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Our Trustees

Our Trustee Directors work with Sophie and oversee the strategic direction of The Spring. They are responsible for governance and making sure we deliver our charitable objectives.

In 2014 our trustees were awarded the NCVO Winifred Tumim Award for Good Governance. This is an award given to a UK charity of any size in recognition of excellent governance.


Roger Harrison

Roger Harrison has been Chairman of The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre since 2011.

Roger has been an active Board member on various regional organisations in the last decade – including as Vice Chairman of Relate South-West Hampshire and the Chichester Arts Cinema, as a Board Director of The Rowans Hospice, New Park Arts/ Community Association and the Agamemnon Housing Association and as Governor for a local FE College and two schools in Havant.

Roger was a Human Resources executive and consultant with IBM for 30 years – here and abroad.

The Spring exists to help make our region a better place to live. Roger’s role as Chairman therefore is to help the Board of Trustees provide strong leadership, enhance their decision-making and demonstrate their accountability.

This is achieved through a robust Business Plan that sets purpose and direction and protects the values and reputation of The Spring. Particular emphasis is given to having proper procedures and policies in place and to working well as a team within the organisation and with business partners.

Roger enjoys theatre, music, sport and current affairs. He has lived in Havant since 1970 and is grateful to this “small venue where big things happen” for providing so many rich cultural experiences for family and friends over so many years. He feels proud of the way your local arts and heritage centre has helped make the community stronger and more resilient and hopes you do too.


Mike Dawe

After a career in the accountancy profession, where his last few years were spent as a compliance and audit partner with a top twenty firm, Mike retired in 2014. For many years a large part of his client base had been charities and not for profit organisations. On his retirement he was very much in demand!

Mike is enthusiastic about history and the arts, particularly live performance, and was happy to become involved in a local cultural organisation like The Spring. Mike joined the board in 2013.

Apart from his role as vice-chairman Mike has a particular interest in compliance and helping The Spring to develop its contacts with the corporate world.

Living on Hayling Island Mike is very much part of the local community having lived the greater part of his life in the borough. He is delighted to see his grandchildren now starting to use The Spring.

In his home life he has a long suffering wife, Gill who puts up with Mike’s involvement in many organisations, and his love of sailing, both as a competitor and as a race official. Mike is also Vice-Commodore Sailing of Hayling Island Sailing Club.


Deborah Binks-Moore

Deborah Binks-Moore is the Senior Director of International Corporate Affairs EMEA for Alibaba Group Inc responsible for business, consumer and employee communications based in London. Previously, Deborah was head of communications for eBay EMEA and she also ran her own business providing communications consultancy services to businesses in a range of sectors. At Royal Dutch Shell she headed up communications for the global retail and technology businesses. She is a seasoned executive with extensive international experience across R&D, commercial and technology fields as well as corporate communications. She has a particular interest in coaching and developing people and teams for high performance.

She enjoys theatre and opera in her spare time, attending performances wherever her travels take her. She is passionate about the arts, culture and community and the difference that this makes to the social and economic fabric of life. This led her to The Spring where she became a trustee in 2014.

Deborah lives in Headley Down, Hampshire where she enjoys walking with her dogs, and horse riding when she is not travelling to China, the US and Europe!


Valerie Bird

Valerie Bird has been on the Board of Trustees of The Spring since 2003 and also works as a volunteer in the Box Office.

Valerie has a background in teaching. She has a degree in Related Arts with English from West Sussex Institute of Higher Education, a postgraduate graduate certificate in education from Southampton University and an MA in Creative Writing from Chichester Institute of Higher Education, now Chichester University.

Valerie worked as a secretary, brought up a family of four while becoming a youth worker. Her first degree, undertaken after her children finished their education, ignited a writing career. She taught English in the secondary sector for fifteen years.

While teaching and in retirement, she took on the role of examiner in English for several boards of education.

She has short stories and poems published and has recently self-published novels.

