The Horton is run by registered charity Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society.

The board of trustees was involved in every aspect of the renovation project (2016-2022), supported by other volunteers, partners and specialist contractors.

The Horton is now run by a small staff team with the help of local people who regularly volunteer their time. 

Main image: Some of our staff, volunteers and trustees. (2024)

Banner image: Visitors viewing the newly opened performance space . (Photo credit: Mike Longhurst.)



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Maria Reeves

Creative Director
Maria is one of the co-founders of The Horton, previously serving five years a trustee 2016 to 2021 and taking a leading role in management of the renovation project. As well as leading venue operations, Maria also directs programming, business development and fundraising. A creative consultant and former journalist, Maria was previously venue manager at Ropetackle Arts Centre, West Sussex, head of marketing for the International Youth Arts Festival, and founder/festival director of MGSO4 Arts. She lives in Epsom and is committed to creating opportunities for all.

Leanne Gale

Leanne is our part-time Admin Manager and first point of contact for public enquiries and venue hire. She has worked with a wide range of community groups from young children to older people, as well as those with additional needs and mental health issues. She is trained in secretarial administration, safeguarding, advice and mindfulness mediation. Leanne lives locally and particularly enjoys working with The Horton's volunteers and expanding the volunteering programme.

Elin Joseph

Elin is our part-time Marketing Manager. She has over 15 years of experience in arts marketing and has worked at organisations big and small, including the RSC, National Theatre and LW Theatres. Most recently she worked on the launch and re-opening of Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End. Elin lives down the road from The Horton and is excited to be spreading the word about an exciting cultural offering in her home town.
Johnny Dowden

Johnny Dowden

Johnny is our Facilities Co-Ordinator. He has lived in Epsom since the mid-1980s, when he worked on the Epsom and Ewell Herald, sometimes reporting on the winding down of the “Epsom Cluster”, the group of hospitals which included Horton. After calling time on a 35-year career in journalism - in local radio, as a producer at Thames News and ITN, and as an Output Editor at Sky News - Johnny looks after the maintenance of our historic building, and the ongoing development of our facilities.
Nicola Little

Nicola Little

Nicola is our Finance Manager. She is a Chartered Management Accountant and was previously a management consultant at Deloitte and The Social Investment Consultancy. Nicola lives in Ewell with her young family and is excited to be supporting the growth and development of this brilliant local venture.
Adam Crook, Assistant Hospitality Manager

Adam Crook

Assistant Hospitality Manager
Adam is our Assistant Hospitality Manager, as well as being a friendly face in our café bar, he is the main point of contact for private hire enquiries. Adam loves coming to work to meet and chat with regulars.
Ellen Ferguson 

Ellen Ferguson

Ellen is our part-time learning consultant, working with The Horton on educational projects and programmes, as well as leading our Young Film Programmers group. A former teacher, Ellen has worked on major creative projects with organisations such as The Design Museum and English Heritage. She lives locally and is passionate about developing creative opportunities for children and young people.



Kandia Appadoo

A first-generation Mauritian-British woman born and raised in Epsom, Kandia has a background in brand strategy and marketing. With 15 years' experience working across different sectors, she has spent the last five with a sustainable agricultural company. Kandia has strong links with The Horton's history as her parents worked at Long Grove Hospital. She is excited and proud that the heritage exhibition highlights her family's important experience and history.

Andrea Stokes

Andrea has worked in senior fundraising roles for major UK charities for the past twelve years, following a move from the private sector, where she worked in corporate sales for brands such as O2 and Experian. She currently works for the Science Museum Group and as a freelance fundraising consultant. Living in Stoneleigh, Andrea has recently completed an MA in medieval history. Her involvement with The Horton was inspired by the heritage of the site and its role in bringing the arts into the community.
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Graham Saunders

Graham is a social history graduate and a chartered surveyor. Partner in a large property consultancy firm and a resident of Livingstone Park for over 13 years, Graham has a keen interest in bringing the building and grounds back into use, combining his property expertise and history interests with an enthusiasm for local community engagement.
Rupert Salmon

Rupert Salmon

Trustee (Secretary)
Rupert is a civil servant at the Department for Education working on recruitment and retention in schools. He has previously worked as head of equality, diversity and inclusion at BEIS, as a VSO English teacher in China, and as an archaeologist for the Museum of London. He is a member of the Surrey Archaeological Society. Rupert is a founding trustee of The Horton Chapel Project.
Trustee Elaine Sharpe

Elaine Sharpe

Elaine worked for PwC for 29 years, with her most recent role being in compliance and risk management. As a lover of the arts, and having stepped away from the corporate world, she wishes to share this passion with the local community and is delighted to be part of this exciting chapter of The Horton’s journey. Elaine has lived in Epsom since 2004 and has volunteered at The Horton since its opening. Elaine enjoys singing with a local community choir, making craft projects, spending time with her family and friends and walking her dog round Horton Country Park.

Steve Trimm

Steve began his career working for the Conran Design Group on iconic London restaurants Quaglino’s and Le Pont de la Tour, Paris fashion house Lanvin and the 1992 World Expo in Seville. He has led creative projects around the globe for clients such as British Airways and now practices as a freelance designer and visiting lecturer. A Surrey resident, he is the creator of The Horton brand identity and designer for the permanent heritage exhibition.



Ian Reeves, who served seven years as founding charity trustee and former chair; Kirstie Arnould who served five years as trustee. 
Also, Gayle Young, Yemisi Mokuolu, Claire Harris, Janice Heyes, Hugo Van Maasakkers, Sophie Wiles, Phil Humphrey, Sean Kelly, Lionel Blackman, George Cardwell, Sarah Dewing, David Gulland,  Nick Barry and Julian Waters.

Heritage partners:

Jeremy Harte (Bourne Hall Museum) and Julian Pooley (Surrey History Centre).

Funders :

The capital renovation and associated projects (2016-2022) were  funded by: National Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, Power to Change, Community Foundation for Surrey, Viridor Credits, #IWillFund, Surrey County Council Member’s Allocation, Tesco, Toyota, Co-op Community Causes, Tru Vue and private donations. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have facilitated match-funding from Section 106 contributions from the companies who redeveloped the former hospital sites.


Architectural design and conversion of the building is being led by Crane Associates.

Design of the new cafe-bar space by Highly Creative Minds.

Branding and exhibition design by Steve Trimm.

Exhibition build by Limelight Designs.

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