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:

Suzanne Wallace – Operations Manager
Jessica Sowersby – Café Bar Supervisor & Duty Manager
Jane Woodward – Marketing Officer & Duty Manager
Peter Normanton – Duty Manager
Josh Normanton – Building Maintenance Assistant
Marilyn Normanton – Volunteer Shop Manager
Becca Stanger – Duty Manager

Regular members of our café team are:

  • Jessica Sowersby, Linda Hardling, Stacey Beckley, Raymond Smales, Ellie Wilkinson, Becca Stanger and Jane Woodward.


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: Co-Chair, with oversight of strategy and delivery including organisation structure.

Ian Brown: Co-Chair, with oversight of legal and constitutional matters.

Nicky Grace: Finance, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Sub-group

Peter Hodges: Oversight of the heritage building and Chair of the Building Operation Sub-group

Hazel Spencer: Business engagement and sponsorship, communications, HR strategy and implementation, Chair of the HR Subgroup.

Helen Ross: DCC observer

Michael McGarry: 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