Writing, reading and gardening are her passions. She enjoys art exhibitions and the theatre.

She has lived in Havant for fifty-six years.


Peter Hammond

Peter Hammond has been a Trustee at The Spring since November 2013.

Peter is a retired Chartered Marketeer and has had a successful career in visitor and heritage management, economic development and place management.

Peter managed the award-winning marketing and tourism team that developed the City of Portsmouth into an internationally acclaimed visitor and heritage destination. He has also worked in Europe in the publishing industry, managed a number of EU-funded projects and, latterly, was one of the original EU-sponsored cohort of qualified Place Managers in the UK, developing strategies to promote economic and cultural benefits for communities at all levels.

Peter has a proven track record in leading visitor and heritage organisations, producing visitor development strategies and applying for, winning and delivering heritage and other lottery funding.

He has had involvement in a number of heritage projects in the Borough of Havant and wider afield, including the Havant Heritage Trail and blue plaques, D-Day and VE commemorations. Peter sincerely believes that understanding the heritage of an area can positively develop residents’ sense of community and place.

Married to Caroline, Peter has three adult children and two adult step-children, plus three grandchildren. He enjoys literature and the visual arts in general, history, travel, sports and walking Milou, their dog and newest addition to the family.


Steve Murray

Steve Murray is Curriculum Director for The Arts at Havant Sixth Form College.

Steve has a background in the media industry, working as a newspaper journalist and television producer for the BBC and ITV before moving into education. He has taught English, film and media in Hampshire for more than a decade.

Steve has a Master of Arts degree in Media, Culture and Communication from the University of London and a first degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Hull. He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Southampton.

At Havant Sixth Form College, Steve is responsible for managing A level programmes for a variety of subjects, including Art and Design, Film Studies, Media Studies and Drama and Theatre Studies. He is also an assessor for the OCR examination board.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys watching and playing football, horse riding, film, theatre, current affairs and literature. He lives in Havant with his partner Nicky, son Oliver and cats Pearl and Dean.


Nathan Curry

Nathan is the Co-Artistic Director of Tangled Feet ( and the Associate Director of The Greenwich+Docklands International Festival ( Previously he was the Associate Director at The Bush Theatre and Staff Director at The National Theatre.

He has directed Tangled Feet productions across the UK and in Europe. He has also directed work at The Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. 

Nathan has developed a number of projects with the National Theatre Studio and recently created an outdoor theatre production in Libya working with the British Council. He enjoy's sharing his working process and regularly teaches at RADA, East 15 and Middlesex University as well as leading workshops in theatre making across the UK.

He trained at Middlesex University and subsequently received training from The National Theatre Studio Directors Course, Howard Davies, Katie Mitchell, The Royal Shakespeare Company (with Cicely Berry) and The Stary Theatre, Krakow


Sam Garner-Gibbons

Sam Garner-Gibbons is the technical director and a senior manager at Chichester Festival Theatre where he has worked for the past 20 years. Sam has worked on over 250 major productions across its two theatres, working with a rich diversity of creative teams and actors. Heis also a passionate supporter of its Youth Theatre and its work.

Sam trained at Central School of Speech and Drama as a stage manager and has had a varied career working at English National Opera, The Royal Albert Hall, Haymarket Theatre and on tour with Northern Ballet Theatre amongst others.

Sam has a number of lighting design credits both at Chichester and in the West End, and works freelance as a Production and Technical Manager around the country in the few quiet moments between productions at Chichester.

Sam lives on Hayling Island with his wife Sally who is a stage manager and teacher, his son who is a drummer and bass player (thanks to a formative education from Music Fusion and Rock school), his animal-besotted daughter and their two dogs Nuala and Ted. He enjoys long beach walks, sailing, holidaying in France and adventures with his family.


Jackie Branson

Representative of Havant Borough Council


Ray Bolton

Representative of Hampshire County Council (Observer)