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As a charity we are governed by a group of Trustees who lend us their support and expertise.


The Board of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust is seeking several new Trustees to work with us towards rebuilding the organisation with creative engagement, inclusivity and community relevance at its heart.

Please visit our Jobs & Opportunities page for more details


We thank our Board of Trustees (below)  for their generous support.

Julian Bird (Chair)

Julian is the Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and Theatrical Management Association. He also acts as the Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards, the UK’s main annual theatre awards ceremony.

Steve Williams (Vice Chair)

Steve Williams was recently Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary of Unilever, Steve remains Special Counsel. He is Senior Independent Director of Whitbread PLC, and a Director of Croda International PLC. He is also currently interim Chairman of Arts & Business, has overseen the redevelopment of Unilever House, the development of the Unilever art collection and the major sponsorship of Tate Modern. Steve lives in London.

Kate Adams (retired from Board December 2021)

Kate Adams MBE is a visual artist and co-founder and director of Project Art Works, the Turner Prize-nominated,  Hastings-based arts organisation that explores and promotes new, practical and philosophical approaches to the meaningful involvement in visual art of people who have complex impairments. Their work embraces the services, professionals and processes that surround people who require support in all areas of their lives.

Project Art Works initiates responsive, collaborative projects with artists, galleries, psychologists, children and adults who have severe neurological impairment and their families. Kate’s experience as the mother of a man with complex needs is central to the organisation’s informed approach. Their practice requires a high degree of knowledge and sensitivity to the ethical issues arising from the inclusion of people who cannot knowingly consent to their involvement in art and culture.

Sean Albuquerque

Sean is an architect who runs a practice based in the south east.  Previously living in Serge Chermayeff’s house Bentley Wood in East Sussex, he has been involved with the Pavilion for more than ten years, bringing his expertise of 20th century building conservation.  Sean teaches in the school of architecture at Brighton, has been an RIBA Councillor, and chair of RIBA South East Region.

Judy Cligman

Judy Cligman was recently Director of Strategy and Business Development at Heritage Lottery Fund, having joined the Fund in 1996, soon after the start of the National Lottery. An architectural historian, graduating from UCL and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she has over 30 years experience of conservation and funding of heritage projects. A huge enthusiast for the De La Warr Pavilion, she is now splits her time between living in London and a home of 1911 in the Arts and Crafts style in Collington, Bexhill-On-Sea.

Ainsley Gill

Ainsley Gill is a director of McPhersons Chartered Accountants, a leading, long established local business. He has many years of experience in working with owner-managed businesses of different sizes and in a wide range of sectors including the leisure, tourism and hospitality. He is past President of Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism,  past chairman of Battle Round Table, has been a local school governor and sits on the local panel for Let’s do Business Finance. He is delighted to be part of the team of Trustees at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Howard Lovell

Howard Lovell spent over 30 years as a management consultant with Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, helping companies shape and deliver business change in the UK and internationally. Most recently, he was CEO of Deloitte Switzerland. Howard has always had a passion for coaching and leadership development, and today he advises a number of business executives. He is Chair of the Capital Appeals Committee, and spends his time between East Sussex and London.

Averil Price

Averil is Corporate Director – Communities and Customers – at Wealden District Council in East Sussex. As Director of Avie Consultancy Ltd. Averil also provides executive coaching and leadership mentoring within local government and to SME owners and serves as a Trustee of the national charity for everyday walking, Living Streets. She has held a number of senior leadership positions in local government since 2002 demonstrating significant knowledge in service transformation and instilling a commercial culture within the local authority environment. She championed the creation of Ignite Chelmsford setting the vision and strategy for transforming arts, heritage and culture in the City and instigated major £40m+ projects to redevelop Chelmsford’s leisure and heritage venues. Averil also sits on  the Capital Appeals Committee.

Cllr Susan Prochak

Sue Prochak is the longest serving Councillor on Rother District Council standing as a Liberal Democrat and has held many different positions. She is now Deputy Leader. Before retiring Sue worked all over the world training English language teachers. She also trained test writers and wrote test material for international examination boards.

She has always been a passionate supporter of the De La Warr and was a Councillor when there was the first major investment in 2005. She is proud of voting against the ruling group proposing to sell the De La Warr to Weatherspoons for £1. A proposal which was finally lost, by the way, by one vote.

Daphne Thissen

Daphne is a business and stakeholder engagement professional with a wealth of experience and insight in leading client feedback, building relationships and networking. Her consultancy, Thissen Consulting, helps clients improve their relationships with current and prospective clients, to help make organisations be more successful and to reach their full potential.

Originally from the Netherlands and trained as an architectural historian, Daphne moved to the UK to work for English Heritage. Following a role as Development Director at The Employment Policy Institute, she spent over ten years at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UK, researching, reporting and advising on public and cultural diplomacy as well as bilateral public policies for cultural collaborations.


Cllr Hazel Timpe

An Independent Rother District Councillor for Sackville Ward and Lead member for Communities, Tourism and Culture, elected in 2019.

Over 40 years civil service, business to business and hospitality sector experience both in management and ownership.  Since retiring to Bexhill in 2008, I have been a volunteer business mentor for the long term unemployed, a volunteer and Trustee of the Association of Carer and an approved Princes Trust mentor.


Judith West (retired from Board December 2021)

Judith West works part time for English National Opera and was Director of Operations and Resources at the National Portrait Gallery. She is also a non-executive Director of the Enterprises Board of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen

Professor Lawrence Zeegen’s  professional design / illustration clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design and advertising agencies spanning over 1000 commissions across 25 years. He is Vice President of ico-D, the International Council for Design Associations and is a Trustee of D&AD, as well as Education Advisor to the Design Council’s Sounding Board, a member of the Exhibition Committee at the House of Illustration and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Zeegen is author of six published books on contemporary illustration including Ladybird by Design and was co-curator of Ladybird by Design at the De La Warr Pavilion in 2015.

The Capital Appeals Committee was formed in 2019 to support the Board of Trustees with strategy and fundraising activity with regards to capital investment in our Grade One Listed building.

The Committee members are: Howard Lovell (Chair), Judith Cligman, Sydney Levinson, Averil Price, Derek Stevens, Daphne Thissen