Trustees of Braintree District Museum Trust

Braintree District Museum Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, governed by the following Trustees:


Sheila Charrington

Born to an Essex family, Sheila has spent the majority of her life in Essex. Drawing on her professional training as a book binder, Sheila was a founder member of the Essex Craft Society and has exhibited in Braintree Town Hall and Braintree District Museum.

In 1989 Sheila moved to Layer Marney Tower with her husband Nicholas, and they have been running it together ever since. Through her connection to the house she has been associated with the Historic Houses Association (Regional Chairman 2004-2008), the Regional Tourist Board (2006-2010), and the Visit Essex board until 2016. She was Chairman of Invitation to View (which coordinates Guided Tours in unique places for individuals) until 2019.

Sheila is a board member of the Historic Houses Association.  She is very involved in Tymperleys, a restaurant and tea room in Colchester.

Iain Hutton-Jamieson

Iain is a designer running his own consultancy, Thinkingeye, in London for over twenty years. Thinkingeye works with niche clients and projects around the world, from books to interiors, with a speciality in catalogues and marketing promotion involving companies as broad-ranging as Asprey and Mastercard.

Iain has lectured at a number of colleges in Graphic Design and Professional Practice, he set up the Diploma Members division for The Chartered Society of Designers, and has written for titles ranging from The Muppets, to the Telegraph, including a book on Drawing Techniques. He has MA degrees from The University of London in Book History, Art History and Garden History.

Iain worked for twenty years in the fashion industry from toile to print and final production and is interested in fabric and fabric design history.

He lives locally, is a passionate biker and inveterate traveller.

Demetra Lindsay

Demetra has lived in the Braintree district since 2004 when she moved to Castle Hedingham with her husband Jason.  They have been running Hedingham Castle as a historic property open to the public and a wedding venue ever since.  They have brought up their young family there.

She is an architect, and worked for a firm with a very modern style.  She designed the Westminster Academy and elements of the Barbican Centre refurbishment. She has since renovated the Norman Hedingham Castle with Historic England and now does small projects locally.  Some rooms in the house at Hedingham Castle were also done up by Warner Fabrics and used as a showcase for their 2007 Collection, and Demetra made some of the curtains and furnishings herself as she has always enjoyed sewing, dressmaking and fabric design.

She is also on the board of Visit Essex and an active member of the Historic Houses Association.  She is passionate about our local heritage and education.

John Miners

As a textile consultant John has many years’ experience in sourcing and supplying textiles for decorating projects as well as for the restoration of historic buildings both in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the USA for clients including the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces, as well as privately owned houses and museums. Specific properties include Osborne House, Newton House, Kenilworth Castle, Aspley House, Cliffe Castle, Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam, Dover Castle, Walmer Castle and Norwich Castle. In 2015 he worked with Apsley House and Walmer Castle in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

His Father worked at Courtaulds in Halstead, and so John grew up in a company owned house directly opposite the Mill. His technical background started with his early career at the company, where he undertook a 3 year training scheme, working in all departments in the local Essex mills. After working in various departments, he left SC&Co and moved into interior textiles, and has now been working independently for almost 30 years.

Since January 2013 he has been Chair of Halstead & District Local History Society. He has been co-ordinating accreditation and grant applications for an important part of the Society, Halstead Heritage Museum which has recently opened in new premises.

Steve Priddy

Dean of GISMA Business School Germany and Affiliate Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Steve holds the financial portfolio of the Trust. He is a chartered accountant and chartered manager, being a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Management Institute, and brings extensive national and international business development skills and hands-on experience of business operations.

Steve is an experienced consultant in both the private and public sectors, with specific expertise relating to sustainable economic development and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about the vital role education plays in international development. He has lived in Braintree with his family for over 35 years. He holds a doctorate from Birkbeck College London on the ‘emptied landscape,’ a socio-economic study of the development of agri-business in East Anglia since WW2.

Steve also serves on the Finance Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Steve and his family have lived in Braintree for over 30 years. He joined Braintree District Museum Trust as Finance Director in 2013.

Louise Ratcliff

Following a degree in languages, Louise worked at L’Oreal and then at the family office of Saudi Binladin Group (SBG UK).

In 2011, Louise returned to the Braintree District where her family have farmed for generations. Her role has been to manage the family estate including farming operations and the residential portfolio along with developing the tourism division.

Louise has a passion for photography, having works exhibited throughout Europe & USA in recent years as well as images selected in international competitions.

Cllr Frankie Ricci (Braintree District Council Corporate Member)

Frankie has lived in the District since the age of two and lives in Great Notley with his wife Jenny and two sons. He is a Director at London City Airport and has worked in the Aviation Sector for most of his professional career. Frankie has been a District Councillor for 7 years and is the Cabinet member for Communities, Culture and Tourism.

He is Vice Chairman of Great Notley Parish Council and has been an active member for 10 years. In addition, Frankie is also a Trustee of the Active Braintree Foundation.

David Wisbey

Born at William Julien Courtauld hospital in Braintree and schooled at St Michael’s Primary School and Notley High School, David returned to the District several years ago, after having lived and worked in London and overseas. He is a practising corporate lawyer with over 30 years’ experience and was, until recently, Chairman of Birkett Long LLP, one of the largest solicitors practices in Essex, where he is still a partner. In addition to his legal work, David is a trustee of two other charities based in the Chelmsford area.

David well remembers the industrial past of Braintree, with family and neighbours working at Lake & Elliot, Courtaulds, or Crittalls, and believes it is important for the District to commemorate its past. He is therefore looking forward to contributing to the recognition, preservation, and promotion of the District’s unique heritage and collections.