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A new Executive Committee was elected at Arts Network Sutton’s (ANS) AGM, held on Tuesday 8 November 2016.  ANS will now be Chaired by Alan Fitter, Caterina Loriggio and Adrienne Roberts become Vice-Chair, Brian Turner remains as Honorary Treasurer, and committee members include: Andy Brook, James Davies, Richard Moore, Rachel Sambrooks and Jasmine Wilson.  Between them they have experience in radio and film production, arts management, visual arts, venue management, outdoor arts, music, new writing, dance and architecture. Brief biographies of each can be found below. The Executive is joined by Cllrs Steve Cook and Steve Penneck who act as observers for the London Borough of Sutton. 

Incoming Chair, Alan Fitter, said: “It is an exciting time for the network with the engagement of such an experienced and enthusiastic committee.  We are determined to make the organisation more effective for its membership including organising more networking events, improving communication and supporting the cross fertilisation of ideas and projects across the Borough.”

There were 38 members at the meeting which was opened by Honorary President, The Worshipful Mayor of the Borough of Sutton, Cllr Richard Clifton.  He thanked those present for their work supporting arts activity and engagement in the Borough. Special thanks were given for outgoing Vice-Chair Dick Bower who has given over 20 years’ service to the arts in Sutton.  

The Mayor called on the network to support the council, he said: “I know that ANS shares our aspiration for the Borough to be recognised as a cultural destination, renowned for its vibrant arts scene as well as for its history and heritage.  We appreciate that this is going to mean doing things differently and with renewed vigour, and we are going to need your support more than ever in finding creative approaches to not just to the cultural agenda, but also to areas such as wellbeing, social cohesion, and nurturing children and young people.”  

Arts Network Sutton aims to promote, champion, nurture and act as a voice for the diverse range of arts in the London Borough of Sutton. As a registered charity, ANS also seeks to advance the engagement of local residents in culture, most specifically the arts, and aims to increase arts activities within the community. This is achieved through encouraging and facilitating the development and enhancement of the local arts community, through developing and delivering arts-led cultural activities, and through local partnership working. Make sure your membership details and subs are up to date here. 

Biographical information on the new Executive Committee:

Chair Alan Fitter has worked in various industries over the years including the record business (as Marketing Director at Decca Records and General Manager of the Motown label), radio advertising and video editing. He’s an award-winning radio commercial director and writer and has also ran his own businesses for over 30 years. 

Vice-Chair Caterina Loriggio is an accomplished creative programmer and festival director with many years’ experience developing, delivering and leading cultural programmes and festivals as well as public engagement campaigns.   She recently completed a three-year contract at the Houses of Parliament where she ran a year-long heritage programme, Parliament in the Making, which creatively celebrated the anniversaries of Magna Carta and the 1265 Simon de Montfort Parliament (the foundation of the House of Commons). Before that, she led the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the South East of England.  

Vice-Chair Adrienne Roberts runs ARt Workshops and as a ceramic artist, art educator and art teacher, is committed to working with the community promoting the arts, particularly with projects involving ceramic and art workshops working with all ages, abilities and special needs.  Adrienne also designs ceramic and art projects for heritage activities and has an interest in the great influence of the visual arts in aiding the rehabilitation of prisoners within the justice system and young people within Youth Support Services. She’s also had a connection with youth orchestras, having been the Chair of the Sutton Music Service Supporters Association for 6 years.

Hon Treasurer Brian Turner has spent his entire working life in banking, starting in branch banking before moving into international banking in the City, holding various senior positions. As he heads towards full retirement, he is currently Head of Internal Audit with the UK subsidiary of a large overseas bank.  Brian has been involved in many forms of amateur theatre for the last 60 years, mainly as a performer. He has also served as a committee member for several the societies that he has belonged to, including that of Treasurer.

Andy Brook has worked in the music industry for over 20 years in various roles including performer, producer, engineer, lecturer and teacher. He currently co-runs The Brook in Wallington which is very focused on the promotion of music and the arts while he also continues to work full time as a record producer. 

James Davies has been a practising Design Architect for 30 years. He has a Masters degree in in Design from The Royal College of Art. He works creating, developing and managing design projects within the public and private sectors and has worked with organisations from strategic review and inception through to implementation.

Richard Moore is a multi-award winning creative writer/producer/director with extensive experience working for major international broadcast companies (such as the Walt Disney Company, Discovery International, the BBC and ITV) on short form programming, branding and promotion.  Specialising in children’s programming he’s written and directed for both animation and puppets! 

Rachel Sambrooks is a writer/performer and has worked as a scriptwriter in development with BBC amongst others and as a performance poet and stand-up comic across the country. In 2016 won a Sutton Cultural Award and received Arts Council England funding for her show 'Eve and All Our Grandmothers' piloted at Sutton libraries. She hosted and ran 'Words Aloud' spoken word events at Sutton Central library and is an arts facilitator for children and adults. 

Jasmine Wilson is Director of Learning and Engagement at dance organisation Studio Wayne McGregor. She’s a highly experienced senior arts manager and producer with a focus on participation and engagement. She has in depth experience and understanding of the UK education system and policy and a highly developed network across the dance and wider arts sector. She’s was a Clore Fellow 2009/10. 


Arts Network Sutton is again joining Sutton Town Twinning Association for their Annual Dinner on Saturday 9th April 2016 at Purley Sports Club, The Ridge, Purley CR8 3PF. All ANS members and their guests are welcome. This is always a very enjoyable event and a chance to meet colleagues from our twin towns: Minden and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Germany, Gagny in France, Gladsaxe in Denmark, Apeldoorn in The Netherlands and Tavernelle in Italy. The flier and a booking form are attached.

In previous years our members have provided a short entertainment after the dinner. Last year The Del Toro School of Dance gave us an impressive and delightful display. If anyone or any group would like to offer their services for this year’s event, please contact Dick Bower (dick.bower@btinternet.com) for further information.

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