DAVE MENEER Chairman
Dave is a freelance marketing and communications consultant and former CEO of Fifteen Cornwall. Prior to that he was marketing director of the Eden Project for a decade, including its launch. Born in Redruth and educated at the Grammar School there and later at University College London. As an art student in Redruth in the late 60’s Dave was taken by his remarkable teacher Norman Hall to see Barbara Hepworth and Bernard Leach at work in St Ives so finds it gratifying and intriguing to be involved once again in St Ives where he is also an advisor to the Tate.
JOHN BEDDING Deputy Chairman & Honorary Lead Potter
John began making pots at the age of 17 in a small South London pottery. He moved to St Ives in the 1960s and worked with Bernard Leach, first as an apprentice and later, as a member of staff. In 1978 he travelled to Japan as only the second potter ever to be sent there by Leach but returned in 1980 setting up his own pottery in Penzance and later at Trencrom. He moved back into St Ives in 1990, setting up St Ives Ceramics and the Gaolyard Studios in 1999. John was a founding trustee of the Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust and the Leach Pottery Restoration Project.
PROF. SIMON OLDING
Simon Olding is Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Professor of contemporary craft at the University for the Creative Arts. He is a writer with a special interest in the visual arts and crafts relating to the south west. His most recent book is The Etchings of Bernard Leach. He is President of Walford Mill Crafts Centre.