David Gwyther (Chair)

David is the former Director of Social Services at Somerset County Council. Since 2005 he has been an independent consultant working nationally for local authorities, health organisations and businesses.

Peter Beacham

A native of Somerset but resident in Devon for the last 50 years, Peter is a writer on South West England. He was formerly Director of Heritage Protection at English Heritage.

Gloria Craig, CB

Gloria formerly worked in central government, where she held a variety of high-level roles.  She has wide management experience, including of Human Resources, finance, and health and safety issues, and has served as a trustee with several other not-for-profit organisations.  She was appointed a DL of Somerset in 2019.

Cllr Roger Croad

Roger is Cabinet Member for Community and Environmental Services at Devon County Council.  He is Devon County Council’s nominated Board member.

Prof. Henry French

Henry has been Professor of Social History at the University of Exeter since 2009. His main areas of historical research are British social and economic history 1600-1840, British gender history 1600-1900, and British agrarian history 1500-1900.

Peter Gunner

Peter is a chartered accountant with wide experience of working in the voluntary sector, more recently as a trustee and honorary treasurer of Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Community Council for Somerset.

Cllr David Hall

David is Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy at Somerset County Council.  He is Somerset County Council’s nominated member.

Sam Hunt

Sam is a heritage consultant who works across the UK. He was Executive Director of the Association of Independent Museums, Chief Executive of South West Museums, Library and Archives Council, and Head of Bath Museums. He is currently a trustee of National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Lyme Regis Museum.

Sandy Maberley

Sandy is Artistic Director and CEO of Theatre Mélange, with extensive working knowledge as a leader in the professional arts and culture sector. She was formerly a member of Arts Council England’s Drama Advisory Panel.

Terry Makewell

Chief Digital Officer at the Office for National Statistic. Previous experience working with national museums including the Tate, V&A and National History Museum.

Michael Motum

Mike is a former Army officer and currently Regimental Secretary West of The Rifles. He is a Trustee of The Somerset Military Museum and is similarly involved with other local and military related charities. He was appointed a DL of Somerset in 2012.

Anthony Smallwood

Anthony was formerly spokesman for the EU in Washington DC, a former British and EU foreign service officer, and  former co-director of the Erasmus Bureau responsible for the delivery of the EU’s ERASMUS Programme.

Management Team

Tom Mayberry, MBE – Chief Executive Officer

Since 2004 Tom has led Somerset’s heritage services, including those relating to museums, archives and the historic environment. He was project leader for the creation of the Somerset Heritage Centre, the Museum of Somerset and Somerset Rural Life Museum, and in 2014 was appointed first Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust.

Sam Astill – Head of Museums

Sam is Head of Museums for the Trust. He has worked on major projects including the redevelopment of the Museum of Somerset and had a leading role in developing the interpretative content for the Somerset Rural Life Museum. Sam is a graduate of the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme (MRL).

Bob Croft – Head of Historic Environment

Bob was appointed County Archaeologist for Somerset in 1986 and has worked on a wide range of archaeological projects in the county over the past 30 years. They have spanned the discovery of important Roman villas sites through to recent work associated with the development of Hinkley Point power station. Bob is now Head of Historic Environment and Estates for the Trust.

Alex Sherman – Head of Business Services

Alex is the Trust’s Head of Business Services. He is responsible for business management, financial control, human resources and recruitment. With a background in project management, fundraising and economic development, he has previously managed grant programmes to support projects run by small businesses and charities. Alex successfully developed the award-winning Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership scheme.

Janet Tall – Head of Archives

Janet leads the archives and local studies team for Somerset and Devon, as well as the learning team.  She has extensive project management experience including managing the building of the Somerset Heritage Centre and the establishment of the South West Heritage Trust.  She has secured significant grants from a range of funders and is committed to providing high quality heritage opportunities for communities in Devon and Somerset.

Irene Andrews – Devon Archives and Local Studies Manager