The Wells Maltings Trust is pleased to announce the arrival of Simon Daykin as the first General Manager of Wells Maltings – the new arts, heritage and community hub for North Norfolk in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea, opening in Spring 2018.

The Wells Maltings Trust was established in 2010 and the redevelopment of Wells Maltings entered an exciting phase this year, with the start on site of major construction work to restore, repair and develop the historic Maltings building on Staithe Street and create new community, arts, heritage and leisure spaces and tourist information centre. Supported by funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, North Norfolk District Council, Coastal Communities Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation and others, including generous public donations, work on site is scheduled to complete in early 2018.

Simon’s appointment comes at a pivotal time, as the Trust galvanises its plans for opening. With the board of trustees, he will further develop and finalise plans for the business and its arts and heritage programme, and build and develop the team of staff and volunteers to support a first rate, distinctive cultural and community offer – by, with and for local people and visitors alike.

An experienced leader and manager of arts and heritage facilities, Simon was executive director of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds until 2013, and has previously held senior roles at Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and The Quay, Sudbury. He has just completed the delivery of an HLF funded programme of capital and organisational development for two historic house charities in west London; he has also taught arts marketing and management at Warwick University, and has consulted in business strategy, fundraising and volunteer development in the arts and heritage sector.

Chair of the Wells Maltings Trust, Peter Lynn, says, “We are very pleased to have secured the services of such an experienced, capable and enthusiastic professional as Simon Daykin as General Manager of the Maltings. There is a daunting amount of work to do in the run up to the opening and beyond but I’m sure that Simon, as well as the rest of our staff and volunteers are up to the challenge. The thought of delivering this fantastic facility to Wells and North Norfolk is incredibly exciting.”

Simon Daykin says, “It’s a real privilege to join the Wells Maltings project at such an exciting time. The dedication, vision and commitment of so many has led us to this point, and I look forward to working at the heart of the community to develop and deliver a very special venue for everyone. I’m thrilled to be taking the Maltings vision forward; the next stage of the hard work starts now.”