Bridport Arts Newsletter

Bridport Arts Centre Trustees

Robert Wheelwright - Chair of Directors, Bridport Arts Centre

After working in Zambia, Saudi Arabia and being based on Merseyside, Robert came to work in Bridport in 1987 and immediately joined BAODS at the Arts Centre. He has maintained links with, and interest in, BAC ever since

Barry Lovejoy - Vice Chair, Bridport Arts Centre

Barry has lived in Bridport since 2013. Now retired he was previously a senior national trade union official for teachers in Further and Higher Education.

As well as being a trustee for two years Barry is involved in a number of local activities, including being a volunteer at Citizens Advice, driving the Saturday CB3 volunteer bus from Crewkerne to Bridport and a founder member of the Dorset Red socialist choir.

Ines Cavill - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

All 3 generations of Ines’s family are keen visitors to events in the Marlow Theatre and Allsop Gallery.

Her children have also enjoyed participating in the regular BACstage drama group as well as one-off filmmaking and art workshops.  She has been part of the From Page to Screen film festival committee since 2012 and has developed creative studios at New House Farm & Pottery.

She joined the Board in November 2018 with a particular interest in supporting the Arts Centre’s participation programme, and its capacity to combine inspiring professional creativity with the community engagement that it was founded upon.

Nick Ziebland - Director, Bridport Arts Centre


Nick moved to West Dorset 10 years ago , attracted in part by its rich cultural life . He has therefore been delighted to be involved in such an important institution as the Arts Centre . His background is in retail although he now sits on a number of not-for-profit boards including Poole Hospital and Local Food Links.

Caroline Morgan - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

Caroline Morgan is Chief Executive of Local Food Links, a social enterprise providing great quality school meals to 56 schools across Dorset.  The organisation has grown considerably over the last 14 years and now has 4 large kitchens and employs 50 staff.  Caroline has always enjoyed film and theatre and her youngest daughter, Alice, has been involved with WOW (the Weymouth based youth musical theatre company) for many years.  Caroline thoroughly enjoys being part of the backstage crew at the live shows.  It is a privilege to be a Trustee at Bridport Arts Centre.

Antonia Kehr - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

Antonia moved to Bridport in 2015 having lived and worked in San Francisco for 20 years.  As the owner of The Bookshop, Bridport’s only independent bookshop specialising in new books, she is keenly interested in the rich cultural, artistic and literary life of the area.

Upon moving to Bridport Antonia first became involved with the BAC through The Bridport Prize and was pleased to accept a nomination to the Board of Trustees in 2018.

Gillian Fearnyough - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

Originally from Liverpool, Gillian moved to Beaminster in 2018 after 15 years working in Bristol, initially as Director of the Architecture Centre and then School Manager for the School of Arts, at the University of Bristol. She currently works part-time as a project manager at the University of Exeter.

Gillian is interested in all aspects of the visual arts, design and architecture with a particular enthusiasm for the contemporary. Drawn to Dorset and the Bridport area by the vibrant arts community, and the sea, she is delighted to have the opportunity to support the Arts Centre’s ambitions.

Rowan Prescott Hedley - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

Rowan’s pronouns are she/they. A passionate activist for accessibility and inclusion, Rowan is a founder of DT4Equality; an intersectional organisation for young people in the Weymouth area. They are a director of Bridge The Gap Facilitators where they put their legal experience to use, as well as their discipline in the arts.
Rowan is a creative herself under RPH Productions. She writes music, poetry, and plays and performs this all often online. Rowan came to BAC with a drive for artistic inclusion, something which she also builds as a trustee of Activate Performing Arts.

Keith Hatch - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

Keith has lived in Bridport since 2002. His works as a Project Communications Officer with unionlearn, supporting workplace skills and learning, and is also involved with organising music events including the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Cursus Festival and annual WSO fundraisers.

When first moving to Bridport Keith was involved with BAC running the bar as well as putting on occasional events there and in other venues across the town. As well as music and events he is interested in environmental issues and has worked for Groundwork, Friends of the Earth and the South West TUC Green Workplaces Project.

Kinnari Saraiya - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

Kinnari graduated during the pandemic in 2020 and has struggled to be heard and supported by art organisations. She has joined the trustee board of Bridport Arts Centre to voice the young graduates that have conveniently been neglected through the crisis.

She has lived and worked in India, United States, Dubai and the United Kingdom and brings with her the experiences and differences in visual arts around the world.

Barry Armstrong-Marshall - Director, Bridport Arts Centre

I have lived in Dorset since 2002 and Dorchester since 2005. I have a commitment to public service having worked in local government for twenty years, including ten in the role of chief finance officer. Currently, my working time is divided between a financial technology company designing financial and economic forecasting models and working in the local West Dorset arts scene.  My interests include history, ornithology and photography.