Our people

The Witham is a community arts centre run by a small team of paid staff, supported by about 40 volunteers and a Board of Trustees who work without remuneration.

Find out more about who we are, what we do, and how you could be involved…


Our venue team comprises:

  • Susan Coffer, Centre Manager
  • Stacey Beckley, General Assistant
  • Josh Normanton, Technical Support
  • Alex Sneath, Technician

Regular members of our café team are:

  • Suzanne Wallace, Café Bar Manager with support from Linda Harding, Maureen Hume, Raymond Smailes and Jessica Sowersby.


The Witham Hall Limited is governed by a board of trustees all of whom are registered at 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY. Roles include:

Shelagh Avery: Chair, with oversight of strategy and delivery including organisation structure.

Ada Burns: Vice Chair, governance, compliance, recovery planning, business performance management, volunteer strategy.

Jill Cole: Programme and arts advice, liaison with Arts Council, fundraising with arts-led Trusts/Charities, programme evaluation.

Nicky Grace: Finance, management accounting, fundraising, cash flow and fundraising strategy.

Hazel Spencer: Business engagement and sponsorship, non-arts related fundraising, internal business processes and skill development.

Lynda Winstanley: Portfolio TBA

Michelle Gorman: Durham County Council Observer.

Peter Hodges: Advisor to the Board


The Witham community arts centre is enhanced by over 40 volunteers in a wide variety of roles such as stewards for events, box office attendants, general handymen, bar work,  office support, marketing assistants – even an amateur photographer.

In addition to drawing on their existing skills, we provide training and support where necessary. We communicate regularly with them – including face-to-face through a regular monthly meeting, and also via social media. We are very grateful to each and every one of them for their invaluable contribution. The Witham would not be able to operate without their support.

We’re currently looking for volunteers in the following areas: Box Office and Visitor Information Assistants, Stewards, somebody with Advanced Excel skills.

Become a volunteer