The Trustees of the Honiton Community Complex Charity are also Directors

Articles of Association

Read the Articles of Association.


Council Directors (max 2) nominated by Honiton Town Council together having no more than 19.9% of voting power.

Charity Directors (max 2) representing Charity Members (members of the public or organisations).

Appointed Directors, appointed by all the directors (no maximum).

No Directors/trustees receive financial remuneration for their time and efforts and therefore we are extremely grateful for their commitment.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are monthly and follow the agenda set out on the board meetings calendar.


I have lived in the village of Northleigh near Honiton for seven years.

I am chairman of a software company based at the Exeter Science Park which services hospitals worldwide, as well as the owner of a manufacturing company in Essex and Germany, that makes equipment used to count banknotes.

I am a frequent customer of the Beehive and keen to support its community role as a place for a variety of arts.


I am currently a town councillor for Honiton and want to celebrate the strengths of Honiton.

From 2016-2019 I was the lead Councillor for Tourism for East Devon District Council. This was a role that gave me a great sense of achievement as I could promote the town in which I live.

My husband and I moved to East Devon from our restaurant in Essex in September 1993 in order to take on The Cedars Hotel in Axminster. After selling this hotel we changed direction and had great fun renovating houses and building bungalows until we realised we missed the interaction with people that we got from the hospitality industry and bought The Monkton Court Hotel. We ran the hotel from 2008 until we finally ended the business, having been closed due to Covid, in January 2021.

Councillor Jenny Brown



I am currently Associate Director of Commissioning- Learning Disability and Autism and have worked in Health and Social Care Systems for the last twenty years.

During that time, I have developed a passion for operational management.  I enjoy creating robust and sustainable collaborative governance frameworks that allow simplistic quality and performance monitoring.

I joined the board in January 2023. I live in Honiton and want to contribute to the community.


Caroline Nissen  – APPOINTED DIRECTOR 

I have worked in the theatre industry for the past 15 years both in the US and UK, and I currently work at the Exeter Northcott Theatre as Head of People.

I am a fairly new transplant to Honiton, moving here in 2020 with my husband and our two young daughters.

I am delighted to join the Board of the Beehive, and I’m looking forward to supporting the success of this fantastic community space.


I am a retired Police Superintendent and used to manage a difficult police division in London. I worked in the policy and strategy departments at New Scotland Yard and also managed the complaints and discipline department in one of London’s 5 Areas.

I’ve also had roles as a management consultant, non-executive Director of an NHS Trust and as the CEO of a small charity in Somerset. I was the initiator and first Chairman of the Wiltshire County Neighbourhood Watch Committee and over the years have had various roles in the community, including the chairing of several committees and groups.



Being born and bred in Honiton and the daughter of a former mayor of the town, I’ve always had a keen interest in the local community.

After working within Devon County Council for more than 30 years, I took early retirement to allow me to spend more time with my family and pursue my other interests. I now work part-time as an administrator in my son-in-law’s company. I have been Secretary of Honiton Carnival for the last 8 years and have been a member of the Honiton Community Theatre Company for more than 20 years, where I am kept busy running the costume department and have recently become a trustee of the company.

I began volunteering at The Beehive when it first opened and remember manning a stall at its opening event. I currently volunteer as a steward and on the Box Office – both of which I enjoy immensely. I feel extremely proud of The Beehive and the facilities that it’s able to offer the community, both local and further afield.

I decided to put myself forward as a Charity Board Member so I could become a link to engage charity members with the board to put forward ideas and views to help ensure the continued success of The Beehive.

We thank all the previous Directors – 

Vivienne Ash Feb 2013 – Mar 2015
Vernon Whitlock Feb 2013 – Apr 2016
Marianne Harman Feb 2013 – Jul 2013
Nicholas Cornwell Feb 2013 – Jan 2014
Michael Teare Mar 2013 – Apr 2015
Lyn Hargood Apr 2013 – Oct 2014
David Hayler Apr 2015 – Sep 2015
Glenn Morgan Jul 2016 – Jan 2017
Roger Nix Oct 2016 –  Jul 2017
Martin Potts – Apr 2015 – Oct 2018
John Burgess – Feb 2013 – Nov 2018
David Perkins – Jul 2013 – Dec 2019

Barry Simmonds Apr 2015 – Apr 2021
Serena Sexton Dec 2018 – Apr 2021 & Dec 2021-Apr 2022
Ron Galling – Jul 2016 – Jul 2021
Phil Weller Jul 2017 – Oct 2021
Barry Parker Jul 2021 – Oct 2021
Claire Browne Jul 2016 – Feb 2022
Carol Axon Sep 2021 – Mar 2022
Caroline Steggles Mar 2021 – Mar 2022
Jeff Middleton Jun 2021 – Apr 2022
Duncan Sheridan-Shaw Jan 2019 – June 2022
Richard Howe Mar 2019 – Nov 2022

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