Committee members



Mr David Lister, FRCS – Chairman
GP in Yateley for 25 years. Previously surgeon in Denmark for 4 years, medical missionary in India 7 years. Chairman of the Swedenborg Society 2O years. Member of St Mary’s PCC and Deanery Synod 6 months, and lived in Bramshill 20 years.

Graham FortuneTreasurer
Resident of Eversley for 35 years and sometime member of St Mary’s PCC. Career in the drinks trade. Currently, Non-Executive Director of Freixenet UK and, previously, International Director of the Spanish wine group, Freixenet, and Director of the Wine & Spirit Association.

Sharon ElliottSecretary and Trustee
Originally from Australia, moved to the UK in 1990, and came to Eversley with my young family in 2005. Have been an involved member of Eversley village life – children attending local schools, active member of St Mary’s Church and involved in organising and promoting large scale village events. Currently runs own property investment business.

Peter OrmrodFestival Director and Trustee
A graduate of The Royal College of Art, Peter has worked for the BBC, RTE and C4 as a director and producer of drama. He wrote and directed a local historical film drama “Rachel and the Beelzebub Bombardiers” – a London Film Festival choice which was funded by Southern Arts and the Gulbenkian Foundation. He produced and directed “Caught in a Free State” for C4 which won the best drama series award at the Banff International Festival.
In 2014 he inaugurated a maritime film festival in San Sebastian, “Tales from the Sea”.
The Ormrod family has lived in Eversley since 1936, in the house built for Charles Kingsley’s daughter, Rose Georgina.

Ron Rietdyk  –  Trustee and Director of Operations
Ron grew up in The Netherlands graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Delft. After spending many years based in the US building a successful career in electronic publishing he settled in Eversley, Hampshire in 1995. Since, he has found many other pursuits to enjoy his days and make some contributions to the community he enjoys.

Dr Jon Conlin – curator of the festival talks programme
Born in New York, I studied History and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, spending a year at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany. After a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute I moved to Cambridge for my doctorate. Before coming to Southampton in 2006 I was Research Fellow in Modern History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and briefly worked for the BBC, as Specialist Researcher on the Michael Buerk history documentary series Trade Roots. Alongside my Southampton teaching I have taught at the École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) and held Visiting Fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, the Huntington Library, the Lewis Walpole Library and Princeton University Library. I write regularly for History Today and have organized a number of events aimed at non-academic audiences, in collaboration with the National Gallery, Tate, British Film Institute and National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Elizabeth Beckett – Facilities Director
Elizabeth, resident of Yateley for 20 years, has enjoyed a career in the theatre and the entertainment industry. Currently writing a screenplay with another in development.