I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of a wide range of art formats for many years. I've have always really admired and enjoyed those with artistic talents, although unfortunately I don't have any!
I've been on the Committee since about 2015. What I really like about Wadhurst Culture is that it brings to the village a variety of professional, high quality events with a Community atmosphere and really tries to reach all sectors of the local community.
Mike provided the following which may make you smile - "I think the only relevant things to say about me for this purpose is that I have a financial background, have lived in the village for 30 years, and was previously Chair of the Parish Council. (My artistic credentials can go unsaid, I think - though I may well be the only person in the Village to have been in an Oscar winning film!)". Mike is also a founding committee member of Wadhurst Culture.
Felicity studied drama at Manchester University, then had a varied and active 20 years working in the arts in roles including costume designer, milliner to the RSC, set painter, publicist, community arts worker, cinema manager, trainer and consultant. She then joined first a Regional Arts Board, then the Arts Council, eventually becoming Regional Executive Director in the South East and a member of the national Executive Board. Since leaving the Arts Council she has been active in village life, including 7 years on the Parish Council, and she works as a Humanist celebrant. Felicity’s main interest is in collaborative arts work which encourages everyone to discover and develop their creativity.
Anita has held senior leadership roles in the voluntary and public sectors for nearly twenty years leading multi-disciplinary and international teams and partnerships. Alongside her professional work, Anita is an enthusiastic Board member to innovative social ventures. All her professional and voluntary work was shaped by her curiosity for understanding how communities can live sustainably and shape the places and landscapes they live in.
With many years of hands-on community engagement experience, Anita is a firm believer in using the creative arts to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to make Wadhurst an even better place to live.
Bintou Sy Romano
Chicago native Bintou Sy joined the committee of Wadhurst Culture because of her love of the creative arts. She has been supporting arts charities as a board member and volunteer for nearly 10 years. Bintou is a marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, content creation and strategy. She is founder and principal of Beacon Consulting where she partners with small businesses and charities to help transform their organizations. Her work has crossed many sectors including publishing, non-profit and multi-national corporations in the U.S. and Europe. Bintou volunteers with the PTFA and is a school governor at her daughter’s primary school. She has a Bachelor and Master’s degree with distinction in English Literature and enjoys reading, traveling and dancing with her children.