Community Work

Artistic Director

Co-Founder and Director of the inaugural Sussex Festival of Ideas 2021

Producer & Director

Founder and Team Leader of GNUF, the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival since 2013

Board Member

Board Member and supporter of the Hebden Bridge Film Festival

Supporting and taking part in community events is important.

I have a long history of giving my time to a wide range of community events including co-ordinating volunteers for the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) at the start of my career in the 1990s. In am also a keen supporter of my local community. More recently, I helped staff shops for Overgate Hospice, volunteered with the Fiesta Whitley Bay and I am helping out with the Cullercoats Festival. I also mentor organisers in the areas of event production and fundraising.

I was a Trustee at Fabrica Gallery (UK) for a number of years and have been a board member for the Hebden Bridge Film Festival. I have been invited to take part in the selection process for funding and awards for organisations including the Epic Awards for Voluntary Arts (now Creative Lives) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

At present, I am primarily giving time to the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. That event was awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for community groups). The inclusion of a wide range of voices normally not heard (or seen) is central to each of the organisations with whom I work and is one of the many reasons I give each my time.