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The Team

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.

Duchess of Bedford, Festival Patron.


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Programming Committee:

Ellie Beedham, The Place
Emma Bennard, Streetwise Opera
Terry Bishop, Bloomsbury Colleges
Dee Burn, School of Advanced Study
Steve Cross, UCL
Roger Llewellyn, Goodenough College
Jon Millington, Institute of English Studies
Katie Nugent, SOAS

Festival Patrons:

The Duchess of Bedford
Prof. Chris Husbands, Director, Institute of Education
Prof. Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Study
Prof. Paul Webley, Director and Principal, SOAS
Prof. Michael Worton, Vice Provost, UCL


Board of Trustees:

Paul Wyman (Chair) Untitled1
Now retired and working on a number of charitable committees in the arts and 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.


Deba Mithal (Treasurer) deba
After qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1993, Deba Mithal has worked in a variety of finance roles covering various industries including IT, fund management and film. She has spent the past 9 years heading up the finance team for Kudos Film & Television one of the major drama producers in the UK, where she is currently Finance Director. Deba has lived in Bloomsbury for 7 years.


Simon Christmas simon
As an independent social and market researcher, working for senior clients across the private and public sectors Dr Simon Christmas has lived and worked in Bloomsbury since 2000. In his spare moments, Simon is a writer and librettist, with works performed at Glyndebourne, King’s Place and the very first Bloomsbury Festival.


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After 20 years as an editor, publisher & broadcaster on international performing arts & cultural policy, Paul Cutts left journalism in 2008 to become the NESTA-funded Creative Economy Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. Working for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & the Cleveland Orchestra in Ohio he returned to take up his post as CEO of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group in May 2009 running a network of 22 organisations in South Kensington. In April 2013 he became the first CEO of the National Funding Scheme, a new charity helping arts and heritage organisations raise money using digital technology. A trained pianist, singer and composer, Paul holds a 1st in English & a postgraduate journalism diploma from Cardiff. As a leader in transforming lives through the arts he was music director of a London community choir for five years, chair of his local community arts festival in south London for two years, a trustee of Making Music for four years & is chair of The Bach Choir from September 2013.


John Ainley john
In a 30-year career across Engineering, Retail and Financial services John Ainley was on the executive committees of: WH Smith plc; Norwich Union plc and finally Aviva plc, as Global Head of HR. As well as coach and advisor, John has sat on the boards of the CIPD and the Centre for Executive Education (CEDEP) at INSEAD & serves as a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration committee chair of the West Bromwich Building Society. John has a degree in Law and is a Companion of the CIPD. John’s passions include: Writing; Rugby (Union and League) and travel.


Sally Muckley
With over sixteen years experience as an arts fundraiser Sally Muckley has worked in a variety of roles at a number of artistic institutions including Tate, English National Opera, Sadler’s Wells and English National Ballet. She recently joined the Design Museum, where she is currently Director of Fundraising.


Sally Macdonald sally
With responsibility for UCL’s three public museums, its many teaching and research collections, and museum-based schools outreach, Sally MacDonald is Director of UCL Museums and Public Engagement. She has worked in museums for over 20 years, leading museums of archaeology, decorative arts and social history, and winning several personal and institutional awards for innovation and achievement. Her remit at UCL includes responsibility for public engagement across the university.


Noel Murphy
After 20 years working in the book trade at Waterstone’s in Stratford on Avon & several branches in the UK and Ireland Noel Murphy became Promotions Manager for the chain in 1998. In 2000 he moved into publishing with Bloomsbury to help develop their website. He joined Faber in 2002 becoming Marketing Director in 2003 and was part of the management team that returned Faber to profit bringing the coveted accolade of Publisher of the Year to Faber in 2006. From 2007 to 2012 he was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council. Noel is now the Sales and Marketing Director of Yale University Press.