Below is a summary of each of the trustees that make up the ALATI board.  We are a broad section of people, with a range of experiences.

Kathy Reed, Chair

Kathy Reeds MA, PG Cert TILL, FHEA

I am a retired business journalist and an academic who taught journalism and cultural studies.  Born and brought up in Gateshead, I have lived in London but am retiring to Alston where we are restoring a house. My ancestors were married in Alston church.

Jane Burdett, Treasurer

Jane is a Freelance tutor in tax and financial accounting and  provides tuition for a range of tuition providers, specialising in tax and financial accountancy tuition across ICAEW, ICAS, CTA, ACCA and university degree qualifications.

Lionel Playford, Artist member

Lionel is a painter at heart but has explored shipbuilding, sculpture, installation, and printmaking. He likes to work outdoors getting to know the landscape and its weather and is inspired by Alston Moor and the North Pennines

Brian Davies, photography member

I am a retired Design Engineer and School Teacher, now living in Alston. I have been involved with photography since I was very young and have taught photography to A level standard in Northumberland. I love to travel the world and photograph the areas that I visit.

My grandfather was a famous South African wildlife artist specialising in Birds.

I am also a director of the Alston Moor Partnership which is looking to promote and develop Alston into a 21st century town

Jon Reed, Secretary

Jon Reeds BA FRGS

I am a retired environmental journalist. I co-ordinate a national advocacy group that campaigns for sustainable regeneration, planning and transportation

Helen Johnson, Artist member

Helen Johnson NPQH, MA, PGCE 

I am a former head teacher and now work full time as a Fine art painter, specialising in oils and using non recyclable plastic in my work.  I am passionate about the environment and sustainability. 

Gordon Monk, photographer member

I have enjoyed taking photographs since getting my first camera from a jumble sale when I was 12. I moved to Alston from Surrey in 2017 following a career in Aviation and love to restore and use old film cameras as well as modern digital equipment to capture the amazing light here on Alston Moor.

Mike Knowles , photographer member

I was born in the UK but raised in the Netherlands. I currently work for the Woodland Trust and also run a smallholding near Nenthead. My original career was in retail, initially managing photographic outlets, then outdoor equipment shops and lastly multi-site retail for the National Trust. I am graduate of the Photographic Institute and now tutor photography, specialising in landscape work. I was drawn to Alston Moor by the beauty of the landscape, the friendliness of the people and by its relative isolation


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