Introducing our very hardworking Management Committee

Julie Allen – Workshops

Julie became involved in the Management Committee in November 2018. She’d previously attended many of the excellent art workshops and events over the years and felt really proud to live in a village where this scale of event was hosted.

When she retired from banking in 2019 it felt like time to give something back and she enjoys using her skills to do this. She’s volunteered to help with different tasks including working on the website, planning and risk management and co-ordinates all of the artists workshops at the festival.

Judith Boulton  – Box Office Manager

Judith moved into Broadway in early 2021 and took the opportunity of getting involved in village life straightaway by volunteering as a steward and took over the running of the Box Office in 2023.

She has a background in the telecoms industry, worked in primary education and her last job was as a church administrator. She has a particular interest in the performing arts and she’s looking forward to contributing to the success of future festivals.

Judith enjoys cycling and walking in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.

Alison Braithwaite

Alison Braithwaite  – Festival Director

Alison was originally employed to take on the marketing & PR for the festival in 2017. She was asked by the Trustees to take over the helm in 2019.

Always having had an interest in and love of the arts, theatre & photography in particular, it is a real pleasure for me to be in a position to work with and promote the talented individuals and organisations that bring so much creativity and pleasure to everyone who attends the festival. The 2023 festival has been a fabulous celebration of the Arts and it was so uplifting to see so many dancing the night away in the marquee, enjoying superb outdoor theatre at Broadway Tower and people getting together and learning new skills at our many creative workshops.

Amanda Cockle – Volunteer Coordinator & Theatre

My husband and I moved to Broadway,  married at St Eadburghas, our two children attended St Mary’s School,  we have been here for 30 years now and have established close ties with the village during that time.

My working life was spent in Nursing , but I am now retired and took on voluntary roles, most recently at The Tourist Information Centre and latterly the Arts Festival which I thoroughly enjoyed, inspiring to become more involved.

I spend my leisure time going to theatre and concerts, as well as walking in the Cotswolds.

Andrew Dakin – Non-Exec Chair

A resident of Broadway and the surrounding area for over 30 years, Andrew is a retired Sales & Marketing Director for a multinational manufacturing company.

An opera and classical music lover, and also keen on theatre and all types of art. Andrew is also on the Board of Trustees for the festival.

 

Mary Hodgkinson – Event Support

My husband Graham and I ran our own business on the South Coast for some twenty years and we retired to Broadway in 2019.

Having always been interested in the Arts in general, I felt drawn to volunteer at the Broadway Festival which I enjoyed immensely and now find myself getting a little more involved!

Sarah Jemmett – Workshops & Exhibitions

Sarah is a Cotswold-based contemporary artist who has been actively participating in festival events over the years.  In 2023, she had the pleasure of contributing as a dedicated volunteer, and her experience left a lasting impression.  Her commitment to the charity’s mission of supporting the arts, specifically through bursaries for young students and an education programme for local schools, is unwavering.

With a strong background in the finance industry, Sarah brings a wealth of skills and experience that she hopes to leverage for the benefit of the charity.  In addition to her financial acumen, she has been running her thriving art practice since 2016, giving her invaluable experience in organising and curating exhibitions as well as conducting workshops.

Sarah’s passion for the arts and her belief in the power of artistic expression to uplift and her dedication, combined with her diverse skill set and artistic background, is sure to contribute to the continued success of the art festival and the charity’s initiatives.

Amy McLelland – Art Competition

Amy brings a wealth of creative experience to the festival – with a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree from Bath Spa University, several Artist Residencies (including funding by the Arts Council England) and years of practice holding exhibitions across the Midlands, Amy now works as a commercial art dealer in Birmingham. She is a strong believer in art being accessible to all, and is well known for making the world of ‘commercial art’ welcoming to people of all budgets, experience and backgrounds.

Joining the festival primarily to work on the Open Art Competition and Exhibition, she uses her gallery and curatorial experience to elevate what is already a very successful and popular competition even further. She is also very keen on developing the event as an opportunity for up and coming artists to boost awareness of their practices and sell their artworks to new collectors!

John Noott – Advisor

Art dealer John and his family have been successfully art dealing in Broadway for over forty years, and have a keen commercial eye for what is a good picture.
He lives in the house where, in 1885, John Singer Sargeant painted ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’, and was inspired to celebrate the long tradition of painting and the arts in Broadway by starting the Broadway Arts Festival in 2010. He is so pleased to see it going from strength to strength. Our longest serving member!

 

Sue Voysey – Music

Originally from Churchdown, I moved back to the Cotswolds in 2016 after 25 years in the north-west as a professional musician, and was thrilled to be invited to join Broadway Arts Festival Management Committee as Music Programmer.

Now a freelance artistic planner and creative producer for the Hallé’s extensive Pops and festival schedule, both at home and abroad, I also work with talented young musicians at Bristol Pre-Conservatoire and teach several of Broadway’s budding pianists! I’m passionate about showcasing the best of local talent as well as bringing international artists to the festival.