The DfC Committee
Jo Potter – Chair
Jo is involved in many community arts organisations, including Darlington Green Theatre, St Augustine’s Repertory Society (STARS) and Darlington Choral Society.
Heather Carter – Volunteer Co-ordinator
Heather has worked for more than 30 years in the NHS both as a general, psychiatric and children’s/neonatal nurse and has experience as an NHS Board Member, both in an Executive and Non-Executive capacity. She has had the opportunity of running large organisations and became familiar with the governance requirements to do that safely.
Her experience has been gained by working in multi-disciplinary teams and working closely with patients to ensure services are fit for purpose. Once retired she volunteered for three years on the Independent Monitoring Board of Deerbolt Young Offenders Institute as well as being a volunteer with the homeless charity First Stop Darlington.
She is now a committee member and the Speaker Secretary for the local branch of the Darlington and District National Council of Women with whom she spoke at the National Conference on Women in Prison.
She is a founding member of Darlington for Culture and believes the town needs Arts and Culture to flourish so it can enrich and improve the lives of all the people who live in it. It is her firm belief that Arts and Culture make a significant contribution to the ongoing economic life of the town.
Her role as Volunteer Co-ordinator has consisted of setting up a service in 2010 to recruit and support volunteers. In 2017 she worked with Darlington Hippodrome, as part of their Heritage Lottery Bid, to form a partnership of Darlington for Culture and Darlington Hippodrome for the provision of the volunteer service. This was then renamed Darlington Culture Volunteers. The volunteers make a significant contribution to bringing Arts and Culture new and repeat events to the area. She is continually seeking to recruit new volunteers across the whole spectrum of Darlington and the surrounding areas society. Many of these volunteers will go on to find paid work in their chosen areas.
Heather also enjoys volunteering at events herself and meeting new people and old friends.
Glenda Lynn – Volunteer Co-ordinator
Glenda is one of the co-ordinators for Darlington Culture Volunteers. She has been a member of Darlington for Culture since late 2010 when she was asked if she’d be interested in helping Heather Carter set up the DfC volunteer service.
Since retiring from the NHS, Glenda has become a Committee member for DfC and is pleased with the way both the volunteer service and the organisation are developing.
Glenda is a keen consumer of the arts and very much enjoys going to the theatre, music and singing in a local choir. She is also a member of a range of other groups in the town and can honestly say she doesn’t know how she ever managed to find time to go to work.
Helen Devonshire – Media Officer
Helen is a freelance sub-editor for magazines and websites and has worked for, in no particular order, Take a Break, Bella, Occupational Health, Employers’ Law, That’s Life, eordirect.co.uk, XpertHR.co.uk, PC Pro, General Practitioner, Horticulture Week, Design Week; Management Today, BBC children’s magazines, Nintendo, MetalHammer, Auto Express, Mini World, and New. Academic background includes a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and MA in Modern Drama Studies and an MA in Arts Management and Heritage Studies from University of Leeds.
Helen regularly goes to the theatre, galleries and all types of music events, and plays the cello in the community group Darlington Orchestra. She volunteers with DfC to help promote and support theatre productions, exhibitions and other events in the town.
Ann McMorris – Secretary
Ann joined DfC in September 2013, initially as part of the volunteering Ambassadors Scheme, which brought a variety of plays to Darlington. She joined the committee in 2017 with the specific brief of working with the community of Cockerton to keep open Cockerton Library. After the Judicial Review related to Crown Street Library, Cockerton became part of the council’s review of Library services. In April, she took over from Matt Roche as secretary.
Ann’s background is of working in the public sector both in health and social care. Her interests are varied and include old black-and-white films, the theatre, watching most sports, walking and swimming.
Is the DfC representative on Darlington’s Purple Flag project.
Julie manages the organisation’s Small Grants Fund.
Eve is a singer/songwriter and DfC’s millennial representative.
Ian Ross – Treasurer