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

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. 

This year Artistic Director, Alice Crane, is delighted to be working with new Spaeda Associates Lizzie Induni, Sara Dudman and Catherine Beedell. 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 as teacher. She leads the Art, Design and Technology Faculty at Huish Episcopi Academy. Linda has worked extensively with artists in schools 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 education.

Annie Shillabeer

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

Arran 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 with 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.

Hannah Aitken

Hannah is a creative practitioner passionate about learning & play in outdoor settings especially woodlands. She has developed the Wilderwoods Drayton Forest School near Langport with the support of registered charity Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership. Hannah runs Forest School & Woodland Play sessions for children and groups of all ages and is keen to see more schools taking their pupils outside the classroom. Hannah delivers outdoor play, natural crafts and storytelling training to Early Years practitioners and primary school teachers.