A new Executive Committee was elected at Arts Network Sutton’s (ANS) AGM, held on Tuesday 8 November 2016. ANS will now be Chaired by Alan Fitter, Caterina Loriggio and Adrienne Roberts become Vice-Chairs, Brian Turner remains as Honorary Treasurer, and committee members are: Andy Brook, James Davies, Richard Moore, Rachel Sambrooks and Jasmine Wilson. Between them they have experience in radio and film production, arts management, visual arts, venue management, outdoor arts, music, new writing, dance and architecture.

The Executive is joined by Cllrs Steve Cook and Steve Penneck who act as observers for the London Borough of Sutton.

Incoming Chair, Alan Fitter, said: “It is an exciting time for the network with the engagement of such an experienced and enthusiastic committee. We are determined to make the organisation more effective for its membership including organising more networking events, improving communication and supporting the cross fertilisation of ideas and projects across the Borough.”

The meeting was opened by Honorary President, The Worshipful Mayor of the Borough of Sutton, Cllr Richard Clifton. He thanked the 38 members present for their work supporting arts activity and engagement in the Borough, special thanks were given for outgoing Vice-Chair Dick Bower who has given over 20 years’ service to the arts in Sutton.

The Mayor called on the network to support the council, he said: “I know that ANS shares our aspiration for the Borough to be recognised as a cultural destination, renowned for its vibrant arts scene as well as for its history and heritage. We appreciate that this is going to mean doing things differently and with renewed vigour, and we are going to need your support more than ever in finding creative approaches to not just to the cultural agenda, but also to areas such as wellbeing, social cohesion, and nurturing children and young people.”

Arts Network Sutton aims to promote, champion, nurture and act as a voice for the diverse range of arts in the London Borough of Sutton. As a registered charity, ANS also seeks to advance the engagement of local residents in culture, most specifically the arts, and aims to increase arts activities within the community. This is achieved through encouraging and facilitating the development and enhancement of the local arts community, through developing and delivering arts-led cultural activities, and through local partnership working.