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The Team

Cleo Evans

Cleo Evans

Arts and Environment Lead

Biography

Cleo specialises in creating collaborations between the arts and environmental sectors.

She has extensive experience working in outdoor arts, both as an artist and producer. Her arts career stems from her BA Hons in Fine Art and an MA in Art as Environment.

She was also nominated for National Woman of the Year for her work in Dorset. She is also on the board of the charity B Sharp and Chair of the Ukulele Opera CIC.

Cleo loves stomping around the countryside and coast, often bivvy bagging and enjoys winning at badminton.

cleo@theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk

Jo March - Project manager

Jo March

Project Manager

Biography

Jo specialises in arts project management. She manages Short Breaks.

Her background studies is in urban design but has spent the last seven years working in the Arts sector in Dorset.

Jo is particularly interested in visual arts, crafts and architecture and she is currently learning to tap dance – with much hilarity involved!

She is also a committee member and safeguarding lead for a local after-school club that her children attend.

Hannah Baker

Children, Arts and Wellbeing Manager

Biography

Hannah has been working in the arts and culture sector in Dorset since 2006.

Her speciality is working in the arts for Childrend and Young People.

Hannah’s interest started in the sector when she became a Play Leader whilst studying Graphic Design at university.

Mike Hoskin

CEO

Biography

He was the Arts Development Manager for Dorset County Council for 19 years before that and has worked with the company since it moved out of the local authority to its current social enterprise status.

Mike has worked in arts development for over 30 years and is most enthusiastic about using the arts to help people achieve social change.

He also has time to manage the Economy / Stronger Organisations Hub of Dorset Arts Together.

For pleasure Mike likes making cakes, is a complete nerd about what coffee he drinks and once performed with a contemporary dance company 600 feet underground (and yes there was an audience!).

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston

Communications Manager

Biography

Sara leads The Arts Development Company’s communications and marketing programme. She is also involved in business development.

Sara has extensive experience in journalism, PR and business management. Adept at social and online media, she also has a background in book and magazine publishing. She founded and ran an award-winning PR consultancy, which she sold to the employees in 2016.

Author of three books, Sara contributes to the Guardian’s Country Diary and works with the environmental charity Common Ground and the acclaimed independent publisher, Little Toller Books.

In her spare time, she keeps bees and enjoys walking with her dog.

Jo March - Project manager

Mark Hewitt

Face Forward, Bridport

Biography

Mark runs the Bridport sector of the Face Forward project for young people.

Laura Mulhern

Laura Mulhern

Culture+ Business Skills Co-ordinator

Biography

Laura has worked in the arts and culture sector in Dorset for over 10 years as an illustration agency director, freelance marketer and creative mentor.

Having co-founded her own design and illustration agency South West Artwork, Laura has extensive knowledge in working as a broker between the arts and business communities. She also contributes to local magazines as an arts and culture features writer.

Jane Showell

Jane Showell

Culture+ Programme Manager

Biography

Jane started work in a creative integrated agency, then moved to an arts and culture charity. Prior to joining the team she works with a variety of artist, makers and organisations across the UK in developing programmes for the British Council. She also currently co-owns a technology business analysis company.

Jane has an MA in Marketing Communications and MSc in Tourism Planning both from Bournemouth University.

She is a trained mentor, and an expert in marketing communications, fundraising, partnership management, strategic tourism development and arts programming.

 

 

 Rose Swift

Rose Swift

Culture+ Administrator

Biography

Rose has worked as an arts administrator for the last 12 years and has an extensive background working in libraries and further education, as well as Hampshire’s Rural Community Council.

Andrew Knutt

Andrew Knutt

Culture+ Business Developer

Biography

Andrew is well seasoned business professional with a strong background in business development.

Having setup and sold an IT company and a Design and Marketing company over the past 20 years, Andrew is also an owner of an arts centre and gallery.

He is a qualified business advisor and member of Institute of Business Consulting, Fellow of the RSA, and social enterprise mentor. With over 7 years’ experience in arts and culture programming, marketing and development.

In his spare time Andrew works closely with the music sector and has exhibited his own digital artwork.

