Current Board Members
Will Thorne studied Architecture at the Macintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow then at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Since graduating in 2003, Will worked for Anne Thorne Architects and then for 7 years for Richard Rogers (RSH+P). He is an ARB registered professional Architect and has over 14 years of experience of a wide range of projects from private houses and nursery schools to skyscrapers and international airports. He runs his own architectural practice in collaboration with his wife Jenny Wyness from an office on the Main Street in Tobermory. He is also a member of the Lifeboat Crew. Will is interested in art coding, robotics installations, computers and technical things generally.
Dawn Reade has lived in Tobermory since graduating in 1994. During this time she and her husband have established a family bakery business that has evolved to make organic biscuits and employs 34 people on the island. Dawn has always had an interest in visual art. She is a printmaker, who enjoys knitting and textiles, and has recently completed an online course in design. Dawn worked for several years as a café assistant, administrator, and latterly as the Visual Art & Craft Officer at An Tobar. This experience has cemented Dawn’s appreciation of the value of a healthy arts centre. Dawn has chaired the board since August 2016.
Jan Sutch Pickard is a member of the lively creative community in SW Mull, one of the Ross of Mull Poets, a writer and storyteller – a Directory member of the Scottish Storytelling Network. A Director of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre and a regular volunteer. A career in editorial work and communication with an NGO was followed by six years working for the Iona Community at the Abbey. At first hand, she knows the potential of performance and residencies to challenge and inspire both practitioner and host community. She hopes to see Comar enabling more of this kind of exchange: a resource for the whole island, drawing on the gifts and energy of those who live here, as well as bringing music, performance, writing and the visual arts from the mainland to established venues, schools and village halls. Mull is an exciting place because traditional music-making is alive here, alongside vigorous creativity of many kinds which does not depend on arts funding – giving a great context for Comar itself to flourish. If elected Jan would hope to work collaboratively with others from South West Mull and Iona, so that we can have a voice and together make a real contribution to the future of Comar.