Penarth Pier Pavilion Enters a New Era

We are delighted to report that, following a lengthy recruitment process, which attracted 48 applications, the Board of Penarth Arts and Crafts Limited have appointed a new Pavilion Manager. Marta Ghermandi Lithgow will take up her new post on 1 st August. She has recently relocated her family to Barry having spent over 20 years working in London. For most of this time, Marta held various positions in a large charitable community facility in South London, eventually becoming General Manager in 2015. Marta will bring a wide range of knowledge, experience and skills that will, without doubt, enable the Pavilion to continue its exciting development strategy which has been showing significant progress in recent months.

Over the past two years or so, the Pavilion has faced many challenges but through the efforts of staff, volunteers and Board Members it has responded to these challenges in in a positive and constructive manner. Marta will be joining the Pavilion at a time of increasing stability. The Board was recently successful in a bid to the Royal Bank of Scotland, under its Social and Community Capital Fund, for loan funding to enable the further development of the Pavilion’s Catering facilities working in partnership with Waterloo Tea. Marta will take the lead role in moving further towards financial sustainability. We are sure that you will give Marta your full support in her new post.

With these exciting developments now in place, Professor Tony Hazell has announced his decision to stepdown from the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees in September when the Board will elect a new Chair. Professor Hazell succeeded Paul Twamley as Board Chair in May 2014. Since then he has dealt with many challenges and has played a significant role in ensuring the long-term survival of the Pavilion. The Board will elect a new Chair at its September meeting and details will be posted on the web site shortly afterwards.