KATE Siebert from Fernhurst has been elected national vice chairman of NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies.
Kate has been a member of the national association for 20 years, first in Farnham, and for the past eight years in Midhurst.
She used to lecture in English Literature for the University of Surrey but gave up one of her classes to be free for the Tuesday morning NADFAS lecture, and has been an enthusiast ever since.
“The quality of the lectures is superb, with excellent illustrative slides and lecturers on subjects as wide apart as architecture and folk art, Picasso and pub signs, textiles and Vermeer.
“But I soon found that there is much more to NADFAS than just enjoying stimulating monthly lectures and making friends.
“Church recording and heritage volunteering, which for me has meant volunteering in two local museums, have opened new opportunities of interest and fun for me personally.”
While Kate was chairman at Farnham she came into contact with another strand of volunteering, Young Arts, which seeks to encourage a love of art and design in the young.
In 2009, she was elected as a trustee, a role very different from the hands on roles she has had before.
“The trustee must look at the bigger picture, not at local concerns – look to the future and think strategically.”
As a trustee, she has served on several sub committees but the one she admits to enjoying most is the grants committee, for NADFAS now awards about £65,000 in grants annually.
Like most people involved with NADFAS, Kate is a volunteer.
She stressed her sense of privilege at being able to engage in so many varied and challenging ways with the association, and having the chance to meet so many wonderful people from around the UK and all over the world.
She added: “I am proud and delighted that I am being given a further two years to help NADFAS flourish, now and into the future.”