NADFAS People

President

  • Christopher Lloyd CVO

Vice-Presidents

  • The Rt. Rev'd & Rt. Hon. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London DD, FSA
  • Martin Drury CBE, FSA
  • Philippa Glanville FSA
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO

Trustees

  • Jill Makepeace-Warne - National Chairman

    Jill worked for the Ministry of Defence in London and Aden where she met her husband. There followed the traditional ups and downs of regimental life in the United Kingdom and abroad. She has been involved with SSAFA, a national military charity, for thirty years. She is a Salisbury Cathedral Embroiderer and Cathedral Guide.

    A member of NADFAS for twenty five years she served on the committee of Sarum DFAS and as Chairman from 1997-2001. She was Wessex Area Chairman from 2003-2006. She is a member of Heritage Volunteer and Church Recording Groups and is President of Sarum DFAS.

    Jill has two daughters and lives in Salisbury.

     

  • Janet Thomson - Vice-Chairman

    A founder member in 1994 of North East Essex DFAS, Janet was the Society's first Membership Secretary, becoming Chairman in 2000.   She was Essex Area Chairman from 2005-2008, and subsequently a member of the Societies Support Team. She became a Trustee in 2009.

    Janet is married with one daughter, and four grandsons. She and her husband live in North Essex.

    Janet is also a Trustee of the Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association, and is one of several NADFAS volunteer stewards at Castle House, the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum in Dedham.

     

  • Shaun Pitt - Honorary Treasurer

    On retiring from a 35 year career as a Chartered Accountant and partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shaun joined his wife at Royal Leamington Spa DFAS. He served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2012 and as Vice Chairman 2008 to 2011. Following completion of his term of office at RLS DFAS, he applied for the role of NADFAS Honorary Treasurer and was co-opted to the Trustee Board in April 2012.

    Shaun is Chairman of the Audit Committee at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham, a tertiary college for the disabled and is also a Vice President of Leamington Rugby Club.

    Shaun lives in South Warwickshire and is married with a son, daughter and two granddaughters.

  • Felix Appelbe

    Felix was brought up in Highgate and his parents were great supporters of the Arts. He followed their example and has founded and supports many charities.

    Felix has been a Solicitor since 1972 becoming a Partner and then Senior Partner of Ambrose Appelbe Solicitors inLincoln’sInn. Now as a Consultant with the firm Felix has more time to devote to the Arts and to NADFAS.

    He became the youngest elected Member of the Council of the National Trust. Felix runs a lovely Cotswold Farm on the Owlpen Manor estate and is a regular supporter and Benefactor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, other charities and the Courtauld Institute of Arts.

    Felix is currently attending a History of Art course at the Courtauld and an art course at the Slade School of Fine Art.

    Felix lives in London and Gloucestershire.

  • Danny Bonwitt

    Danny originally studied Engineering at UMIST, but changed direction when joining the R.A.F. as a pilot for a short service commission.

    Afterwards Danny took a position as a trainee with Unilever and went as a buyer to a subsidiary of United Africa Company, spending some time in West Africa. When he returned he entered the world of foodservice equipment as a marketing manager and subsequently director of a Thorn EMI company. Danny became Vice President of an American company, part of Alco Standard, still in foodservice.

    Danny's final years before retirement were as a director of an importer of Italian equipment.

    During his career he became Chairman of Catering Equipment Suppliers Association.

    Through membership of Rotary, he became involved with the Princes Trust where he was a Regional Board member and the local prison where he is involved in many resettlement programmes. From there to Herts Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders where he is Treasurer and Trustee.

    Danny has always been interested in education and has been Chair of Governors of two schools. He came to the fine arts some 10 years ago and was Chairman of Ashridge DFAS.

    Danny is married to Barbara and has two children and seven grandchildren.

     

  • Gordon Davies

    Gordon is Head of Estates at the University of Dundee. Before moving to Scotland in 2006 he was Director of Global Property for GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric.

    He has been an enthusiastic member of NADFAS for about 15 years, initially Beaconsfield and now Tayside. His particular interests include building conservation and church architecture. 

    He has degrees in Russian Literature and Architecture, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

    Married with two grown up children, he and his wife Kristine live in Strathearn near Gleneagles in Perthshire.

     

  • William (Billy) Baxter Dawson

    Billy spent his working life in banking, including a very interesting and enjoyable 30 years in India, South East Asia and the Far East, where he also did much voluntary work. On retirement Billy moved to the south of Spain and was introduced to NADFAS in 1999 when he joined Costa del Sol DFAS. He held various Committee posts for three years and was then Chairman for four. He spent a subsequent four years as Area Chairman for Mainland Europe, representing Societies from Berlin to Gibraltar. He was instrumental in opening the latter, and is currently assisting the opening of a new Society in southern Spain.

    Billy still lives on the Costa del Sol and is currently Stewardship Officer, as well as assisting with fundraising, at his local Anglican Church.

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Knox

    Elizabeth (Liz) Knox returned to Yorkshire in 1981 to work at Asda's head office in Leeds after six years working in London where she learnt her public relations, marketing and communication skills at one of the UK's foremost agencies.

