People sitting outside in the sunshine at tables in MIF's pop-up Festival Square in Manchester

Photography Louis Reynolds

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

Roles marked with an asterisk (*) are freelance.


John McGrath  Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Randel Bryan  Executive Director

Mark Ball Creative Director

Sheena Wrigley Venue Director

Hannah Cork  Director of Finance & Resources

Nadia Balfe  Executive Team Projects Manager

Helena Tansey Executive Support Manager

Tracy Longdin  Executive Assistant

Rosemary Millbank  Executive Assistant

Claire Govender  Artistic Assistant


Jane Beese  Director of Music

Lucy Dusgate Head of Public Events & Programming

Phoebe Greenwood  Curatorial Associate

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway  Curatorial Consultant*


Kate Mackonochie  Director of Producing

Tracey Low  Executive Producer

Richard Morgan  Executive Producer

Fiona Pride  Executive Producer

Becky Shepherd Head of Scheduling

Emma Cameron Producer *

Natasha Chubbuck  Producer

Steph Clarke Producer *

Henrietta Duckworth Producer *

Shanaz Gulzar  Producer

Mai Komoriya  Producer

Kwong Lee  Producer

Angela McSherry Producer *

Anna Moutrey Producer

Dawn Prentice Producer *

Axel Satgé Producer *

Hannah Clapham-Clark  Associate Producer

Katherine Wilde  Associate Producer

Laura Allan  Production Administrator

Abigail Hellam  Production Administrator

Lucy Price Production Administrator

Artist Liaison:

Rachel Down  Artist Liaison Manager

Sebastian Matthes Artist Liaison Deputy

Rebecca Lam Artist Liaison Coordinator


Paul Clay International Director

Eva Pepper  Head of Commissioning

Michelle Rocha Head of Touring

Hannah Falvey  Commissioning Coordinator

Emma Norcliffe  Production Administrator


Gabrielle Jenks Digital Director

Callum Kirkwood Digital Production Coordinator


Christina Georgiou  Head of Development (Acting)

Yvonne Hepburn-Foster Trusts & Foundations Manager

Andrea Lowe  Senior Development Account Manager

Rebecca French  Development Account Manager

Daniel Porter-Jones Philanthropy Manager

Lauren Smethurst Development Administrator

Creative Engagement:

Julia Turpin Creative Engagement Director

Menaka Munro  Senior Engagement Manager

Sameed Rezayan Senior Learning Manger

Sarah Hiscock Engagement Manager

Abir Tobji Engagement Manager (Maternity Cover)

Punam Ramchurn  Talent Development Manager

Andrew Westle  Engagement Manager

Victoria Ofovbe  Community Connector

Rosannah Jones  Engagement Coordinator

Bianca Prince  Creative Engagement Administrator


Antony Hart  Head of Design

Thomas Birch  Designer

Alexander Dolphin  Designer


Helen Faulkner Director of Audiences

Natalie Forrester  Marketing Manager

Andrew Girvan Website Project Manager*

Angie Lee Social Media Coordinator

Pareesa Tai  Marketing Assistant


Josie Harrison  Ticketing Coordinator

Press & PR:

Emma Robertson  Head of Press (Acting)

Jamie-Leigh Hargreaves  Senior Press Officer

Oscar Lister  Press Officer


Jack Thompson Technical Director

Paul Moore  Head of Production

Kelly Rossington-Otter  Technical Coordinator


Vanda Hagan  Head of Finance

Zeki Tezcan Management Accountant

Andrew Cheltnam Financial Accountant

Julian Ainsworth Financial Accountant

Guy Gardner Finance Administrator

Emily Godfrey Finance Administrator

Jordan Warrington Finance Administrator


David Fox Head of Administration

John Conroy Head of Procurement

Feimatta Conteh Sustainability Manager

Kate Fox Access Manager

Mon Miah  IT Manager

Peter Taylor IT Consultant

Matthew Shaw  IT Coordinator

Abraham Weston IT Administrator

Louis Lisle Office Assistant


Marney Guy  HR Coordinator

Madeleine Peden HR Administrator

Skills & Training:

Gary Briggs  Factory Futures Manager (Acting)

Katy Egan-Daynes  Cultural Skills & Training Coordinator

Kiran Sethi Cultural Skills & Training Coordinator

Beau Fildes Factory Academy Intern

Olivia Fitzpatrick Factory Academy Intern

The Factory:

Emma King  Factory Capital Project Director

Elliot Willis Factory Sales Consultant*

Festival Board:

Tom Bloxham MBE (Chair) Founder of Urban Splash, Trustee of Manchester United Foundation

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE  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 & Founder, Wakelet

Grace Ladoja MBE Entrepreneur & Co-founder, Metallic Inc and Homecoming

Amy Lawrence  Artist, Young Person’s Forum Rep

Ibrahim Mahama Visual Artist

Shaminder Nahal Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

Gary Neville Footballer, pundit and businessman

Richard Paver Former Treasurer, GM Combined Authority

Cllr Luthfur Rahman OBE  Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council

Kully Thiarai  Creative Director of Leeds 2023

Ngozi (Goz) Ugochukwu  Artist & Journalist, People's Forum Rep

Jo Whitfield CBE  Chief Executive of Food, The Co-op

Jeanette Winterson  Writer

Cathryn Wright  Director of Sedulo (London Office)

Pat Bartoli  Head of City Centre Growth & Regeneration, Manchester City Council (Observer)

Pete Courtie  Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England (Observer)

Edward Pysden (Board Associate)

Artistic Advisors:

Cerys Matthews

Michael Morris

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hannah Pool

Peter Saville

Lemn Sissay

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