Meet the Team
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.
Lizzie grew up in Shropshire, and having moved away to Warwickshire and then London, she realised she missed the rural way of life and has recently relocated to Mid Wales. Lizzie has a Masters degree in Psychology, and has previously worked in the public health sector, delivering, managing and evaluating a variety of health and wellbeing programmes. She spends her free time exploring the Welsh countryside on foot with her dog, and has set herself the challenge of running a marathon beginning with every letter of the alphabet.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A Londoner by birth, Matthew is now settled in the Marches where he has a private practice as a dramatherapist. He graduated as a secondary school teacher from Goldsmiths College in South London, before going to Middlesex Poly to train in filmmaking. After several years in secondary education, he developed a career in a corporate environment embracing sales and commercial marketing, management consultancy, and organisational development within both public and private sectors. Matthew then shifted course again, undertaking training as a dramatherapist at the University of Roehampton, subsequently enjoying a 15 year career working primarily with young people, parents and teachers in inner city secondary schools and alternative education.
For ten years he has been a senior Lecturer at Roehampton University, teaching students on the dramatherapy masters course. The course employs a 'ritual based' theatre model of therapy, which is where Matthew first came across the work of James Roose Evans.
Having seen at first hand the transformative potential of creativity and the arts in his own life, his career and as founding board member of a community arts centre, Matthew is delighted become the newest member of the Board of Trustees of the Bleddfa Centre.
MORE ABOUT THE CENTRE
The Bleddfa Trust is a charitable organisation set up in 1974 to provide, in the words of theatre director, writer and founder, James Roose-Evans, “a Centre for those exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality and how the two can lead to a richer and fuller life for each of us, enabling people to find something to nourish and replenish the spirits”.