The Team 2017-12-01T08:57:56+00:00

We’re a friendly team at the Burton and welcome you to get in touch with us to ask questions about our exhibitions, café, museum, products in the shop or anything else.

Take a look at each team members’ biographies as this will help you work out where to focus your enquiries.

Chris Kirby
Chris KirbyExecutive Director
I am in the privileged position of leading the Burton after working for many years in different national and regional museums across the country. Originally from the West Midlands, I have moved to North Devon quite recently and am taking time to explore the natural wealth of the beautiful local landscape. My passions include my amazingly talented family and all forms of arts and heritage with a particular interest in ancient Egypt. Amongst my favourite artists are Claude Monet and Salvador Dali.
Warren Collum
Warren CollumExhibitions and Collections Manager
I’ve worked at the Burton for the past 16 years and have developed a real love for the gallery’s collection and its history. Having a background and passion for natural history, and in particular ‘Plein air’ wildlife art, much of my spare time is spent painting and discovering wildlife in my local area. I live in Westward Ho! with Emma my wife and three children, Reuben, Vaughan and Moses and our ‘Sprocker’ spaniel, Hugo.

Tel: 01237 471455

Barbara Buss
Barbara BussFinance Officer
I look after the finances of The Burton and, born in London, I moved to Devon with my husband two years ago. It’s a peaceful place, with sunsets and sunrises to die for. When I‘m not working I enjoy sewing, painting, crafts and reading and one of my favourite artists is Paul Klee.

Tel: 01237 471455

Naomi Wilson
Naomi Wilson Visitor Services Assistant
I moved to Devon six years ago with my husband and have been working at The Burton since 2015, helping visitors. I enjoy the friendly team, meeting lots of different people and the constant access to yummy cakes from Café du Parc.
I’m from Exeter but enjoy North Devon as it’s full of amazing beaches, wild, rocky cliff paths, fresh air and big smiles. Life outside of work is taken up by a fun, cheeky little dog called Nate Dogg. My fave artists are Peter Lanyon, Gustav Klimt and I love photography by Diane Arbus and Martin Parr.

Tel: 01237 471455

Sarah Edwards
Sarah EdwardsBuyer
I love interacting with customers and helping them find gifts. The team here at the Burton are friends as well as colleagues, so we make each day as fun as possible, although we eat too much cake!
I’m from Bideford and love the Bucks Mills beach, the woods and exploring National Trust properties. There are so many places for our children to play and enjoy a picnic. I love the work of Gillian Ayres

Tel: 01237 471455

Kate McKinnel
Kate McKinnelVisitor Services Assistant
I’m one of the friendly faces at the front desk. I was born in Australia but grew up in the glorious countryside of North Devon, where a lot of my spare time is taken up with exercising an energetic puppy. Amongst the art here at the Burton, I love the watercolours of Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards and paintings by David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

Tel: 01237 471455

Amy Deemer
Amy DeemerFront of House Manager
I have lived in North Devon all my life, bar a bit of travelling here and there. I have a keen interest in the art and architecture of different cultures, particularly intricate mosaic and decorative tile work and sculpture. In my spare time I enjoy discovering secret coves and woodlands, and exploring secluded beaches.

Tel: 01237 471455

Lisa de Fraine
Lisa de FraineVisitor Services Assistant
I have lived in North Devon all my 32 years, leaving only to explore the world at 18 and returning a year later to settle in Cardiff to study for three years where I achieved a Ceramic BA. I am inspired by jewellery designer Ruth Tomlinson, ceramists Edmund de Waal and Toshiko Takaezu, printmakers Lisa Congdon and Dorothy Larcher and photographer/film maker Wim Wenders.
Since returning to Devon over 9 years ago, I have had two incredible children who keep me busy on dinosaur walks, pirate adventures and coastal explorations come rain or shine (normally rain).

Tel: 01237 471455

For general enquires

01237 471 455

info@theburton.org

For enquires to Tourist Information

01237 477 676

info@theburton.org