Meet the Board and Staff

John Manley-Tucker: Chairman

Chartered Engineer, fellow of the Institute Marine Engineers. Marine consultant. Long-time member of the DEI and has served as executive member, Treasurer and as Chairman of Trustees.

Interests include all things maritime, the history of Devonshire and the preservation and continuing use of the DEI.

Dr Sadru Bhanji: Vice-Chairman

Formerly Consultant Psychiatrist (Southwest Regional Health Authority) / Senior Lecturer in Adult Mental Illness (University of Exeter). Has published on local history as a retirement hobby.

Peter Wadham: Hon Secretary

Born in Exeter and educated in London, Peter has been a member of the DEI since 1978.

A professional antique and furniture fine art dealer, he was a City Councillor from 2000-2011 and Lord Mayor of Exeter in 2005.

He held the portfolio for ‘Sustainable Development and Transport’ at the City Council and is at present Chairman of Exeter Civic Society.

Peter was Hon Secretary of the DEI from 2008 – 12.

Julian Nowill: Treasurer

Julian Nowill, born in 1960 works full time as an Investment Manager and has been Treasurer of the Devon & Exeter Institution for some time, although work commitments prevent him from devoting the hours he would like so is considering resigning should a new candidate surface.  His interests include classic cars and holidays in danger zones, while in Devon he is often found exploring abandoned mines.

Anthony Rhodes: Buildings Officer


Dr Peter Brotherton

Retired school teacher, as a Senior Housemaster and Head of Biology at Christ’s Hospital Horsham and Deputy Principal at Kingsbridge College.

Peter also worked for the British Council, fostering science education in Iran, Indonesia and Egypt.  Since retirement he spent several years as Clerk to South Tawton Parish Council and as Chair of Governors at South Tawton Primary School.

Special interests include photography, research into methods of teaching science and the collection of fine art postcards.

 Katharine Chant

Retired Museum Director (Chelmsford Museum and Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter) now part-time cultural consultant and Hon Secretary at Exeter Historic Buildings Trust.

Margaret Knight

Retired Chartered Librarian. For many years the Librarian of Harrow School, whose responsibilities included the refurbishment and relaunch of the school library housed in a Grade II* building. Extensive experience developing services to young people 13-18 years and supporting their academic work. Previous experience in public and government (MOD) libraries. Trustee and volunteer librarian at the DEI. Special interests are conservation, stock development and utilisation.

Jeremy Lawford

After university, Jeremy taught for a while in Scotland before being appointed Director of Studies at the British School of Turin, where he stayed for five years.  He was then Head of a Preparatory School in Edinburgh, before moving to Exeter in 1980 to become Head of Exeter Preparatory School.

Since retirement, Jeremy has done a variety of voluntary activities, while pursuing interests in travel, family history, photography and trekking.  He is married to Paula, and has two married sons.

 Julian Parlett 


Susan Kaufman – Assistant Secretary

Susan supervises the day-to-day administration of the DEI and is usually in the office on weekday mornings.  She will be happy to help you with any queries you have regarding membership and hire of the DEI for meetings and events.

Susan was formerly Managing Director of West Somerset Railway.

Mary Noon – Housekeeper

Mary provides a daily lunch service in the Courtenay Room and is responsible for the upkeep and presentation of the Institution.

Mary has worked in catering and hospitality for many years.

Anne Howard – Librarian (HLF funded)

Anne manages the Library and is usually at the Institution on weekday mornings.

She moved to Devon in 1987 and worked for Devon, Torbay and Plymouth Libraries between 1988 and 2014.

Anne first joined the Institution in 2008 while managing the Westcountry Studies Library.

Emma Dunn – Programme Manager (HLF funded)

Emma is responsible for the delivery of our development project which involves the restoration of the building, conservation of the collection and the creation of an exhibition and education programme.

She is usually at the Institution on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Emma and was formerly Programme Manager at the Geffrye Museum, London and Education and Development Officer at The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath.