THE Mowlem Institute, the charity that runs the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage, has appointed three new trustees to its board.

Paul Angel, Nick Field and James Kessler have been welcomed by institute chairman Paul Grover.

Mr 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.

Mr Angel, who has lived in Swanage for 15 years, runs two bookshops and a record store in Bournemouth and Wimborne.

He was chairman of the Education Swanage group between 2009 and 2015, successfully leading negotiations with the Department for Education which led to the opening of The Swanage School. He also acted as chairman of governors for the school's first two years.

Meanwhile, Mr Field, who has lived in Swanage for more than 20 years, works for the Department for International Trade giving advice to businesses across the south west.

He is often to be found backstage in the Mowlem Theatre helping with production aspects of shows, including stage management and set construction.

The last new trustee, Mr Kessler, has family links with Swanage stretching back 80 years, when his mother was at Newton Manor School.

Mr Kessler is a Queen's Counsel, an expert in charities and taxation law.

He was a trustee of the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema, Wareham, for ten years.

Mr Grover said: "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.”