Nurturing a resilient and regenerative community in Buckfastleigh
- To co-create a supportive, inclusive and values-led space
- To cultivate connection, champion creativity and inspire imagination
- To curate a diverse programme of education, arts and wellness activities.
Sophie Lovett is a writer, educationalist and changemaker. She taught in secondary schools in London and Plymouth between 2004 and 2012, holding a variety of leadership positions at both middle and senior level. She went on to serve as a school governor in Brixham from 2013-2017. During this time she was elected as a town councillor and became closely involved in local community development work. This included being a director of Shoalstone Pool, overseeing its conversion from a limited company to a CIC and securing essential grant funding. She served as a trustee for Theatre Alibi from 2017-2023, and has been a facilitator for Mothers Who Make since 2019, holding space for creatives with caring responsibilities in Exeter and Torbay. Sophie is currently co-chair of Phoenix Education Trust, a director and facilitator at Maverick Learning Community, and interim chair of Buckfastleigh Community Development Trust. As a co-founder of MIC, Sophie’s responsibilities include funding research and bid writing, marketing and social media, and community engagement.
James Lucas co-founded The Bristol Bike Project – an award winning cooperatively run social enterprise – in 2008, and was involved there in various capacities for 10 years. During that time, he was also a founding member of a community letterpress workshop. Both enterprises continue to flourish. Since moving to Devon he has helped to set up Totnes Bike Hub and has volunteered at the Bungalow Youth Project in Buckfastleigh, where he is now employed as the coordinator of the weekly Boys’ Night. As a co-founder of MIC, James is also closely involved in community engagement. He holds responsibility for engaging with our professional advisors as well as seeking out similar projects both locally and further afield to build a supportive network.
CIC directors – mission circle
Alexandra Brown is an artist, freelance creative and public arts practitioner with a background in marketing and event organisation. As an artist her practical work investigates the nexus point between eastern philosophy and quantum sciences, illustrating a fundamental interconnectedness of everything: a reality that is constantly moving, flowing and changing. Alexandra has a passion for making connection and transformation. Hailing originally from London, she worked as a professional musician, DJ and organiser of both irregular and regular events including the weekly “Sunday All Stars” at 93 Feet East Brick Lane. Since moving to Devon in 2008 Alex has co-run Acoustic Haven, Totnes for 2 years and was also Front of House Manager at the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre.
Brenton Hague is an experienced organisational change consultant and leadership coach based in Holne. He combines a strong commercial understanding of business – gained from training as a chartered accountant and working with entrepreneurial clients at Ernst & Young for 10 years – and a passion for creating spaces for people to flourish. Having worked as a consultant, trainer and coach for over 20 years with people and organisations in various fields; from education to economics to IT, he hopes to support the team in bringing their best to the project, and MIC in being a culture that inspires the next generation at this time of great evolutionary possibility.
Carly Hobson is an experienced charity professional with a demonstrated history of grant writing, research, volunteer management and community work. She worked as a community insight advisor for Devon Community Foundation from 2021-2023, researching, supporting and mapping community groups across Devon. Carly has recently started a new position as trusts and foundations manager at Together for Short Lives. She brings valued insight to the team around how to secure grant funding, and a wealth of knowledge about our local community.
James Perrott is an experienced social enterprise coach, consultant and finance manager. He cut his teeth in operations management, moved into management consultancy and for the last decade has been working with social enterprises, charities and small businesses in and around the South West. James was instrumental in The Bristol Bike Project and Bristol Wood Recycling Project finding and securing ownership of their own premises through a combination of crowdfunding, community bonds, and large capital grant applications. James holds the overview of our financial strategy, as well as having responsibility for business planning and bringing an outside eye to our operations. James has been a director for MIC since July 2022.
Sophie Lovett is a founding director of the CIC and will be a part of the mission circle moving forwards.
James Lucas is a founding director of the CIC and will be a part of the mission circle moving forwards.