Our People

Our People

The Arts Society would not be where it is today without the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers who work tirelessly to run Societies and support the arts and heritage sector.

As a registered charity, we have a board of trustees who set the strategic direction and priorities for the organisation, while the executive team advise the board and undertake the day-to-day operations.


PATRON

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO


PRESIDENT

Dr Loyd Grossman CBE, FSA

Photo: John Millar


TRUSTEES

Liz Woods, Acting-Chair / Tony Strachan, Treasurer / Caroline Coleman/ Jennifer Harding-Edgar / Carolyn Trevor-Jones Ben Moorhead Sue Osborne  David Taylor / Alison Watson


CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Florian Schweizer

Before joining The Arts Society, 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 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.