Meet The Team

Ashford Arts Centre is 82% Volunteer Run.

That means for 8.2 of every 10 hours of community service provided here is delivered by a volunteer. We deliver 113 hours of community education and training in the creative and performing arts as well as general education and languages.

Gary Marsh, BSc (HONS) Economics

Chair of Trustees

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

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.

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 and Piano Tutor



Danielle Bean

Assistant Office Manager

All things finance related please contact Danielle at

Hannah Laws

PR Assistant

News, press releases, graphic design related questions please contact Hannah at


Ben Hollingbery

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