Councillor Peter Buckley

Councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Services

Peter Buckley was elected to Lancashire County Council in 2013 and represents St Annes North, the coastal stretch from St Annes Pier to the boundary with Blackpool.

He is the Cabinet member for Community and Cultural Services and his diverse portfolio includes libraries museums and archives, parish and town councils, community safety, registrations and the coroners service. Peter is also on the board of Marketing Lancashire.

In his spare time, he is a musician and conductor of Fylde Sinfonia Orchestra and a keen amateur artist with a preference for wet-on-wet oil painting (alla prima).

Heather C Davis

Heather C Davis, MA. DIP Cons, DMS, Conservation and Collections Manager for Cultural Services, Lancashire County Council

Born and educated in Ireland, Heather qualified in Archaeology and History of Art from Trinity College, Dublin. A chance to work with conservators salvaging artworks following a fire in a Georgian building resulted in her decision to become an Art Conservator training at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Initially working at Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, she moved to Lancashire in 1988 as Lancashire County Council’s first painting conservator. Heather has worked across a wide range of museums and heritage sites for over 30 years and has been closely involved with many exhibitions of art and museum collections. She is now responsible for over 1 million collection objects and manages specialist teams within Lancashire County Council museums.

She has a deep interest in the pigments and materials used in creating artwork, and a knowledge of Lancashire’s artistic heritage. She enjoys using her conservation and curatorial experience to promote heritage, and highlight the importance of craft and heritage skills.

Sarah Haworth

Sarah Haworth, Head of Curriculum Art, Family Learning, Health, Wellbeing, Horticulture and Humanities at Lancashire Adult Learning

My background in the arts stems from my high school days where an inspiring art teacher (Donald Holden) captivated me through his engaging teaching style and natural talent for the subject. This then led me to follow my passion for Art through A-Levels in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Art and Design History at Nelson and Colne college, and onto a Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design degree at Leeds College of Art and Design.

After graduating in 2002, my career took various twists and turns, starting first with several years working with community arts organisations across Lancashire and Yorkshire alongside developing my own practice as a digital fine artist, and finally following a path into teaching.

Fast forward to 2023 and I’m in a job I love, working with adults and children (through Family Learning) across Lancashire, providing opportunities to engage in arts-based courses (amongst many others) that develop creative skills, thinking and most importantly a love of art and design.

Norman Long

Norman Long, Artist

Norman Long (BA, MAFA) is a professional artist living in Lytham St Annes. He creates oil paintings both in his Preston studio and on-site, often travelling to city locations with the Northern Boys painting group.

Norman studied at Runshaw College and Blackpool and Fylde College before completing a degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University. He received a scholarship for postgraduate study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

His work features regularly in London exhibitions such as the New English Art Club and Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He is a prizewinner with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and was Artist and Illustrators Artist of the Year in 2013. Norman is a trustee of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

Many local artists have benefitted from Norman’s sensitive and inspirational tuition. He has written a popular book on Oil Painting and is currently running classes in New Longton and online.

Alex O'Toole

Alex O’Toole, Chair of Arts Lancashire

Alexandra O'Toole is a Lancashire based independent, Writer, Creative Director and Producer. For over twenty years, Alex has worked nationally and internationally across Europe, the US and the Middle East to develop creative concepts, produce artistic programmes, write narratives and manage design projects for the creative and cultural industries.

She writes on commission for creative projects across all mediums, and about creativity, the role of the arts and the business of being an artist. Her work as a strategist and creative director for the creative and cultural industries is geared towards developing partnerships and growing audiences to maximise opportunities for long term sustainability.

As an arts producer, Alex’s larger scale participative projects are created through Fable Arts, a socially engaged arts organisation. She is the founder of Good Creator, an online professional development platform for artists and creatives. She is also the Chair of Arts Lancashire.

Councillor Phillipa Williamson

Councillor Phillippa Williamson, Leader of Lancashire County Council  

Phillippa was born and brought up in Lancashire. After attending the University of Reading where she graduated in English Literature, she went on to study accountancy and became a Master of Business Administration (MBA) whilst pursuing a career in finance and as a Senior Civil Servant.

Entering politics in May 2017, Phillippa was elected to represent Lancaster Rural North – the County Council's northern most outpost – where she has lived for over 25 years.

In her first term as a County Councillor Phillippa served as Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, and Schools. She was re-elected in May 2021 when she also became Leader of the Council.

Outside of politics, Phillippa is Chair of trustees of a regional addiction support charity, enjoys all aspects of rural life and is a huge cricket fan.