MEET THE TEAM

 
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MARTIN THOMAS

As Executive Director of Torbay Culture I lead on the cultural strategy. I have worked for museums, arts and heritage organisations like the National Trust for twenty-five years. Previous roles include being a Heritage Lottery Fund Mentor, Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s Creative Programmer, Exeter Cultural Partnership’s Director and Arts Council’s regional Head of Learning. Torbay has been my home for twenty years and I want to ensure that culture and creativity improve the quality of people’s lives. Being hosted by TDA allows us to work with economic development to make this happen.

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ANNA MATTHEWS

I’m Torbay’s Great Place Scheme Project Manager. My professional background is mainly in public libraries where I have worked in strategy, infrastructure and change management. I am also a musician, composer and Clore Fellow. I believe that creativity, culture and heritage are essential to exploring and understanding who we are as individuals and our place in the world – and that this is the key to wellbeing for people and communities. I grew up in the area and am excited to give something back to Torbay.

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PAUL WOOLNOUGH

I’ve been Chair of Torbay Culture since 2015 and am also Cluster Lead for the Social Sciences at the University of Exeter. I'm passionate about supporting socio-cultural development. Culture is important to our identity, whether we live in or come from the Bay. It can mean anything from enjoying our stunning natural surroundings to eating the best seafood in the UK. Attending festivals or enjoying our distinctive heritage venues. I'm delighted with our impact on embedding culture into residents' lives so far and excited about what we can achieve together.

 
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JACOB BRANDON

I'm a Creative Consultant with Artizan Gallery, overseeing their annual exhibition programme and engagement with local artists. A brief migration away from the Bay opened my eyes to our potential as a destination for cultural tourism, with an exceptional quality arts and heritage offer and stunning coastal scenery. Through my work with the Board, I hope to share this revelation with other residents and encourage pride and innovative thought in the place we live.

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DR KEVIN DIXON

I am Chair of Healthwatch Torbay as well as holding many other voluntary positions. I believe culture matters because its about how we can all live healthy and fulfilled lives. We all have a stake in making our Bay a great place in which to live and work. And our history and heritage tell us where we've come from. If we know where we are now, we can get a good idea of where we're going!

 

 

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MARK GREEN

I’m Director at Fruition Creation Services, a partner in Unit 7 Creative Workhub and Agency. I’ve been active in the local arts and culture community for many years and am passionate about all things connected to the sea, particularly open water swimming, surfing and fishing. My ambition for Torbay Culture is to help Torbay become renowned for happy and healthy lifestyles, supported by its own rich, distinctive cultural identity and community.

 
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MATTHEW HARBOUR

Arts and culture plays a huge role in our lives, forming a bond that holds communities together.  It helps shape our identity, defines the way we are and how we interact with each other. I am Vice Principal at South Devon College and a passionate advocate for culture. Through my involvement with the Board, I will support initiatives and opportunities that inspire Torbay's communities, creating something special and unique that puts Torbay firmly on the cultural map.

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PETER HEPPA

Having worked in Creative Arts and Media at South Devon College for more than thirty years. I am especially interested in cultural issues relating to young adults. I believe that to keep the Bay vibrant, we need to hold on to and attract young people to live and work here. Although cultural activities are not the only answer to this problem, a vibrant cultural scene has proven to be a huge factor in the regeneration of towns across the UK. Through the Culture Board, I want to encourage a vibrant and varied cultural experience for residents and visitors to the Bay. 

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SAVANA LAWLER

I am a textile artist and member of Torbay Council's Adult Social Care Commissioning Team. Culture is massively important within our community.  It inspires us and gives us the opportunity to learn, but also has huge health and well-being benefits, improving and enriching our quality of life. I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place, surrounded by the sea and believe that Torbay is the perfect backdrop for cultural and creative activities.

 

 
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RICHARD MADDOCK

I’m a Director of Torquay-based Kay Elliott Architects with over 25 years experience in the field of architecture and masterplanning. I believe art and culture can help to build stronger communities - contributing to a sense of identity and wellbeing for all. I would love to see Torbay's rich and diverse cultural landscape brought to a wider audience and take a central role in creating opportunities to improve quality of life for everyone.

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ROGER MANN

As a lifelong Torbay resident, I have challenged myself to leave my home region in a better shape than I found it. I believe that recreation and a healthy lifestyle are two of the best pathways to a happy and fulfilled life. Both are available in Torbay and at very little cost. Through our Culture Board, I am particularly keen to encourage many more people to take part. Cultural engagement can take place just as readily from the saddle of a bicycle as a seat in a theatre, so let us do our utmost to support both!

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BECKY NUTTALL

I am an artist and a poet. I come from an aritstic and literary background - my parents moved to Brixham to help it become a hub for artists in the 1950s. My father owned Milton Head Pottery, Brixham, was a successful playwright and helped found The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. I believe that culture allows diversity to be recognised and celebrated in our communities, allowing us to create a dynamic and empathetic system that embraces all socio-cultural differences within Torbay's outstanding environment.

 

 
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TANNY STOBART

I’m Director of Play Torbay and work as a play and playwork policy consultant. I am especially committed to promoting and developing a vibrant, joined up cultural sector in Torbay and supporting the development of opportunities for young people. I would like to give them a sense of personal progression, for example through the Arts Award scheme. I would also like to see an overall increase in involvement in culture and an enhanced cultural programme which includes a vibrant youth culture.