Meet The Team

Ashford Arts Centre is 82% Volunteer Run.

Every month volunteers deliver 92 of the 113 hours of community education and training available at the arts centre. This does not include the countless hours of back-office support.  Ashford Arts Centre is run by the community, for the community.

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Gary Marsh, BSc (HONS) Economics

Chair of Trustees

Retired teacher, volunteer tutor and Chair of Trustees for KATFM Community Arts and Education.

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Catherine Irmak, BSc Biological Science and Physical Science

Art and Maths Tutor/Trustee




Rhonda Merrick, BA Open

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Musician, writer and filmmaker.  Pictured here accompanied by Kristina Rhodes on cello at Ashford Fringe Choir Festival.

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Ritchie Swann, BSc (HON) Computer Programming

Co-Founder and Operations Director

Computer Software Engineer, Musician, Music Producer and IT Consultant.


John Wallage

Associate Director of Film and Photography



Sam Williams

Associate Director of Music


Ben Hollingbery

Trainee Social Media Manager, regional and national PR, trainee DOP for Ashford Film Society.




Tahlula Montebello

Online Coursework Co-ordinator    BA, English Literature

Hannah Laws

PR Assistant

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