Coldharbour Mill Trust Trustees

Coldharbour Mill Trust - Board of Trustees

Coldharbour Mill Trust is governed by our board of trustees. These voluntary roles are vital to the continuation and advancement of the charity, our charitable aims and mission.

Read about our Board of Trustees:

Bryher Mason (Interim Chair)

Bryher is a freelance heritage consultant with a Masters in History and over 16 years of experience in the heritage sector. She has run historic sites and also has strategic experience in collections management, curatorship and conservation management planning. Her interest in rural heritage led to her joining the Coldharbour Mill Board in May 2020  Bryher was born in Devon and has lived and worked in the South West for most of her working life.

Ian Birt (Vice Chair - Finance)

Ian joined the Board in 2019.  Married with 2 grown up children, he is a qualified Accountant and ATT member. He has worked for a large Devon based engineering Group of Companies since 1985, his specialities are in financial accounting and business taxation.  A lifelong interest in history led to a degree in history from the Open University.  Ian is Chair of the South West Institute of Taxation branch, an cricket umpire and a member of Torquay Operatic Society.

Jilly Collins

A designer and textile artist, her love of fabric inspired Jilly to become a trustee of Coldharbour  Mill Museum in 2018. A Magistrate at a senior level for twenty six years, Jilly has a background in the Theatre and education. Retraining in Millinery at the London College of Fashion led to her designing and retailing hats. She now designs and creates  colourful bags and scarves showing fabric manipulation and embellishment.

Rachel Tyler

Rachel is a designer and researcher who joined the board in 2020. Currently completing AHRC-funded doctoral research on the geography of London’s fashion industry, Rachel has past experience in producing large-scale events in the arts and higher education sectors.  She is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Her great ed interest in the textile industry stems from her childhood in Manchester.

Elizabeth Crockett

Elizabeth is currently studying with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage in Birmingham, having previously completed her undergraduate degree in History. Her research focuses on the benefits that heritage can bring to communities, inspired by the year she spent volunteering with Coldharbour Mill's curatorial team. Elizabeth has grown up in Wellington and enjoys hiking, particularly in the South West, in her spare time.




If you or someone you know would like to be considered as a Trustee (no previous Trustee experience needed as full training is available) you can find the information pack linked below. If you feel you would be a good addition to the board then all you need do is send an application letter outlining the experience and skills you could bring to the Board and why you would like to join to