Daisi is supported by our Board of Trustees who bring diverse skills and experience to Daisi from across a range of sectors including arts, education, heritage, public, private and business.  The Board play a vital role in Daisi’s strategic direction, quality, innovation and sustainability.  If you are interested in becoming a Daisi Trustee we advertise available positions on our News page.  

Artist workshops in schools

Lisa Howard (Chair)

Lisa is passionate about making opportunities for young people to participate and amplify their voices using creative practices. Based in Plymouth, Lisa works as a Researcher at Fotonow CIC, as a consultant at Food Plymouth CIC with previous roles at Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Paul Leyland

Paul is the founder director of Cricklepit Media Ltd a not for profit media company specialising in teaching often marginalised community groups how to make films and document their lives and circumstances. Paul is a firm believer that creativity can allow people to examine their lives and circumstances and make positive changes.

Roger Kirk

Roger is a retired Devon Community College Principal, now Chairman of The Helen Foundation and committed to the importance of the arts in young people’s lives.

David Harding-Brown

David is a design and branding professional based near Okehampton, with a particular interest in packaging and sustainability. Daisi provides a fantastic opportunity to mentor and engage with young people in the South-West, and to encourage participation in creative development and graphic design.

Yudi Wu

Yudi Wu is a Creative Producer at Exeter's local Arts & Culture organisations, Maketank & Devon Ukranian Association; they are also a freelance Creative Practitioner. Through the approach of creative technology and socially engaged art practice, Yudi's work focuses on the agency of underrepresented communities in relation to cyberculture and local regeneration.

Jay Levontine

Jay’s work as an artist and environmental educator explores the intersections between ecology and arts practices in place-based contexts. Knowing firsthand the challenges of accessing quality arts provision growing up on low-income in rural Devon, Jay is passionate about Daisi's mission of making accessible creative spaces that empower and transform individuals, communities and culture. They are a current candidate for the MPhil in Arts, Creativity & Education at the University of Cambridge.

Annette Lloyd

Annette is passionate about arts in education and believes more focus and resources need to be placed on the arts in today's curriculum. She retrained as a teacher of art and photography after a successful career in marketing and advertising. Being based in North Devon she is inspired to paint the dramatic coastline.

Kari Brooks

Kari has worked in and for the arts for over 25 years. She has variously been a teacher, manager, researcher and writer, for schools and arts organisations: including DanceEast, essexdance, People Dancing, Exeter College, Cornerstone Academy Trust and the Royal Opera House. Kari has two children and has particular interest and experience in dance, creative writing and the contribution of the arts to young people’s mental health and well-being. She holds a degree in dance, a post-graduate diploma in dance education and journalism and an MA in Language and Literacy in Education. “I strongly believe that the arts have a massive role to play not only in young people’s recovery from Covid but a huge value in inspiring their future well-being and development,” she says. Kari is excited to work with Daisi to support young people’s access to quality arts experiences in Devon and beyond.

New Trustees - from Nov 2023

In November 2023 Daisi were delighted to welcome onboard 7 new trustees. We are in the process of gathering their images and bios and will share these soon!

“Working as a peer music educator at Hive/DYS Space really helped my brother gain confidence while he was studying music at college. He was a shy teenager, with a huge passion for music and people. The role gave him hands-on experience, insight into a music education career as well as something excellent for his CV. He also extended his friendships, confidence with talking to new people and professionalism.
With the help of Daisi, opportunities and funding is possible for our budding young musicians to flourish in a variety of ways. My brother is now studying film music at Leeds Conservatoire and looks back at his year with Hive/DYS Space fondly and recommends even more young people to get involved with the arts opportunities out there!”
Holly, Previous Daisi Young Trustee
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