Development of The Horton has been led by registered charity Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society.

The board of trustees have been involved in every aspect of the project, supported by other volunteers, partners and specialist contractors.

Banner image above: visitors viewing the new performance space at Heritage Open Day 2021. (Photo credit: Mike Longhurst.)

Image: trustees inspecting construction works.


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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.
Bex White

Bex White

Bex is our Hospitality Manager - looking after The Horton Café-Bar and catering for private hires and events. Bex has a huge amount of experience in her career working in the hospitality sector - including running various Epsom and Surrey establishments. A local resident, Bex grew up and went to school locally. She is very excited about the contribution she is making to this community enterprise.
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.
Gayle Young

Gayle Young

Trustee (Treasurer)
Gayle has established several small businesses with her husband over the last 25 years, working as the financial lead managing everything from strategic planning to daily cash flow. Gayle also works as a Leadership Development Professional providing training and executive coaching, specialising in mental health and stress management. Outside work you will find Gayle supporting her children on the sports pitch or volunteering as a crisis counsellor.
Graham Saunders

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.

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.
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.

Matt Barnwell

Trading Board
Matt is a hospitality and leisure consultant who has worked with both branded and boutique independent operators in his career.
As a long time musician, he was excited to be able to support a quality arts venue like the The Horton in his role as a volunteer Director. From being involved at the planning and design stage to helping advise on operations as the venue grows, Matt is keen to see The Horton thrive as it develops.

Claire Harris

Trading Board
Claire has been involved with The Horton since its inception; first as a Trustee and now as a volunteer Director for the charity's trading arm.

Claire works full time as a Finance Manager at a local independent school and has lived on Livingstone Park since 2005. She is passionate about establishing a vibrant hub for local people - that also honours the past.


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

Heritage partners:

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

Volunteer heritage researchers:

Roger Cayzer, Sheila Cumming, Jane Derrick, Jill Duffin, Georgia Kitty-Harris, Lara Kirkland, Kevin McDonnell, Roger Miller, Ian Mole, John Mumford, David Shand, Amanda Spavins, Louise Taylor, Steve Tyrrell and Katherine Wood.



The Horton Chapel Project has been 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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