Black Swan Arts Trustees
Lively discussion by the Trustees about what Black Swan Arts means. Photograph by Simon Richardson

Our Trustees

The role of a trustee is unpaid, but there are many benefits to being part of Black Swan Arts, including:

  • Making a valuable contribution to your community
  • Acquiring further knowledge and understanding about charities and the visual arts
  • Applying your professional experience in a new context to develop your skills and further build your experience
  • Making useful new contacts and connections in your local community

Being a Trustee requires a certain amount of spare time. This varies depending on the Trustee’s area of expertise and which projects they are working on.

Could you be our next Chair or Treasurer?

We are looking to recruit new board members to work with us, with the skills, knowledge and dynamism we need to take us to the next stage in our development.

We hope particularly to fill the roles of Chair and Treasurer but we also want to recruit more general trustees. Your role would be defined around your skills, experience and interest.

To apply, send your CV to with a brief covering letter of not more than 2 pages explaining what you’d bring to Black Swan Arts.

Download the Microsoft Word Trustee pack

Download the PDF Trustee pack

Amanda Sheridan MA – Chair and Curator

Position vacant – Chair

The Chair is the leader and spokesperson of the Board and as such must keep closely in touch with the company and its activities. The Chair will normally represent the company at outside events, though may delegate this to a Vice Chair or another colleague.

Additionally, the Chair acts as the decision maker on any matters that cannot be progressed without Board authorisation, but cannot wait until the next Board meeting.

Read the full description of trustee roles, to find out more about the role of the Chair.

Position vacant – Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that the financial affairs of Black Swan Arts (and its associated companies) are kept in order. They must ensure that Trustees are provided with the appropriate financial information so they can make key decisions.

Read the full description of trustee roles, to find out more about the role of the Treasurer.

Amanda Sheridan MA – Chair and Curator
Rebecca Morland - Trustee

Photograph by Simon Richardson

Rebecca Morland – Trustee in charge of funding bids

Rebecca was born in Glastonbury, and was very happy to return to Somerset 4 years ago after a career spent in various places around the UK. She has worked in arts management, mainly theatre, for over 30 years.

In recent years she has worked for the Theatres Trust and as a freelance consultant, providing advice and support for arts organisations, including feasibility studies, funding applications and business planning.

Rosie Hart - Trustee

Photograph by Simon Richardson

Rosie Hart – Tech Trustee, responsible for the websites, branding and communications

Rosie ‘The Not So Miserable’, is an artist and also Digital Supporter for a local university. In her ‘spare time’ she likes to help local art organisations with all things technical and digital.

She started at Black Swan Arts, creating the regular newsletter in 2014  and got hooked. Going on to redevelop the website with local designer Leon at Creative Direction and commissioning their Competition Manager software with Two Superior.

With a passion for learning and an interest in problem-solving, Rosie is always interested in exploring new technology and tools and passing her knowledge on to anyone who shows an interest and doesn’t reply with “please not another thing!”

Stephen Sherrin – Volunteer in charge of health & safety

Stephen is a professional Project Manager / Architectural Designer. His portfolio spreads from working for DEGW, an international practice focussed on integrating research, strategy and design throughout the scales; master planning to planning the workspace environment, to that of working for the World renowned traditional Architect, Julian Bicknell. Much of Stephen’s own architectural work takes inspiration from the C20th minimalist Sculpture Artists.

Stephen grew up and was schooled in Frome before taking his undergraduate architectural studies at The University of Bath. He then moved to London to pursue his career and continue his post graduate study.

He has a great love of dogs; enjoys finding new countryside trails with his dog Bert. In his spare time, he enjoys DIY, music and producing his own artwork.

Stephen joined us as a Trustee in 2018 and has taken on responsibility for the Building’s Health and Safety.

Black and white portrait of trustee Steve Sherrin

Heather Roughly – trustee for the Guild
Keith Broughton – health & safety

More information coming soon about our recent recruits.