For curious minds

We are a charity and our work is driven by strong values of curiosity, creativity, openness, balance, inclusivity, and engagement. Our events are inclusive and accessible, while still challenging audiences.


Kate Baker

Director and Founder
Community Engagement Lead

Kate is passionate about community engagement, facilitating knowledge exchange and relationship brokering. She has experience utilising a variety of community driven techniques with a focus on innovation and designing and evaluating playful activities. A Core Team member of the Social Engagement Platform of the UN World Water Quality Alliance, a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Community Engagement Fellow, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, Kate has used her unique skillset to help a variety of organisations with public engagement. These include the Royal Geographical Society, the Zoological Society London, and the British Science Festival.

John Puckey

Director and Founder
Public Events Lead

John has worked curating music, comedy, poetry, and ideas events, as an artist, and in communications. He’s put on events for HowTheLightGetsIn, Hauser & Wirth, University of Exeter, Museums at Night, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the V&A, and Aeon Festival, with folks from Rag N Bone Man to Michael Eavis. He was artist in residence at Dartington, a winner at the Holburne Portrait Prize, and made a radio programme for BBC Radio 2 about the relationship between artist and sitter.

Eleanor Lanyon

Engagement and Communications Lead

Eleanor Lanyon works on the Blue Heart project, creating links between partners, stakeholders, and communities. She has many years’ experience in engaging individuals and groups; drawing on their existing experiences, interests and needs to ensure maximum benefit. She has partnered extensively with local authorities, charity and community organisations, and a wide variety of audiences. Her background is in museums and heritage, with previous roles at the Museum of London, Wellcome Collection and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. She is pleased that her current role helps people build resilience to flooding and climate change.

Anna-Laila Jost

Events and Engagement Officer

Passionate about learning and creativity, Anna enjoys exploring various ways for speakers to engage with their audiences. She supports Agile Rabbit’s communications and programme curation. Anna joined Agile Rabbit after graduating from the University of Exeter with an MA in Creative Writing. She has a strong interest in Nature Writing and connecting people with their environment. She also works as a freelance writer and is a volunteer for the South West Coast Path Connectors Project.


Sir Steve Smith

Professor Sir Steve Smith is the UK Government International Education Champion, and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Saudi Arabia for Education. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 2002-2020. He served as President of the world academic body in his field (the International Studies Association) from 2003-2004.

Qasa Alom

Qasa Alom is a TV/Radio broadcaster and journalist with more than a decade’s experience in the media. He has presented a national BBC Radio debate show, a podcast series and various TV documentaries as well as writing about climate change. He is interested in culture, the environment, mindfulness and International affairs. 

Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell

A development and fundraising professional, Stephanie has worked for various regional and national charities and currently works at the University of Exeter to generate funds and build capacity for environment focussed research groups. Stephanie is interested in the environment, specifically marine ecosystems and utilising her skills in community engagement.

Fin Irwin

The Director of IntoBodmin, Fin grew up in Cornwall and then moved to Exeter, where he was the founder and director of The Bike Shed Theatre. He has worked as a theatre producer, programmer for The House, and part-time farmer on his parents’ farm in Cardinham. He is a Producer, Project Manager, and Cultural Entrepreneur.

Origin of our name

The inspiration for our name is Lapin Agile – a cabaret in Montmartre, Paris. At the turn of the twentieth century artists, thinkers, and scientists would gather to discuss ideas and socialise.

Agile Rabbit – South West Science and Culture is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1192190. Our address is 61 Chineway Gardens, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1JH.

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