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The Secret Garden: Trustees

Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Chair of The Antony Dale Trust

Gavin Henderson, a very well known figure on the national arts and higher education scene, has been instrumental in setting up The Antony Dale Trust and The Secret Garden.

A Brightonian, Gavin began his art studies at Brighton Art College, and then specialised in sculpture at Kingston College of Art, and at the Slade School of Fine Art under Reg Butler. Gavin exhibited his work with the Young Contemporaries, and his one man shows included an exhibition at Anthony Reynolds’s first gallery.

As Director of South Hill Park Arts Centre, Gavin oversaw a major programme of exhibitions, residencies and courses. He curated the international exhibition of Picasso and the Theatre for Brighton Festival, of which he became Artistic Director (1984-94). He is currently a Trustee of The Estorick Collection and of the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) Art Collection.

Until recently Gavin Henderson was Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and his previous posts include Principal of Trinity Laban and Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School.

Anne Boddington, Trustee

Educated as an architect, urbanist and cultural geographer, Anne has 35-years’ experience in higher education and 20 in senior leadership, most recently as PVC for Research, Business & Innovation.

Her experience includes strategic and organisational design, business planning/finance, quality assurance in teaching and research, career development and international partnerships. She has worked for the UK Government’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), with museums and the cultural sector and as a strategic research reviewer for UKRI.

Caroline Cowley, Trustee

Caroline Cowley is a freelance interior designer and project manager. She grew up locally and was educated at Lancing College before studying American and Commonwealth Arts at Exeter University, spending a year of her degree course studying photography at UCSC. Following graduation she combined her practical and creative skills to set up a team of muralists working on private commissions in London and the U.S., which developed into an interior design consultancy. 


Jackie FitzGerald, Trustee

Jackie FitzGerald has studied sculpture in Brighton, and studied Fine Art at Northbrook College. She has worked for The Royal Collections at Buckingham Palace and on projects at The Royal Academy of Art. She has exhibited in a number of group shows and in the Brighton Festival Open Houses. A resident of Kemp Town, Jackie has been closely involved in every aspect of launching the Secret Garden project and its first exhibition. 


Stephen Neiman, Trustee and Treasurer

Stephen Neiman set up The Antony Dale Trust with Gavin Henderson. Throughout his career, Stephen has been involved in major arts projects, both nationally and internationally. He has played a leading role in several charities in Brighton & Hove, including: Founder and Trustee of The Old Market Trust, Chair of the Brighton Youth Orchestra and Regency Society and President of the Brighton Soirée and Hove Rotary Clubs. He is also Secretary of the Hanover Band Foundation.

Vaughan Rees OBE, Trustee

Vaughan Rees was private secretary to the minister for the arts in Whitehall. On leaving Whitehall he was appointed secretary to the Corporation, the Royal Albert Hall, and in retirement he has engaged in a number of public service/voluntary activities. including becoming a Martlet's Champion and the deputy Chair of the Kemptown Society. 

Talia Rodgers, Trustee 

Talia Rodgers is the Head of Higher Education at Digital Theatre. From 1991-2015 she was Publisher for Literature, Theatre and Performance Studies at Routledge. In the mid-1990s Talia managed the launch of the third edition of the Arden Shakespeare, and also the journal 'Performance Research’. She is also a trustee of Flute Theatre: Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences. 


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