Tony Morris – Chair
Tony grew up in Belfast, studied at Cambridge, worked in London and now lives in Oxford where he is a member of Kellogg College. Most of his professional life has been spent as a book publisher. For a decade he ran the History List at Oxford University Press, before co-founding Hambledon & London (Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year) and later becoming CEO of The History Press. He was an original board member of Théâtre de Complicite and Senior Advisor to Historypin, the world’s largest open-access digital image archive, partnered by Google. He is currently Chair of the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit, and a Trustee of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. His writings include What Do Buddhists Believe? (Granta Books) and Buddhism by Numbers (Mud Pie). When not at his desk Tony likes to go for very long walks.
Edward Milford – Treasurer
Edward has worked for over 30 years in publishing, mainly in the academic and professional arena. For over two decades he ran his own business, which was sold in 2011. Since then, he has moved to Herefordshire, and taken up a range of both paid and unpaid roles in publishing and other activities. He has a strong interest in energy, the environment and sustainability in all its forms.
Peter Conradi – Trustee
Peter was a Professor of English and Head of Department at Kingston University, before taking early retirement to write free-lance 20 years ago. He wrote the authorised biography of Dame Iris Murdoch in 2001 and his other books include Going Buddhist, At the Bright Hem of God : Radnorshire Pastoral, and A Very English Hero : the Making of Frank Thompson. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. He has co-edited the annual Transactions of the Radnorshire Society for around ten years. He is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation and has co-led many retreats at Bleddfa.
Sarah Pearson – Manager
Sarah has a joint honours degree in Visual Arts and English Literature, and experience and qualifications in the hospitality industry. Her work history includes extensive administrative and management roles across a range of enterprises including rural touring and therapeutic health care. Her love of the arts is a big factor in her management of the Bleddfa Centre, and she is keen to enable the creative spirit to be accessed, nourished and encouraged in as many forms as possible within the tradition of the Centre.
James Roose-Evans – Founder
James is one of Britain’s most experienced and innovative theatre directors. He founded the Hampstead Theatre in London, and The Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit.
Full details on our founder can be viewed here.
Caroline Sanderson – Trustee
Caroline is a freelance writer, editor and books journalist. She is Associate Editor and non-fiction previewer for trade magazine, The Bookseller, and writes and reviews for other publications, including The Sunday Express and Mslexia. Caroline is the author of five non-fiction books of her own, including ‘A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen’; and ‘Someone Like Adele’, a biography of the superstar singer. She is also Associate Fellow at the Royal Literary Fund.
Caroline lives in Stroud, co-presents a monthly book club feature on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and chairs events at book festivals including the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She is also a primary school governor, an Oxfam volunteer, and a ropey but enthusiastic flamenco dancer.
Margaret Morris – Trustee
Margaret has spent most of her life in the Marches, from the war years until retirement.
Her professional life as Head Teacher of a primary school subsequently led to a political life as County Councillor in the Wye Valley to Chairman of Powys County Council, and as a Chairman of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
A staunch supporter of Radnorshire, Margaret has worked in voluntary positions for the judiciary and in school governance. Margaret is an unapologetic lover of smallholding, Women’s Institute and country living. In the role of trustee of the Bleddfa Trust she enjoys encouraging local people and especially children to participate in the programmes we offer.