Meet the Trustees

Angela Rippon - Television Broadcaster and Journalist
Plymouth born Angela Rippon is an English television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter. She presented radio and television news programmes in South West of England before moving to BBC One's Nine O'Clock News, becoming a regular presenter in 1975. Angela became Patron for SWFTA in 2013.
David Beadel (Chairman) – Consultant for Ashfords LLP
David is a solicitor and consultant with regional law firm, Ashfords LLP. Appointed SWFTA's Chairman in May 2013, he brings to the archive 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. After University at Bristol he joined the Civil Service in 1973 and worked in London in a number of policy areas including Railways, Housing and Environmental Protection as well as spells in Human Resource Management and Finance. He had secondments to the Private Sector and British Rail, the latter as Director, Privatisation Studies. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office in 1997 to work on modernising government and this led to an 18 month spell running the Civil Service College. In 1999 he moved back to the South West as Director in the Government Office for the South West where he worked until retiring in 2012 with a focus on promoting Economic Development, Regeneration and Social and Economic Inclusion. He was given an honorary Doctorate by Plymouth University in 2010 and as well as being a Trustee of SWFTA is a Trustee of the Plymouth Barbican Trust, a Governor of the University of St Mark and St John (Plymouth), 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. He is married with two daughters, lives north of Plymouth near Milton Combe where he breeds pigs and is a Churchwarden at St Leonard’s Sheepstor.

John Bowers - Former Head of Resources, TSW
John has spent all of his working life in Broadcast Television Engineering and has worked in Australia and the USA before joining Westward Television and Television South West. He worked in various engineering roles ending as Head of Resources. After the demise of TSW, John set up a Television Outside Broadcast Facilities Company with a Programme Director colleague, during which time he worked in Hong Kong as a Project Manager on the Wharf Cable TV Project. John retired in 2002 and became a SWFTA Trustee in 2013. 

Professor David Coslett - Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Plymouth University
David is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University. Previously he was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor his main responsibilities include Student Experience and External Relations. In addition he speaks on behalf of the university on cultural issues and is engaged with the wider culture agenda of the city of Plymouth and region. As well as serving on a number of Boards and Trusts including SWFTA he is Vice-Chair of the Plymouth Culture Board. David is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Leo Devine – Head of BBC South West Region
Leo's broadcasting career began in the Eighties when he 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 is one of our newer trustees to be appointed and brings marketing and public relations experience to the board. He was born here in Plymouth and is incredibly well connected, He knows how to introduce and unite organisations such as ours, and his enthusiasm and commitment to SWFTA’s legacy is undoubted. There’s even a rumour we have  footage of a much younger Jonathan performing on TV somewhere in the archive!

Nicola Moyle - Head of Arts and Heritage (PCC)
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 the lead client for the Plymouth History Centre Project. 

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 (SWFTA), Consultant for the Plymouth Culture Board and Trustee for the South West Image Bank.
Previously Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Plymouth, Bob's impressive career record includes leading 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 also enjoyed membership 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 took on the role of Business Consultant for SWFTA whereby he developed vital key partnerships and funding opportunities for the archive to ensure its continuation. In 2012, with the appointment of SWFTA's Archive Director, Bob stepped into the role of Trustee for the archive and in addition, took on the role of Trustee for the South West Image Bank. 

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