Festival Director – Kate Anderson (View Kate’s profile)
Artistic Associates – Bill Gee and Orit Azaz
Senior Programme Manager – John-Paul Muir
Programme Manager – Jodie Adams (View Jodie’s profile)
Operations Manager – Sharon Brooks
Marketing & PR Manager – Claire Bowdler
Design & Branding Manager – Gillian Allmark
Fundraising and Admin Officer – Alex Wiseman (View Alex’s Profile)
Bookkeeper – Penelope Eaton


Creative and production teams include:
Emma Bernard
Patrick Sandford
Elizabeth Dearnley
Lia Prentaki,
Jess Hudsley
Laura Halliwell
Elena Grice

Festival Patrons

Her Grace The Duchess of Bedford
Professor Michael Arthur , President and Provost of UCL
The Rt Hon Keir Starmer QC MP

“The Bloomsbury Festival has succeeded in drawing together a multiplicity of local people, institutions and organisations large and small to showcase the enormous pool of talent, commitment and enthusiasm that lies within Bloomsbury’s boundaries”.
The Duchess of Bedford – Patron

Our Board of Trustees

Paul Wyman (Chair) Untitled1
Now retired and working on a number of charitable committees in the arts & education, Paul Wyman previously provided environmental consultancy to SMEs, was the MD of IT software & services companies for 16 years & earlier in his career was an HR Director. Paul is a graduate of Warwick Business School. His main interests are in performing arts, principally opera as well as fine arts. He sings in the Oxford Bach Choir.

John Ainley
John is the CEO of Alexander, the UK’s leading provider of coaching and advice to the most senior leaders in business. Prior to this he had a 30-year corporate career across Engineering, Retail and Financial services, being a member of the executive committees of: WH Smith plc; Norwich Union plc and  Aviva plc, as Global Head of HR. John has sat on the boards of the CIPD and the Centre for Executive Education (CEDEP) at INSEAD & has served as a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration committee chair in financial services and healthcare companies. John has a degree in Law, is a Certified business coach and a Companion of the CIPD.

Michael Buffham-Wade
Michael Buffham-Wade leads the experience team across the commercial banking business for HSBC UK. With nearly 20 years experience in financial services working across customer-facing and strategy roles from consumer insurance, retail banking, corporate structured finance, financial markets and institutional banking, he has a deep understanding in meeting customer needs and simplifying the customer journey. Michael began his career in television production and management in Australia which he believes was the foundation for engaging and informing audiences and forms the basis of leading with effective communications to ensure customer success.

Jason Geen ARB RIBA

Jason is an architect, Studio Leader and Partner for the London based architectural studio of RPP. He is a graduate of the Plymouth School of Architecture and is a member of both ARB and the RIBA. Jason was the Project Architect for the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, a £47m Arts Centre on the banks of the river Tyne and spent 5 years, both at an early conceptual stage and then on site for 3 years in the late 1990’s delivering this award winning design. This experience has proven to be formative in his development as an architect as well as nurturing a number of lasting friendships with artists and individuals from within the art world. Jason is currently working on a wide ranging portfolio of projects from residential and retail to proposals for the energy industry and the arts.  He is a keen traveller and climber, having explored the wilds of landscapes as remote and diverse as Alaska, Bolivia and Nepal and has taught extensively in architectural schools both in the UK and abroad. Jason joined the board of the Bloomsbury Festival in 2016.

Michael Dixon
Michael is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience in the Arts sector. He has held finance and non-finance roles at the BBC, Royal Albert Hall and English National Ballet. Michael is currently the Finance Director at the Roundhouse.

Profile picAlicia Wilson
As a commercial litigation solicitor at Mishcon de Reya LLP, Alicia works in a variety of sectors for a broad range of clients.  Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Alicia spent a number of years in media and publishing, working for Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.



Jane Lingham
Jane is the Director for Media and Brand Strategy at the BBC. During her career in advertising, branding and marketing Jane has worked across many brands, in multiple sectors (cars, banking, media, groceries, alcohol, utilities, travel, FMCG, transport). She is currently responsible for shaping brand strategy across the BBC portfolio, and manages the promotion of BBC content across its media inventory (TV, radio and online).