Ian Smith

Director of Development

Ian was appointed in 1998 by Hampshire County Council as the new Fundraising Manager for the then Hampshire Museums Trust. He lives with his partner Janet and between them have five children aged between 26 and 40 – all five live and work in London.

With a history of fundraising – especially in the area of Corporate Sponsorship during his time with the Lawn Tennis Association Trust – Ian was offered a two year contract to raise additional revenue for the new Regional Museum, Milestones that was being built in Basingstoke. Over the two years the museum attracted thirty one Corporate Sponsors, twenty donating charities and over £20,000 in individual donations. In the year 2000 the Hampshire Museums Trust extended its role to other parts of the County eventually becoming The Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust. Now after seventeen years HMGT has evolved to be The Wessex Heritage Trust moving to areas within Sussex, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, South Berkshire and parts of Devon.

The Wessex Heritage Trust will be concentrating on creating and introducing  new non traditional audiences to the rich culture and heritage of the area particularly working with Young People as part of the Trusts own highly successful and award winning initiative The EDGE Project. The award winning The Memory Box Project which works with people living with dementia and Memories Brought Home working with socially isolated individuals and local heritage partners.

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Ian Smith

Marie McDade

Arts Development Manager

Marie McDade joined Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust in 2008 following 12 years at Arts & Business South East as Arts Services Manager. This role encompassed delivering Business Sponsorship and Board Development training courses for arts organisations in the South East, providing one-to-one sponsorship advice surgeries to arts professionals and managing the Arts & Business New Partners investment scheme. The latter involved surgery meetings with arts and business professionals, giving advice on how to develop sponsorship partnerships that would result in a successful application to Arts & Business for match funding.  Since joining the Trust as Arts Development Manager, Marie has secured funding from charitable trusts and Lottery funders for a wide variety of projects, including the EDGE Young Volunteers project and Learning at the Centre, a project delivering tailored learning for adults with physical and learning disabilities at Basingstoke Discovery Centre.  Her expertise includes conducting diagnostic meetings with museums and arts professionals to discuss and develop potential projects, identifying specific areas within those projects that could attract funding, evidence gathering, researching and identifying potential funding sources. Having spent many years in her previous job reading funding proposals and giving advice to arts organisations on how to improve these, she is practiced in writing targetted and focussed proposals. Marie also has a track record of line management of staff recruited for specific projects, including monitoring the delivery of projects against stated outcomes and writing evaluation reports for funders.


Marie McDade

Nathalie Garcia


Project Manager – The EDGE Project, Aldershot

Nathalie joined the Trust in October 2015 as Project Manager for The EDGE Project in Aldershot, Hampshire. Having previously trained as a Rhythmic Gymnast competing for GB as a young person and was British Champion in 1993, going on to compete at the European Championships and World Student Games. She then travelled to New York to join the Alvin Ailey Dance Company for 8 months then received a scholarship at The BRIT Performing Arts & Technology School studying Dance and Performing Arts.

Nathalie went on to study employment law, management and HR with the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD). With over 15 years experience of the education and voluntary sectors as a HR Adviser, supporting teachers and managers delivering education to young offenders in prison. She is highly passionate about supporting young people and building essential key skills for employability and independence.

She is determined to make a difference in the area of Aldershot and draws on building partnerships with local organisations and businesses. She is able to use all the experiences of her background (dance, performance and professional) to be able to relate, rapport build and support the young people in Aldershot. She lives in Aldershot with her husband and children.


Nathalie Garcia 

Erin McMurtry

Project Manager – The Memory Box Project (South)

Erin joined the Trust in 2017 as the Project Manager for the EDGE Project (New Forest) having previously worked in social enterprise management and community events, specialising in helping young people with complex needs gain skills for employment.

Erin has a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Southampton and has experience managing a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project for unemployed individuals with multiple barriers to working. Having previously also worked as a community support worker for children and adults with autism and other complex needs, she has a wide range of skills and experience working in the charity sector. She manages the Memory Box Project implementing delivery, strategic development and inter-generational themes.

Outside of work Erin enjoys keeping active and setting new fitness goals, including running the New Forest Marathon in September 2019.

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Erin McMurty

Heather Parkinson

Education and Research Officer

Heather Joined the Trust in February 2016 as Project Manager for The Memory Box Project in the Southampton area and is now Education and Research Officer for the Trust, helping to monitor and measure the impacts of our projects. Before working for the Trust Heather worked within the health care sector in a variety of roles in dementia homes, as Health Care Assistant and Home Based Trainer.

Whilst Managing The Memory Box Project Heather was nominated for a National Dementia Care award 2018, and was one of 5 finalists in the Dementia Champion category.

She is committed to making a difference in dementia care and promoting the well being of those living with dementia and their families. In her new role of Education and Research she is looking forward to working with local organisations and schemes to enhance the experience for people living with dementia in Hampshire through the arts.

Outside of work Heather enjoys creative hobbies such as painting, cake artistry and baking.


Heather Parkinson

Codey Hickman

Project Coordinator - The Memory Box Project (North)

Codey joins the Trust in March 2019 as Project Coordinator for The Memory Box Project (North). He has a background in care, and joins us with the experience of a Healthcare Assistant role and most recently Activity Team Leader where he has created various activities for the clients and residents of the care home, and has a wealth of experience in leading a team, coordinating volunteers and fundraising within his roles.

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Codey Hickman

Catherine West

Project Coordinator - The Memory Box Project (Dorchester)

Catherine joins the Trust in March 2019 as Project Coordinator for The Memory Box Project (Dorchester). She has a background in teaching, most recently working a Lead Teacher in two primary schools. Whilst completing a Masters Degree in Cultural Heritage and Resource Management at the University of Winchester, she has held the position of Engagement Officer in a Hampshire Regimental Museum. 

Catherine has a passion for introducing communities to their local heritage and facilitating shared experiences. She is looking forward to building relationships in Dorchester and creating opportunities to reminisce personal stories with dementia care clients and their carers.

Outside of work Catherine enjoys swimming, reading, and creative activities. 

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Catherine West

Caroline Oswald

Project Coordinator - Memories Brought Home (East)

Caroline joins the Trust in March 2019 as Project Coordinator for Memories Brought Home (East). She has spent the last 10 years establishing a charity which supports people struggling with a variety of life issues, and has over 15 years volunteer management experience in both heritage and social care settings. Previously, she studied Speech and Drama and taught for over 20 years preparing pupils for a variety of exams and Music and Drama festivals. She is passionate about helping people find their voice and has done this through advocacy, teaching and mentoring. She is now excited to see how the Memories Brought Home Project can help people find their voices.

Caroline has previously won Rotary Career Woman of the Year Regional Award in November 1988, and was nominated for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in May 2016 for the charity ARK, Eastleigh.


Caroline Oswald


Katherine Mills

Project Coordinator - Memories Brought Home (West)

Katherine joins the Trust in March 2019 as Project Coordinator (West) for the Memories Brought Home project. Since completing a Masters Degree in Museum Studies, Katherine has since been working in Museums and Galleries across Hampshire and Dorset for the last 8 years. Taking on a variety of roles, she has experience in volunteer management, exhibition design and digital collections, and comes to the Trust from her last job as Curator and Manager of Petersfield Museum. 

Alongside her work, Katherine is an avid reader and has a keen interest in photography – particularly people photography, documenting the quiet but evocative moments of everyday life. She is looking forward to bringing her creative side to this role and encouraging storytelling through human connections and supporting people to be involved in their local community

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Katherine Mills