The Team

Illustration of our team. Our marketing officer Jaz is holding a computer and showing our bookkeeper, Sarah, something on the screen. Hannah, our Inclusion and Wellbeing lead, is facing away from us and waving at Cleo and Jo next to her. Cleo, our environments lead, is holding a shovel and smiling, and Jo, our Health and Wellbeing lead, is next to her smiling. Rosie, our leadership and social impact lead, has her arm round Sarah, our Chief Executive, who's also smiling

From left to right: Jasmine O’Hare: former Marketing and Communications Officer, Sarah Colwell: Bookkeeper, Hannah Baker: Inclusion and Wellbeing Lead, Cleo Evans: Placemaking Lead, Jo March: Arts, Health and Wellbeing Lead, Rosie Russell: Leadership and Social Impact Lead, Sarah James: former Chief Executive

 Illustration by Sam Prentice

Cleo Evans

Cleo Evans

Arts and Environment Lead

Biography

Cleo specialises in creating collaborations between the arts and non-arts sectors. All of the work involves working with artists to improve public spaces/amenities; the environment and communities. 

She has collaborated with people from all sorts of disciplines from Sand dune experts, to Archbishops and Engineers. Her premise is that we all have expertise to bring to the pot, which makes for better projects.

Cleo has extensive experience working in outdoor arts, both as an artist, a community animateur and as a creative producer/ production manager.  She has spent many years working on outdoor festivals both in Manchester and Dorset.

Her arts career stems from her BA Hons in Fine Art and an MA in Art as Environment, for which she received a ‘distinction’. She was nominated for National Woman of the Year for her work in Dorset. Cleo loves stomping around the countryside and coast, often bivvy bagging and enjoys winning at badminton.

Jo March - Project manager

Hazel Province

Acting CEO

Biography

Hazel has enjoyed a successful career as a violinist, artists’ manager, cultural strategist, leader and mentor, spending a large part of her career at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Passionate about music and music education she now works independently holding a portfolio of chair, non-executive and executive roles in the cultural and higher education sectors. She is currently interim director of planning with Welsh National Opera, governor of The Royal Northern College of Music, strategic lead of the Dorset WhatNext? chapter and chair of The Arts Development Company.  

Hazel is an alumna of Cranfield School of Management and a member of the Women on Boards network. She lives in Bridport, Dorset, is a year-round sea swimmer, gig rower and an active long-distance walker, having recently completed the southwest coast path.

Jo March - Project manager

Jo March

Arts, Health and Wellbeing Lead

Biography

Jo is a founder member of TADC, previously working for Dorset Council in arts development.

She has over seven years’ experience developing and delivering arts, health and wellbeing projects working with partners across the sector as well as with the health sector and local authority. She also has experience of project managing European Funded projects.

Jo especially enjoys working alongside artists and meeting the participants taking part in the project workshops designed to support them. She is also responsible for organising the day to day running of the Little Keep, the listed building and creative hub in Dorchester where TADC are head tenants.

With a background in Planning and Urban Design, Jo also has a keen interest in architecture and arts and crafts and also enjoys keeping fit, walking and tap dancing. She is currently a volunteer at the local Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Sarah Colwell

Bookkeeper

Biography

Sarah is a freelance bookkeeper working for various Arts organisations in Dorset and has been with the Arts Development Company for two years.  She has a background in Project Management and worked in Further Education for over 20 years before specialising in project work in the Arts sector. 

Sarah currently enjoys a mixed portfolio of work which includes being a celebrant for weddings.  She has a passion for photography and appreciates visual and performing art in all its forms.

Hannah Baker

Children, Arts and Wellbeing Manager

Biography

Hannah is a Company Director and founder member of The Arts Development Company.

Hannah has 18 years’ experience in project management, both in development and delivery. Her specialisms include work with children and young people, and programme development for disabled adults and inclusion in the creative sector.

She has led on partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including local authorities, The British Council and government departments including direct involvement in the Cabinet Office Mutual Support programme. 

Hannah currently leads the Dorset Cultural Education Partnership.  Originally training in graphic design, play-work and also horticulture, Hannah has worked extensively in the voluntary sector most recently spending eight years as a school governor and with the British Red Cross as a Humanitarian Education facilitator.

The Board

Andrew Knutt

Hazel Province

Chair

Biography

Hazel has enjoyed a successful career as a violinist, artists’ manager, cultural strategist, leader and mentor, spending a large part of her career at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Passionate about music and music education she now works independently holding a portfolio of chair, non-executive and executive roles in the cultural and higher education sectors. She is currently interim director of planning with Welsh National Opera, governor of The Royal Northern College of Music, strategic lead of the Dorset WhatNext? chapter and chair of The Arts Development Company.  

Hazel is an alumna of Cranfield School of Management and a member of the Women on Boards network. She lives in Bridport, Dorset, is a year-round sea swimmer, gig rower and an active long-distance walker, having recently completed the southwest coast path.

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 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

Matt Little

Board Member

Biography

Matt has been working with the company over the last couple of years to help establish TADC 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).

Our Associates

Jo March - Project manager

Georgina Bolt

Biography

Georgina Bolt is a freelancer who lives on the Isle of Portland. She has an interest in producing events that improve the wellbeing of the community and inspires imaginations, whilst championing inclusion and diversity.

She’s been lucky enough to work with b-side as a producer on their 2018 WHY?! Festival and as a board member since 2019. Georgina is passionate about photography, mainly focusing on event photography but also experiments with abstract images inspired by nature. She currently runs a small business teaching basic tech and social media skills to clients in the South West.

Georgina is passionate about photography and works as a photographer under the name Georgina Rose Swanson.

 Rosie Russell

Rosie Russell

Biography

Rosie has been around for over 30 years in various arts and education leadership roles working in the South West and the Balkans with and for young people.

During her time with The Arts Development Company she has developed expertise in demonstrating the importance and impact of arts and culture on people’s lives. 

Rosie gets enormous pleasure from enabling and supporting the development of arts and culture changemakers, including on Boards and at decision making tables. She is passionate about helping make the world a better place and learning.  When she’s not working she’s sea swimming or dancing. 

Andrew Knutt

Molly Scarborough

Biography

Molly is a cultural producer, a social activist and sometimes a clown. She works in the arts and helps make creative events happen.

Most of Molly’s projects revolve around a social justice issue – whether that’s helping to create a theatre show raising awareness around the scale of childhood sexual abuse or co-producing a festival about young people’s rights.

Molly is committed and determined to enhance access to culture and fun for all, and promotes its positive effect on personal development. Since 2016 she has been working closely with, and tailoring projects / development activities for, underrepresented and marginalised groups – this usually results in a public event / artwork of some kind.

With ADC, Molly is leading on a co-production project for Act for Change Fund (a joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, working in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund). The Fund supports 32 organisations in the UK who are leading youth-led social activism programmes / groups / organisations.

Molly’s role is to bring the young changemakers and leaders from the 32 organisations / groups together – to meet each other, build relationships, learn from each other, share ideas and stories (as well as work together to co-produce their own showcase event in July 2021).