Renovation of the Mowlem under consideration, as new board members appointed

The Mowlem Institute, the charity which runs the Mowlem theatre in Swanage, has brought in three new trustees to its board. It’s also revealed that a major renovation project is currently under consideration.

The Mowlem was opened in 1967 and there have been many calls from residents and visitors, over recent years, for the building to be updated and made more accessible.


The board of the Mowlem Institute, which is responsible for the strategy, finances and promotion of the Mowlem, says that the new appointments have a range of relevant experience including theatre, cinema and charity law. They are:

Paul Angel

Paul has lived in Swanage for 15 years. He runs two award-winning bookshops and a record store in Bournemouth and Wimborne. He was Chair of Education Swanage between 2009 and 2015, successfully leading negotiations with the Department for Education which led to the opening of The Swanage School. He acted as Chair of Governors for its first two years of operation and continues to play a role as Parent Governor.

Nick Field

Nick has lived in Swanage for over 20 years. He works for the Department for International Trade giving export advice to South West businesses. He ran a regular acoustic music night, bringing up and coming singer songwriters from both the UK and USA to Swanage. Nick is often to be found backstage in the Mowlem theatre helping with production aspects of shows, including stage management and set construction. Nick is a former chair of the Swanage Sea Rowing Club and Deputy Station Officer of the Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team.

James Kessler

James’ family links with Swanage go back 80 years, when his mother was at Newton Manor school. He is a QC and expert in the law of charities and taxation. His passion is cinema. James was for 10 years, a trustee of the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema, Wareham.

Chair of the Mowlem Institute, Paul Grover said:

“This is an exciting next phase in the Mowlem’s history. We are delighted to have recruited trustees with so much energy and experience to contribute.

“All our new appointments have a real love of theatre and film and a keen commitment to maintaining the vibrancy of the local community – of which the Mowlem is a key part.

“In addition, between them, our new board members have an ideal mix of backgrounds and skills to help make the most out of this unique and important local venue for the benefit of the community of Swanage, and Purbeck as a whole, and indeed beyond.”

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