Lesley Belcher, Chair

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 was accountable for ART Operations, Communications and more recently IT.

Paul Flavell, Secretary

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.

Sue Dixon, Treasurer

Sue has been ringing since 2010 following an appeal in the local parish magazine. Four years later she was appointed Southern District Secretary of the Surrey Association, taking care of the membership records and preparing the accounts and annual report entries. Soon after she became tower captain of her local tower, St Margaret, Ockley.

Sue qualified as a chartered accountant in the 1980’s but gave it all up a few years later due to family commitments and now lives on a smallholding, gardening on a large scale as well as running a walking group and acting as treasurer to a local charity.

Sue has been associated with ART since attending Module 1 in October 2015 and is currently awaiting accreditation for Module 2.

Roger Booth

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.

Lesley Boyle

Lesley is Tower Captain of Swaffham Bulbeck, a tower of 8 bells, near Cambridge and has been ringing since she was a teenager. Although Lesley has rung all sorts over the years ranging from Doubles to Surprise Maximus, SHE SAYS THAT one of the most fulfilling things she has done is to teach people.

Lesley has been an ART tutor for a few years now and has had the pleasure of introducing many people to the structured ART approach - no matter how experienced people have been at teaching handling when attending her courses, there has always been some very useful tips they have been able to take away with them, and ultimately some learner has benefited, giving Lesley so much satisfaction.

Annie Hall

Annie grew up in a family where it was ringing on a Friday evening and a rugby match on Wednesday and so was set the pattern and passions of her life. She learnt to ring in Leicester and has spent time ringing in Staffordshire, Kent and Dorset. Currently she rings in Warwick, where the band ring at both towers.

Following a career in HR, Annie is now retired and spends much of her time with her family and helping with grandchildren. She is General Secretary of the Coventry Guild, a member of the Central Council and has been a member of ART since it’s inception.

Enjoying ringing and feeling part of a team are important for Annie and reflect the values she brings to her role on the ART committee.

Tim Hine

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 Hughes

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.

Paul Lewis

Like many ringers of a certain age Paul 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 he stayed (not making much progress) until a move to the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. Paul 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, he eventually plucked up courage and needn't have been worried. This was really the start of his ringing commitment which has accompanied life ever since and a return back to Shropshire over 30 years ago.

Paul’s home tower is Edgmond, in the Shropshire Association territory, but he still retains links to the Hereford DG through ringing regularly at Much Wenlock. He is a committed member of the Welsh Colleges' Society and is proud to be a member of the Cumberlands too. Paul had a period of eleven years as the Hereford DG's Education Officer and places ringing training, teaching and education in his list of ringing priorities alongside local ringing commitments.

Residential ringing courses have been a mainstay of Paul’s ringing life and he has 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 his professional work life – he has a passion about learning development, knowledge transfer and student engagement and is keen to bring these skills to ringing progression through ART and its work.

Clare McArdle

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.

David Sparling

David learned to ring at St Michael's Kirby-le-Soken at the age of 10. He was introduced to handbell ringing during his university studies at Imperial College, London by the late, great Roger Bailey and also given the opportunity to ring on 10 and 12 bells as part of the University of London band. After university, 12 bell ringing continued under the guidance of George Pipe at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich. David served as Tower Captain at Kirby-le-Soken from 1985 - 1997. He is a past Master and and a Life Vice President of the Essex Association of Change Ringers and has been a regular tutor on the annual Essex Ringing Course since its foundation in 1991. In addition he has run a number of District and Association Training events over the years. He was appointed as an ART Tutor in April 2019.

Tim Sunter

Tim has spent most of his career in education as a secondary and Further Education maths lecturer. He spent 21 years as an elected councillor on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, including five as leader. Tim has served on the governing bodies of several colleges, Dudley Training and Enterprise Council and the Black Country Learning and Skills Council. He has a masters degree in Education Management and Leadership and has been a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham.

In 2014 Tim responded to a tweet commenting on the lack of ringing at his local tower, St Michael's and All Angels, Brierley Hill and signed up to the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing. He graduated with his Learning the Ropes level 5 certificate in 2017 - shortly after achieving, with his wife Jenny, the goal of restarting ringing at Brierley Hill. Tim went on to completing his Module 1 and Module 2 training and is now working hard on developing the local band.