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.

Currently there are six 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.

Andrew Huckerby

Andrew Huckerby is a hospitality entrepreneur with a career of over 40 years that spans the industry in both in the UK and UAE. Based in Devon for the last 25 years he has been involved, and often led, projects in both the charity and tourism community sectors in the county throughout this period. 

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. He is a Governor of St George’s School, Luxembourg and a Director of St David’s Academy, Wales. 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.

Kenneth Swan

Ken Swan has had a varied career, initially in the motorcycle industry, then as a computer engineer and latterly in the construction industry. The manipulation, designing and creating of soundscapes for local theatres has long been a passion. Working with a number of non‐ and semi‐professional theatre companies in Kent and London, Ken has had the opportunity to direct, stage manage, design, build and paint sets, and has occasionally been known to ‘tread the boards’! Currently working with two theatres in Teignmouth and our own Bovey Tracey Players he is enjoying a very busy retirement.

Stephen Willmore - Chair

Stephen Willmore’s entire career has been in product design and other technical areas within the electrical manufacturing industry sector, holding senior management positions since the mid‐80s. In 2013, he semi‐retired from his position of Technical Director at a major electrical manufacturing company, but continues part‐time work world‐wide on the development of international standards, and represents the UK’s interest on a variety of European and International standards committees. 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 Smith & Williamson, a top ten 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 recently became company secretary of an award winning theatre company in Exeter.  Having recently moved to the area from the Midlands with his wife Nicole, David is keen to add his expertise to this community project.

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. 

Jenni Brooke*  

Jen graduated from Swansea Institute of HE with a degree in Surface pattern design, specialising in print and illustration. Exhibiting at New Designers London in 2005. Working for a year as a freelance designer before training to become a teacher of Art and Photography. Previous background in retail management during university study. Teaching art and photography to children and young  adults from ages 11-18 before becoming Head of Art and now working as Assistant Principal. Jen has worked on various community projects and with both local and international artists. Throughout her career Jen has curated exhibitions of students work. She is passionate about art for all and the importance of community art projects. 

Mark Richards*  

Mark is a retired teacher who taught across the age range from adult, secondary to primary level. In 2017 he moved to Bovey Tracey with his wife Gill, who was born in and grew up in Bovey. Since moving to Bovey Tracey, he has used his background and training in art history to become involved in the restoration of St John’s Church, returning it to the original aesthetic of it being a significant example of Victorian Tractarian church building. He has also been Churchwarden for St John’s for the last three years. Mark is also a foundation governor for St Catherine’s VA Primary School in Heathfield, as well as being on the Heathfield Youth Club committee, which is undergoing a relaunch after recent covid restrictions. Mark has been interested the Bovey Paradiso project since its early days, and is now delighted to be involved in this important community project as one of its two art directors.


* Co-opted to the Board, serving in the capacity of Directors, appointment to be confirmed at next AGM.