The Dartington Hall Trust is sad to announce that, after four years in post, Chief Executive Rhodri Samuel will be leaving the Trust. This decision has been reached by mutual agreement between Rhodri and the Trustee Board due to differences about the best way forward for the Trust.

During his time here, Rhodri has made a very significant contribution to the Trust and its future. Rhodri was instrumental in delivering a new vision and purpose for Dartington which will guide the further evolution of the Trust. He developed a five-year strategy and, working closely with colleagues, he began the expansion of learning at Dartington (including improving the performance of Schumacher College), re-established the arts at the centre of life on the estate, and evolved the Trust’s experimental Land Use Programme to the point where Dartington is one of the most agriculturally diverse estates in the country.

Rhodri’s work has been characterised by a creative and bold vision, a deep love for Dartington and an interest in the views of our community and staff – all of which inspired initiatives during his leadership including The Green Table café, Dartington Live, Wonderland, the Gardens Masterplan and much more. He leaves the Trust in good hands, with a strong leadership team and a much strengthened organisational focus, which will form the backbone of Dartington’s future success. Rhodri will be leaving the Trust with immediate effect. He will be missed by all and the Trustees wish him well.

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