Welcome to our new chair of trustees

Tim Lankester has been appointed as Chair of our board of trustees, as our launch year gets underway

Tim joins the board at a pivotal time for the town’s exciting cultural development, with major refurbishment and extension work on our site nearing completion and plans to open its doors to the public in the late Spring.

Tim, who lives in Wells, is a long-time supporter of the arts. He currently sits on the board of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture in Norwich, and until recently he chaired the governing body of the London Contemporary Dance Trust. Earlier, he was deputy chair of the British Council and a governor of the Royal College of Music. After spending much of his career working in international development and in the civil service, he became director of the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, and then president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Trust as its plans to launch the Maltings come to fruition, and will work alongside fellow trustees and general manager Simon Daykin, who took the helm in late summer last year, in ensuring the future success of the centre.

Talking about his appointment, Tim Lankester says, “It is a privilege to be joining the Maltings board. I am tremendously excited by the wonderful new centre and what it will have to offer for everyone in Wells and in neighbouring communities and for our many visitors. Working with the other trustees and general manager Simon Daykin, who have done so much to bring the project to its current stage, I am determined to do all I can to help make a resounding success of it.”

General manager Simon Daykin adds, “We are all delighted to be working with Tim, who will bring so much to the strategic governance and leadership of the Maltings. Our key aim is to establish and sustain the Maltings as a thriving, welcoming and vibrant place for everyone to enjoy and call their own: Tim’s passion, commitment, knowledge and experience can help us to do just that.”  

Tim Lankester takes over the chair from Peter Lynn, who stepped down in November 2017 after seven years.