Spaeda takes pride in its highly knowledgeable and skilled team of staff and trustees. We work closely with our board of trustees, partner organisations and associates to provide a high quality support service for the arts and education sectors.

Meet the Spaeda Staff Team 

Alice Crane – Artistic Director

Alice trained in Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College, London. She joined Spaeda as Artistic Director in 2001 and has enjoyed over 25 years of working with children and young people, exhibiting her work and advocating for the arts and creativity in education. 

Owain Gwilym - Project Marketing Administrator

Owain joined the team in Sept 2017 and brings a wealth of experience across music, digital media and working with arts organisations in Wales.  

Spaeda Associates

This year Spaeda, are delighted to be working with new Spaeda Associates Lizzie Induni, Sara Dudman and Jo Plimmer. Find out more about our associates and advisers here


Board of Trustees

Linda Green (Chair Person)

Linda has thirty years experience of working within the arts, both as artist and teacher.  She leads the Art, Design and Technology Faculty at Huish Episcopi Academy.  Linda has worked extensively with artists in schoools on school and wider community based arts projects aimed at broadening young people's experiences and breaking down the artificial subject barriers that can exist within secondary eduction.

Annie Shillabeer

Annie worked in a school for boys with emotional, social and behavioural problems in Essex for 17 years and returned to Somerset to develop children's homes specifically for children with Autism in her role as service manager.  Annie has rescently resurrected a youth club which she runs in her spare time and uses arts projects for the benefit of the development of young people.

Aaran Willcocks

Arran has been working as a Course Manager in art and design at post 16 level for 27 years.  During this period she has been involved with many new initiatives in art and design, including The Wessex Scheme, forging links with Europe, running residential visits and establishing a significant pattern of connections with regional and national museums and galleries for education purposes.

Catherine Walker

Catherine is currently Head Teacher at South Petherton Junior School in South Somerset. She is an advocate for the arts in education and brings ‘the voice of the school’ to Spaeda.’

Vicky Dawson

Vicky is a freelance museum and heritage consultant with a passion for museum collections and the stories they hold.  She has a long time interest in using arts and creativity to unlock these stories, exciting and empowering  individuals and audiences to explore their environment, their communities and themselves. As a former chair of governors she is a strong advocate for the arts in schools and the difference they make to pupils’ education and well-being.