WHO WE ARE

The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed day to day by a small staff team. We are also fortunate to enjoy the support of an active team of volunteers.

Our Team

To contact any of the staff team please email: info@sidneynolantrust.org

  • Anna Brennand: Director

    As former Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, a World Heritage Site in Shropshire, Anna has a wealth of experience in multi-million pound redevelopment projects and these projects have won many awards. A qualified accountant, Anna has previously worked at a senior level in a FTSE 100 firm of international moneybrokers, and also in the leisure and hospitality industry as well as central government. Most recently Anna has been CEO of a rural regeneration charity in north-east Scotland developing plans for an historic whisky distillery. Anna joined the Trust in February 2021.

  • Antony Mottershead: Creative Producer

    Antony develops and manages our creative programmes, exhibitons, learning, and collections and archive.

    He trained in Fine Art Photography and has worked in the arts & cultural sector for over 10 years. Previously he was Arts Development Officer for Orkney Islands Council, and helped develop Forestry England's national arts programme Forest Art Works. He is a Clore Emerging Leader.

  • Hollie Brookes: Finance and Administration Manager

    Hollie manages our office, alongside looking after our volunteering team, running our successful holiday let, and managing social media platforms.

    Hollie is an experienced office manager having previously run her family business office and spent time working through the ranks of retail management. Hollie completed her CMI Level 5 in Leadership and Management and completed an AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping.

  • Kiefer Whitlock: Groundskeeper

    Kiefer manages grounds and gardens, including all areas of maintenance work, as well as managing our team of gardening volunteers.

    Kiefer studied film and photography at university and now combines his love for art and the natural world in his role here at the Rodd. For many years Kiefer has worked as the gardener and groundsman at multiple stately homes in the local area.

  • Helena Watt: Visitor Experience Assistant

    Helena helps to look after visitors to The Rodd and all things front of house.

    She trained in Fine Art, specialising in printmaking at Falmouth University. She is a Forest school leader, and a working artist. Helena is also an accomplished musician and lives off-grid in a woodland cabin.

  • Faith Limbrick: Visitor Experience Assistant

    Faith helps to look after visitors to The Rodd and all things front of house.

    She studied Intermedia Art at Edinburgh College of Art and has been a practicing artist for over 10 years, making digital video, small sculptures and performance. Faith recently moved to South Shropshire and is enjoying countryside life and many long walks.

Board of Trustees

Lucy Trench (Chair) has worked in publishing and in museums, as a conservator, editor, writer and educator. She was Head of Interpretation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, then at the Science Museum. She has links with Herefordshire and with Australia.

Lord Lipsey (President & Treasurer) a life peer, chairs the All Party Groups on Classical Music and on Statistics. An economist and past financial regulator, David is a former political editor of The Economist and deputy editor of two national newspapers. He was an adviser to James Callaghan as prime minister and to Anthony Crosland, the foreign secretary.

Gub Neal is an Emmy award-winning, BAFTA nominated TV drama producer who is currently Creative Director of Ringside Studios. He has been a Controller of Drama for Granada and Head of Drama for Channel 4, and his credits include the multi-award-winning dramas Cracker, Prime Suspect, The Fall, Queer as Folk, Sunday, Longitude and Shackleton.

Professor David Ferry RE is one of the UK’s leading printmakers with work in many national and international collections. In 2018 David curated an exhibition of unknown late Nolan spray paintings, titled the 'Celtic Image'  for the Burren Annual exhibition in Ireland.

Alison Giles has worked in arts management, specialising in classical music, with organisations including The Sixteen, The Monteverdi Choir, The Tallis Scholars and Music at Oxford. Now resident in Wales, she produces Presteigne Festival and Brecon Baroque Festival and oversees their community projects. She also works as a consultant in arts and heritage fundraising.

Gria Shead is a contemporary Australian Artist. Her work is collected both in Australia and internationally. Gria’s work establishes Kate Kelly, sister of Ned Kelly, as a key element in the Australian visual narrative. In 2019 Gria was the international artist in residence at the Sidney Nolan Trust.