The Board of Directors

The project has developed from the spontaneous desire of the people of Bovey Tracey to improve the quality of residents’ lives.

We are structured as a Community Benefit Society and currently there are six volunteer Directors of the Society, all of whom live locally; their brief profiles are below.

In addition, there is an Advisory Board drawn from the community in and around Bovey Tracey to advise the Board on policy and community issues.

The Board and their Advisors will also manage eventually the distribution of surpluses for the benefit of arts and leisure facilities in the Bovey Tracey community. None of the directors has any conflicts of interest in relation to this project. Since the project took shape in April 2017, the project leadership has achieved a huge amount in a short time to realise the project, establish the Community Benefit Society, develop the business plan and apply for all the necessary permissions. This has shown that the group is effective and able to deliver this ambitious project.

Stephen Willmore - Chairman

Stephen Willmore’s entire career has been in product design, marketing and other technical areas within the electrical manufacturing industry sector, holding senior management/Director positions since the mid‐80s. In 2013, he semi‐retired from his position of Technical Director at a major electrical manufacturing company, but continued part‐time work world‐wide on the development of international standards, and represented the UK on a variety of European and International standards committees until retirement in 2018. Steve and his wife Diane moved to Bovey Tracey in 2014 from the West Midlands and have made many new friends in our wonderful town. Steve has a passion to use his skills on projects aimed to be of benefit to the community.

David Alexander 

David Alexander is a chartered accountant.  He is a partner of Evelyn Partners, a leading accounting and investment management firm, where he specialises in Forensic Accounting.  Outside of work David has been treasurer of the Westfield Sports Car Club for the past 12 years and company secretary of an award winning theatre company in London.  Having moved to the area from the Midlands with his wife Nicole, David is keen to add his expertise to this community project.

Susan Bradshaw

Susan Bradshaw joined the board January 2022. Prior to this Susan was appointed as heritage activities coordinator by Bovey Tracey Paradiso Arts Ltd for the period April to end of December 2019 to coordinate a range of work that would address the aim ‘we want to provide people with engaging cultural experiences celebrating the history of the King of Prussia and its relationship with the people of Bovey Tracey’, as noted in the project plan for the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant application. An oral history programme was set up and a collection of documents and photographs related to the King of Prussia was started and continues to grow. Most of Susan’s career has been in the heritage sector – working as an archive conservator for Devon Records Office for 13 years and from 1997 onwards predominantly focused on training and development for heritage professional bodies, working with people UK wide and internationally until 2021. She has lived in the area since 1982, in 2017 moved to Bovey Tracey and is passionate about art and craft. 

James Glen

James Glen joined the board in January 2021, having assisted with social media and IT for the project since February 2019. He has 20 years broad experience in the IT sector with 11 years volunteer social media advisory work with community groups and charities. He also a member of the leadership team of a recently formed Covid-19 patient charity. In 2013, James was on the volunteer team that helped with the renovation of the art deco Odyssey Cinema in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Having moved to the area in 2015 with his wife to be closer to family, James is passionate about cinema and is intent on using his skills to help deliver the project for the benefit of the community.

Andrew Huckerby

Andrew Huckerby is a hospitality entrepreneur with a career of over 40 years that spans the industry in both the UK and UAE. Based in Devon for the last 30 years he has also been involved, and often led, projects in both the charity and tourism community sectors in the county throughout this period. He is currently working with two higher education institutions, a dementia hub and as a programme director for a cooperative business supporting councils in the UK. 

David McGahey

David was Director of Education for Buckinghamshire until 2000, having previously worked for five other local authorities. From 2001 he  was Managing Director of a number of education businesses: Amey Education, VT Education and Skills, HBS Education and Eteach. He retired in 2014 as Director and Chief Executive of AMC Ltd, a market leading executive recruitment consultancy working with independent and maintained schools in the UK and with international schools world-wide. David has an MA(Hons), an MA and a PGCE. David is a Governor of the St John’s Hospital Education Foundation, a Governor of his old school, Exeter School, and nearer to home he is Chairman of the Lustleigh Society and a keen member of the Lustleigh Players. Until he moved back to Devon in 2015 to live in Lustleigh, he was for many years a Director/Chairman of the charity which runs The Film Place in Buckingham, an independent, community cinema.