Dartmouth’s Mayflower Project is being organised under the umbrella of The Dartmouth Museum (Registered Charity No. 306635) and is run solely by a team of hard working, enthusiastic, volunteers. These volunteers are split into three categories:
The Management Team – We are nine strong with a variety of skills and experience. Details of each member are shown below.
An Advisory Group – This is a small group providing specialist help and advice when needed. It includes representatives from Local Authorities, Tourist Agencies etc.
A Community Partnership – The Mayflower project is very much a ‘whole Town project’, and the scale and complexity of some of the projects are such that we will need assistance from many of the community groups in the town. It is our intention therefore to set up a Community Partnership, consisting of representatives from the many groups in the town, the Festival organisers, the Schools, Churches, Tourist organisations, The Britannia Royal Naval College, the Harbour Authority etc. etc. We hope that this group will meet with us on a regular basis to explore ways in which we can involve them, and ways they can help us to make Mayflower 400 a commemoration that will never be forgotten.
The Management Team
Robert Lyon, Chairman
Rob is a retired Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager who has lived in Dartmouth for nearly 30 years. He is currently a Town Councillor and was Mayor of Dartmouth from 2014-2017.
He is one of the founders of the Dart Music Festival in 1997, now in its 20th year, and being Chairman of the Mayflower 400 project, Rob signed the Compact set up between the Trail Towns in England, Leiden and America.
He is a Trustee of Dartmouth United Charities and is a qualified Yachtmaster.
Peter Conisbee, Project Director
Peter joined the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 team in 2016 and has successfully consolidated the working relationship between Dartmouth and all the Trail Towns involved in the project, and taken the Dartmouth team forward.
He is a semi-retired businessman and has lived in Dartmouth for 10 years. His experience of running a number of small businesses over a 40-year period has benefited many of the local events and organisations. He is a Trustee of Dartmouth Trust and chairs the Property Investment Panel, and he is also a Trustee of The Flavel Arts Centre.
Diane Lyon, Treasurer
Di has lived in Dartmouth for nearly 30 years and has worked in administration for local businesses in that time including Parish Secretary for the Diocese of Dartmouth for nine years. She was, with Robert, one of the co-founders of the Dart Music Festival; she was Treasurer and Secretary for 15 years and is now joint President and a Trustee of the Dart Music Festival Foundation. She was Mayoress of Dartmouth from 2014-2017.
Marilyn Bird, Chairman of Arts & Culture
Marilyn studied at Shrewsbury School of Art and Birmingham University School of Theatre Design and became resident designer at the London Arts Theatre Club and followed on in freelance repertory. She worked and toured with The Royal Ballet, The Festival Ballet and National Theatre Company.
Since moving to Dartmouth nearly 30 years ago; she successfully helped establish the Dartmouth Film Society, designed and directed The Inn Theatre Company and was Director of Classical Music for the Dart Music Festival for nine years. She is a Vice-President of the Dart Music Festival.
Lindsay Ellwood, Chairman of Education
Lindsay has taught English and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) courses in the UK and Netherlands for over 30 years. She has acquired a great deal of experience during her career, having taught in a wide variety of institutes and organisations, and formed her own language business in 2000.
Since returning to the UK to live in Dartmouth, Lindsay has played key roles in various charitable organisations, and is a Trustee of the Flavel Arts Centre and of Dartmouth Museum.
Spencer Wigley, Chairman of Heritage
Spencer is a retired solicitor who has lived in Dartmouth for 3 years. He plays an active role in the history of the town and is a Trustee and Vice-chairman of the Dartmouth Museum and formerly The Flavel Arts Centre. He is also a former Trustee of the Shakespeare Globe. He has been Chairman of Cranleigh Prep School and Amesbury Prep School. His legal expertise has played a key role in the organisations in the town that he has supported, including Dartmouth Museum and The Flavel Arts Centre.
Rear Admiral Robin Shiffner, Chairman of Maritime & Military
Niki Kirkwood, US Liaison
Niki moved to Dartmouth about three years ago, having lived in Ireland for the past twenty years. She has worked as an International Yacht Broker and Charter Agent in the luxury/super yacht market for most of her working life and subsequently made many lifelong friends among the US yachting community, particularly along the East Coast of the USA
Niki is a member of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, and has sailed extensively. She is a steward at Dartmouth Museum, jointly responsible for the shop, and has recently been invited to become a Trustee. She is a guide for Start Point lighthouse. She is also on the MARITIME project team.
Anne Bailey, Webmaster
After graduating, Anne spent 16 years as an officer in the Royal Navy before working a further 15 years in London in IT support for City solicitors. She retired to Dartmouth in 2008 and has since been secretary for the fundraising “Friends” organisation for her local church, and spent 4 years as a volunteer and publicity officer for Dart Sailability (sailing for people with disabilities).
Her hobbies include church bell-ringing, and cruising with her husband in their 34ft sailing yacht; she is membership secretary and webmaster for her Sailing Association. She is also on the MARITIME project team.