    Initially PA to the Managing Director, after a short while she transferred to Asda's newly formed PR department where she became solely responsible for their community and sponsorship activities.

    In 1992, she helped her husband establish a successful textile agency which she jointly runs to this day supplying quality fabric to designer labels and the tailoring trade.

    A past chairman of Harrogate DFAG she has also been responsible for their outings and Young NADFAS/Young Arts.

    Married, with two children at university, over the years Liz has raised significant sums of monies for both local and national charities. She sometimes muses that her reason for wishing to join NADFAS originally was that 35 years ago History of Art A level could not be timetabled with History and Geography!

     

  • June Robinson

    June's career began in Personnel with District Bank, then a change of direction after her two sons were born. She spent the next 25 years teaching - Business Subjects, Computer Skills and Religious Studies.

    Involvement in the community has always been a feature: Church groups, Scout groups, PTAs, teaching adults with learning difficulties, stewarding at the local Museum, Heritage Open Days and as a County-appointed Governor at the local 1200 pupil comprehensive school; she is currently Chairman of the Leatherhead Community Association. 

    Her first approach to NADFAS House revealed that all local societies had waiting lists and the suggestion to start a new Society. She became Founder Chairman of Leatherhead DFAS (now President) then ACE and Area Chairman.  At NADFAS House she has contributed to National Events, Training and the Societies Support Team.

  • Catherine (Kate) Siebert

    Brought up in Yorkshire, Kate read English at university and taught in London schools before moving into Adult Education, working mostly for the University of Surrey. It was one of her enthusiastic students who introduced Kate to NADFAS sixteen years ago, and since then she has served as Programme Secretary and Chairman of Farnham DFAS, West Surrey Area Chairman, and recently completed three happy years as OAR. She has been a Church Recorder and still volunteers in the local museum where she began as a new NADFAS member. Delight in NADFAS lectures led her to study for a diploma in History of Art at Birkbeck College and reinforced her conviction of the importance of life-long learning.

    Kate was founder chairman and trustee of a local charity with an international outreach; a governor of a school for Children with Special Needs for twelve years and is still a governor of a girls' school. She has three grown up children and five grandchildren and lives in West Sussex with her husband John.

     

  • Angela White-Horan

    After a career in marketing and consumer affairs Angela joined Huntingdon DFAS in the late 1990s. She served as Vice Chairman for four years, and then as Chairman for two years. Angela organised visits for over a decade, which were much enjoyed by Members. She also served on the East Anglia Area Committee for several years.

    Angela is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, serving as a Court Assistant from 1996 until 2003. Angela has been a Trustee of the Huntingdon Society for the Blind since 1999 and Chairman since 2008. Before that she was a Trustee of the Huntingdon Freemans Charity from 1996 until 2004.

    Angela is married and has two step-children, four step-grandchildren and two-step great-grandchildren.

  • Sally Wykeham

    Sally joined NOP Market Research after university and subsequently became a Group Manager before leaving the commercial world to join the Central Office of Information Research Department. She continued in her career over a number of years, punctuated by spells abroad as an Army wife, and published several academic papers in market research journals.

    A member of NADFAS for over twenty five years, she has served on two Hampshire committees, Alton and Winchester and joined the Hampshire Area Team as Education Representative in 1996. Involvement in Training followed and she became one of the first Area Trainers when national Training started in 2004. She subsequently was appointed Head of Training in 2007 which she undertook until the end of 2010. Additionally she has been Deputy Area Chairman of Hampshire from 2009 until 2011.

    Married with two sons, Sally lives near Alton in Hampshire with her husband and two dogs. She has been active in the local community both in politics and in fundraising for arthritis research.

     

  • Susan Zuill

    Susan spent her early career working in Scottish Television for the Scottish Director of a London advertising film company.

    After marrying and having three sons she took over an antique business in Falkirk and spent several very enjoyable years buying and selling antique furniture, jewellery and china.

    Susan also became interested in juvenile care and justice and the unique Children’s Hearing System in Scotland and was appointed to the Falkirk Children’s Panel later becoming a member of the Children’s Panel Advisory Committee.  This led to her 17 year membership of the Visiting Committee of Polmont Young Offenders Institution encouraged by her bridge partner who was a Governor.

    Susan was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Stirling and Falkirk in 2008.

    Her interest in NADFAS developed nearly twenty years ago when she joined Stirling DFAS becoming Treasurer then Chairman and eventually Area Chairman, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  She says she has had a great deal of very rewarding pleasure from her membership of NADFAS.

Chief Executive

  • Florian Schweizer

    Before joining NADFAS as Chief Executive in 2014, Florian worked in the heritage and education sector for 13 years. As Director of the Charles Dickens Museum in London he was responsible for the ground-breaking, multi-million pound restoration and expansion project that transformed the Museum into a centre for heritage education and volunteering. He was also founder and General Director of Dickens 2012, an international consortium of more than 150 organisations set up to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens around the globe.

    He has lectured internationally on a wide range of topics and acted as heritage consultant for both heritage and corporate organisations around the world.

    Florian was brought up in Germany within an artistic environment. His father was a sculptor and painter, and his mother a novelist and journalist. He graduated with degrees in English Literature and History from the University of Bonn and holds a PhD in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.