NHIA Elects Two New Trustees

Jennifer Robertson on 02.11.16

The New Hampshire Institute of Art Elects Two New Trustees: Liz Hitchcock and Nicholas Bentley

Liz Hitchcock and Nick Bentley

Manchester, NH (February 11, 2016) — The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the election of two new trustees to its board: Elizabeth Hitchcock and Nicholas Bentley. Mrs. Hitchcock and Mr. Bentley join the college’s Board of Trustees at a pivotal time at NHIA, the oldest and largest art and design college in New Hampshire.

Recently, the college has announced new projects including the launch of a dual degree Bachelor of Fine Art/Master of Arts in Teaching; the remodel of their Sharon Arts Center gallery; and the remodel of Manchester’s St. Anne’s church for their Youth Arts Program. As the college continues to expand its offerings to both their students and the community, these new members of the board will play an integral part in supporting these and many future strategic plans.

Elizabeth Hitchcock is an entrepreneur, technologist, and arts and culture enthusiast. She has more than 10 years of experience in the technology field having held leadership roles in engineering and management roles in sales and marketing. Mrs. Hitchcock is a member of the Board of Directors at St Mary's Bank and a Trustee at the Currier Museum in Manchester, N.H. In addition, she serves on the Steering Committee for Leadership Greater Manchester, and is a member of the Entrepreneur's Foundation (an initiative of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation). Prior to 2010, she served as Chair of the Manchester Arts Commission and was Director of Sales and Marketing at Dyn, an Internet Performance company.

Nicholas Bentley has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industries. Since 1998, Mr. Bentley has held a number of senior executive positions with RiverStone, which has a longstanding commitment to promoting social good including supporting nonprofits of all types. Before heading the global RiverStone Group, Mr. Bentley was Head of the European companies as Managing Director of RiverStone UK, including the Lloyds Managing Agency and serving in that role on all of the UK boards. Before joining RiverStone UK, Mr. Bentley was Head of Reinsurance at the Lloyd’s Claims Office and was responsible for the claim settlements for the Lloyd’s market across all classes of reinsurance business. Before serving in this capacity at Lloyd’s, Mr. Bentley had over seventeen years of experience at senior levels with Lloyd’s brokers, including Alexander Howden and Hogg Robinson & Gardner Mountain (now both part of Aon), culminating in the role of Chief Executive of Alwen Hough Johnson Management Services Ltd. He was also Executive Director of the brokerage company AHJ Ltd (a specialist reinsurance broker). Mr. Bentley has wide experience in both the London Market and the global reinsurance market. He has resolved many complex disputes and crafted a number of innovative workouts.

“Liz and Nick are both dynamic and successful business leaders as well as passionate philanthropists who have shown tremendous dedication to their communities and the arts,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “We are proud to have them join our Board and I look forward to working closely with them as the college enters an exciting new era in its 118-year history.”

“NHIA has been an important part of the cultural fabric of Manchester and New Hampshire as a whole since its founding in 1898,” said Joe Reilly, Chair of NHIA’s Board of Trustees and Regional President of Eastern Bank. “I’m excited about the expertise and commitment that Liz and Nick will bring to our Board as we expand our reach beyond New Hampshire and build a national reputation for artistic excellence here in our community.”

Mrs. Hitchcock and Mr. Bentley join 23 other trustees whose experience ranges from artists to developers to business leaders.



Joseph Reilly, Chair, New Hampshire Regional President, Eastern Bank
Elias (Skip) Ashooh, Vice Chair, Consultant
John Mercier, Treasurer, Executive Vice President, Primary Bank
George Foote, Jr., Secretary, former President, Advantec
Maurice Beliveau, Artist and Publisher
Nick Bentley, CEO, RiverStone Group
Barbara Bickford, Trustee Emeritus, Photographer
Monica Bilson, Ph.D., Director and Chair, Creative Writing, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Howard Brodsky, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, CGA Global Partners
Suzanne Canali, Director, Master of Arts in Art Education, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Ellie Cochran, Consultant
Ellen Davis, Professional Artist
Theresa Dolloff, former Marketing Director, Cityside Corporation
Tom Dougherty, Vice President, Corporate Technology and Information Management, Fidelity Investments
Stan Fry, Chief Executive Officer, Flashpoint Technology
Benjamin F. Gayman, Attorney at Law, Devine, Millimet & Branch P.A.
Stephen Gehlbach, M.D., Dean (Retired), School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts
Terry Heinzmann, Professional Artist
Liz Hitchcock, Owner, Hitchcock Creations
Maureen Mills, Chair, Ceramics, New Hampshire Institute of Art
David J. Murray, Principal, Clear Eye Photo
Adrienne Silversmith, alumnus, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Bill Stevens, President, Harvey Construction Corporation
Tom Stevens, former Chief Administrative Officer, KeyCorp, (Retired)
Phyllis Stibler, Founder and Former President, Stibler Associates LLC