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

We thank all our Trustees 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

Kate Adams MBE is a visual artist and co-founder and director of Project Art Works, the 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 Albuquerque is an architect with his own practice in the south east. He was previously Chairman of the RIBA South East and is currently advising the Pavilion on its exhibition celebrating 175 years of the RIBA. He lives at Bentley Wood in East Sussex, the house designed by Serge Chermayeff.

The Rt. Hon Gregory Barker

The Rt. Hon Gregory Barker was the longest serving UK energy minister for a generation, serving as Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change from 2010 to 2014. He presided over the largest ever expansion of UK clean energy, seeing the percentage of renewable electricity on the grid rise from 6% to 18%.

Greg represented the UK at all major International Climate negotiations between 2010 & 2014 and took a lead international role mobilising private climate finance for developing countries. After Greg stood down from Government in July 2014, he was appointed the Prime Minister’s envoy on Climate Change but relinquished this formal role ahead of leaving the House of Commons in March 2015 to re-join the private sector. He now serves on the board of, and advises several major companies both at home and abroad.

Greg was appointed chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission by Boris Johnson in January 2015 and also joined the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He is a trustee of the Climate Group and a member of the board of De La Warr Pavilion.

In recognition of his contribution to the UK Solar Industry, Greg was appointed honorary president of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) in May 2015.

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

To be updated shortly

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.

Jo Townshend

Jo Townshend  is the Senior Partnerships Manager  at UCL, London . She is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships with companies in the creative industries, arts, humanities and societal sectors. Jo was formerly the Founder Principal of Rye’s innovative Studio School and is known within the community for her partnership work with local schools, colleges and businesses as well as for her work in the arts world in and around Rye. Originally from Tenterden, Kent; Jo studied at Highworth School for Girls in Ashford before specialising in Fine Art Painting, gaining a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Judith West

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.

Councillor Mrs Deirdre Earl Williams

I have been a Rother District Councillor since 1999 and a County Councillor since 2018. I am an Independent Councillor and am Ward Councillor for Collington Bexhill. I currently am a Cabinet member with the portfolio for Tourism, Culture and the Public Realm.
I had a career in the theatre until I was 25 . I married a theatrical stage director in 1965 and moved to Bexhill in 1980. We have two sons.

My interests are the Ballet, theatre generally, the arts and books. I also come from quite a political family, hence my interest in local politics – and the bigger picture nationally.

I am a huge supporter of the DLWP, particularly since the advent of the current regime, as I believe we need to take the local residents with us as well as continuing to encourage the respect of the wider world for the wonderful art exhibitions, concerts and education programmes that make the DLWP a special place for everyone.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen

Professor Lawrence Zeegen is Dean of Design at Ravensbourne. 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