Tom Burns

Tom was born in the Republic of Ireland and educated in Belfast. He joined the Insurance Industry and moved to London in 1978. Retiring in 2002 Tom has lived on the Costa del Sol since then. He is the Founder President of Age Concern Marbella & San Pedro which has been running since 2016. His main interest is his family, with three sons and three grandsons. He enjoys international travel and reading, particularly History, Politics and Current Affairs. Tom has a love for all types of music and unusually for an Irishman he enjoys a drink!


Thompson Keating

Vice Chair

Thompson is a Chartered Surveyor and a qualified Accountant who has spent twenty years in various Executive and Non-Executive Directorship positions, before retiring in 2016. Originally from Belfast he now lives in Benahavis. Thompson is a keen golfer and past Captain of Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club. He is also a keen Padel Tennis player.


Mike Page Treasurer

Mike was born in Sussex and grew up on the South Coast of England. He studied Chemical Engineering at London University. In his career he has been primarily involved in Project Management working with major international oil & gas companies, spending over half of his working life outside the United Kingdom. In retirement Mike, and his wife Zaria, spent a number of years visiting parts of the world they didn’t know, but for the last five years they have been settled in Southern Spain. Mike will bring much needed clarity, simplicity and understanding of the Arts Society Benahavis accounts.


Sandie Lenton Forrest, Programme Secretary

Sandie has a BA Interior Design and owned her own Central London Estate Agency before moving to the Philippines for four years and then to Penang, Malaysia since 2007, where she served in several positions, including President, of the International Women’s Association 2007-2013. She then set up and chaired the first and only Arts Society in SE Asia. Having  decided that she had seen the best of Asia Sandie decided to relocate back to Spain. Sandie will bring enormous experience to The Arts Society Benahavis.


Lynda Woodin, Events & Trips Secretary

Lynda was born and lived in South Africa for 45 years. Educated at UCT Cape Town, she studied Commercial Art & Social Sciences. She worked as an Air Hostess, before moving into Marketing and later formed her own company. On moving to Spain Lynda has enjoyed a career in Radio, Public Relations and Media. She became involved with NADFAS in Fuengirola before moving closer home to the Arts Society Benahavis.  Lynda will continue to serve on the Committee utilising her proven skills and experience to organise Events, Lunches and Trips for the members.


Lorraine Powell, Events & Trips Secretary

Lorraine moved from London to Marbella in 1992 and has lived there ever since. In 2005 she became the Founder and President of the Asociación de Arte y Cultura Marbella, with an aim of bringing together like minded people who enjoy the rich activities of Arts and Culture.  Lorraine has been responsible for organising trips to encompass the heritage of Andalucía and Spain and as far away as Russia. She has also arranged concerts to take place in the Puente Romano Hotel. She joins Lynda in organising entertainment and events similar to those listed above.