Who We Are
Get to know some of the key staff, volunteers, helpers and people who keep the arts centre going. We have a board of trustees overseeing a hardworking team who run things on a day-to-day basis.
Big thanks to everyone who’s helped us throughout the years. Our events wouldn’t come together without you, whether you’ve put tables away, made decorations, bought a drink or simply stopped by to show your support.
Caro (Dr. C)
Installation Artist in Residence
About Dr. C
Dr. C is a volunteer and a key part of our events team, as well as the go-to person for everything from proofreading to funding applications. As well as having a PhD in physical chemistry and a foundation diploma in Art, Design and media studies.
Dr. C is the recipient of a DYCP grant from ACE
Potter in Residence
Under the name Decreate, Dan has established a successful and unconventional artistic practice. His studio has been at the heart of High Wycombe’s artistic community for many years. As well as being our Resident Artist, Dan has been our unofficial art director since joining the team in 2018.
Dane’s been offering a helping hand at the arts centre since falling in love with the place at an open mic. A novelist and successful freelance writer with a background in marketing, Dane joined us in 2020 to run our social media presence.
Bar and Duty Manager
Fran joined our drama group as a set designer (her original profession) before continuing as a volunteer and then taking on her current role as bar and duty manager. We welcomed her back to the day-to-day team in early 2021 after some well-earned maternity leave.
Board member & Projects Director for SDC
Isolte is a founding member of award-winning performance company Signdance Collective. She has a degree from the California Institute of the Arts and pioneered “signdance”, a unique fusion of sign theatre, dance and live music.
Housekeeper and Artist
As well as keeping the arts centre clean and tidy for all the events, Laurie has an interest in many disciplines of art and loves trying new techniques. During the first lockdown, Laurie self-published her first novel, and she's currently working on the second in the trilogy.
Drumojo Mike helped to save the old St. John’s Church building and to convince Buckinghamshire Council to create an arts centre. Mike founded “Arts4Every1” as a charity back in 2011 and oversaw all aspects of its early days. He launched many amazing events including his drumming workshops and our monthly Sunday Jam.
Neil is our talented photographer in residence. His photographs are about recording life from an alternative perspective and seeing things differently, visualising stories, preserving memories and capturing life.
Ruth had just retired from working in higher education at BNU when she took the helm at the Arts Centre at the start of 2018. Super dedicated and passionate about the creative arts, she oversees bookings, develops the programme and makes sure that our doors stay open. If you’ve got a problem, Ruth can solve it.
Tabitha is an artist and poet from our exhibitions team who’s spearheading a permanent rotating art gallery in our cafe space. A keen animal-lover (she’s never eaten one), she can often be found showing people around Hughenden Manor when she’s not helping out at our events or curating our artwork.
Tony sits on our board and keeps official tabs on the arts centre while acting as our liason with the council. Also on the committees at Wycombe Museum and Wycombe Heritage & Arts Trust, he’s a busy man in the local community. Still, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, and he performs a variety of key behind the scenes roles at the arts centre.
Buckinghamshire Music Trust
The Buckinghamshire Music Trust aims to provide outstanding music education, including instrumental and vocal lessons at school and at their Bucks-based music centres. Find out more about the Buckinghamshire Music Trust.
HWBIDCo is a Business Improvement District (BID), an independent, not-for-profit partnership that’s democratically elected to work on behalf of over 675 businesses within High Wycombe town centre. Find out more about HWBIDCo.
HW Central Aid
Established in 1906 to help High Wycombe’s poor, HW Central Aid now provides furniture, appliances, furnishings and flooring to the homeless and referred clients going through a crisis throughout Bucks. Find out more about HW Central Aid.
Signdance Collective International is a UK-based dance theatre company and our company in residence, specialising in a fusion of sign theatre, dance and live original music. Find out more about Signdance Collective.
Social Link is a charity that provides social clubs and day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to meet, develop independence skills and enjoy weekly activities. Find out more about Social Link.