David Gooda – Chair
David joined the board of Barnaby Festival in 2015, and took up the reins when Founding Chair, Lynne Jones stepped down following 2016’s record-breaking Festival. He moved to Macclesfield in 2002, and has been involved in a number of civic and charity boards in the town over the past decade. David runs a small communications business, enjoys writing and singing, and often walks long distances.
Abi established the MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice at The University of Manchester and works with colleagues in the Institute for Cultural Practices on other postgraduate programmes. She is involved in a range of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities concerning the value of the arts and relationships between culture, policy and place. She speaks regularly on these topics at academic conferences and sector symposia. Within the University, Abi is a member of Policy@Manchester and affiliated to the Manchester Urban Institute. Among her responsibilities outside the University, Abi is a trustee for arts charities, Abandon Normal Devices and the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, and is Chair of Brighter Sound.
Nicola has been in Macclesfield since 2016, and enjoyed her first Barnaby immensely while settling into the town. Nicola joined the board in late 2017 and in 2018 enjoyed programming the ‘Women’s Town’ strand and serving beer and gin in the Barnaby Tap! Nicola is a coach and facilitator at Happen Together CIC, often working with small organisations and charities to improve teamwork through collaboration and good governance. Also a Director of Find It Film , sharing and inspiring through the stories of women in sport and adventure.
Manny is Headteacher at Tytherington School, Macclesfield. Born, raised and educated in South London, he attended a comprehensive school and then went to Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Prior to joining Tytherington School, Emmanuel was Deputy Headteacher for Raising Standards in a semi-rural school in South Oxfordshire where he had oversight of achievement at Key Stage 4. Prior to this, he taught in an inner city comprehensive in East Oxford. He has been Headteacher at Tytherington School for just over three years. His leadership was described as “inspirational and dynamic” in their most recent Ofsted inspection. His outside interests include Arsenal Football club and charity work. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Poynton, Cheshire.
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Mandy Martinez – Festival Manager
Mandy is an arts/publishing marketing and events consultant with more than 25 years experience ranging from London fringe and West End theatres to Manchester International Festival. Mandy was also Marketing Director of Time Out Group, creating numerous cultural, sponsorship and commercial initiatives across Time Out magazine, travel and lifestyle guides. Mandy joined the team as Festival Manager in October 2017.
Diana Hamilton – Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Diana has worked managing cultural projects in the North West for over 13 years. Diana is passionate about developing arts-led regeneration, finding roles for cultural people and organisations in regeneration projects, delivering socially engaging practice; and extending the role of culture within neighbourhoods. Previous and current projects include Spodden Valley Revealed – an eco museum in the landscape – owned and managed by the community, the Irwell Sculpture Trail – a 33 mile sculpture trail and The Print Mill – a community run arts facility on the high street. Diana leads on community engagement and outreach work for the festival.
Barnaby Parade – John Hartsthorn
Music – Jane Birch
Theatre and Performance – Sam Redway
Literature and Spoken Word – Ailsa Holland
Outdoor and Installation – Jane Munro
Science – Megan Argo
Visual Arts – Mike Thorpe