We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Hibbard to a new post - the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) Resource Administrator.
Mark trained and served in the RAF as an aircraft maintenance engineer, then moved into the aerospace industry where his responsibilities grew from providing detailed technical support to customers, to managing the delivery of significant support contracts and the development of innovative support strategies. He retired from full-time employment in 2011 and enjoyed a few years working part-time for a charitable Trust that operated a unique historic aircraft.
Mark learnt to ring as a teenager and, like many people, took a break for several years to focus on his professional career. Since returning to ringing in 2007 Mark has been keen to do as much as he can to teach others and support learning initiatives. He attended a Module 1 ART Training Course in 2011 and since then has completed Module 2, becoming a full Member of ART, and acts as a Mentor for other Teachers. In addition to teaching at his home tower in Norfolk, he likes to organise and support training activities in the local area.
The Resource Administrator works alongside the ART Administrator (Rose Nightingale), the ART Management Committee and a number of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers are vital to maintain the work of the organisation and we are hugely grateful to everyone involved.
From 1 February 2018, Mark will be the main point of contact for all enquiries regarding ART Workshops and will be charged with maintaining and improving the ART websites and online resources. We are very pleased to welcome Mark to the Association of Ringing Teachers, and look forward to continuing to support the excellent work of ART Teachers and Learning the Ropes Ringers everywhere.
Graham Nabb, ART Chairman