Trustees & staff
Keri is our Museum Manager and has a BSc (Hons) degree in Heritage Conservation. On graduating from university Keri spent a year working for the Ministry of Defence Conservation Office and spent much of this time involved with the conservation of the Defence Estate in Devon and Cornwall. Having completed the Ten Tors challenge four times, she has a good knowledge and love of Dartmoor. After leaving the Ministry of Defence she changed career and trained as a VAT officer with HM Revenue & Customs before moving on to work for Deloitte, one of the ‘Big Four’ firm of accountants. Keri moved to Okehampton about 12 years ago and was a volunteer at the museum for about four years before the manager’s role became vacant. As a mum of two boys, she has an added interest in ensuring that the museum is a great place to enthuse children and introduce them to Dartmoor and its fascinating history.
Jan began her career as a teacher in Toxteth, Liverpool after gaining a Bachelor of Education Degree – one of the first women in the country to do so. She went on to holding teaching positions in Okehampton, Exbourne, Northlew, Lydford and other smaller villages. Since retiring she volunteers for many organisations, including the Museum of Dartmoor Life and Books on Wheels for the RVS and the local library. She is also an Okehampton Town Councillor and her aim is to make our town welcoming and beautiful to visitors and residents alike. As a museum Trustee, she wants to help the museum become a self-sustaining attraction for residents and visitors alike being interesting, educational and fun!
Chair of Trustees and (currently) Treasurer for the Museum as well as Secretary of the local Rotary Club. As Devon County Secretary, Dick provided administrative support for the Royal British Legion activities in Devon until taking early retirement. Previously, he was a serving officer in the Royal Air Force, specialising in human resource and personnel management, and more recently was employed as a recruitment and public relations specialist. He has experience within estate and security management and has held managerial responsibilities for significant public relations and charitable events, including the securing of sponsorship. He trained as a service accountant, held budgetary and project management responsibilities, and has undertaken organisational and management responsibilities for worldwide adventurous training.
Jane has lived near Okehampton for a number of years. She is an archaeologist and until retirement a couple of years ago worked for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for 25 years becoming the Park’s Senior Archaeologist. She has a great affection for Dartmoor and a good knowledge of the Moor, many of its inhabitants, customs, traditions and history. As a Trustee of the museum she shares this experience and professional archaeological knowledge.
Anne was a special educational needs teacher in primary schools before moving to Devon in 2003. She uses these skills to good effect in the museum creating all of the children’s activities and working on events for children throughout the year. She is a very keen hill walker and runs a holiday cottage business.
Mary brings her expertise from 20 years working at National Museum & Galleries of Wales in Cardiff, UK. She was Head of Section (1997-2009) managing a collection of over 300,000 lots. Whilst at the Museum she ran a project that put their collection databases into the public domain, creating a flexible searchable database to give the public access to material in the collections. Part of the team that assisted in the development of drawer content for the Glan Ely gallery, she was also on their Interpretation strategy group and bilingualism working group. An active researcher, she ran large projects with capacity building for biologists in Africa, as well as working with other Museum Scientists in similar projects on the Galapagos, doing field research in Africa for over 12 years. Now Mary volunteers with IUCN, a conservation NGO working on the conservation of Molluscs on a world-wide basis, as well as working with her husband in the running of Adventure Okehampton, an adventure activity centre in Okehampton .
Karen runs her own project management consultancy business and has spent the last 20 years working on major projects such as the Olympics and Crossrail. She spent four years as a director on the board for the British Association for Nutritional Therapy and was responsible for strategic planning and performance improvement before stepping down in 2016. Karen brings key skills to the museum in the form of project management, strategic planning and digital transformation. She is a keen Dartmoor walker and is pleased to be able to support her local museum.
Debbie has been a trustee since 2012. Her background is in farming as she grew up on a Dartmoor hill farm, forestry and education. Apart from ten years in Wales she has lived on the edge of north Dartmoor all her life. Debbie’s working life is now, and has been for over 30 years, in education.She believes it to be a privilege to live in such a lovely area, rich in history and with a vibrant community.