We are thrilled to announce that we have appointed David Lockwood as our new Chief Executive.

David is currently Director at Trowbridge Town Hall and was previously a co-founder of award-winning Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter.

I’m delighted to join the Arts Development Company at this pivotal time. Dorset is a county rich in cultural activity. I’m looking forward to working with artists, makers, organisations, and partners to enable a thriving cultural county.
I’m interested in working collaboratively to develop radical creative solutions to increase social justice, using art and culture to enable change across a range of contemporary challenges, from education to environment, housing to health.”
David Lockwood

In Trowbridge, David has repositioned the Victorian Town Hall as a central community hub, reenergising the town centre with art and culture at its heart. He has helped in securing £8.1 million for the building’s capital development from the Future High Streets Fund. The Town Hall has seen daily footfall increase by 900% and the organisation was recently shortlisted for the Bringing Communities Together Award at the Locality Awards.

At Exeter’s pioneering Bike Shed Theatre, David was instrumental in establishing the company’s reputation for creating festivals in spaces across the city and using empty shops as development space. The Bike Shed was named UK Theatre’s Most Welcoming Theatre in 2013 and became a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funded by Arts Council England in 2015. The Guardian credited it with “keeping theatre alive in Exeter”, whilst its cocktails led to it being awarded Best Bar in Exeter!

David was also a Trustee and later Vice Chair of Libraries Unlimited, a £7 million turnover spinout from Devon County Council. He’s developed cultural projects with the University of Exeter and theatre company Wise Children. In 2015, he undertook a Clore Leadership Fellowship, during which time he spent three months at the Royal Opera House.

We are thrilled to have appointed David as our new Chief Executive. David’s belief in the power of culture and creativity to improve the lives of people and communities is exciting and infectious. He brings to Dorset that passion along with his extensive knowledge, experience and networks and an entrepreneurial approach that is just what we need as, working with our partners across the county, we bring to life Dorset’s ambitious cultural strategy.
Hazel Province, ADC Chair of the Board

David will be taking up the position in February 2022. He will be instrumental in helping us bring to life the new Dorset Cultural Strategy, which we were appointed to deliver by Dorset Council.


Our official press release can be found here.

photo credit (c) Simon Taylor