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.


John McGrath  Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Randel Bryan  Executive Director

Sheena Wrigley Venue Director

Hannah Cork  Director of Finance & Resources

Helena Tansey Executive Support Manager

Chris Bennett Executive Support Assistant

Rosemary Millbank  Executive Assistant

Claire Govender  Artistic Assistant

Louis Lisle Office Administrator


David Fox Head of Systems, Technology  & Change

Zainab Amer Project Officer (Tech & Insights)

Mon Miah  IT Manager

Matthew Shaw  IT Coordinator

Abraham Weston IT Administrator

Kate Fox Access Manager

Artist Liaison:

Rachel Down  Artist Liaison Manager

Rebecca Lam Artist Liaison Coordinator


Helen Faulkner Director of Audiences

Antony Hart Head of Design

Emma Robertson  Head of Press & PR

Rakhi Sinha Jones Head of Marketing & Audiences

Scott Smith Head of Digital Content

Nolly Aicha Bouameur Marketing & Audiences Manager

Natalie Forrester  Marketing & Audiences Manager

Andrew Girvan Website Project Manager*

Jamie-Leigh Hargreaves  Press & PR Manager

Josie Harrison  Ticketing Coordinator

Angie Lee Social Media Coordinator

Oscar Lister  Press & PR Manager


Tom Cunningham Head of Commercial Operations & Partnerships

Stephanie Williams Head of Events

Creative Engagement:

Julia Turpin Creative Engagement Director

Menaka Munro  Head of Engagement

Sameed Rezayan Head of Creative Learning

Sarah Hiscock Engagement Manager

Abir Tobji Engagement Manager (Maternity Cover)

Punam Ramchurn  Talent Development Manager

Abi Clarke Community Partnerships Manager

Victoria Ofovbe  Community Connector

Rosannah Jones  Engagement Coordinator

Bianca Prince  Engagement Assistant

Iona Griliopoulus Engagement Assistant

Owen Smith Creative Engagement Intern


Jane Beese  Director of Music

Lucy Dusgate Head of Public Events & Programme

Phoebe Greenwood  Curatorial Associate

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway  Curatorial Consultant*


Christina Georgiou  Head of Development

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


Gabrielle Jenks Digital Director

Callum Kirkwood Digital Production 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


Ann-Marie Teed Head of HR (interim HR Director)

Marney Guy  Senior HR Advisor

Madeleine Peden HR Administrator

James Anderson Recruitment Administrator


Paul Clay International Director

Eva Pepper  Head of International Partnerships

Michelle Rocha Head of Touring

Hannah Falvey  International Partnerships Manager

Emma Norcliffe  Production Administrator


John Conroy Head of Procurement


Kate Mackonochie  Director of Producing

Tracey Low  Executive Producer

Richard Morgan  Executive Producer

Fiona Pride  Executive Producer

Becky Shepherd Head of Scheduling

Anna Moutrey Senior Producer

Emma Cameron Producer *

Natasha Chubbuck  Producer

Steph Clarke Producer *

Henrietta Duckworth Producer *

Shanaz Gulzar  Producer

Mai Komoriya  Producer

Kwong Lee  Producer

Angela McSherry Producer *

Dawn Prentice Producer *

Axel Satgé Producer *

Peter Vance Producer (The Welcome)

Hannah Clapham-Clark  Associate Producer

Katherine Wilde  Associate Producer

Laura Allan  Production Administrator

Abigail Hellam  Production Administrator

Skills & Training:

Gary Briggs  Head of Factory Academy

Katy Egan-Daynes  Cultural Skills & Training Coordinator

Kiran Sethi Cultural Skills & Training Coordinator

Michael Riley-Jones Factory Academy Tutor

Maimuna Ndow Factory Academy Administrator

Beau Fildes Factory Academy Intern

Olivia Fitzpatrick Factory Academy Intern


Feimatta Conteh Sustainability Manager


Jack Thompson Technical Director

Paul Moore  Head of Production & Facilities

Kelly Rossington-Otter  Technical Coordinator

The Factory transition:

Elliot Willis Factory Sales Consultant*

Nadia Balfe Project Manager

Marenka Vossen Project Officer (Transition)

Visitor Experience:

Adam Ryall-Waite Head of Visitor Experience

Roles marked with an asterisk (*) are freelance.

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.