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. From time to time positions on Daisi’s Board become available and interest should be addressed to the Chair of the Board at Daisi.
Diana Johnson (Chair)
Diana has a degree in music and has worked in arts management and cultural relations in Germany, Australia and the UK. She believes firmly that every young person should have the opportunity to enjoy, take part, and develop their talents, in the arts and that such participation is critical to wellbeing as well as our country’s pre-eminence in the creative industries. Diana joined Daisi’s board to help create such opportunities.
Alison advises board level executives specialising in leadership development, strategic communications, governance, board effectiveness and organisational change. She cares passionately about the need to support young people to realise their full potential, particularly in such demanding times. Alison is an independent trustee and director of SPACE youth services who complement well the work of Daisi. She is a Honorary Fellow of the Exeter Centre for Leadership, University of Exeter Business School and a Fellow of the RSA. Previous experience includes corporate communications, public relations and journalism with the Financial Times and Daily Mail. Devon (Exeter and Plymouth) has been her home for the last 20 years.
Caroline Sparke (Treasurer)
Clair has worked in and around music education since 2002, including 10 years as a manager with the music service in Devon. Now leading the Dorset Music Education Hub, Clair is keen to stay in touch with the Devon scene and ensure as many young people as possible can engage with arts education.
Hannah is an LLB European and International Law graduate from the University of Sheffield and currently an Advisor for Citizens Advice. She is hoping to continue learning about and working in the charity sector. She is a firm believer in the power of the arts and its ability to encourage and motivate young people in their ambitions and development.
Holly Morwenna Rawlings
Lili John is a contemporary Mix Media Artist and Author who resides in Totnes. Upon finishing college with an Art and Design qualification, she moved from Wales to London in the late 1980s to study antique porcelain restoration. Lili began working in the family antique business, whilst also following a corporate career until the late 1990s. Since 2002, Lili has been exhibiting and selling her work worldwide. “As a Mix Media Artist, I often take my inspiration from my dual heritage. I’m Celtic and African and those two things combined with my love for nature inspires me to create unique, vibrant 2D and 3D artworks. I incorporate bold colours, texture, and movement in all my artwork, whether that be a watercolour painting or a ceramic vessel”..
Lisa Jane Howard
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.
Meg is an actor-musician and music teacher who grew up in the South West. She graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2017 and since then has worked on a variety of touring and devised theatre projects. She is passionate about arts education for all, especially bringing arts to rural and marginalized communities. Meg is especially interested in the role of technology in bringing arts education to the masses, and in her spare time she creates free music education resources via Youtube.
Ned is the founder and co-director of award-winning branding and publishing agency The Big Ideas Collective. He moved back to Devon in 2019 having been away since leaving Exeter college of art and design in the early 80s. Still working in the creative world as well as leading workshops and speaking to share what believing in creativity can bring to individuals and communities.
Nick is a partner at an established South West law firm. Nick is on hand to provide legal input to the Board when required and enjoys supporting all the excellent work Daisi undertakes in the region.
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.
Rob Passmore, FRSA, has served as the Deputy Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi’s European Internet Division. He has operated as CEO/Commercial Director in a range of digital businesses, including Momondo, which recently sold to Priceline for $500m. Operating as Commercial Director for social enterprise openDemocracy, he raised $5m from the Ford Foundation. He has started in a range of start-ups, failed in some and taken others from “idea on an envelope” through to £15m+ turnover. For the last five years, he has refocused his commercial skills onto environmental challenges. He is CEO of Smarter Carbon, Commercial Lead for the Biosphere Foundation, and serves on the Board of One Northern Devon & 361 Community Energy CIC.
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.
Sally has worked across the south west and nationally in a wide variety of roles to develop arts, youth and community learning for many years. After ten years of being freelance, she is working a little closer to home now as Programme Manager at Devon Community Foundation whilst continuing to work for Trinity College London as Arts Award moderator and trainer and centre support consultant. Sally says ‘I’d like the world to be a fairer place and am doing what I can to achieve that in Devon’.