Charity Information

Established in 1938, St Ives School of Painting became a registered charity in 2000.

OUR MISSION: To enrich people’s lives by nurturing and enabling their creative spirit

OUR VISION: To provide high quality tuition and inspirational spaces, bringing people together to make art.

OUR VALUES: (how we do things; our culture)
– We are creative – passionate about our mission, resourceful and innovative
– We are courageous – challenging ourselves and others to keep learning
– We are caring – we work collaboratively with a generous spirit striving to deliver quality in everything we do

OUR AIMS: The charity’s objectives are specifically restricted to advancing the education of the public in the appreciation and practice of the visual arts in particular, but not exclusively, by the establishment and maintenance of an art school in St Ives in the County of Cornwall.

Our Board of Trustees

St Ives school of painting Neil Scott Trustee
Neil Scott


Neil has been chair of the board since he joined in December 2014. He is a member of the Finance Working Group. Neil is also the Vice-Chair and Treasurer at the Newlyn & The Exchange and spent eleven years on various councils and committees at Tate. His career spanned nearly thirty years in retail management and a dozen years developing and managing Business Improvement Districts. He lives in St Ives with his family.

St Ives school of painting Helen Wilett Trustee
Helen Willett


Helen joined the board December 2013. Helen became a trustee when she moved to Cornwall with her partner and twin daughters. She is a commercial property solicitor with 25 years working in an international city practice, based in London. She is a team leader with a wide range of skills including commercial negotiation, project delivery, data protection, company secretarial, risk management and insurance. Helen is a member of the school’s HR and Data Protection Working Groups.

St Ives school of painting Helen John Hancock Trustee
John Hancock


John joined the board February 2012. As a freelance journalist and writer covering business, industrial and creative sectors, he has strong feelings about the importance of creativity, especially for young people, and the School’s part in supporting that. John’s editing (of several publications) and writing, includes coverage of local performance events plus involvement with other local organisations such as the Poetry Circle.

St Ives school of painting Lucy Studley Trustee
Lucy Studley


Lucy joined the board November 2015. Lucy Studley is a freelance marketing and PR consultant who brings over twelve years’ strategic and hands-on experience to the Board. Having moved to Cornwall after completing an Art History degree at the University of York, Lucy embarked on her career as a marketeer and feature writer, working alongside aspirational businesses and organisations in the food and drink sector, as well as the arts.  Lucy has been providing support to the Marketing Team.

St Ives school of painting Julie Wood Trustee
Julie Wood


Julie joined the board June 2019. After a career in Human Resources and Organisational Development, Julie enjoys continuing to use her professional knowledge, skills and experience in a voluntary capacity, especially in such a dynamic and creative environment as the School. Julie has a broad professional knowledge base and technical skills but she has a particular interest in the softer skills that support individual and collective change and development and is a qualified coach and mentor. Julie is a member of the HR Working Group.

St Ives school of painting Thea Cole Trustee
Thea Cole


Thea joined the board October 2021. Thea is a digital media expert with a background in TV production and heads up the creative agency, Latimer.  Prior to this she was Media Com’s first Director of Content and BAFTA’s first Head of Communications where she launched the youth brand, BAFTA Guru. Originally from the West Country, Thea has a long track record as a BBC TV producer/ director.  Thea has been supporting the work on Intellectual Property.

Kerry Harding


Kerry joined the board May 2022. Cornish-based Kerry is a professional artist and tutor with a background in marketing and account management. She currently focuses on her personal practice with exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Kerry’s affinity with the School as a former tutor gives her particular sensitivity to its heritage, employees and the experience of its students while also appreciating the pressures of operating a successful business.