Who are we?

Here are the people currently involved in setting up and running Ashburton Arts.

Oliver Bosence is a surveyor specialising in the repair and adaptation of historic buildings for new uses (especially in and around Dartmoor) and an enthusiastic member of the Ashburton Singers, a choir which rehearses in the Methodist Church.

Penny Clark is a freelance editor, writer, poet and founder of Ashburton Writers Group and events & promotions officer at South Dartmoor Sixth Form.

Sarah Cobley is a freelance arts consultant, a Trustee of Arts and Health South West and Storybook Dads and is Director of Plymouth Dance CIC.

Su Maddock is an innovation consultant working on place-shaping and transformation of cities. She’s a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, Hon Fellow Manchester Business School & Royal Society of Arts Fellow. Her interests included dance and mental health recovery.

Francis Parffrey was a solicitor for donkeys years in Exeter. He now runs a solo legal practice from home in Ashburton where he’s also involved in and a trustee of the PCC of St Andrew’s Church. He is Treasurer to Ashburton Tennis Club and to the Benefice of the Ashburton and Moorland Team. He is a Governor at Sands School Ashburton.

Jenny Pickvance works for Age UK in Ashburton and volunteers with the South Devon Youth Justice Team; a music lover and an amateur stone sculptor.

Jyles Robillard-Day is the director of a group of restaurants.

Andrew Stacey is an artist known internationally for his murals, including a famous one in Exeter, plus  20 years experience as Public Art Advisor to Devon CC, Dartmoor NP and Teignbridge DC.

Andy Williamson is a jazz musician and choral director. Since 2011 he’s been putting on concerts as ‘Ashburton Live’, mostly in St Lawrence Chapel. In 2015 he stood for the Green Party in Central Devon.

Nils White is an historic buildings consultant, and has been a planner for Dartmoor National Park Authority and South Hams. He also plays keyboards with the local band Makiwa.