Board and Staff

Board Members

Photo of Paul Tomlinson

Treasurer

Paul Mills playing guitar and singing into microphone

Chair

Paul Mills, a musician, musical arranger and record producer/engineer has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for close to fifty years. He has produced over two hundred albums working with artists such as Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Ron Hynes.

He is the past President of Folk Music Ontario and has served on the Boards of Folk Music Canada and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Recently Paul was named as a Member of the Order of Canada.

picture of Bob Klanac

Board Member

A music obsessive, Bob has been writing about popular music since he was 15 years old. Over the decades he has interviewed hundreds of musicians, Canadian and otherwise, served on several Juno Award Juries and is currently a member of the Polaris Music Award jury. 

Bob also programmed concerts, lectures. craft shows and community events for the University Community Centre at Western University for 15 years.

Most recently our Board Chair, Bob has been involved with Home County since 2011. 

Elizabeth Hicks

Board Member

Liz Hicks is a graduate of Fanshawe College's Recreation Leadership Program.  

She retired after 29 years as Program Coordinator at Childreach Parent Child Resource Centre in July 2015.  

Having supported Home County as a volunteer for over 40 years she took on the role as Coordinator of Home County's Curated Art and Craft Vendors.  

After attending monthly HC Board meetings for one year as Craft Coordinator, Liz joined the Board where she also participates on Operations, Marketing and Board Recruitment Committees.

 

Deb Wiltshire

Board Member

Deb joined the Board in 2013 after volunteering with the festival for two years.

After retiring from a career in health care in varied leadership roles, she turned her interests to volunteering and volunteer management.

Her roles on the Board include the Planning and Governance committee, Finance committee and Chair of the Operations Committee.

Chuck Reid

Board Member

Chuck Reid joined Home County after a ‘by chance’ introduction to the Home County Board where he was
captured by the passion exhibited by this dedicated group of Volunteers. Chuck is now in his third term on the Board.

 

As an occasional songwriter and sometimes singer, his involvement with Home County has helped re-awaken his need for creative expression through words and music.

 

Having survived 40 years as a Technical Specialist in large-scale computing environments, Chuck now better spends his time gardening, fishing and golfing.

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David Knill

Board Member

David is pleased to be joining the devoted family of volunteers and music culture enthusiasts at Home County.

Born in London, he was educated in St. John’s, NL where he organized the Songwriters at Harbourside concert series in 2009 before returning home to the Forest City.

He has been active in the local music scene since returning, first hosting open mic nights at the late, great Blackshire Pub before moving on to promoting events in homes and venues around London.

In 2014 he co-founded the Woodfield Community Porch Concert Series in London’s historic…

Aleena Needham

Board Member

Born and raised in London, Aleena is passionate about supporting London's local arts community. 

New to the Home County Board of Directors, she has held positions of volunteer leadership on school councils as well as other initiatives within London's North East community. 

In her own artistic endeavours, she has appeared in original, collaboratively written plays at London's Fringe Festival and organized concerts in the backyard of her home which she shares with her husband Bill and their two sons, Lennon and Fletcher.

As the Volunteer Coordinator for a…

Jennifer Quick

Board Member

Having practised locally as a commercial litigation, professional liability, and insolvency lawyer since 2001, Jennifer is now enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the Ivey Business School and looks forward to her venture into the arts with the Home County board.

 

Jennifer is currently a Board member for Art for AIDS International. She is also a team member on the Ivey EMBA 2018 Team Fundraiser in support of Women’s Education and a long-standing member of the London Lawyers Feed The Hungry Committee.

Staff Members

Darin Addison

Artistic Director

Darin Addison has 20 years of music industry experience including publicity, radio tracking, concert promotion, tour booking and artist management.
He has worked with independent and major label artists including The Ashgrove, Sara Craig, Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, Crash Test Dummies, and The Pursuit of Happiness.
Darin was previously the Marketing & Production Coordinator at London’s Aeolian Hall as well as Publicity Manager for London Ontario Live Arts (LOLA) Fest.
He is also a longtime volunteer at campus radio station CHRW.
In 1988, Darin graduated from…

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Administrative Assistant

Martha Zimmerman is a life-long Londoner who has enjoyed Home County since the early 80s.  She is a local actor and director, working on a degree in Theatre Studies at Western.  Martha has been with Home County since 2016, and enjoys her role as bookkeeper and administrative assistance.