MMAC Management Committee

Ann SumnerAnn Sumner

Ann took over as Chair of the Management Committee from John Gibbs at the end of July 2018.  Ann is a senior museum professional with 30 years' experience. She is a former Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (2007-12) and Barber Professor of Fine Art and Curatorial Practice. Prior to that, she was Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (2000 - 2007). She has held curatorial positions at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Holburne Museum, Bath and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

She was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and studied for her PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Ann is currently Historic Collections Adviser at Harewood House Trust in Yorkshire, where she is leading the Chippendale 300 programming for 2018 and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, where she specialises in public art research . She sits on the Curatorial Advisory Committee for the Ironbridge Museums Trust and the Advisory Committee for the School of Art Gallery & Museum, Aberystwyth University. She is a Trustee of Leeds Art Fund and of the Museum of Bath at Work.


Graham Kent

Graham has been involved with the management and tours of the Collection for many years. He has worked in London, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester in urban, rural and ecumenical settings.

He studied Theology at Kings College London and later took a Masters' Degree in Art History at Leeds.

Formerly Superintendent of the Shaw & Rawton Circuit of the Methodist Manchester & Stockport District. He is a member of the Methodist-Anglican Panel for Unity in Mission.





Sarah MiddletonSarah Middleton

Sarah is a freelance Arts Manager and a Methodist Local Preacher. As part of her MA Arts & Cultural Management degree at Sussex University she evaluated the Methodist Modern Art Collection's impact in British churches and galleries from 1962-2007.

She developed these studies as Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University in 2011-12. More recently she has conducted a consultation for the Collection's committee members called 'Shaping A Future Together', centred on strategic planning.

Among Sarah's publications are the 2014 booklet The Methodist Modern Art Collection in Wales, and the 2019 online course 'Drawing closer to God' which looks at paintings in the Collection (and others) in the context of exploring worship and theology. Sarah has led a number of retreats and study days using the Collection. She currently lives in South Wales.



Ruth Gee

Ruth was Chair of the Darlington District of the Methodist Church from 2008 to 2018. Formerly she served in the West Yorkshire District as a circuit minister and also as Ecumenical Officer and Synod Secretary. Before entering ordained ministry, Ruth had a career in teaching and still enjoys opportunities to follow this aspect of her calling. 

Ruth is enthusiastic about the Collection and has used it often in worship and in leading retreats and quiet days. She has experienced and is excited by the significant missional opportunities offered by exhibiting the Collection. 

Ruth served as President of the Methodist Conference (2013-2014), as Chair of the Methodist Council (2015-2018), Moderator of the Forum for Churches Together in England (2015-2018), and has served as a member of the Faith and Order Committee. Among other responsibilities she is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Conference and the Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church.



Ian Baker

Ian has been a Friend of the Collection for several years and is offering his skills to develop the Friends network. Now retired, his corporate administration career spanned both the corporate and not for profit sectors. His events management has included an annual major festival service at St Paul’s Cathedral for the benevolent fund for Anglican clergy and their families. Currently a PCC member at St James the Great, Colwall, Ian is keen to sustain the witness of the Collection, being struck by its impact on exhibition visitors.






Lucy Newman Cleeve

Lucy is a freelance curator, consultant and producer who has 20 years’ experience across the cultural sector. After single contracts with Tate, British Council and the Arts Council, she worked for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, and for ten years as the founding director of Man&Eve gallery. She has a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art and is working towards a PhD thesis examining a post-secular theology of art. She would bring extensive expertise to the planning of the tour programme of the Collection, and is offering experience of fundraising, advocacy and commissioning of new works.




Simon Sorokos

Simon was a lead organiser of the 2017 MMAC exhibition in Canterbury at the city’s Beaney Art Gallery in partnership with Kent College Canterbury (part of the MIST group of schools) where he is employed as a teacher and Special Projects Manager. He brings vision and expertise for engaging educational institutions more fully with the work of the Collection. He holds a diploma in Art History from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Management from the City University's Cass Business School. 

Rebecca Gibbs

Rebecca is a trustee of the Gibbs Trust and a grand-daughter of John Morel Gibbs, who was the inspiration behind the Collection. She obtained a BA Honours: "Art in a Community Context" from the University of Surrey in 1997 and has had much involvement in the organisation of artistic and cultural events, like the St Paul's Carnival in Bristol.


Katharine Farnham-Dear 

Katharine Farnham-Dear holds a degree from Cambridge University and practised as a lawyer for many years before following her passion and obtaining degree in Art History from the Open University. 

Her involvement with the Collection started when she prepared the commentary for the online gallery. 

She is Church Secretary at Southgate Methodist Church and involved with a number of other charities in north London where she lives. 





Corinne Miller 

Formerly Head of Culture, Arts and Heritage for Wolverhampton City Council, Corinne has over 30 years’ experience in local authority museums including galleries in both Wakefield and Leeds.  She currently combines her role as Associate Tutor on the MA in Museum Studies by Distance Learning at Leicester University with membership of a number of boards including Craftspace, a national craft agency, and the Leeds Art Fund.  She is the current President of the Leeds Fine Artists.  Corinne holds a degree in Art History from Manchester University.




Bob Williams, a former member of the Management Committee, is the Friends' Newsletter Editor.

Jo Hibbard, Director of Engagement, liaises with the Management Committee for the Connexional Team. She aims to ensure appropriate management support and resources available, and to share opportunities for collaboration on the promotion and use of the Collection.

 Liz Millard is the Collection's part-time Administrator, in addition to her role as a Senior Administrator in the Connexional Team.

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