Who we are

A dedicated and diverse team works together to stage MIF every two years, with invaluable assistance at every Festival from our fabulous volunteers.

John McGrath Artistic Director and Chief Executive
Fiona Gasper Executive Director
Christine Cort Managing Director
Alex Byars Chief Operating Officer
Mark Ball Creative Director
Tracy Longdin Executive Assistant
Nadia Balfe Executive Projects Coordinator
Frankie Leach Executive Assistant
Claire Govender Artistic Assistant

Emma King Factory Capital Director

Fiona Pride Executive Producer
Kate Mackonochie
Executive Producer
Tracey Low Executive Producer
Henri Duckworth Senior Producer
Richard Morgan Senior Producer*
Natasha Chubbuck Producer
Tricia Coleman Producer
Shanaz Gulzar Producer
Mai Komoriya Producer
Kwong Lee Producer
Anna Moutrey Producer
Katie Vine Producer
Liz Pickering Producer*
Dawn Prentice 
Producer*
Kate Reynolds Producer*
Carole Keating Producer*
Ella Wild Producer*
Phoebe Greenwood
Curatorial Associate
Hannah Clapham-Clark
 Production Coordinator
Caitlin Joyce
Production Administrator
Lucy Price Production Administrator
Hannah Tolmie Production Administrator
Tom Durrant Producing Trainee

Paul Clay International Director
Eva Pepper Head of Commissioning
Jo Paton-Htay International Consultant*
Hannah Falvey Commissioning Coordinator
Emma Norcliffe Production Administrator (International)

Jennifer Cleary Creative Engagement Director (Job Share)
Julia Turpin Creative Engagement Director (Job Share)
Sarah Hiscock Creative Engagement Manager
Rizwan Iqbal Community Producer
Punam Ramchurn Talent Development Manager
Kate Houlton Community Coordinator
Ciaron Wilkinson Cultural Connector
Rosannah Jones, Creative Engagement Assistant
Suriya Roberts Grey, Project Manager *
Samina Ali Audience Development Consultant
Sharon Raymond Audience Development Consultant
Shakar Hussain Audience Development Consultant

Lee Ashworth Volunteer Manager
Rachel Garbutt Volunteer Coordinator

Jocelyn Underwood, Cultural Skills and Training Director
Katy Egan-Daynes, Cultural Skills and Training Co-ordinator
Annie Robertson Cultural Skills & Training/Creative Engagement Trainee

Jack Thompson Technical Director
Paul Moore Senior Production Manager
Helen Gorton Technical Production Lead*
Clare Danon Production Manager

Rachel Down Artist Liaison Manager
Seb Matthes Deputy Artist Liaison Manager
Rebecca Mae Lam Artist Liaison Assistant

Vanda Hagan Head of Finance
Zeki Tezcan Management Accountant
Maria Walker Finance Coordinator
Bianca Prince Finance Administrator

David Fox Head of Administration
Marney Guy HR Coordinator
Mon Miah IT Manager
Lydia Entwistle CRM Project Manager
Ashleigh Talbot Administration Assistant
Matthew Shaw IT Trainee

Kate Fox Access Coordinator

Jenny Mungall Development Director
Christina Georgiou Development Deputy
Andrea Lowe Senior Development Account Manager
Connie Page Senior Development Account Manager
Alisha Kadri Philanthropy Coordinator
Rebecca French Development Account Manager
Georgia Guthrie Development Account Manager
Martha Tomlinson Development Administrator
Cherie Bosama Development Trainee

Ben McKnight Press & PR Director
Emma Robertson Press & PR Manager
Jamie-leigh Hargreaves Senior Press Officer
Oscar Lister Press Officer

Janina Mundy Marketing Director
Natalie Forrester Marketing Manager
Heather Kipling Content Manager
Simon G.Proudfoot Web Developer
Nolly Bouameur Marketing Coordinator
Ella Goel Marketing Assistant
Caitlin Cunningham Digital Marketing Assistant
Will Fulford-Jones Publications Editor*

Billy Partridge Ticketing Manager
Ian Marriott
Deputy Ticketing Manager
Josie Harrison
Ticketing Coordinator
Ohmeed Ahi Ticketing Assistant
Oliver Mackey
Ticketing Assistant
Stuart Pirnie Ticketing Assistant
Michael Appouh Ticketing Trainee

Gabrielle Jenks Digital Lead
Kiah Simpson Content Producer
Callum Kirkwood Digital Production Coordinator
Heidi Taylor-Wood Digital Trainee
Dan Hett Editorial Producer*
Chris Mullany Creative Technologist*

Isabelle Schenk Guest Relationship Manager
Mairtin Dwyer Guest Relationship Coordinator
Jessica Wilson Guest Relationship Trainee

Rivca Burns Festival Square Producer*
Danielle Heap Festival Square Coordinator

Festival Board

Tom Bloxham MBE (Chair) – Founder of Urban Splash, Trustee of Manchester United Foundation
Maria Balshaw – Director, Tate
Richard Bell – North West Senior Partner, Deloitte
Sir Howard Bernstein – former CEO, Manchester City Council 1998 – 2017
Alan Bishop – former CEO, Southbank 2009 – 2017
Jeremy Deller – Artist
Jamil Khalil – CEO and Founder, Wakelet
Amy Lawrence – Young Person’s board representative, Artist
Sir Brian McMaster CBE – Former Artistic Director and CEO, Edinburgh International Festival
Chris Oglesby – CEO, Bruntwood
Richard Paver – Treasurer, GM Combined Authority
Malcolm Press – Professor and Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Edward Pysden (Board Associate)
Cllr Luthfur Rahman – Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council
Peter Salmon – Chief Creative Officer, Producer and Distributor of Endemol Shine Group
Lemn Sissay MBE – Author and Broadcaster
Ian Tabbron (Board Observer)
Kully Thiarai – Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
Cathryn Wright – Managing Director, Stonewall

Artistic Advisors
Mary Anne Hobbs*
Michael Morris*
Hans Ulrich Obrist*
Peter Saville*
Lemn Sissay

Thank you to our dedicated and talented volunteers, whose contribution helps to make MIF a success.

* Consultant
** Secondee

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