Meet Our Team
The TVAF Board Members
Yinnon Ezra MBE MA FRSA (Chair)
Yinnon has now been Chair of TVAF for the last 5 years and has been the instigator in transforming TVAF from a grant giving organisation to one that gets artists and the community involved. This was particularly apparent when TVAF enjoyed its 25th anniversary in 2016 when 25 events took place throughout the Borough.
In addition to being Chair of TVAF, Yinnon is also:
• Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Culture Trust which delivers the HCC and Winchester City Council’s Museums & Arts Service
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Business (RSA)
• Member of the Theatre Royal Winchester Board
• The Society of Local Government Chief Executives
Yinnon is married to Ruth, an Artist; they live in Broughton near Stockbridge in Hampshire.
You can contact Yinnon about any ideas and support you may be able to offer.
John Dumper TVAF Treasurer & Trustee
John was born in Broughton and has lived there for most of his life.
He worked for IBM for 35 years; after taking early retirement he joined a Silicon Valley based start up in a similar role, until its purchase by CISCO.
John is now retired and engaged with several local organisations including being a Broughton Parish Councillor and Life President of Broughton FC.
John is married to sculptor Bridget who works from her studio in the grounds of their home in Broughton.
Michael Moore (Trustee) TVAF Secretary
Michael qualified as a Solicitor in 1980, specialising in Commercial, Business and Property law. His depth of legal knowledge and his diplomacy makes him an asset to TVAF.
As a TVAF trustee Michael is committed to the social enhancement of our communities by promoting Art and Artists in Test Valley.
Michael is married and also lives in Broughton.
Dorothy Baverstock (Trustee)
Dorothy originally hails from West Yorkshire and spent her working years teaching in secondary schools as well as working in adult education and youth and community activities.
She has been a town and borough councillor since 2003 representing the Cupernham Ward. In 2015 she also became Parish Councillor for Romsey Extra. She has been Romsey Town Mayor on 3 occasions and also Test Valley Mayor in 2012-13.
For the last 30 years she has been associated and involved with Age Concern Romsey, Test Valley Community Services, Friends of the War Memorial Park, Romsey Festival, War Horse project and King John’s House to name just a few.
David Drew (Trustee)
David is an engineer by training, experience and philosophy (everything can be made to work better!)
As a TVAF Trustee he is committed to increasing awareness of artistic creativity within the community as well as demonstrating its positive impact and benefits. David is also an elected Test Valley Borough councillor.
He is interested in:
Developing creative skills in young people.
Creating practical solutions to everyday problems.
Demonstrating the link between imagination and wealth creation.
Julie Drury (Trustee)
Julie is a keen promoter of the arts across the Test Valley area, with particular interest in projects involving children and community groups.
Julie was formerly a London based designer/maker with a background in fashion including working for Laura Ashley. In 2000 she completed an MA in fashion design. This was an inspirational experience that made her value art and design education as part of life long learning.
In 2005 she moved to the Test Valley and since then has fully engaged with the local village community and joined groups that allow her to use her creative and organisational skills. She also has her own small business, The Sewing Basket, producing a small range of textile items.
Michael Johnson (Trustee)
Michael Johnson works within the Special Education Needs sector; providing skills that offer Creative Enterprise learning to young people on the Autistic Spectrum.
Serving both Basingstoke and Test Valley Councils for some two decades, Michael previously held positions which centred around community arts development, heritage, cultural education engagement and the commissioning of major public art projects.
Michael is also a CAS Associate Artist, building upon his practice as a word based artist, using found objects as a means of expression.
Sue Messa TVAF Development Officer
Sue Messa was appointed as Development Officer in March 2016. Sue is an experienced manager and administrator having worked in the music business, fashion, media and also education.
Sue has been living in Test Valley for the last 21 years and is particularly keen working within the creative sector as well as getting involved in the many cultural activities that the Test Valley and surrounding area offers.
Roy Perry (Trustee)
Roy became a Trustee of Test Valley Arts Foundation in 2004 and was Chair from 2005 – 2010.
Roy Perry is a local councillor representing Romsey Rural. For 10 years (1994-2004) he was an MEP for Hampshire and served as the European Parliament’s Budget Rapporteur for Culture, and from 2013-9 was Leader of Hampshire County Council. He is also a founder Trustee of the Hampshire Cultural Trust.