About ADeC

ADeC stands for Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire. ADeC is an independent company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, with funding from East Cambridgeshire District Council. ADeC is responsible for the development and delivery of the arts in East Cambridgeshire, offering a wide ranging arts development programme in partnership with professional and amateur arts organisations and providing active support to groups and projects based in the District.


ADeC Friends & Membership schemes
ADeC is a membership organisation. Membership is open to everyone living or based in East Cambridgeshire, membership is free. We also have a Friends scheme. Friends can enjoy a range of benefits. The majority of ADeC’s Trustees are elected from the membership. Find out more about membership.

Babylon Gallery
ADeC manages the Babylon Gallery, situated on Ely’s riverside. The gallery has established itself as a major venue within the eastern region for exhibiting some of the best in contemporary fine and applied arts. Admission is free.

ADeC's arts information service
ADeC's website offers a comprehensive listings service for any arts and leisure events taking place in East Cambridgeshire. We can link to your website, this service is free.

Our Trustees

Simon Gilligan
(Chair of Trustees) has a wide range of experience staging events, both cultural and commercial,here and abroad, on stage and backstage. He an ex-President of act (Anglo Cypriot Theatre) in Nicosia and a founding member and former President of Cambridge Speakers Club. He is passionate about the work ADeC does to further many aspects of the arts throughout the wider community.

Julie Weaver (Treasurer) is a qualified Chartered Accountant working in practice in Cambridge, specialising in charities and auditing. Julie has lived in Littleport since 1985 and has a particular interest in improving arts provision in rural communities.

Afua Osei
 has spent 14 years working at the interface of the private sector and universities in external relations, academic spin-out companies and knowledge transfer. Prior to her current role as Business Development Director for Cambridge Executive Education, she worked at Oxford University's Saïd Business School for five years as Head of Programmes within the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Afua is passionate about the arts, culture and creativity and, has a particular interest in the link between these areas and economic development.

Alastair Haines was the Coordinator for the 2012 Olympiad at Cambridgeshire County Council. He has worked in arts management for over 20 years in a variety of roles, working for organisations such as Arts Council of England, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Living East, and Screen East. Keen to work across sectors, linking ideas and projects, Alastair has a background in media technology and media education. Alastair is also a Trustee for Access Arts, an online arts education company.

Andy O’Hanlon is a cultural planning enthusiast who worked in public arts policy development and arts administration in Cambridgeshire from 1992 to 2012.  Originally from North Wales, he has come to love the richness and diversity of life in the Fens and has been an enthusiastic supporter of ADeC since its inception. He is currently Outreach Development Officer for Quakers in Britain.

Lyndall Phelps is a visual artist with over 20 years experience in art education, project management and curatorial practice. Prior to becoming a full time artist in 2005 Lyndall worked as Curator of Youth and Community Programmes at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Curator of Display and Interpretation at Compton Verney, Warwickshire and Project Manager at Commissions East, Cambridge. She now works as a freelance project manager and educator alongside her art practice.

Ted Coney has been teaching Art for over forty five years, mostly as Head of Art and Design at Hills Road Sixth Form College, and currently at St Andrews, Cambridge. He also works as a Moderator, Examiner and Trainer in Art Education. Ted has been making paintings about family relationships for many years and currently runs Ted Coney's Family Portraits - a pop-up gallery open to the public on Waterside. He also gives lectures and sells prints connected to his practise.

Our Staff

Caroline Cawley - Co-Director
I've been part of the ADeC team for over 10 years, my role covers everything related to marketing and online for the organisation. It's fantastic to be involved with so much of what ADeC delivers, from Live Events and Gallery Exhibitions to Projects and Cinema. Since 2005 I've also been managing Ely Cinema, working with lots of our great volunteers and I get to choose what we screen there! Thiis year we'll be focussing on our Going Digital fundraising campaign to help the cinema upgrade from 35mm.

Nathan Jones - Co-Director
I've been working for ADeC since 2000. During this time I've been involved with the Babylon Gallery, box office, cinema and event management. At present my work is focussed on youth projects and training. This includes a number of music projects where I can indulge my passion for supporting others to write, record and perform. Current training programmes I deliver include Stewarding, Event Management, Young Promoters and Arts Award advisor training where I am able to draw upon my past experience as a teacher.

Christine Pike -
Galley Coordinator
Having started out as a volunteer, I took on the role of Gallery Coordinator in 2011. I am responsible for delivering a programme of high quality contemporary visual art for the Babylon Gallery and my job involves working with a variety of local and national artists, designers and makers. I am currently studying for an MA in Curation at Norwich University of the Arts, which I hope will be valuable to my work with ADeC.

Lorry Spry - Live Events & Promotions Creative Apprentice / Box Office Manager / Technician
I started off attending ADeC’s youth projects, gaining experience both backstage and as a performer. I am ADeC’s first Creative Apprentice, having completed a Level 2, and working on my Level 3 Live Events & Promotions course. My main roles include helping with the running of day to day activities, managing the Cinema and Events box office, setting up & operating tech for Live events, and equipment hires.