New Trustee for Coldharbour Mill Trust

New Trustee for Coldharbour Mill Trust

Coldharbour Mill Trust are excited to announce the appointment of our newest Trustee Director, Elizabeth (Beth) Crockett. Beth has joined the charity at a pivotal time in Coldharbour Mill’s development and brings a new dynamic to the Board, along with a passion for the work of the charity.

Chair of Trustees, Jackie Dawkins commented that “Beth’s appointment was as a result of the Boards succession planning and widening access. Coldharbour Mill and the Board are learning to adapt to the challenging cultural landscape and Beth will come with new and exciting ideas which will help us secure this nationally significant site’s future.”

At 22, Beth is our youngest Trustee and is currently studying with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage in Birmingham where her research focuses on the benefits that heritage can bring to communities.

Beth said “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a volunteer and believe the estate is a vital asset for the local community’s history and a significant contributor to its wellbeing. I want to make a positive contribution as a young trustee, offering a different perspective going forward and believe my education and volunteering have given me the insight to do this, particularly around the engagement of young people within the sector and working with communities.

This appointment marks the next step in the Boards planned evolution, Beth joins two other recent appointees; Rachel Tyler, who is currently completing AHRC-funded doctoral research on the geography of London’s fashion Industry and Bryher Mason, recently appointed Vice Chair, who has 16 years of experience in collection management, curatorship and conservation management.

Having grown up in Wellington Beth is aware of the significance of the Fox Brothers’ Mills to the community’s social and economic history with many of her ancestors working at the mills. Chief Executive, Martin Halse said that “Beth’s appointment will be of real asset to the charities strategic future bringing current heritage thinking to the benefit of the organisation and its visitors.”

Coldharbour Mill Trust continues to seek new Trustee Directors, the Board is particularly interested in hearing from underrepresented groups across society to ensure the charity can continue to increase access and widen participation, many of our quarterly trustee meetings are held via Zoom allowing our trustees to join us from anywhere in the world.