Recruitment of Trustees

The Span­da Trust is seek­ing can­di­dates to join its Board of Trustees as soon as possible.

What is the Trust and what do we do?
The Spanda Trust is a charitable organisation based in the South Hams, Devon, which runs activities at its two centres at Harbour House, Kingsbridge and Bala Brook, South Brent. The Trust’s mission is to offer dynamic, thoughtful and sometimes challenging creative, cultural and wellbeing activities that inspire and engage. Our aim is for our programme to be locally relevant, artistically diverse and culturally inclusive.

The Trust is currently headed by CEO, Amy Dickson, who manages a staff of six based at Harbour House, a nineteenth-century town house in Kingsbridge and at Bala Brook, near South Brent, on the southern edge of Dartmoor, which is currently in use as a retreat centre. The main activities of the Trust include art, yoga and movement-based activities for well-being and running a vegetarian cafe. At the time of writing, this programme is under radical revision to extend the scope of our work to include more socially-engaged art practice and a new approach to exhibition programming.

The Trust meets quarterly for formal Board Meetings and currently meets monthly with the CEO for update meetings during this time of transition.

The Current Board
The current Board comprises Caroline Forcer, who has a background in communications and marketing, Nick Grodhunce, who runs local businesses including property development and Nigel Llewellyn (Chair), an art historian, who has worked in higher education and the arts sector. All the current Trustees live locally to Kingsbridge but applications would be warmly welcomed from prospective trustees based further afield.

The current Board has recently assessed what skills and experience will be needed to continue to pursue its new strategic path and fulfil its mission for the people of Kingsbridge and the South Hams. We would be particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates, who are willing to commit the time and dedication that the role requires and who can complement the qualities of the present Board members in the core activities of the Trust and in some of the following specialist areas: Financial Management, Fundraising, Investment Policy, Legal Issues, Arts Programming.

The Trust is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and we would particularly encourage applications from ethnic backgrounds, people from the LGBTQ+ community, younger people and people with disabilities.

Past annual reports on the Charity Commission website can be found at hhtps://register-of-charities.charity commission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/5105562/charity-overview

Applications should take the form of a CV including the names and contact details of two referees. There should also be a covering letter describing what you hope to bring to the Trust and setting out your reasons for wanting to get involved with our work. Applications should be made by email to recruitment@harbourhouse.org.uk