Foundation welcomes four new governors to support strategic priorities

The Heritage Foundation has appointed four new governors; two nominated by the Letchworth Garden City clubs and societies, which are registered with the Heritage Foundation, and two general governors, appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Gareth Hawkins and Briony Marston join as general governors, while Judith Nash is the new nominated governor for education and Patricia Baskerville will represent artistic and cultural activities.

Governors represent the views of the community and act on their behalf, relying on their rich experience in a particular field.

Chair of the Foundation’s Board, Pam Burn, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Gareth, Briony, Judith and Patricia.  All four are Letchworth residents with very strong links to education, culture, training and employment in town.  They reflect the Board’s desire to recruit governors with the skills and experience to help us take forward our new strategic plans which focus on housing, education and family support, arts and cultural development as well as health and improved employment opportunities

We have a busy agenda for the next few years and we need people who bring energy and an understanding of the need for a broad based, partnership approach to achieve our aims.  I am sure that our new governors will be great assets.”

Gareth Hawkins is Managing Director of Weldability - an industrial services business in Letchworth and has been with the business for 20 years. He holds an MBA and has extensive business experience,. 

Briony Marston is Head of Curriculum for Creative and Performing Arts at North Herts College.  She has enjoyed an 18-year career in the Higher and Further Education sectors  contributing to projects in the community and collaborating with arts organisation to have a positive effect on children’s lives.

Judith Nash was nominated by local groups to advise on education. She is an independent educational consultant, former English teacher and senior leader with a passion for enhancing the life chances of young people. In her consultancy role, she has mentored headteachers, developed coaching programmes for teachers and student leadership programmes.

Patricia Baskerville was nominated by local groups to oversee artistic and cultural activities. Her introduction to amateur drama was in 1967 at the Toynbee Theatre, East London.  Patricia has been acting and directing plays for the Settlement Players since the mid mid-1980s, when she moved to Letchworth with her family.

Pam added: “I must also thank Ian Mantle, previously the Nominated Governor for Education, and Arthur Jarman previously the Nominated Governor for the Arts and Culture, who have served the town so well over the past five years.”