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.


Kirstie Arnould

Kirstie Arnould

Kirstie is a heritage professional, fundraiser, trainer and oral historian. A consultancy manager at the National Trust, she also led the Keeping Us in Mind oral history project to record the memories of people who lived and worked in the Epsom Hospital Cluster. The project was highly commended for the 2018 Institute of Historical Research Public History prize. Her book The Epsom Cluster: Voices from Europe’s Largest Psychiatric Hospital Complex, was published in 2019. Kirstie is a founding trustee of The Horton Chapel Project.
Hugo van Maasakkers

Hugo van Maasakkers

Hugo has over 15 years' experience of transformational leadership in culture, heritage and hospitality, and is passionate about connecting people with culture and green space. He has worked at places including the Science Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, Stonehenge and Wrest Park. For the last six years Hugo has worked at the National Trust with multidisciplinary teams on a variety of projects in London and Surrey. Hugo is enthusiastic about the opportunities offered by The Horton in connecting with local communities.

Yemisi Mokuolu

Yemisi is an independent producer and consultant in the creative sector. She is best known for her work supporting the growth and development of African creative content globally.
As a cultural manager, Yemisi has worked for the likes of: Amnesty International, Arts Council England, British Council, Goethe, Historic England and Institut Francais.
Ian Reeves

Ian Reeves

Ian is a founding trustee of The Horton Chapel Project and was Chair for the first five years. He is the director and co-founder of the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent, a founding director of KMTV, author of The Newspapers Handbook and a former magazine editor and award-winning journalist.
Rupert Salmon

Rupert Salmon

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.
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.

Sophie Wiles

Sophie began her career in the art world working for Christie’s International Auction House for 12 years, latterly as Business Director for Europe, Middle East Russia and India. She broadened her experience as Head of Operations for a new sports performance brand and as COO for a cancer research charity before returning to the art world to join Hauser & Wirth as Senior Director Operations UK. Sophie joined the board inspired by prospect of developing an arts, heritage and community space in an iconic local venue which is round the corner from her home.
Gayle Young

Gayle Young

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.
Maria Reeves

Maria Reeves

Project Manager
Maria is a creative consultant and arts manager. She was venue manager at Ropetackle Arts Centre, West Sussex, head of marketing for the International Youth Arts Festival, and festival director, now chair, of MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts which she co-founded. A former national newspaper journalist and writer, Maria’s work has been widely published. She was a founder member of The Horton Chapel Project, previously serving five years as trustee.

The project is also supported in specific areas by a number of  former trustees:  

Claire Harris (finance) and Janice Heyes (events).

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.

Thanks also to the contribution of former trustees:

Nick Barry, Lionel Blackman, George Cardwell, Sarah Dewing, David Gulland, Phil Humphrey, Sean Kelly and Julian Waters.


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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