AFACCC’s founders and
current trustees are:

Cameron O. Smith
President and Treasurer

Mr. Smith was graduated in 1972 with an AB in History of Art and Archeology from Princeton University (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). He wrote his senior thesis, for which he won the departmental thesis prize, on Charles Robert Ashbee and the Essex House Press. Mr. Smith has since been an avid collector of Essex House Press works. In 1994, Messrs. Smith and Lowden (see below) collaborated on an exhibit at Craftsman Farms in New Jersey, entitled, “C. R. Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft: An English View of the Craftsman Ideal”, forming the catalyst for their decade-long friendship. Mr. Smith has been a supporter of the Guild of Handicraft Trust practically since its inception in 1996. He has visited Chipping Campden many times, and initiation of the AFACCC is largely due to his enthusiastic support.

For his daytime job, Mr. Smith is the Senior Managing Director of COSCO Capital Management LLC, a boutique investment and merchant bank, which he founded in 1992. COSCO is headquartered in NYC, with offices in Hartford and Houston in the US and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is also a Founder and Managing Director of Private Energy Securities, Inc., an NASD listed, SIPC insured broker-dealer. Both COSCO and PESI focus exclusively on providing financial and strategic investment advice and service to energy companies and professional energy investors around the world.

David Lowden

Mr. Lowden is a Special Counsel at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York City with a practice in the fields of corporate and not-for-profit corporation law. He holds a law degree from Duke University (1974) and an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College (1971). He has long been active with The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit corporation that preserved and is operating the home of leading American Arts & Crafts exponent Gustav Stickley as a house museum, where he has been legal counsel, a trustee, Chairman of the Board, emeritus trustee, and the winner of its Als Ik Kan award, which is awarded to persons who have “made a significant contribution to Craftsman Farms and the revival of the Arts and Crafts Movement.” He curated several exhibitions at Craftsman Farms, including “C. R. Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft: An English View of the Craftsman Ideal,” in 1994, “William Morris and the Printed Page: English Influence on American Book Design” in 1996 and “Bradley: His Look: The Graphic Designs of Will Bradley” in 1997.   He also collects Arts & Crafts-era books and graphic art. He has been Chair of the Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. 

David A.W. Evans

Mr. Evans recently retired as Chairman and trustee of the Guild of Handicraft Trust, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, UK.

The Trust was founded in 1990 as an educational trust to tell the story and preserve the archives and objects of the craftspeople and designers from the arrival in Chipping Campden of C.R.Ashbee and his Guild of Handicraft in 1902.   The Trust encourages the appreciation of the Arts & Crafts movement and its legacy in the North Cotswolds from the arrival of the Guild to the present day and beyond.

To fulfill the Trust's objective, Mr. Evans led a team of trustees and professionals for seven years, resulting in 2007 in the creation of the Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden.

In 1993, after 35 years as a London-based businessman, managing department stores and buying organizations, 15 years of which were at Harrods of Knightsbridge, Mr. Evans retired, moving with his wife to live in Chipping Campden, where his great great uncle, Jim Pyment, had served as foreman of the woodwork shop with C.R.Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft.

Mr. Evans graduated from Cambridge University in 1956 with an MA (Hons) degree in Archaeology and Anthropology.   Prior to university he served for 2 years National Service in the Royal Artillery ending his time in 1953 as a Lieutenant serving in the Suez Canal Zone.