The Warner Textile Archive is owned by Braintree District Museum Trust Ltd, a charitable company limited by guarantee, governed by the following directors:
John is an architectural consultant with his own practice who has lived with his family in Bocking since 1979. His particular interest is the rich diversity of built heritage of our district, its beautiful countryside and the history behind it. With an honours degree in Psychology gained in later life and FE teaching experience, John served as a governor at Colchester Institute for many years whilst he ran a local youth club and helped local charities. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he volunteered as Heritage Ambassador for Braintree District and has given a talk on this. He has recently been elected to the Colchester Institute Foundation Trust.
A key ambition of John’s is to broaden access to local heritage and enhance its appeal; to foster a sense of involvement and excitement about the history of Braintree District. As a District Councillor since 2009 (including four years when he was also a County Councillor) he is currently Vice-Chairman of Licensing Committee. He loves the culture and heritage of the district he serves. John’s interest in Psychology and social history convinces him that grassroots involvement in our heritage makes for a happier healthier community.
Born to an Essex family, Sheila has spent the majority of her life in Essex. Drawing on her professional training as a book binder, Sheila was a founder member of the Essex Craft Society and has exhibited in Braintree Town Hall and Braintree District Museum.
In 1989 Sheila moved to Layer Marney Tower with her husband Nicholas, and they have been running it together ever since. Through her connection to the house she has been associated with the Historic Houses Association (Regional Chairman 2004-2008), the Regional Tourist Board (2006-2010), and Visit Essex board until 2016
Sheila is Chairman of Invitation to View and is currently leading its expansion from a regional to a national organization. She is very involved in Tymperleys, a restaurant/tea room in Colchester.
Iain is a designer running his own consultancy, Thinkingeye, in London for over twenty years. Thinkingeye works with niche clients and projects around the world, from books to interiors, with a speciality in catalogues and marketing promotion involving companies as broad-ranging as Asprey and Mastercard.
Iain has lectured at a number of colleges in Graphic Design and Professional Practice, he set up the Diploma Members division for The Chartered Society of Designers, and has written for titles ranging from The Muppets, to the Telegraph, including a book on Drawing Techniques. He has MA degrees from The University of London in Book History, Art History and Garden History.
Iain worked for twenty years in the fashion industry from toile to print and final production and is interested in fabric and fabric design history.
He lives locally, is a passionate biker and inveterate traveller.
John McKee (Chairman)
John has lived in Braintree since 1976, having moved to the town after service in the Royal Air Force. He now works in the computer software industry as EMEA Sales Director of the world’s largest privately owned software company.
As a Ward Councillor for Braintree West, John has served Braintree District Council since 2006, and is currently Cabinet Member for Asset Management and Governance.
John is passionate about the economic and cultural future of the District. He is committed to maintaining Braintree as an attractive place to live, and feels strongly about the preservation of its heritage.
Dr Stephen Priddy
Dean of GISMA Business School Germany and Affiliate Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Steve holds the financial portfolio of the Trust. He is a chartered accountant and chartered manager, being a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Management Institute, and brings extensive national and international business development skills and hands-on experience of business operations. Steve is an experienced consultant in both the private and public sectors, with specific expertise relating to sustainable economic development and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about the vital role education plays in international development. He has lived in Braintree with his family for over 35 years. He holds a doctorate from Birkbeck College London on the ‘emptied landscape,’ a socio-economic study of the development of agri-business in East Anglia since WW2.
Steve also serves on the Finance Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Cllr Peter Tattersley (Braintree District Council Corporate Member)
Peter trained and qualified as a local government Environmental Health practitioner working in a range of local authorities, including metropolitan, urban and rural districts with a career that included periods of specialist roles. He worked for Braintree District Council as Operations Director until 2006.
He spent some time in Uganda where he trained city managers in contract preparation and interpretation and produced a manual for future training purposes. He has also lectured in a number of European countries on a range of subjects which have included waste recycling; delivering service quality and performance measurement. He has had articles on these topics published in professional journals and books.
He was elected as a District Councillor in 2011 serving as a Deputy Cabinet Member until becoming the Cabinet Member for Health and Communities in 2016. He represents the rural ward of Three Fields.
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