Dorking BID welcomes two new Board Directors
Welcome Luke Adam Hawker and Joanne Sherwood to the Dorking BID Board of Directors
We are delighted to welcome our new board members, who bring experience, enthusiasm and passion to our board. Learn more about our new directors and join us in welcoming them to our team.
Luke Adam Hawker
Luke Adam Hawker, who has been a full-time professional artist since 2015, specialises in pen and ink. His background in architecture, acquired through both his education and time as a designer, significantly informs his artistic practice and forms the foundation of his drafting ability.
Located just off Dorking's high street in Surrey, Luke's studio serves as a hub of creativity. Here Luke, opens his doors to the public, hosting Surrey Open Studios, private viewings, and weekly life drawing classes. In addition, he leads drawing workshops across Surrey and London, sharing his artistic passion and expertise while nurturing the talents of fellow creatives.
Luke, a Sunday Times Best Seller, has published two graphic novels. His artwork graces private and national collections such as the Parliamentary Art Collection in London, and he has collaborated with notable organisations such as The Crown Estate, Penhaligon's, and the National Trust.
Jo Sherwood is the dedicated founder of Anni and Arthur’s Yard, a charming boutique nestled in Old Kings Head Courtyard. With a rich history as a small business owner, Jo's journey brought her to Dorking. In the previous year, she took the reins of the shop, transforming it from Michele’s Dress Agency. Prior to this venture, Jo also owned the Dorking Solarium.
What truly drives Jo is her unwavering passion for the circularity and sustainability of women's fashion. This has provided her with a platform to introduce innovative sustainable concepts, such as her collection of preloved prom dresses, womens fashion and rentals of hats.
Anni and Arthur’s Yard isn't just a store; it's a community effort. Every item in the shop has been contributed by the community, ensuring they find new homes while offering sellers 40% of the purchase price.
Situated in the heart of Dorking, Jo's small business becomes a powerful voice advocating for others facing the everyday challenges of entrepreneurship. Her commitment to sustainable fashion and community engagement shines through in the vibrant character of Anni and Arthur’s Yard.