The Burton Staff

DirectorIan Danby

Exhibitions and Collections ManagerWarren Collum

Museum and Curatorial AssistantNicole Hicken

Learning and Engagement ManagerJulian Vayne

Learning and Engagement AssistantLiz Wilde

Marketing ManagerNatalie Drew

Front of House ManagerAmy Deemer

Finance Manager Linda Davies

Shop Buyer Sarah Edwards

Visitors Services Assistant, Tourist Information Mandy Bruton

Visitors Services Assistant, Craft GalleryKate McKinnel

Trustees of The Burton

The Burton at Bideford is governed by a board of volunteer Trustees. From a wide variety of backgrounds, they have extensive experience. Trustees serve a maximum of three terms. If you’re interested in joining our Trustee team, please contact

Patrizia Ribul – Secretary

Tim Ireson – chair
A family man with a passion for languages and the arts, Tim is married, with two sons and three grandchildren. Tim spent over 40 years in education during which time he taught in First, Primary, Middle and Secondary schools, and progressed up the career ladder into three headships in village, town and city settings. More recent roles have included consultancy, coaching, school quality mark assessment and finally a leadership and national ambassadorial role for Inclusion Quality Mark. He is an enthusiastic cyclist, member of a local pilot gig club, volunteer at Rosemoor, and he loves coastal walks.

Ben Liddell
Ben spent the first ten years of his career in advertising, publishing and print before joining Petroc College North Devon as a lecturer, tutor and ultimately programme manager for their Foundation Studies in Art and Design. Now retired, Ben actively takes on commissions in graphic design, illustration and photography.

Ian Huggett
Chartered Accountant and tax extraordinaire, Ian is a partner at local firm Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants. Enjoying a vast variety of music he is part of a local choir, in the past, Ian has also played the Viola for the University of London Union Orchestra as well as the Devon Country Youth Orchestra.

Al Robinson
Al’s initial career was in the Military, as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Engineers. He has seen active service across the globe over a 20-year Regular Army career. He now runs two property consultancy businesses for the NPS Group, including Devon County Council’s property Joint Venture (NPS South West), and is a Board Member of Constructing Excellence South West (Exeter and Devon branch). He continues to serve as an Army Reservist and is the Commanding Officer of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia), the British Army’s senior Reserve Unit. Having settled in North Devon, he is keen to give something back to the local community and has a love of print-making, which he hopes to reinvigorate during his time as a trustee.

Robert Millward
A chartered management accountant with board level experience, Rob retired and moved to Bideford in 2019 without ever having visited before! Glad to say we are loving North Devon and so are our friends and family! Very interested in local history, good food, music of all kinds and travel, he is looking forward to making a useful contribution to The Burton at Bideford.

Jerry Sharpe
I have lived in Devon all my working life and will be moving to Bideford next year. I trained in art and design and taught for a few years before working in conservation of decorative features of buildings. This has involved working in museums and many historic buildings. Most recently I have been the director of a company carrying out repairs on traditional buildings, production and supply of building lime materials and the conservation of ornamental plasterwork.

Nick Beer
Nick is a North Devon native although has spent much of the last 20 years working around the world as an electronics engineer. Formerly a lecturer at Exeter Collee and Petroc, he has worked for the BBC, run his own business and is now a Director of BFBS working with the UK armed forces. He is also a director of The Voice – North Devon’s community radio station. He has a keen interest in local history.

Anita Nathwani
Anita is a museum and heritage professional with 15 years’ experience of working in the sector. She has worked for local authority, national and independent museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Museum of Wales and the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. She is interested in: histories of collecting; people and cultures; institutions and the national treasures they hold; and how the public interact in these spaces and with these objects.

Sarah Lawrence
Originally from this area, Sarah Lawrence has spent the last 25 years working within the Brand Licensing industry, designing for well known brands and retailers direct. Sarah returned to Bideford six years ago to set up her own Art Licensing agency where she represents established artists, IP owners and organisations to extend their own licensing programs. Since her return to the area, Sarah has continued with her volunteer work as well as supporting others looking to do more within the community.