The committee is elected by the members each year at our Annual General Meeting.

Current Trustees are:

Ann McIlhinney (Chairman)
David Barron (Treasurer)
Ruth Burdett (Secretary)
David Stern (Lecture Programme)
Carol Brownson
Alison Madden (Visits)
Julia Reece (Study Days)
David Stern (Lecture Programme)
Hilary Reid Evans

A little more about us:

Ann McIlhinney
I was introduced to what was then DFAS by a friend who took me to several lectures as a guest. Although I have always enjoyed visiting art galleries and exhibitions, I was aware that my depth of knowledge in this area was very limited. My background is in biochemistry and I worked for more than 20 years in medical communications, writing educational and promotional materials for major international pharmaceutical companies. My retirement provided a perfect opportunity to divert away from science and learn more about the Arts, and in 2015 I became a member of the Arts Society. Since then, I have enjoyed the diversity of topics covered in the lectures and study days. I am now delighted to be part of the committee and to be involved in putting together what we hope will be an interesting lecture programme

Carol Brownson
I worked in London for many years, initially as a lecturer in biochemistry then as a freelance medical writer for pharmaceutical companies. I moved to Oxford in 2016 and was fortunate to be able to join Oxford DFAS immediately. London was an excellent base for exposure to a broad range of arts including theatre, music, art galleries and museums all of which I enjoyed. The informative lectures and study days provided by TASO have assisted in a happy transfer to Oxford. In 2017 I undertook role of recruiting the coffee/tea and front desk volunteers for the morning TASO lectures and more recently I have been a member of the Visits committee. It has been a pleasure to work with other members of TASO and I look forward to serving on this committee.

Julia Reece
Professionally I have been a Primary school teacher; personally I am a Vicars wife. For the last sixteen years of my career I was headteacher of a Primary School in Wimbledon. When I retired I moved to Oxford and eventually found time to follow one of my interests in Art in its widest sense. I am an observer rather than a practitioner and an enthusiastic gallery and museum follower. Living in London was perfect for this and upon moving to Oxford I was still able to avail myself of frequent visits I am a friend of The Royal Academy National Gallery, The Tate and The British Museum. I have been a Member of TASO for four years and am now delighted to have become a Trustee of this branch. Until November of last year I was a governor of a Primary school just outside Oxford for ten years. On relinquishing this post I was delighted when this opportunity to become a member of the Study Day team and representing it on the Trustees.

Alison Madden
A specialist litigation solicitor by profession, I moved to Oxford in 1990, then gave up practice when we moved as a family to Edinburgh in 2005. There I did  an art appreciation course, joined the Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society and worked as a volunteer for the Museum of Scotland for 3 years. After returning to Oxford in 2009, I became a trustee and then chairperson of Home-Start Oxford, a family support charity, finally standing down in April 2021. I also joined the Oxford University Newcomers Club, serving two terms as chairperson, and I remain on the committee. I joined TASO as an afternoon member in 2015, have really enjoyed the range of lectures and visits offered, and was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in September 2020 as the Visits Team leader. Well supported by the team of volunteers, we have delivered a series of virtual tours and, once restrictions permitted, real-time walks over the past year.

Hilary Reid-Evans
A Scot and an Oxford resident of over 30 years standing, Hilary is currently the Executive Director of the International Network for the Delivery of Regulation (INDR). She is also the area educational coordinator for the Wyvern Area of The Arts Society, the Chairman of Bampton Classical Opera, a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and an elected Board member of London’s Caledonian Club.