We are a Charity

The Memo Arts Centre is an independent Registered Charity, and is managed by a board of Trustees.

As an independent Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) our earned income is used to support our vibrant programme, our venue and our users.

Our Trustees

BlankHeadshotRichard Thomas: Throughout his career he has always devoted time to local voluntary activities and currently plays an active part in the administration of the Scout movement as Vice-chair of the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Area Executive committee. He is also Vice-chair of the Old School Community Hall in Sully and manager of the newly formed Sully Community Library.He was a founder member of a local civic society and co-author of the Barry Centenary Book.Richard is currently the Secretary of the Trust and serves on the Resources Committee, as well as providing professional advice on the maintenance and repair of the building.


anna headshotAnna Denton-Jones: Anna is a local employment lawyer practising from the Vale of Glamorgan, serving businesses throughout South Wales and beyond so she hopes to bring the benefit of her legal skills to the charity. She’s had a connection with the Vale since she moved here in 2000, choosing deliberately to locate herself outside of Cardiff. She lived in Barry between 2003 and 2011 when she moved to Wenvoe to care for an elderly dependent, although she’s often visited since she was a child and continues to shop and socialise here when she can.She’s passionate about the Vale having its own cultural centre and events and in particular about the Memo having its historical memorial significance and the opportunity to bring Cinema back to the people of Barry. She’s long been interested in the performing arts having grown up involved in amateur dramatics, singing and dancing in the local community.


BlankHeadshotAntonia Forte: A member of the well-known local business family, Antonia returned to Barry in 1996 and, keen to contribute to the life of the town, joined the governing body of Barry Comprehensive in 2010 (becoming Chair in Mach 2016) and the Memo Trust in 2012, both by application. She retired in 2014 as the CX of a valleys based community housing association, but retains an interest in the sector and chairs the Advisory Board for Welsh Housing Quarterly. Antonia is interested in effective governance, the voluntary sector, and community engagement in social enterprise.



Paul Haley: Barry born Paul is a Chartered & Certified Internal Auditor and a Chartered Manager. He is Internal Audit Manager UK for Tata Steel Europe. He has been very active within Barry regeneration since 1993 and was a Member of Barry Strategic Regeneration Board, & former Chairman of Pride In Barry. Paul is a Patron of Barry Rugby Club. He is currently a Management Committee Member & Patron of the Barry Community Water Activity Centre. Paul has been a Non Exec Director of the WJEC, & was Audit Committee & Investment Committee Chair.


MikeMike Walmsley: Mike is a professional fundraiser with over 12 years experience of raising money for the charitable sector. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Mike holds two post graduate qualifications in Stage Management & Technical Theatre and Arts Management. Mike began his career as freelance lighting technician and has worked extensively in theatre, festivals, large scale music and commercial events. Since 2003, he has held a number of fundraising and business development roles for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Prince’s Trust Cymru, and The Orchard Media and Events Group. He is currently pursuing a freelance career. Mike is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and was Chairman of the Institute of Fundraising Cymru South Wales Regional Forum from 2014 until 2016. Mike is married with two young children and lives in Barry. In his spare time he trains on Barry Island beach with the Brawd Bootcamp and runs half marathons and muddy obstacle races.

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