Adult Advisory Board

Members of the Adult Advisory Board

Hugh Malyon (He/Him)

Graduate of Theatre and Performance (hons, Plymouth University) Hugh’s artistic practice re-writes narrative of disability, demonstrating that we can all own our identity – touring original theatre, developing experimental ways of collaborating, utilising care, support and companionship in the creative process. Growing up in Torbay, Hugh found his creative voice and confidence in the imagination through Doorstep Arts youth sessions and platforms.



Alix Harris (She/Her)

Alix Harris is a Director and Theatre Practitioner based in South West England. In 2015 Alix founded and became Artistic Director of Beyond Face CIC. Beyond Face’s mission is to raise the profile and visibility of artists, young people and communities who are from African and Caribbean diasporas, people who are South Asian, East Asian or South-East Asian, North African, Middle Eastern or from ethnically mixed heritages.  Alix has recently directed The Honeyman by Tyrone Huggins for Exeter Northcott, previous directing credits include, Contact Theatre, Manchester & assistant directed for the Barbican Theatre Plymouth & Theatre Royal Plymouth. In 2019/20 Alix was a Headlong Origins Director. Alix is a Director of Indra Congress, through this role she has worked internationally in South Africa and Palestine. Alix is also a part-time Drama lecturer at Exeter University.

Richard Daws (he/him)

Richard co-founded an innovative production company, Victoria Real, whilst studying Communication Engineering in Leeds. Cutting his production teeth filming windsurfing events for ITV, the company veered into interactive media in 1994, becoming one of the UK’s fastest growing private companies and winning a string of industry awards. As an editor, Richard personally won an Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Editing. After selling his business to Endemol in 2000, he partnered with arts organisation Komedia. A top tier of live venue operator, with a multi-award winning operation in Brighton. In 2008 he renovated a Grade 2 derelict cinema, creating Komedia Bath, which he now oversees as a flourishing community owned multi use arts and entertainment hub. He also created production company Komedia Entertainment which has, over 20 years, produced Edinburgh Fringe runs, national and international tours, alongside broadcast comedy for BBC1/2/3/CBBC and BBC Radio 4.

Nat Palin (she/her)

Nat is a co-director at Filament. She supports artists, communities and organisations to work together. She is interested in how relationships between people and places help develop new ideas to address complex challenges. With a background in visual arts and socially engaged practice, she has worked extensively with museums & galleries, heritage, theatres, and place-based cultural programmes. Drawing connections across education, housing, youth offending & health, her work has focused on how communities can co-create, grow and take ownership of the culture around them. Nat has worked with Torbay’s communities over the past 10 years, including as Creative Co-Director of Eyeview Cultural Programme and as a lead artist with Doorstep Arts. As a critical friend, she supports artists and creative organisations, in particular those working with socially engaged practice.

Past Board Members

David Jubb (He/Him)

David is a producer. He is currently a Director of the Sortition Foundation supporting the organisation to promote the use of citizens’ assemblies. He was Artistic Director and Chief Exec of Battersea Arts Centre from 2004 to 2019. He was Chair of Kneehigh Theatre 2008-13; inaugural Chair of the London Theatre Consortium 2012-15; inaugural member of Advisory Council for Creative Industries Federation 2015-16; a panellist on the inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 2017-18; a  member of Arts Council England’s External Reference Group for Let’s Create Ten Year Strategy 2018-19. He is an Honorary Fellow of Central School and has an Honorary Doctorate with Roehampton University. David lives in Totnes and is parent to two young children.

Rae Hoole (She/Her)

Rae has a degree in Drama and has worked as an actor, community artist and outdoor cultural events director in Milton Keynes, Coventry and Devon. She cares passionately about the need to support all young people to realise their full potential, particularly in such demanding times. She believes that opportunities to participate in and create theatre can benefit wellbeing and develop talents which, in turn can strengthen the vitality of our creative industries. Rae joined Doorstep Arts board to help support such opportunities.


Meg Searle (She/Her)

Meg was founding Doorstep co director along with Jade and Erin from 2013-2019. She moved to Somerset/Wiltshire as freelance artist and has since become a Performing Arts lecturer and a Board member & Guest/Associate Artist at Doorstep. She is madly passionate about accessible arts provision and the power of creative arts in education “It’s a total privilege to still be supporting Doorstep, even if from afar!” – Meg.




Fiona Macbeth (She/Her)

From 2003 to 2018 Fiona worked at the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Socially Engaged Theatre Practice. She taught at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level and carried the management position of Director of Education in Drama for 3 years until 2018. She is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Drama. Prior to 2020 Fiona was a workshop facilitator, trainer, teacher and consultant for people working within education and health settings, university students, young people facing the challenges of the care system, elderly people in supported living and adults in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. She began her working life in 1988 as a drama facilitator and workshop leader for Leap Confronting Conflict, London. She and Nic Fine created the first training model for Youth and Conflict for the organisation.  Fiona and Nic spent time with innovative programmes in the USA in the 1990s, including CityKidsNY, Youth at Risk, the Alternatives to Violence programme in prisons and Young Mediators in Schools in Pennsylvania, exploring creative appraoches to conflict and violence. During 2011, as part of a Connected Communities AHRC grant, Fiona worked with Clark Baim and a group of care leavers to explore what ‘belonging’ and ‘community’ could mean to those who have been ejected from their community. Fiona’s work has led to the creation of An Inside Story, an interactive story-based process enabling people to find words and images that stimulate greater understanding of the factors which affect our lives.