Higham is an Educational Trust (Charity Number 1124959) “providing a creative hub for enrichment and development for adults of all ages.” The Trust has run since 2007, when it was set up and bought this historic building and its siz acres of gardens from Cumbria County Council to continue running it as an adult residential college – which Higham had been since the mid 1970s.

A Board of Trustees oversee Higham and meet each quarter to review progress, policies and the finances. Collectively it takes responsibility for the proper running of the charity.


  • To ensure compliance with Charity and Company Law
  • To ensure that the charity remains solvent
  • To ensure that funds and assets are used wisely and to further the purpose of the charity
  • Obtain external professional advice where there may be a risk to the charity
  • Give sufficient time and energy to the business of the charity and exercise reasonable care and skill,using personal knowledge and experience, to ensure that the charity is well run and efficient
  • Act with integrity and avoid personal conflicts of interest
  • Take responsibility for the appointment of new Trustees and the Principal
  • To, with the other Trustees, be ultimately responsible for the management of the college

Our Trustees typically have a professional record and some experience and knowledge of current thinking in the following:

  • Lifelong education
  • Business management, hospitality and marketing
  • Art, Craft, History, Music or other subject based experience
  • Finance and Fundraising
  • Gardening, catering or building maintenance
  • Working with people with a disability

All our Trustees are self-motivated, creative thinkers and, perhaps most importantly, they share our passion about lifelong learning.

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