About us

​Beach Creative is an entirely volunteer led organisation, with just two part-time paid members of staff.

In 2012 Canterbury City Council offered Beach House which was due to be demolished as part of a town regeneration scheme to Mandy Troughton, Gill Wilson and Mandy Broughton for one year to use for creative purposes in Herne Bay. Mandy, Mandy and Gill set up a community interest company so that Beach Creative could exist with or without premises. Any profit is ploughed back into Beach Creative, projects at Beach Creative and out in the wider community.

Over time, the board of directors has grown, below is some information about the current board!


Mandy Troughton

One of the three founding Directors of Beach Creative in 2012 and responsible  for the gallery bookings, and day to day running of the Beach Creative  building and our sister gallery, Bay Art Gallery.  


Since gaining her fine arts degree at the Kent Institute of Art and Design (now UCA), Mandy have worked chiefly as a sculptor with a specialism in perspex and plastics.

David Cross

David studied Fine Art at St Alban’s College of Art and the West of England College of Art between 1967 and 1971, successfully avoiding any idea of a career in favour of a life of serial enthusiasms. Including: printer, furniture maker, graphic designer, illustrator, exhibition designer, shop owner, builder and decorator and finally exhibition officer for Canterbury Museums.


A founder member of the steering group for Herne Bay’s Duchamp Festival 2013, curating all the exhibitions during the award winning three-week event. Over the years, David has appeared in various group shows both in Kent and Cornwall (UK). He has work in a number of private collections.

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Daphne Bird

Daphne graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1972 with a DipAD in Graphics; she worked in advertising as Designer then Production Coordinator for over 25 years. Work included artwork, illustration, proof-reading and print-buying.. 


Having lived in Whitstable for many years, she was involved with the museum and the samba band, as well as other community groups. She and her late husband Jon were part of the local art scene, running their own gallery for a few years, and then Jon became the prime mover in setting up the Fish Slab Gallery. 


Since moving to Herne Bay in 2014, Daphne has helped with exhibitions at the Seaside Museum and Beach Creative, as well as continuing to be part of Samba pelo Mar, and also trading in collectables at Faversham.

David Lewis

David trained at Hornsey Art School and went on to a career in painting conservation in London. In retirement he has pursued his first love of oil painting and has exhibited work in galleries in London, Whitstable and Herne Bay.


David has been treasurer on the board of a number of charities and, having now moved to Herne Bay is happy to be involved in overseeing the many and varied cultural activities hosted by Beach Creative.

Helen Marsh

Helen Marsh is a local artist and published author with experience in copywriting and video editing, and has acted as a Charity Board Trustee in London and more recently at the Herne Bay Museum. 


Helen has just completed (class of 2021) a Fine Arts Masters at The Margate School and founded the successful Margate Creative Writing Group.


Cathy Hastings

Cathy Hastings studied law at the University of Kent at Canterbury and worked for many years as a criminal defence solicitor in Canterbury and latterly in East London.


Cathy also worked on a freelance basis for Central Law Training from 2000 - 2015 teaching and assessing criminal solicitors undergoing the Duty Solicitors exams. She moved from Canterbury/London in 2006 to Tomintoul in the highlands of Scotland, where her husband is originally from. Always having had an interest in art she took lessons in fine art and life drawing at Moray Art Centre based in Findhorn. She became a director of Moray Art Centre in 2009 to 2012. She moved back down South in 2018, having now settled in Herne Bay. She joined the Cultural Ambassadors course in March 2020.

Rob Turner

Rob left St. Martins School of Art in 1984 and started his career exhibiting his paintings in galleries and entering national competitions. A little later worked with a former college friend and together established Wallscapes, a highly successful art company working the public realm.

Since 2000 Rob has gone onto establish himself as a freelance artist working to commission integrating art into the built environment and public space and has delivered well over 100 large scale public and community art Projects across the UK. This has involved working with all kinds of people and communities to improve environments, strengthen local identity and celebrate local heritage by designing and making entrance features, mosaics, sculpture trails, landscape and garden schemes.

His interest in art as a source of powerful good in local communities brings Rob to Beach Creative as he sees it as the opportunity to contribute to wider community initiatives celebrating art and culture in his home town.