Staff and Trustees


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall


Jenny KilBride MBE


Please see our staff list below. Click to email a member a staff.


Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s Board of Trustees govern all aspects of the organisation.

Carol Watts – Chair

Carol is Professor of Literature and Poetics, Head of English, University of Sussex. She was appointed Chair in December 2018.


Ruth Cribb

Ruth Cribb is a freelance museum professional and the great-granddaughter of Joseph Cribb. In 2013 she completed a PhD on Eric Gill’s workshop examining the business of being a sculptor in the early twentieth century. After thirteen years at the V&A, she has worked at the Roald Dahl Museum, National Army Museum and London Transport Museum, specialising in curation and project management.

Isilda Almeida

Isilda has worked in the cultural sector in learning, community engagement and inclusion for nearly 20 years. She is passionate about the power of museums to inspire and foster creativity. Isilda is a Museum Consultant and Doctoral student researching the use of technologies for audience engagement. Photo credit: Simon Callaghan Photography.


Ashley Knowles

Ashley is a financial analyst with extensive experience of business planning, cost & revenue modelling and financial management. He has written about financial management in the Arts and mentored arts administrators. Ashley joined the board in 2019 and lives in Ditchling, where he served three terms as a parish councillor. Photo credit: portrait by Ditchling artist Bernadina Lloyd.


Penny Jones

Penny Jones had a career in museum and gallery learning and participation. She managed projects at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery and was the director of the UK wide Watch this Space programme for engage, the national association for gallery education. With a specialist interest in the history of craft in education she worked for clients including the Crafts Council, National Trust and London Mayor’s Office. She is now co-director of a Sussex forestry business which supplies timber for arts and education projects.


Brian Cohen

Brian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor specialising in the repair and refurbishment of listed buildings and churches and was Senior Partner of a medium sized practice of Chartered Surveyors before retiring. He has worked on Royal Palaces, National Trust properties, diplomatic facilities, museums and art galleries including Leighton House and Sambourne House Museums and The Cabinet War Rooms. He lives in Ditchling and continues to work part time for private clients.


Robert Griffiths

Robert enjoyed a working career that included management roles in both the commercial and charity sectors. Prior to retirement, he worked for 17 years as Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Martlets Hospice in Hove. Since retirement he has become a Trustee of the Dodgson Trust, the Friends of Brighton and Hove Hospitals and he supports the work of RISE – a charity supporting those affected by or threatened with domestic abuse. He joined the board in 2017 and lives locally in Streat.


Amanda Gray – Honorary Legal Council

Amanda is a Partner in Mishcon de Reya LLP, specialising in Art Law and the related field of Luxury Assets. She supports and works with Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft as our Honorary Legal Counsel. Amanda’s clients include both public and private institutions such as galleries, museums, auction houses, artists, private collectors, foundations, and banks.

Friends of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Chairs – Rod Pryde and Hugh St John