Who We Are


Vanessa Clarke, Centre Manager

Vanessa joined the team in 2021. She is your first point of contact for enquiries and bookings. You can contact her at info@painswickcentre.com

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Susie Andrews, Communications & Marketing

Susie volunteered for the Centre for two years before Covid got in the way, setting up social media accounts and helping to get the message out about what was going on at the Centre. Her career background was in sustainable housing & communities, and she has a passion for community regeneration. Susie is part of the Fundraising and Business Development sub-groups, and is excited to be part of ensuring a long-term future for The Painswick Centre at the heart of the village. You can contact her at marketing@painswickcentre.com.

Vivien Barr

Vivien Barr, Chair of the Trustees

For over 30 years Vivien has been a member of The Arts Society Painswick (formerly PADFAS), which meets in The Painswick Centre most months. She was elected a Trustee in 2018 and Chair of the Trustees in 2019, and always helps out whenever she can at events from Wick-Flix screenings, Fish & Chips nights, and community events like the Love Painswick fairs. You can contact her at vivien.barr@painswickcentre.com.

Ally Davis

Allyson Davis, Trustee

Allyson moved to Painswick in 1974, but before that she spent some years in South Africa at secondary school and then as a secretary. When her children were younger she was part of both the Playgroup and The Croft School parent committees. Later Ally trained as a nurse and is now a Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Allyson became a Trustee a few years ago and sits on the Finance & Resources sub-group, and is also one of the Wick-Flix Steering Group members. You can contact her at allyson.davis@painswickcentre.com.


Judie Hill, Trustee

Judie moved to Painswick in 2008 from Hong Kong, where she had been Assistant Principal in a multi-national school. Before becoming a Trustee in 2012, Judie was Chair of Art Couture Painswick (ACP), which staged six incredible annual festivals in the village, as well as opening a gallery in The Painswick Centre. ACP was honoured to gain the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018. Judie sits on the Business Development and Fundraising sub-groups. You can contact her at judie.hill@painswickcentre.com.

John Podmore

John Podmore, Trustee

John is Professor of Sociology at the University of Durham, an international criminal justice consultant and former Governor of HMP Brixton and HMP Belmarsh. He has worked widely in the charitable sector as a chair and is trustee of a number of organisations, including the Frank Longford Charitable trust which offers a range of financial and mentoring support for young serving and ex-prisoners to continue their rehabilitation at university. He is also a member of the South West Regional Advisory Board of the Canal and River Trust. John became a Trustee of The Painswick Centre in 2021 and sits on the Fundraising sub-group. You can contact him at john.podmore@painswickcentre.com.
Martyn Smith

Martyn Smith, Trustee

Martyn moved to Painswick in 2001, and has worked largely in Finance throughout his career, sixteen years of which were with Dyson. He volunteered to become a Trustee when the Centre was looking for someone with finance experience. Martyn sits on the Finance & Resources and Fundraising sub-groups, and is using his experience to help the Centre develop financial sustainability in the long term. You can contact him at martyn.smith@painswickcentre.com.

Dawn Tyson

Dawn Tyson, Trustee

When she moved to Painswick in 2012 from a tiny rural community in Scotland, Dawn became just as involved in The Painswick Centre as she had been at her old village hall. She quickly went from willing friend and volunteer to minutes secretary and then Trustee, via a brief period as Centre Manager. Dawn sits on the Finance & Resources sub-group and is also part of the Wick-Flix steering group. You can contact her at dawn.tyson@painswickcentre.com.

Roy Wallis

Roy Wallis, Trustee

Roy moved to Painswick in 2007 to be near his family who are based in Cheltenham, and began as a volunteer for the Centre in 2018 before becoming a Trustee in 2021, sitting on the Business Development sub-group. His background is in Marketing, Direct Mail Advertising and Office Equipment, as well as running his own companies, and he has been a mentor for The Prince's Trust. Roy has spent a good deal of time playing and singing in bands, and enjoyed playing (and now watching) golf, football, cricket and badminton. You can contact him at roy.wallis@painswickcentre.com.

John Williamson

John Williamson, Trustee

John spent his career with BAE SYSTEMS. Although trained as an Aerodynamicist, he spent the majority of his working life looking after the company’s business interests around the world living in India, Indonesia and South Africa. Following his retirement to Farnham in 2010 he was elected as an Independent Town and Borough Councillor and was on the managing board of a local day Centre for the elderly, an Art Gallery and was a School Governor. John retired again in 2018 to live in Painswick but it wasn’t long before he became a Trustee at The Painswick Centre, and he now sits on the Finance & Resources sub-group. You can contact him at john.williamson@painswickcentre.com.