Trustees of the Roche Court Educational Trust

Anne Beckwith-Smith, Chair of RCET Board of Trustees

Anne Beckwith-Smith LVO (Chair) retired at the end of 2014 from Tate, having worked as Head of Campaigns in the Development Office since late 1990, with particular responsibility for Tate’s capital campaigns.  After the opening of Tate Modern in May 2000, Anne undertook a part-time joint honours BA degree in History and History of Art at University College London.  Prior to joining Tate, Anne was Assistant Private Secretary and Lady in Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981-1990, but continuing in a part time capacity until the summer of 1997.  Anne has also worked at the Arts Council (Exhibitions Department) and Sothebys (British Paintings Department).  Anne is also a Trustee of Salisbury Museum, City & Guilds of London Art School and is on the Advisory Board to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Robert Boyle, Trustee

Robert Boyle MA FCA read law at Oxford and practised as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led the UK and European Media and Entertainment Practice until 2007. Since then he has been a non-executive director of a number of public companies in publishing, investment and telecommunications and in the public sector. He is currently a director of Witan Investment Trust, Centaur Media plc and the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a member of the Audit Committee of English Heritage.

Madeleine Bessborough, Trustee

Madeleine Bessborough OBE FRCA started the New Art Centre in Sloane Street in 1958. It was a non-profit gallery to help young artists establish their careers. The trustees included Lord Clark of Saltwood, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Robin Darwin and Sir John Rothenstein. Madeleine was on the Council of the Royal College of Art from 1962 until 1973.

In 1993 the gallery moved to Roche Court in Wiltshire to concentrate on modern and contemporary sculpture. The gallery was asked by Sir Alan Bowness to represent the Hepworth Estate. Since 1997 a contemporary Gallery, the Artists House (modelled on Kettle’s Yard) and other ancillary buildings have been added to the facilities at Roche Court, all designed by Stephen Marshall RIBA.

The Roche Court Educational Trust and the ARTiculation Prize has developed from the New Art Centre’s activities at Roche Court, with the support of exhibiting artists.

Madeleine Bessborough is a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. Married in 1963, her husband died in 2002. She has two sons and has eight grandchildren.

William Grant, Trustee

William Grant MA MEd graduated from University College Falmouth in 2008 having studied for a BA(Hons) in Illustration. The following three years saw short stints in various UK publishing houses including Cannongate Books, Random House and the National Portrait Gallery Publications, as well as the completion of a Masters Degree in Publishing at University College London. In 2011 he trained in Education at Queens’ College Cambridge and began teaching the following year at a state grammar school in South London. While in post he has completed further post-graduate research, overseen international relationships with Richmond College in Sri Lanka, taken on the responsibilities of Senior Housemaster and Head of Year, coached basketball and taught four years of Art and Design qualifications.

Will has brought many art students to visit the New Art Centre and entered three student speakers into the London regional heats of the ARTiculation Prize. Personal passions include drawing, long distance running, mountaineering and travel.

Lucy Salisbury, Trustee

Lucy Salisbury BEd Cantab studied History of Art and Education at the University of Cambridge and is a trained Secondary school teacher. Her career in education and youth work spans over thirty years. In 2001, Madeleine Bessborough invited Lucy to establish an education programme at the New Art Centre, which subsequently led to the founding of The Roche Court Educational Trust in 2005. This was led by Lucy until 2009 when she left to concentrate on expanding the Trust’s national ARTiculation project from engaging with 225 young people in one region in 2006 to over 4,000 across 8 regions in England as well as Italy, Ireland and Scotland in 2016. Lucy retired as Head of ARTiculation but as a Board Member continues to actively contribute to the programme.

Lucy is currently on the Governing Board of Wyvern College, Boys Secondary Academy School in Salisbury and a Trustee of the music charity, La Folia. She is a regular volunteer for Salisbury Cathedral Education and a consultant for Art History and Education initiatives.

Simon Periton, Trustee

Simon Periton studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in Britain and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include The Rose Engine, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2013; Resistance is Fertile, Waddesdon Manor, Celestial Agriculture, New Art Centre, Roche Court, both 2015. His work has been included in prominent group shows including Regenerate Art, Kunstverein Muenchen, Munich, Germany, 2014; The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives, UK, 2009; Wunschwelten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 2007, and the 2007 and 2004 Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London. Recent public commissions include projects for Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, Channel Four, London Borough of Camden, University of Oxford. He is currently working on two new permanent installations in both ticket halls of the new Elizabeth line (Crossrail) station at Farringdon. Simon lives and works in Bath.

Rhoddy Voremberg, Trustee

Rhoddy Voremberg MA has an MA in Classics and Law from Magdalene College, Cambridge, is a solicitor and Head of the Private Client team at Farrer & Co. He is renowned for his work with heritage property and landed estates and a former Senior Partner of Wilsons in Salisbury.

Rhoddy is a member of the Taxation and Political Committee of the Historic Houses Association, a Trustee of the Stanley Picker Trust and a Member of the Council of The Royal College of Music.

Interests include match rifle shooting (capt English Eight 1996-2001), fly-fishing, typography and fine art. Rhoddy is also an amateur silversmith. He lives in Odstock, Salisbury, and is married with three adult children.

Charlie Ponsonby, Trustee

Charlie Ponsonby completed his Geography degree at Cambridge University, and stared his career as an economist with Maxwell Stamp PLC, where he specialised in helping developing world Governments shape their trade and industrial policy, working widely in the Far East, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.

He then worked as a strategy consultant for Andersen Consulting (Accenture), before spells in senior leadership positions at Selfridges (where he joined the Board aged 29) and Open Interactive TV. He was Marketing Director at Sky between 2001 and 2007, before founding and running Simplifydigital in 2007, which was three times in the UK Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and grew to become the UK’s largest broadband comparison service with revenues of c£30m.

Charlie co-founded Plandek in October 2017, an end-to-end delivery metrics analytics and BI platform, to help technology teams better manage delivery risk and improve their delivery effectiveness. Plandek is used by clients globally.

Charlie is married with three teenage children and lives in London.