Abi Gilmore (Co-chair)
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 Waterworth (Co-Chair)
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, facilitator and change agent currently working with the Centre for Ageing Better and Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of the GM Ageing Hub. Nicola is also a director of Find It Film , sharing and inspiring through the stories of women in sport and adventure.
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.
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.
Nigel joined the board in 2019 and is a Chartered Accountant turned self-employed IT consultant. He graduated from Manchester University having studied Computer Science & Accounting and has lived in Macclesfield since then. He is also interested in heritage railways and digital photography.
Greg van Enk-Bones
Born and bred in Macclesfield, Lauren is currently studying full-time for an MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice at the University of Manchester, after graduating with a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Leeds in 2018. Alongside her studies, Lauren is actively involved with the North West’s arts and cultural sector, working for Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Macclesfield Museums. At 24, Lauren hopes to act as a ‘young representative’ on the Barnaby board and is part of ‘The Young Trustee Movement’, a movement aiming to increase the number of young trustees on boards in England and Wales.”
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Isla Brown – Festival Manager
Mandy Martinez – MBF programming Team – West Park
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 – MBF programming Team – West Park
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.
Lauren Wilson – Participation & Learning Coordinator
Lauren is passionate about community arts and the power of young people. She splits her working week between her role as Participation and Learning Coordinator at Barnaby Festival and communicating the work of social and collaborative arts agency Heart of Glass in St Helens.
Margaret Bennett – Programming, PR and Artist Liaison
Alison Lea – Volunteer Coordinator
Alison has lived and worked in Macclesfield since 1995. She is a classically trained musician and has worked as an orchestral percussionist, theatre MD and pianist and musical educator. She is also a published children’s composer. Her interests include dancing, learning Italian, and walking in the countryside around Macclesfield.