The DOCA Team

For most of the year DOCA is a small team – a professionally led Charity directed by a board of Trustees. We are supported year-round by a fantastic team of volunteers, and our Festival Makers help make each event truly memorable.

To find out more about how to join the team as a Festival Maker, or for any other job vacancies, see our Join Us page

Loz Samuels – Artistic Director

Loz Samuels – Artistic Director

Loz started taking an interest in performance at an early age and always knew she was to have a career in the arts. She completed a Theatrical Design Degree, & after a short stint at the Royal Shakespeare Company began working outdoors at festivals in a variety of capacities. Loz became a Trapeze Artist in ... Read more
James Dennis – Administrator

James Dennis – Administrator

James joined DOCA after a brief stint with the Dartington Hall Arts team, working on their International Summer School and Festival, and an even longer stint working as an Administrator with the NHS. He graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA in Drama and Performance in 2013 and from Bath Spa University with ... Read more
Kelvin Nash – Chair of Trustees

Kelvin Nash – Chair of Trustees

With over 40 years as a practitioner and manager in public telecoms and emergency services radio and mobile data, Kelvin is now retired and gives his time and energy freely and enthusiastically to the town. As town councillor and former mayor, Kelvin is well connected with his home town of Devizes, where he has lived ... Read more
Elaine Gale – Secretary

Elaine Gale – Secretary

Elaine is a trustee of DOCA and acts as the Secretary. She has been involved with DOCA and its predecessor the Devizes Carnival Committee for a number of years. Elaine is a solicitor and moved to Devizes in 1987 to bring up her two sons. She has always enjoyed participating in the events over the ... Read more
Tony Woodison – Treasurer

Tony Woodison – Treasurer

Tony is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has lived in Devizes since 2001.  After a career of 38 years with the Ministry of Defence, he retired in 2012 and has since spent his time working for a number of charities.  In addition to being a Trustee and Treasurer of ... Read more
Dave Buxton – Trustee

Dave Buxton – Trustee

Dave Buxton loves all things carnival and festival! He started his career as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry many years ago and has worked in publishing and book selling but latterly, and most enjoyably over the last decade and a half, he has been immersed in the worlds of festival and carnival organisation ... Read more
Cliff Evans – Trustee

Cliff Evans – Trustee

Having spent almost 40 years in the IT industry, Cliff moved to Devizes in 2013. Since then he has continued as Chairman of the Kileva Foundation charity which he founded in 2006 to support under-privileged children and their families in the Sagalla region of southern Kenya. He has also become actively involved in a number of community projects ... Read more