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 she is currently busy co-ordinating all of the artists workshops for 2021.

Alison Braithwaite

Alison Braithwaite  – Operations & Marketing

A freelance Marketing Consultant supporting small businesses and charities across the UK, I have been involved with the festival since 2017.

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 are working hard to give the area something really special to look forward to in June 2021.

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 – Art Exhibition

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.  Her responsibilities on the committee are helping to oversee the Art Competition Exhibition and to support other events as required. 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.

Hopefully 2021 will mark a resurgence of the Arts in our national and local life and Broadway will be a shining example.

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!

John Noott – Art Competition

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!
John, with help from his artistic family, is heading up the overseeing of the “all new” open art competition and selling exhibition at Theatrebarn this year, and is also on the panel of judges.


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 and hope 2021 can allow us to do this, but in the meantime I’m going to enjoy the challenge of training my collie puppy and looking forward to my son’s wedding in May!

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 programme in the 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

Lesley joined the management committee in 2020, taking on responsibility for the festival’s drama events and 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.