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

Sarah James

Chief executive

Biography
Sarah joined us in March 2018 from the Architecture Centre in Bristol, where she was director. Before that, she was head of learning and participation at Alexandra Park and Palace in Haringey. She’s no stranger to the Arts Dev Co – in 2016 she completed a six-week contract to set up Culture+, our three-year £950,000 project to support the growth of artists and creative industries in Dorset.

Sarah has wide experience of the arts and heritage sectors. She was deputy director of the Situations Trust in Bristol, general manager for learning and participation at The Royal Opera House, executive director of Seachange Arts, learning and skills officer at Arts Council East and an outreach officer for English Heritage. She has a masters degree in gallery studies from the University of Essex.

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.

 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.

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.

Jo March - Project manager

Luciana Vega

Face Forward Co-ordinator

Sophia Greppi

Culture+ Events and Projects Assistant

Biography

Having started her own company, Pests Productions, Sophia works to bring accessible drag and theatre nights across the south west, focusing particularly on the area of Dorset, where she grew up.

Sophia has an extensive knowledge of contemporary theatre, and a strong knowledge of local performing arts. As well as producing, Sophia creates her own theatre shows, and works part-time as a script reader and editor. She also works with her ADC colleagues Laura Mulhern and Jasmine O’Hare on their podcast, ‘Women Know Your Place’.

 

Jane Showell

Jane Showell

Culture+ Programme Manager

Biography
Jane started work in a creative integrated agency, then moved to the arts and cultural sector. Prior to joining the team she works with a variety of artist, makers and organisations across the UK in developing artistic programmes for the British Council. She currently co-owns a technology business analysis company with clients in the travel and financial sector .

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

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

Hazel Province

Board Member

Hazel Province was, until January 2019, the Director of Planning at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She led the start – up and establishment of a new function as the internal ‘engine room’, connecting all facets of this multi – disciplined and prolific organisation into one highly productive planning model.  From 2013 – 2018 she navigated the Royal Opera House’s planning through the ‘Open Up’ capital project, ensuring that the breadth of the artistic & public programme could be delivered alongside the major construction works.  

A Violinist by training, Hazel’s early portfolio career encompassed professional orchestral playing, chamber music and instrumental teaching before she migrated into Orchestra Management, in 2001 becoming Orchestra Director at The Royal Opera House. She led the Orchestra through considerable change at the Royal Opera House, finding innovative solutions to challenges arising out of a period of intense public and government scrutiny.   

Hazel is an Alumna of the Cranfield School of Management and has been a Board member of the Association of British Orchestras and a Trustee of Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Since January 2019, Hazel has been working independently, supporting organisations and individuals on transformation and organisation development initiatives and acting as Mentor to a number of emerging creatives and artistic leaders.  She is a Governor of The Royal Northern College of Music and in June 2019 she was appointed a Director of The Arts Development Company, a Social Enterprise engaging Arts and Culture to enrich lives across South West England.

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.