We'd like to give a big welcome to MIF board members Faz Barber, Lamia Dabboussy and Laura Jordan-Bambach. The newest appointments to the team bring expertise in media, advertising and youth culture.

Laura is an industry leader in the design sector and an award-winning gender diversity activist, encouraging those underrepresented in the sector to pursue roles in the creatives industries. Lamia has the upmost proficiency in talent development, audience focus, digital production and distribution; whilst Faz has a background in performance and architecture and has sat on MIF’s Young People’s Forum since 2019.

Faz Barber, MIF board member

“I am incredibly grateful to be appointed on the board at an organisation that has supported my career in the arts over the past two years. I hope to be a diverse voice by bringing a young current perspective and utilise my knowledge in architecture and performing arts to influence the decision-making process for the development of The Factory and MIF23..”

Credit Lamia Dabboussy

“I’m thrilled to be joining the MIF board at this absolutely transformational time. I’ve long admired MIF’s huge creative ambition – particularly its desire to pioneer new experiences for audiences – and The Factory provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on MIF’s mission all year round: Working with local communities, talent and partners alongside the world’s best artists to create visionary new work for Manchester and beyond.”


Credit Laura Jordan-Bambach

“I’m hugely excited about joining the board of Manchester International Festival/The Factory. It’s the most inclusive, experimental and creative festival in the UK and a leader on the world stage and I'm pleased to be part of such a wonderful organisation!”


We're delighted that they are joining us as we prepare for The Factory's opening next year.

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