Mowlem looks to future, appointing three new prominent trustees to its board.

Appointments will play crucial role in continuing charity’s work in Swanage

The Mowlem Institute, the charity which runs the Mowlem in Swanage, has appointed three prominent new Trustees to its Board.

The new appointments are all passionate about the Mowlem and its work for the local community, and also have diverse experience in a range of relevant areas including theatre and cinema and charity law. They include:

  • Paul Angel: Paul has lived in Swanage for 15 years. He runs two award-winning bookshops and a record store in Bournemouth and Wimborne. He was Chair of Education Swanage between 2009 and 2015, successfully leading negotiations with the Department for Education which led to the opening of The Swanage School. He acted as Chair of Governors for its first two years of operation and continues to play a role as Parent Governor.
  • Nick Field:  Nick has lived in Swanage for over 20 years.  He works for the Department for International Trade giving export advice to South West businesses.  He ran a regular acoustic music night, bringing up and coming singer songwriters from both the UK and USA to Swanage.  Nick is often to be found backstage in the Mowlem theatre helping with production aspects of shows, including stage management and set construction. Nick is former chair of the Swanage Sea Rowing Club and Deputy Station Officer of the Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team.
  • James Kessler:  James’ family links with Swanage go back 80 years, when his mother was at Newton Manor school.  He is a QC and expert in the law of charities and taxation.  His passion is cinema.  James was for 10 years a trustee of the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema, Wareham. 

The new Board members will play a vital role in ensuring that the Mowlem – which has founded by John Mowlem in 1863 – remains a key focal point for Swanage. The Board is responsible for strategy, finances and promoting the Mowlem. A major renovation project is currently under consideration.

Paul Grover, Chair of the Mowlem Institute, says: “This is an exciting next phase in the Mowlem’s history. We are delighted to have recruited trustees with so much energy and experience to contribute.”

“All our new appointments have a real love of theatre and film and a keen commitment to maintaining the vibrancy of the local community – of which the Mowlem is a key part.”

“In addition, between them, our new board members have an ideal mix of backgrounds and skills to help make the most out of this unique and important local venue for the benefit of the community of Swanage, and Purbeck as a whole, and indeed beyond.”


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