Having graduated with a degree in chemistry and picking up a PhD, Lesley spent 20 years working for BP in a number of commercial and technical roles covering the UK, Europe and the USA. Specialising in project and programme management Lesley is a qualified six-sigma black belt. She brings to ART a set of techniques and tools including process improvement, process design, strategy and change management.
Lesley comes from a ringing family; being taught by her grandfather as a youngster and ringing with her mother at Earl Shilton in Leicestershire. On moving away from home, Lesley rang with both the Durham University and the London University Society of Change Ringers, where she went on to be the society Treasurer and then Ringing Master. Lesley rang extensively in London on both tower and hand bells before leaving to work in the bell ringing wildness of France. This was the start of a twenty year break from ringing. She was attracted back to ringing after hearing a peal being rung in her (normally silent) local tower and now rings at Hanslope and Wicken. Within six months she found herself co-opted and elected to be a Ringing Deanery Leader of the North Buck Branch of the ODG; a role she held for three years. She is a member of the ODG Education Committee.
Lesley has been a member of the ART Management Committee for four years. Before becoming ART Chair, she wasaccountable for ART Operations, Communications and more recently IT.
Paul has had a long career in Sales Management in the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries and for the last eight years before retirement in 2013 was Company Director and European Sales Manager for a German plastics manufacturer.
He started ringing in 1966 at Norton, Sheffield, and was Tower Captain from 1979 - 1985 and has been Tower Captain at All Saints Kingston-upon-Thames since 1988. He has held various Association posts from Secretary to District Master in the Derbyshire and Surrey Associations. A Central Council Member for Surrey since about 1990 he was Chairman of the Compositions Committee from 2008 – 2016.
Currently he is the Training Officer for the Surrey Association responsible for organising and delivering training programs for 550 Association members including a number of ART Module 1 and 2 courses. Paul is an accredited ART Teacher in Surrey.
John has been ringing since 1979, havinglearnt initially at Stretton, near Burton-on-Trent. He enjoys many aspects of ringing: quarter peals, new Doubles Variations, bell restoration projects, handbells, and tower-grabbing (in the UK and overseas). He is actively involved with his local band, teaching learners, ringing for Sunday Service, and his local Association being at one time the Central Council representative.
John has had a long career with Lloyds Bank, where he was known as a "number-cruncher", never far from a calculator or PC/spreadsheet.
His involvement with ART started in the spring of 2015, when he became Ringing Master at Church Gresley, Derbyshire, after the tower came back into use following eight years of silence due to structural problems. He and Tower Captain, Moira Johnson, are now full ART Members, having been accredited for Modules 1 and 2.
Clare learned to ring, aged 12, in the 1970s at Harborne in Birmingham and has rung there ever since. From a young age she began helping with teaching there, but it wasn’t until much later, when she became Tower Captain at Harborne, that she really developed her teaching skills.
A varied career began with 15 years making stained glass windows, followed by 19 years as a front-line paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service. Clare has just started a new venture, becoming a freelance First Aid Instructor.
In 2013 Clare came up with the crazy idea of a bell ringing school to centralise training in Birmingham and spread the load and responsibility of teaching, thereby supporting towers without teachers and distributing new ringers to towers within the St Martin’s Guild. Having presented the idea, she was surprised, but extremely grateful, that it was immediately supported by key figures in the Guild and thus the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing was born.
Involvement with ART came about in 2012, when one of the ringers at Harborne asked Clare to mentor her through Module 1 of the teaching course. Having attended the course and mentored several teachers Care became an ART Assessor and subsequently, in 2017, a Tutor for ART.
Taught to ring in Gloucestershire as a teenager, and now living and ringing in Hampshire after spending 40 years in London, Roger has held various posts on committees and as an officer within local ringing societies including Master of the London County Association. For a long time Roger was a member of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and served on its Ringing Centres, Towers & Belfries, Redundant Bells and Administrative Committees.
As a Chartered Surveyor, Roger combined his professional career with pleasure and played a leading role in major bell restoration projects at Bermondsey. Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Rotherhithe and Walworth, as well as many smaller projects, and the transfer of redundant rings of bells from St Stephen Ealing to Aberdeen Cathedral and Homerton to Stone next to Dartford.
To help ensure there were adequate numbers of ringers to ring these restored bells, Roger turned his attention to issues of recruitment and training. Roger was a founder member of the Docklands Ringing Centre and Director of the former Ringing Foundation, which led to the establishment of ART. He was also a member of the review group (CRAG) which led to the current reforms of the Central Council.
Roger is currently a member of the ART Management Committee and an ART Tutor. He is also the owner of the Charmborough Ring and particularly interested in new initiatives to ensure that systems are in place to adequately follow up new ringers, and maximise retention, as well making more effective use of trainers through the use of simulators.
