Our Trustees

The Dudson Centre trustees are an independent and knowledgeable group. We are proud to have the following as our trustees:

Ian Dudson

Ian Dudson has been the Chair of Trustees at the Dudson Centre for most of the period since its inception in 1996. This followed the Dudson family donating the site of their original factory making ceramic tableware, to help set up the charity for heritage preservation and as a resource centre for the charitable, voluntary and community sector within the City of Stoke-on-Trent. He graduated in Science and Ceramic Technology and spent his career, prior to retirement in 2009, working in the Dudson company and in support of several other ceramic sector organisations in the UK and Europe. He was also a Board member at the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and chaired the Council at Keele University for several years until he was appointed, in 2012, as HM Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire. In this voluntary role he is Her Majesty The Queen’s personal representative and supports the Crown across the whole county.

Mark Barnish

Mark is a Chartered Accountant. Until April 2009 he was a partner in the then top seven accounting firm, Baker Tilly (now RSM), having formerly been a Partner with KPMG and he has been a Trustee of The Dudson Centre since formation of the charity. Mark has active community involvement including being a Council Member of the North Staffs Chamber of Commerce up until April 2009. He was a founder trustee of the Staffordshire Community Foundation and is a trustee of VAST and a former member of the University of Keele Audit Committee. Following his retirement from profession life Mark took on consecutive roles as Finance Director, initially with, Saint John of God Hospitaller Services, and latterly The Camphill village Trust. These were both Charities which provide holistic health, social care and specialist support to many of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people throughout the UK. Mark fully retired in 2019.

Kerry Shea

Kerry has been a Dudson Centre trustee for 5 years having previously been an Executive Director of the anchor tenant VAST. She has 15 years of charity experience including as an elected serving Trustee of the national Charity Finance Group. Previously holding finance posts in manufacturing and local government. Kerry is a proud born and bred Stokie, married with two teenage children still living in the area whilst working for a Cheshire based charity.



Graham Hill – Company Secretary

Biography coming soon