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, 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 and shop (including visitor information), general maintenance and gardening work, café bar support, office assistance – even an amateur photographer.

In addition to drawing on existing skills, we provide training and support where necessary. We communicate regularly with our volunteers – including face-to-face, through a regular monthly meeting and emails. 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 are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas: Box Office and Visitor Information Assistants, Stewards and Café Bar support.

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