Jo March - Project manager

Jacky Thorne

Culture+ Tourism Lead

Biography

Jacky has worked with arts and tourism organisations in Dorset for over twenty years, principally with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the National Coastal Tourism Academy.

In addition to working with the Culture+ project she is Fundraising and Development Manager for Dorchester Arts; and has her own copy-editing business, Wordsmith Services.

She represents arts and culture on the Board of the Dorset Tourism Association, and is a Trustee of the Bournemouth Parks Foundation.

 Rosie Russell

Rosie Russell

Culture+ Social Impact Lead

Biography

Rosie has been involved with arts, culture, further and higher education and training for over 30 years in the South West in various roles – performer, leader, lecturer, mentor, coordinator.

She is particularly keen on supporting the development of tomorrow’s cultural leaders and creatives and demonstrating the importance and impact of arts and culture on people’s lives.

Rosie is also a Trustee of Bridport Arts Centre.

The Board

Andrew Knutt

Matt Little

Chairman

Biography

Matt has been working with the company over the last couple of years to help us establish ourselves as an innovative and effective social enterprise.

He is one of the founding directors, and Head of Impact and Research, for the Real Ideas Organisation CIC a leading social enterprise based in the South West of England working in a wide range of areas from community regeneration through to education and with a strong emphasis on culture, heritage, innovation and creativity. RIO also work with Arts Council England on a range of programmes, including bridge, Arts Award, Artsmark and support for the cultural sector around children and young peopLE. Matt is also a board member of the Knowle West Media Centre (an award-winning cultural organisation focussed on digital media in an ‘area of disadvantage’ in Bristol)

Matt was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 focussed on creativity, social enterprise, education and children and young people in the US and Canada and also is a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol Department of Education; and has a research background from the University of Oxford and the University of British Columbia (supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship).

Jo March - Project manager

Dougie Scarfe

Board Member

Biography

Dougie Scarfe joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as its new Chief Executive in July 2012 after a successful career as performer, Manager and Director at Opera North.

Whilst at school Dougie was Principal Horn in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and winning the Hiles Medal for Orchestral playing.

In 2000 a serious playing-related jaw condition ended Dougie’s performing career. After four years as Executive Assistant to the General Director at Opera North, in 2006 he became Chorus & Orchestra Director and Concerts Director and was widely credited with transforming the concert and recording programme at the Company.

Outside Opera North, Dougie maintained strong teaching and community links and remains passionate about the importance of Music Education and creating opportunities for young people to learn and experience live music of all genres. He played an important role in the founding of Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM). Dougie was a Founder Trustee and also Chairman of the YYM Board of Trustees from 2005-2007.

 Rosie Russell

Steven Pink

Board Member

Biography

Steven Pink recently joined Tricuro as their first Finance Manager in 2015. Tricuro is a local authority trading company set up by the three upper tier Councils in Dorset in July 2015 to deliver their care services to vulnerable adults in the county.

Having spent several years helping to set up and grow two family businesses (King Stag and King Stag Transport) Steven made a career change to accounting in 2008 and has never looked back. Thanks to his practical business experience and dedication to study Steven has swiftly progressed his career from Accounting Technician, through Accountant and on to a Finance Manager.

Steven is also the Honorary Treasurer for the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils providing strong links to Council members and local communities throughout Dorset. Prior to joining Tricuro Steven worked for Dorset County Council and helped oversee the transition of The Arts Development Company from its local authority roots to the Community Interest Company it has become today.

In his personal life Steven is a keen guitarist and supporter of the arts: be that attending functions at The Gallery in Poundbury; spending a day at Sculpture by the Lakes; enjoying the wonderful Inside Out Dorset Festival or a trip to the West End.

Andrew Knutt

Jane Webster

Board Member

Biography

Following a performance career in dance Jane moved into management roles at Dorset Dance (now Activate Performing Arts), and then Dance South West. Through her current role of Director at Rowlands Webster, Tax Advisers and Accountants. Jane maintains an industry specialism providing artists, companies and not for profits with statutory and non-statutory financial management and enterprise development advice. This unusual combination of skills and experience has proven to be in considerable demand.

Outside of work Jane’s has a passion for competitive golf and she has recently returned to the dance studio where she is rediscovering a love of movement.