Although we currently have only four Trustees we are in the process of recruiting a further four Trustees.
Becoming a Trustee offers a rewarding and stimulating opportunity to get involved in the development of a brand new glass museum, White House Cone – museum of glass, and make a real contribution to cultural life, both on a local, national and indeed international scale.
We wish to recruit four new Trustees to strengthen our Board and are particularly looking for people with experience of running a visitor attraction; someone with curatorial experience; someone with a legal background and someone who is experienced in finance and fundraising.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee then please have a look at the application pack below or contact us.
David Williams-Thomas is former managing director and chairman of Stevens & Williams Limited, which became Royal Brierley Crystal Limited, world famous for its glass. Founded in 1846 the trading name of Stevens and Williams was used until 1930 when the company became Royal Brierley Crystal to signify its appointment as the Royal British Glassmakers. Previously President of the Glass Manufacturers Federation and a Council member of the Society of Glass Technology David has extensive experience of financial management and is also a Trustee of Pershore Abbey. He was High Sheriff of the West Midlands County in 1982 and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Worcester 1985 and continuing and a Member of the Council of the Royal Warrant Holders Association 1985-1995.
A former Trustee of the BGF, David became a Patron on the 15 December 2014.
Graham Knowles – Chairman
BGF Chairman, Graham Knowles, and his family have been in business in the Black County for over 50 years. Graham is Chief Executive of the family run local Hulbert Group of companies, founded in 1939 by his Father. He has extensive experience of financial management. He is committed to Black Country activities and has assisted various initiatives e.g. installing and maintaining the press at the entrance to the Black Country Living Museum. He is also a benefactor of Broadfield House Glass Museum, with glass on loan to them, and is President of the Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum.
Graham Fisher MBE
Graham Fisher MBE is an adult education lecturer, author, public speaker, local radio presenter and an Outreach Worker for Broadfield House Museum, with a lifelong dedication to inland waterways and latterly the Stourbridge Glass industry. For many years he was Special Features correspondent for a monthly waterways magazine. His involvement in waterways initiatives led to being awarded the MBE in 2001 for services to inland waterways. He has given many presentations and written books on glass making and the local waterways network. He is a member of West Midlands Waterways Partnership and, in 2005 was voted as Inland Waterways Personality of the Year. He has given many television and radio appearances. He is responsible for PR and communications and edits BGF’s e-magazine GlassCuts.
Allister Malcolm is a Glass with Sculpture graduate and the resident glass artist at Broadfield House Glass Museum. He is a renowned craftsman within his field and has worked as a product designer and lecturer. He produces and markets his own products and has exhibitions throughout the UK and USA. His studio is rapidly expanding as demand for his work grows; commissions from corporate and private clients in the USA, Europe and the Middle East support evidence of his international acclaim.
Meriel Harris has 25 years experience as a senior management consultant in London and more recently with her own company in the Midlands. She is immediate past Chairman of Stourbridge Decorative and Fine Arts Society and is Deputy Area Chairman of the West Midlands Decorative and Fine Arts Society (15 Societies / c5,000 members). She has been a Director of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and its Trading Company since 2003 and is a Trustee on the PCC of St Mary’s Church, Old Swinford, Stourbridge. Meriel is Treasurer for the BGF.