Meet our trustee and staff team
Lichfield Arts is run by a team of enthusiastic, experienced trustees and staff. Collectively they have responsibility for the running of Lichfield Arts.
Phil Beale – Chair
I became a Trustee of Lichfield Arts in 2013, and am now Chair. As well as steering the organisation’s overall strategic direction, development and operation I am the trustee responsible for Fuse and volunteer regularly at our concerts and festivals.
I have a passion for music and the arts, and play guitar and compose/record original music with my band Maximum 90. We have played at Fuse three times, and it was this that first sparked my interest in joining the organisation.
I became a trustee in April 2022. For three years previous to that, I had been part of the team for Lichfield Festival of Folk.
I have a background in business and for the last thirty years have run my own language training and proofreading company; I’ve also been a trustee of another charity involved in promoting recycling.
I plan to offer the skills I’ve learned in my business career to help move Lichfield Arts forward in its journey to deliver quality events and outreach projects to the city.
Brian Pretty – Honorary President
Brian first volunteered for Lichfield Arts in the 80’s to run the bar, and was appointed administrator and then director in the 90’s.
Besides formulating the artistic programme, he introduced the Real Ale, Jazz & Blues Festival in 1990, followed by beer festivals.
Brian was founding director of Fuse for 11 years before finally retiring in 2011.
Following his passing in March 2023 Brian is sadly missed but his legacy lives on.
Stuart Davies – Vice President
I have been associated with Lichfield Arts for over fourteen years, ten of them as Assistant Director. I am a trustee and have been Vice President since 2015.
I am Chair of the L2F Lichfield Festival Of Folk Committee. I am also a trustee of Wildfire Folk and co-founder and ‘captain’ of Lichfield Lighthouse Company.
You will also see me as MC or Chief Steward at many of our concerts and events.
Rob Tilston – Trustee
I am a trustee of Lichfield Arts with responsibility for looking after the bar – a subject dear to my heart.
I have been a volunteer for 15 years or more with Lichfield Arts, and have been a trustee since 2005 including a stint as chair of the organisation for two years.
My wife Liz is also a volunteer.
Tim Perks – Trustee
I have been involved in Lichfield Arts for over 17 years and have been on the management committee for over 10.
Until recently I was the Marketing Manager and Artistic Programmer for Lichfield Arts.
I have been both vice-chair and chair of Lichfield Arts in the past and I was the Fuse festival director for 3 years.
I am a graphic designer in my professional life and in my other free time I play guitar in a blues and soul band, The Sleaze Brothers.
Simon Horton – Trustee
I joined Lichfield Arts in April 2023 to oversee the creative direction of the organisation, as well as the exploration and development of new artistic avenues.
My background is in arts and media, including graphic design, music, writing, and working for many years in the television industry as a director and producer.
My personal interests focus on ecological issues, travel, and a love of the arts in all its various forms, in particular a passionate love of music and film.
Simon Smith – Trustee
I joined Lichfield Arts in Spring 2023 with responsibility for identifying possible funding sources to enable the organisation to develop its programme of arts events.
I am employed as a civil servant and bring experience in grant funding, stakeholder engagement and project management to the organisation.
I have a keen interest in theatre and performance and was previously a student at Birmingham School of Acting.
Mark Jones – Administration Manager
I have been Lichfield Arts Administration Manager since 2014. I am involved in many areas of the organisation including Fuse, L2F and the Blues & Jazz Festival, as well as assisting the trustee team in the running of the organisation.
Before this my career was based in the Civil Service for many years.
As well as live music I enjoy photography, motorsport, reading, rock climbing and would like to try more extreme sports since doing a bungee jump in 2019.
Justine Strange – Accounts Administrator
After taking redundancy and relocating from Hampshire, I have been working part time for Lichfield Arts as the Accounts Administrator since September 2018.
I live with my husband, son and springer spaniel Stowford in Sutton Coldfield and we have all thoroughly enjoyed attending gigs and festivals since I joined the team.
Lichfield is truly a beautiful place and I feel privileged to work here and be part of the great work Lichfield Arts are doing in bringing the community together.