Tim learnt to ring in Devon, mainly at school. Though he did do some ringing after that, it was at the end of his time at University in Aberystwyth that he got more involved. Tim had spells in Essex working as a teacher, and Warwick (Tower Captain at Lillington), moved in 1985 to Stafford where he still rings, and was employed as an Education Officer, working with schools in various roles. One of his teams ran a fleet of Staffordshire’s directly owned yellow buses!
Tim is a member of the Welsh Colleges' Society and also a College Youth. In the North Staffordshire Association he’s had various roles over 15 years, including Chair and Education Officer. Tim joined the Central Council in 2014 as a North Staffs representative and was recently elected Chair of the Education Committee.
Tim’s experienced a lot of the local approach to training, which is mainly to run weekend half day courses. This provides interesting insights to any helper into what can be achieved. Similarly Tim found much to learn from helping at the Keele courses. He was also the main teacher in support when two bands started from more or less scratch about 8 years ago in the local area. He likes recruits and has long been committed to teaching people on their own as far as possible during the initial stages. He regards the simulator as very useful .
Tim writes: When in late 2010 I encountered what was later to become ART, I was very impressed with the concept - and the energy of its practitioners. I still am. And I am happy to support the work of people to improve the prospects of ringing, and to share ideas with them.
Gill learnt to ring in her teens at a church with a single bell hung for full circle ringing. It was a number of years before she rang as part of a team and then this was quickly interrupted by bringing up a family. Returning to ringing with her husband when their children were old enough to learn, she became involved in teaching bell handling to a group of Scouts and Guides in the late 80’s, organising camping/ringing weekends each year. Gill became active in the Derby area on the Education Committee and organising events for younger ringers.
Once a member of the CC she joined the Education Committee and became involved with the Teaching the Teachers Courses and found a natural progression towards the ITTS Courses and ART. During this time her ringing interests turned to quarter peals and traveling to ring at as many towers as possibly. Gill has been involved with the Scout Association all her life, now mentoring new leaders as they start their training.
She worked in the
wages department of a large local company before gaining a BA degree in Law and
Accountancy. Gill now works part time for Derbyshire County Scout Council as an
administrator, looking after wages, finance and record keeping for the county
camp site, which is managed and run by a totally volunteer workforce, a very
similar set up to ART. When ART was formed Gill volunteered her services and
accepted the post of Treasurer. Gill is committed to improving the learning
experience for new ringers.
Like many ringers of a certain age I was a teenage starter - part of a completely novice young band brought together in 1977 by a newly installed rector to provide ringing at a near silent tower. This was at Pontesbury in mid-Shropshire, top end of the Hereford Diocesan Guild territory, and there I stayed (not making much progress) until a move to the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. I initially didn't ring at the single available tower in the locality (Llanbadarn Fawr) for fear that the student band would be too 'high-powered'! However, I eventually plucked up courage and needn't have been worried. This was really the start of my ringing commitment which has accompanied life ever since and a return back to Shropshire over 25 years ago.
My home tower is now Edgmond, in the Shropshire Association territory but I still retain links to the Hereford DG through ringing regularly at Much Wenlock. I am a committed member of the Welsh Colleges' Society and am proud to be a member of the Cumberlands too. I finished recently eleven years as the Hereford DG's Education Officer and place ringing training, teaching and education at the top of my list of ringing priorities.
Residential ringing courses have been a mainstay of my ringing life and I've enjoyed student, helper and tutor roles at the Keele, Whirlow and Hereford Ringing Courses over many years. As a university senior lecturer, education, teaching and training are uppermost too in my professional work life - I have a passion about learning development, knowledge transfer and student engagement and am keen to bring these skills to ringing progression through ART and its work.
Graham spent 33 years in the insurance industry starting in the claims/litigation areas and then into Branch and UK Operational Management managing up to 750 employees spread over 10 UK locations, including specialists and outworkers. During his career he was actively involved with training at all levels and involved with many major projects - IT, structures, recruitment and integration with other companies etc. as well as being responsible for development and relationships with major connections. He was President of the Birmingham Insurance Institute in 1997/8.
Graham learned to ring in 1964. During the following 6 years he developed an interest in teaching, bell maintenance and collecting towers! Following 10 years in Hampshire a move back to Somerset in 1982 he continued with some teaching. Family & work commitments restricted his ringing during the late ‘80’s and ‘90’s but after early retirement in 2000 the urge to complete the task of collecting all the towers took over and he organized many tours in the UK and abroad.
A move to Kineton, Warwickshire in 2007 with his wife Sue Marshall created an opportunity to become further involved with teaching in the area. Kineton were soon augmented to 8 and the Harry Windsor Ringing Centre formed. He has taught about 20 people from scratch each year since and the centre runs a good range of courses and practices. Graham also chairs the Coventry Diocesan Guild Towers & Belfries Committee training others in bell maintenance and has restored, and looks after, a number of local towers.