The following are the Trustees of Torbay Museums Trust:

Judith Read – Chair

Judith is a member of Torquay Museum Society, Chair of Literature and Arts Programming and, until the end of March 2015, a Trustee of the Society.

Judith originally trained as a teacher at Keele University and later was awarded an MSc in Education Management by the University of Wisconsin USA. After a period of teaching she worked for several years organising Adult and Community Education for Clwyd County Council. She then went to work for Bolton Council, Greater Manchester, where she managed a large, very well regarded, Adult and Community Education programme. She was then appointed Director of External Funding at Bolton College, a post she held for four years before her retirement.

In addition to Judith’s professional career she was a Magistrate for a number of years and has been an adviser for Citizens Advice Bureau for the past eleven years. Judith has served on the boards of a number of Voluntary and Charitable organisations including being Chair of Governors of a Church school in Manchester. She is a member of Torbay Civic Society, Paignton Heritage Society, the Church Conservation Trust and National Trust.

Judith lives in Paignton with her writer husband Christopher Nicholls.

Carole Cresswell – Company Secretary

Carole moved to Torquay in 2005 following a varied career in industry, initially as personal assistant to a number of Directors whilst later as credit control manager to a major automotive company. Over the years, Carole has also been active in the community in numerous roles, being a Magistrate for the last thirty years and at various times a Governor of a junior school and a member of the management committee of a local Citizens Advice Bureau. These days she is also a volunteer in a local charity shop and since arriving in Torquay has been a keen member of the Torquay Museum Society. 

Philip Badcott – Staff Liaison Lead

Phil was born in Torquay, has lived in the town for most of his life and at least five generations of his family have visited Torquay Museum!

On leaving school he worked for BT for 30 years, studied at the Open University for a Post Graduate Certificate in Management and for eight years held a senior management position. Then, after three years at Devon County Council, Phil formed a Management Training and Consultancy Company, was the director and lead trainer for around twelve years and graduated as a Master of Education in Learning and Development. Retiring two years ago, he became an active member of the Torquay Museum Society and is the Chair of the Local History Section.

Phil now enjoys researching local and other history, then writing and giving lectures, plus walking, growing cacti and spending time with his two grandsons.

Katharine (Tansy) Southall - TMS representative

Tom Williamson - TMS representative

Abigail Smith - Education lead



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