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WEBBA Constitution (23/01/16)

Last Updated: 23 January 2016

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The Council

The membership of the Council is appointed annually in accordance with the Council's constitution.

Three members are appointed from each of the four constituent Associations (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, South West and Cornwall) and the Officers of the Council are elected from within this group of 12.

Below are the details of our current council membership...


Chairman

Name: Mr John Woods

Association: South West

John's connections with Brass Bands are rooted in the South West where he is well known as a Euphonium player and administrator.

For the last 3 years John has been member of SWBBA Executive committee and is currently Vice Chair. He organises the Weston Super Mare "Own Choice" contest on behalf of the association having stepped in to take control when administration of the event under a prior management was in doubt.

John started playing at the age of 8 with Sherborne Town Band where his father was Solo cornet, chairman and a founding member. Having started on cornet John moved to Euphonium in his late teens and has a number of awards and contest results to his credit. He has also held many organisational roles within bands such as Contest Secretary and as a founder member of the Wessex Youth Course; John is keen to see young players being developed by the movement.

Since 2006 John has been member of a small team that plans and manages the highly acclaimed Brass in Concert Festival at Sage Gateshead and has been instrumental in securing funding including Arts Council grants. John feels honoured to be working with the organising team where they are always looking to push the boundaries and to try something new but without detracting from the core values and aims of the festival.

The Focus on Youth - Workshops and Taster Sessions enable young people to experience a prestigious international brass event.

Other bands John has been associated with include Bournemouth Concert Brass, Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne), Bideford Town, Aldershot Brass, Hathern, Mere Manor and Esbjerg Brass Band from Denmark with whom links re main after an original twinning link in the mid 1970's.

John is married to Julia and lives in Somerset - they have 2 daughters.

During his career with Barclays, John was Vice Chairman of Barclay Brass and continues to perform with them at events around the country.

John now works in the charity sector and has established a strong network of connections in the Brass Band movement. His interest enthusiasm and knowledge of bands has proved extremely beneficial in embedding the SWBBA aims and objectives and this will be further developed in the work of the West of England Council in delivering the annual Championships in Torquay each March.

Secretary

Name: Sue Oldfield

Association: No affiliation

Council Member

Name: Mr Trevor Bedding

Association: Cornwall

Council Member

Name: Mr Mike James

Association: Gloucestershire

Council Member

Name: Mr Ray Kingdon

Association: South West

Council Member

Name: Mr Greg Cook

Association: Wessex

Council Member

Name: Mrs Lesley Knapton

Association: Wessex

Treasurer

Name: Mr Mike Knapton

Association: Wessex

Registrar

Name: Mrs Frances Calver

Association: Cornwall

Council Member

Name: Mr Brian Elliott

Association: South West

Council Member

Name: Mr Robin Teague

Association: Cornwall

Council Member

Name: Mrs Karin Lythell

Association: Gloucestershire

Council Member

Name: Mr Adrian Bodenham

Association: Gloucestershire