Meet the Trustees
Angela Rippon Broadcaster and Journalist
Plymouth-born Angela Rippon is a broadcast journalist and former newsreader and anchor of BBC One's Nine O'Clock News. Angela continues to present for national radio and television. Her career began in the South West at the ITV franchise Westward Television. Angela became Patron for SWFTA in 2013.
David Beadel Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Non-practicing Solicitor Ashfords LLP
David is a solicitor and consultant with regional law firm, Ashfords LLP. Appointed SWFTA's Chairman in May 2013, he brings both his professional experience and his relationships with the private and public sectors, built up from over 20 years as a member of the Plymouth business community.
Richard Bayly Former Director Government Office SW and Member of the Plymouth Culture Board. Trustee for the South West Image Bank
Richard is a retired Senior Civil Servant who comes from a Plymouth family. University at Bristol led to the Civil Service in 1973 working in London. In 1999 he moved back to the South West as Director in the Government Office for the South West, retiring in 2012. He has an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University and is a Trustee of the Plymouth Barbican Trust, a Governor of Plymouth Marjon University, a member of the Exeter Cathedral Council and a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon. Richard has a passion for the influence of Culture, as the policy which reaches what others fail to touch, and a fascination in leadership and authority without power.
Professor David Coslett
Professor David Coslett is a member of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University. He was Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive until January 2016. A distinguished and long serving academic, with a career spanning 25 years in the UK HE sector, David was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) where he was responsible for Student Experience, Curriculum Development, Academic Partnerships and External Relations. Prior to this, he held posts as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. For a number of years he was Head of the School of Art and Performance at the former Exeter College of Art and Design.
An expert in Theatre in Education and a champion of the University and city's cultural agenda, David was formerly secretary of the UK Council of University Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He serves on a number of Boards and Trusts, including the South West Film & Television Archive, and is Vice-Chair of the Plymouth Culture Board.
David holds degrees from the universities of Cardiff, Leeds and Durham and is a diplomate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Leo Devine Head of BBC South West
Leo worked as a journalist and presenter for the BBC in the East Midlands and London. He was appointed Assistant Editor at BBC Radio Leicester in 1991 and became Managing Editor of BBC Radio Cornwall in 1995. After a spell as Acting Head of Regional & Local Programmes in the South West in 1997, he took up the post of Editor, BBC Cambridge. In 1998, he became Head of Regional & Local Programmes for BBC West based in Bristol, and then moved on to be Head of Programming for the South West between 1999 and 2003. Since then he ran BBC North West and BBC South East, enjoying a number of senior roles co-ordinating editorial links between network news and the BBC newsrooms in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the English Regions. In 2010, Leo was announed as the Head of Regional & Local Programmes for BBC South West.
Jonathan Mills Director for Formedia
Jonathan works in marketing and PR. Born in Plymouth, Jonathan has a wide network of clients and knows how to introduce and unite organisations and applies this enthusiasm and commitment to SWFTA’s legacy. He is company director at Formedia with the goal of exceeding client expectations. His career spans more than 15 years in the B2B and B2C sectors. Jonathan has experience running marketing campaigns, company identity and branding, website development and publishing.
Nicola Moyle Head of Arts and Heritage at Plymouth City Council
Nicola Moyle is Head of Arts and Heritage at Plymouth City Council. Nicola has enjoyed an impressive 20-year long career as a key advocate for the City's heritage sector and is one of the key leads in The Box, Plymouth.
Jeremy Payne Former Managing Director HTV West and Wales
Jeremy has enjoyed a long career as a television journalist, presenter and producer in the UK, Australia and New Zealand leading to programme and broadcast management with ITV. He was the Founding Chair of South West Screen, the regional forerunner of Creative England.
Bob Sharpe Former Business Consultant, Consultant for the Plymouth Culture Board and Trustee for the South West Image Bank
Former Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Plymouth, Bob led on the transformation of the Library, Media and IT services at the University. He has also been active in the development of new approaches to the delivery of IT based information services. As a member of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Integrated Information Environment Committee he worked on strategies and programmes for resource discovery, digital repositories and electronic libraries and chaired the Steering Group for the JISC funded South West Regional Support Centre, supporting the development of e-learning in further education. Bob was a member of the South West Regional Development Agency ICT Strategy Group and was also the Chief Executive for the South West Museums Libraries and Archives Council. In 2009, he became a Business Consultant for SWFTA and developed partnerships and funding opportunities for the archive to ensure its continuation. In 2012, Bob took on the role of Trustee.