Gemma Alldred is a theatre maker and community artist, specialising in arts and wellbeing practice. She is passionate about creativity in all its forms, and brings her love for the arts to places and people to help develop communities, and support individual growth. She is an associate of ADC and has been on the WND Steering Group since its inception.

Deborah Clarke is a ceramicist and community artist based near Dorchester. Her Creative Clay For All workshops run across Dorset both in towns and rurally, and for people with varying abilities. Deborah is interested in exploring the viewpoints from all sections of the arts industries that the WND network brings together.

Nuala Clarke is the Cultural Engagement Officer for BCP Council. Her background is in the Heritage and the Higher Education sectors, most recently in Arts University Bournemouth Students’ Union. Nuala is looking forward to providing more voices with a platform and further supporting Dorset’s cultural community through her role in the Steering Group.

Jennifer Forward-Hayter is a freelance photographer, currently voted one of the best young photographers in Europe. Jennifer is based in North Dorset, but is the only member of her family who can’t drive a tractor! She is excited to see how artists, local authority members, and art spaces come together to enable the county’s unique cultural sector and how WND interrogates the Dorset Identity.

David Lockwood is the ADC Chief Executive. His interest is 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. Previously co-founder of award-winning Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter and Director at Trowbridge Town Hall, David has a track record of reenergising places with community, art and culture at their heart.

Natasha Nixon is an international theatre director and practitioner based in Bridport. Her previous projects include an experimental dance theatre show, a queer adaptation of Macbeth, circus, new writing and mask projects, as well as a broad range of outreach work. She has previously worked as a staff director at the National Theatre and as an associate for the National Youth Theatre.

Hazel Province has enjoyed a successful career as a violinist, artists’ manager, cultural strategist, leader and mentor. She now works independently holding a portfolio of chair, non-executive and executive roles in the cultural and higher education sectors, including as strategic lead of the WND chapter and chair of ADC.

Jon Valender is an opera singer, producer and optimist! Following an international career as a singer, Jon is now based back in Dorset and during the pandemic has initiated a number of small music festivals in local venues.

Kate Wood is the Executive Director of Activate Performing Arts. She is also currently a Board member of Quest, the new organisation focused on developing outdoor arts in the SW region, as well as Chair of the Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium. She is also involved in regional developments in dance and theatre