and EU foreign service officer; former co-director of the Erasmus Bureau responsible for the delivery of the EU's ERASMUS Programme.


Management Team


Tom Mayberry - Chief Executive Officer


Sam Astill - Principal Museums Officer 


Janet Tall - Head of Archives


Bob Croft - Head of Historic Environment


Alex Sherman - Head of Business Services



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