Senior executive staff
Responsibility for day to day management matters and the implementation of policy is delegated to the Chief Executive, supported by the Dartington Leadership Team. The team consists of senior executive staff from across the Trust’s activities and subsidiary trading companies.
Rhodri Samuel, Chief Executive Officer
Following an early career in the arts and cultural sector, Rhodri worked for over 20 years in senior roles across the fields of strategy, design, place-making and regeneration, primarily in theWorld Heritage city of Bath. He ended up with responsibility for the long-term vision, strategy and regeneration plan for the City of Bath directing the delivery of large, complex regeneration and place-making projects, a number of which won national and international awards. He then left the public sector to set up his own consultancy business and to initiate two Community Interest Companies focused on empowering citizens to shape and contribute to the creative regeneration of their city. He also established a number of new leadership networks including Creative Bathand theBath Bridge.
Rhodri is a Fellow of the RSA and an academician of the UK Academy of Urbanism.
Tim Allen, Director of Finance and Resources
Amy Bere, Director of Arts
Martyn Evans, Estate Development Director
Martyn Evans runs Uncommon, a property development company. He was, until 2016, Creative Director at U+I, the regeneration-focussed property company formed in November 2015 from a merger between specialist mixed-use developer Cathedral Group and listed property company Development Securities PLC. Before joining the Cathedral board in 2011, Martyn worked in the property, regeneration and urban design sectors as a consultant to CABE, The Design Council and Design for London with a particular focus on regeneration through creative industry and cultural engagement. Martyn is also Deputy Chair of the London Festival of Architecture and founder, with RIBA President Jane Duncan, of the Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA), a networking and learning programme that brings young architects and developers closer together. He is a regular columnist for BD and Estates Gazette and has been on the judging panels for a number of awards including Architect of the Year, AJ Small Projects, Estates Gazette, World Architecture News and in 2016 was a lay assessor for the RIBA Regional Awards.
Rebecca Renfro, Director, Marketing & Communications
Urszula Kossakowska, Director of Visitor Experience
Board of Trustees
The Dartington Hall Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees. Members of the Board have two roles: first as directors of the company in company law and secondly as trustees of the charity. It is a non-executive Board and members are unpaid.
read more about our trustees ('our governance') and how they are recruited
The Board of Trustees, acting in a voluntary capacity, has legal responsibility for the effective use of resources in meeting the Trust’s purpose; deciding policy; and for providing leadership and direction. They meet formally at least four times a year (involving the CEO, management team and other staff/advisors as appropriate) here at Dartington. The Board of Trustees has an Audit and Risk Management Committee which meets at least five times a year and reports directly to the Board. This Committee advises the Board on matters of risk (from a strategic perspective) and oversight of the audit.
We recognise the importance of attracting and recruiting the best trustees to enable us to fulfil our aims. Trustee recruitment follows an open process and is based on the skills, experience and diversity required for the Board of Trustees to fulfil its purpose. This assessment is based on an annual skills audit of trustees against the needs of the Trust. Recruitment of new trustees is led by the Nominations Committee (a sub-committee of the Board). Trustees usually serve up to 3 terms of 3 years (maximum of 9 years). There are regular opportunities to apply for the role of trustee as natural membership rotation occurs. Please keep an eye on our website and social media or sign up to our weekly news and events e-bulletin to learn about when these opportunities arise.
The Dartington Hall Trust is independently audited annually. The latest financial statements and directors reports are available to download. If you require any further information relating to our governance, please contact our Company Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org