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-ordinated all of the artists workshops at the festival in 2021.

Judith Boulton  – Administrator, Volunteers & Event Support

Judith moved into Broadway in early 2021 and took the opportunity of getting involved in village life straightaway by volunteering as a steward and in the ticket office at this year’s festival.

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  – Festival Director

A freelance Marketing Consultant supporting small businesses and charities across the UK, Alison originally was 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 and led the team in delivering the festival in challenging circumstances during Covid in June 2021.

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. We worked hard to give the area something really special to look forward to in June 2021 despite everything Covid threw at us, I hope you enjoyed it!

Annie Brenchley – Art Competition

As a Paint-off competitor in 2019 and 2021, an art exhibitor, a ‘Plein Air workshop’ participant and also a steward, Annie now joins the team to bring this personal experience along with her passion for art to support the Broadway Arts Festival team, with a particular focus on the Open Art competition and Exhibition.

Having worked for over 25 years in account development in the management and training industry, she hopes her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for art will result in a great experience for visitors and artists at future Broadway Arts Festival events.

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.

 

Jane Heap – Event Support

Jane spent her working life in secondary education, latterly as Head of Religious Studies and Head of Careers at Putney High School (GDST). These roles involved the organisation of whole school events over many years, the largest being School Centenary Service at Westminster Abbey.

She has a particular interest in music and drama stemming from her involvement in productions at Cambridge University.  Having spent much of the past four years in Broadway, and as a member of the Broadway Players, Jane has been impressed by the great community spirit and the imaginative range of events on offer.

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!

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 will be using 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, now in it’s 10th year, and 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, but in the meantime I’m going to enjoy the challenge of training my collie puppy and looking forward to my son’s wedding!

Chrissy Wainwright – Schools Liaison & Dance

Chrissy joined the committee after singing in the exhilarating Mozart Requiem choral day in 2018 with Peter Nardone and throwing a pot! Originally a teacher of PE, dance and English, she gained postgraduate degrees in dance and physical theatre and spent two years devising and performing before joining Birmingham Royal Ballet as Outreach Projects Manager.

Chris’ role is to bring dance to the festival, coordinate family arts and develop the festival outreach programme in the local schools. “I volunteer because a creative mindset is key to education and bringing young people into direct contact with professional artists can be magical and potentially life-changing”. Covid has stalled plans for Jive and Lindyhop workshops this year but they will be back in 2023!

Lesley Wood Broadway

Lesley Wood – Theatre & Short Story Competition

Lesley joined the management committee in 2020, taking on responsibility for the festival’s drama events and the short story competition. She has a lifelong passion for dramatic arts, particularly musical theatre, and is known for performing and directing with amdram and operatic societies here in Broadway and South Devon. She particularly enjoys working with young people and formerly ran a children’s theatre group which she found inspiring and rewarding.

Dance features heavily in Lesley’s life, and over recent years she has enjoyed mastering the disciplines of Ballroom and Latin Dance. Coming from a family of artists and art teachers, Lesley also has a keen interest in contemporary art.