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The Board of Trustees

Chairman & WebmasterKaren Cheale
photo of karenKaren is a retired lecturer having taught in Dover, Wisbech Grammar School and Peterborough Regional College. She started out teaching mathematics but ended up teaching computing/IT/ITC whatever the latest acronym for it is. She is keeping her IT skills honed in retirement by looking after the Fenland Arts Association website and developing a new one. She has been interested in music from an early age, being sent to piano lessons and learning to play the recorder at primary school. She and Keith now play at and run local folk clubs. Drama and theatre have also been a strong interest, sparked off by taking part in numerous School plays. Throughout, she has been involved with amateur theatre, being a founder member of "Centre Group", in Wisbech. Two other members of Centre Group were Andy Naylor and Paul Meyer who were instrumental in resurrecting Wisbech's Georgian theatre, The Angles. She has been involved in acting, lighting, stage management , directing and even wrote a "Musical Fenland Folk Tale", which was performed at the Cromwell School - more than 20 years ago!! In retirement, she is delighted to be able to help an organisation which could inspire other people with a love for arts.
Vice ChairCorinna Gibson
Corinna Gibson

Hi, I'm a home maker, mother of three lively children and I live in March.

I started my adult life working in the Unit Trust department of Pearl Assurance in Peterborough. After leaving there to further my education, I was called upon to be a Home Carer, which was hard but rewarding work.

Later I got married, became a mother and moved to March. I have spent many years engaged in a variety of Community and Voluntary work ranging from helping in charity shops to currently being a tenant advisor with Roddons Housing Association. I recently also served for a term as parent governor at Burrowmoor Primary School.

I have helped organise a few charity events in recent years, working as part of team - which I have really enjoyed - and I hope to do more in the future.

I like to be involved in the local Community and I believe my strengths lie in my commitment, caring and social skills.

I look forward to working with Fenland Arts Association and relish the challenges that this new activity will bring.

TreasurerGodfrey Smith
Godfrey Smith

Godfrey Smith left school and joined a small firm of Chartered Accountants in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968 and retired as Chief Financial Officer for Bank of America's European leasing division in 2009. With a background in accountancy he took his first steps in the leasing world while working in the 1970s at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he was the audit manager responsible for Lloyds Leasing, the big ticket arm of Lloyds TSB Group. After leaving PwC, for a number of years he also worked as head of finance with The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. As he recalls, he was recruited by Rupert Murdoch himself. He got to know some of the newspaper's editors, including Andrew Neil and the famous Harold Evans, who wrote "Good Times, Bad Times", after resigning over a disagreement with Murdoch relating to editorial independence. Indeed, Godfrey Smith is one of the principal characters in the book. He recounts: "I regularly had coffee with Evans. I used to tell him that The Times would be a better newspaper if he put it into two sections, and put a business section separately." Apparently, following Smith's suggestion, Evans really made the paper into two sections, and in his book he attributes this to Smith, describing him as someone who spent more time telling him how to run his editorial section than giving him financial numbers. Smith got back into leasing again in 1990, when he worked for Sanwa Bank, based in Japan, which set up a leasing business in London. The company was sold to Fleet National Bank in 1999 and then, in 2004, to Bank of America. Asked why he was in leasing for so long, he says: "Because I have enjoyed the people and the products are interesting".

In his spare time and now in retirement his other interests is the Fringe Theatre, where he is trustee of The New End Theatre and Beyond, based in Leeds, Education as Chair of Governors of Glebelands Primary School in Chatteris and is a March Rotarian.

SecretaryKeith Cheale
photo of keithBorn a very long time ago in the far off distant Cardiff. Well there was a war on at the time. It might be better not to divulge too much about my growing up stage. Suffice it to say I got a degree in fine art at Canterbury and a certificate in Art Education in Birmingham. I taught in Walsall before moving to Chatteris in 1970 To become Head of the Art Dept. Where I have been until my retirement in 2000. As well as drawing and painting I enjoy a wide range of music and play the guitar and mandolin. I run folk clubs in March and Chatteris. I have also been involved in local drama groups as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Chatteris.
Board Member i/c Film ClubMarietta Keenoy
photo of mariettaMarietta has been a Complementary Therapist for 25 years and runs her own business. Her voluntary work keeps her busy the rest of the time. She is Chair of March Area Regeneration and Development Trust, is part of the St Georges Fayre committee and has recently started up a group a ladies group at the Conservative Club in March. Marietta was born round the corner to the National Gallery in London and her interest in art and all it entails started from an early age. Having come to live in March 28 years ago she loves the sense of Community and has great pleasure in giving something back.