Meet the Trustees
Harry Spry-Leverton – Chair and Honorary Librarian
Harry travelled the world for five years as a young man and had a variety of odd jobs in odd places to finance it. This was followed by several years of soldiering in The Light Infantry before attending university as a mature student. He remained a Reservist for many years and was mobilised for operations in The Gulf in 2003. However, a degree in International Politics and Librarianship led to thirty years as Librarian of two of the country’s leading independent schools and an intimate knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Cataloguing system, catalogue cards and the challenges associated with smaller and specialist libraries. He returned to his native Cornwall some years ago and is settled in Penryn. He sails a Shrimper on the Fal and is an enthusiastic gig rower.
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Paget MacDonald – Honorary Secretary
Paget’s professional background is in law, as a Solicitor in a City practice where she specialised in litigation and dispute resolution. She is now involved in commercial property and manages a portfolio comprising a range of commercial properties across Devon and Cornwall. She has a particular interest in art history and from 2006 to 2017 was Company Secretary and a Trustee at a not for profit arts organisation in Farnham, Surrey, which supports emerging artists through its exhibiting and professional development programmes. After moving to Cornwall in 2017 she continues her support for the arts as a regular volunteer at The Exchange in Penzance and is now looking forward to making her own contribution to Morrab Library.
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Myfanwy Barrett CB – Honorary Treasurer
Myfanwy is an experienced public sector finance director and a qualified accountant (CIPFA). She was the Finance Director at a London borough, and more recently Managing Director of Corporate Services at the House of Commons. She moved to Penzance in 2019 and now works as a Non-Executive Director. She is a board member at Ocean Housing and the Pensions Ombudsman (from May 2021); and alongside this has a cultural portfolio that includes being Treasurer of Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange and Chair of the Tate St Ives Members Committee. Myfanwy’s passion is art, particularly modernism, and she is studying art history in her spare time, as well as being an aspiring cryptic crossword setter.
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David Holmes – Honorary Health and Safety Officer
A graduate of Cambridge University (Geography), David has recently retired to Penzance after a career in town planning and surveying, including establishing his own firm in North Oxfordshire. He set up a town planning consultancy in semi-retirement from 2012 – 2019 before fulfilling the dream and moving to Penzance in January 2020; just in time for Lockdown! David is very interested in art history which he studied at Oxford University, and he is also very keen on architectural history. Since moving from Warwickshire David is a Trustee of Penzance U3A and he volunteers at the Penlee Gallery.
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David Puddifoot – Photo Archive Manager
David has been a Morrab Library Trustee for five years. He spent his working life in education, working in inner city schools first as an art teacher and later as a special needs teacher and coordinator. He developed a strong interest in the teaching of learners with dyslexia and gained a specialist qualification later in my career. For the ten years before finally moving to Penzance David worked in a dyslexia centre, teaching learners from six to forty-six and running training sessions for teachers. David loves classical music and jazz and also plays in the Raffidy Dumitz Band in Penzance. His passion for the visual arts has not faded; he makes sculpture and has been volunteering at the Morrab Library Photo Archive for around seven years. He lives in Penzance with his wife Lizzie Houghton and is blessed to have two daughters and a granddaughter here too.
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George Care – Trustee
George attended Humphry Davy Grammar School (formerly Penzance Grammar School). He read Physics and Philosophy at Bristol and PGCE at Bath, and taught Physics at Stockwell, Holland Park, Alleyn’s, Camborne and Mount’s Bay School. His current interests include art and literature, citizen journalism, book collecting, learning languages, poetry, local history and convivial conversation.
Peter Chapman – Trustee
After graduating from Bristol University in 1980, Peter’s career in television began at the BBC. Moving to Tyne Tees in Newcastle he became a director of arts documentaries. He left Tyne Tees and, with his wife Jennifer, formed Lightyears Films. Over the next thirteen years Peter made arts films for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC, a number of these were screened at international film festivals. Peter also has an MA in screenwriting from Royal Holloway University of London. Away from television Peter was a Samaritan volunteer in Newcastle and east London for ten years. Peter has a passion for art house films and is a committee member of the Penwith Film Society. He also loves swimming in Penzance Lido and spending time in the Library, which exercises a mysterious but enduring hold over him.
Jane Val Baker – Trustee
Jane was brought up amongst a large artistic family in a house on Porthmeor beach – a dream childhood. She left aged 17 to develop a career in films, eventually staying with the BBC for 25 years, retiring in 1996 from her role as Chief Film Editor. On returning to Cornwall her first role was to coordinate the program for the Celtic Film Festival held at St Ives. She then went on to have several roles mainly to do with fundraising including commercial manager for Kneehigh. In 2004 she joined the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust where she is presently vice chair. She also volunteers for the Penzance Street Food Project.
Leslie Watson – Trustee
Leslie qualified as a landscape architect working on community regeneration projects for local authorities. She was Director of national charity ‘Think Green’ promoting the wider benefits of urban greenspace; Community Relations Manager at the Bristol Development Corporation and Sustainability Manager for West Wiltshire District Council. For 13 years Leslie was Director of Sustainability South West, a cross-sector advisory charity delivering assessments and projects. More recently, Leslie gained a diploma in Art & Design, self-published her memoir manifesto ‘Unearthed’ and gained a Masters Degree in Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University. She lives in Penzance.
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