Prema The Charity
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Prema is a family friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.
Prema, near Dursley in the Stroud valleys, offers an affordable day out for all folk in the South West.
Prema is a registered charity - our registration number is 1002269
Katie Norton - Chair
Katie lives in Dursley and has over 35 years' experience working in health & social care, of which over 20 years hafve been as a Chief Executive in the NHS in England and Wales, with time also spent working in the private and voluntary sector. Katie currently works for the Local Government Association and brings her experience of working across the public and private sectors to the role of Trustee, with a commitment to the local community and an ambition to promote opportunities for involvement.
Laura Nicholas - Vice Chair
Laura has been a long-time patron of Prema. She is an NHS Senior Manager and lives in Cam with her two teenage children. She brings her business and planning experience to Prema's board.
Simon Fisher - Treasurer
Simon has been a part of Prema almost from its very beginning. An accountant by day, Simon is able to translate the complexities of Prema's finances into a readily understandable format and in tandem with Bean, our finance officer, makes sure that the numbers at Prema are kept ship-shape and Bristol fashion!
Karen Hilliard - Secretary
Karen is a ceramicist and a previous resident artist at Prema. She is a commissioned public artist who now lives and works from her studio in the village of Uley.
Atlanta is currently studying for a BA in Textile Design. She grew up in Uley and spent much of her childhood at Prema which has greatly influenced her passion for the arts. She is also a qualified Early Years practitioner with a keen interest in how creativity supports child development.
Kim understands the complex nature of a small, independent arts centre all too well, having been Prema's administrator back in the 1990s. She is an experienced project manager, education manager and creative producer and since her Prema days she has worked for a variety of organisations including Circomedia (Bristol), Bath Festivals Trust, Situations, Gonzo Moose and Firebird Theatre. She currently works for the internationally renowned Peepolykus and has recently launched a training company, Business Improvers, which uses skills developed from theatre practice to develop creativity, communication skills and confidence in business, educators and young people.
Dr Simon Opher MBE
Simon is a local GP and leads the Stroud NHS Partnership. He, with Prema, pioneered the use of arts in healthcare back ins 2001. He is now Labour candidate for the Stroud consituency.
Melanie has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, a PGCE and currently works as a Schools' Safeguarding Trainer. Much of her career has been spent working in the voluntary sector, running short breaks for children and young people with disabilities. Melanie is Chair of Uley Parish Council and is dedicated to supporting her local community.
How is Prema funded?
Prema currently receives a small grant from Stroud District Council to support the excellent work we do with people living, working and visiting the Stroud district.
We are one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations and receive funding each year to support the programme of work and projects we do to bring quality, imaginative, contemporary arts into the lives of over 73,000 people every year.
Prema currently has two patrons - the fine actress Sheila Hancock CBE (pictured right with her late husband, actor John Thaw) and film supremo Sir David Puttnam.
Prema lives very much hand-to-mouth and is always grateful for donations. Donations received help us to rejuvenate the Chapel and to buy new resources for the Centre so that we're able to keep extending the range and scope of courses and activities throughout our programme. Take a look at our SUPPORT US page to see how you can help Prema - there's more ways to help than just a cheque book!