Qualified as a solicitor in England and Australia, David has more than 30 years experience in legal, governance and regulatory matters. He is currently a senior consultant whose brief includes disputes and financial crime in the UK and internationally. He enjoys theatre and literature, particularly contemporary novels and those with a historic theme. He says he is also passionate about promoting culture in the community, ‘especially in an age of invasive and overpowering techno gadgets’.
A former drama teacher with a passion for storytelling, theatre and writing, Dorothy has been at the forefront of community events in Wantage for many years. She directed a sell-out promenade production of ‘Lark Rise’ for the town’s first Summer Festival in 1995 and has been involved with the Literary Festival for the past four years. She recently retired from her role as community coordinator at the local museum, where she organised events, education and art exhibitions.
An international award-winning author of historical fiction, and vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Nicola is also a historian who works at Ashdown House, the National Trust’s 17th century hunting lodge, near Lambourn. Her novel, House of Shadows – based on the history of Ashdown – is out in November 2015. www.nicolacornick.co.uk
A keen supporter of Wantage (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival with his wife, the poet Cathy Dreyer. Ben has also been operations and IT director at British clothing firm Boden for many years.
A founder member of the Wantage Festival of Arts and the town’s Dickensian evening, Jenny is also a member of the Wantage branch of the Betjeman Society and has been involved with the literary festival for the past four years. Jenny is a local businesswoman but is best known as a Wantage, District and County councillor.
A Wantage resident all her life, Katherine is looking forward to ensuring this year’s literary festival is a great success that attracts visitors to the town. A bank manager for many years, Katherine has undertaken various roles locally and nationally, most recently specialising in Change Management.
Geoff is a retired motor industry executive but has a great deal of experience as a chairman, treasurer and committee member for various voluntary groups. He is currently chairman of Wantage Art Group and a member of Wantage Choral Society and Betjeman Society. He is also treasurer for this year’s festival.