Festival Director and Staff
Festival Director – Kate Anderson
Festival Manager – Ana Gillespie
Programme Managers – Caggy Kerlogue and John-Paul Muir
Marketing Manager – Binita Walia
Designer – Gillian Allmark
Bookkeeper – Penelope Eaton
The Duchess of Bedford
Professor Michael Arthur – Provost and President, UCL
Professor Roger Kain – Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Study
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)
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 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.
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.
Andrew Clark is Director of Research Planning at UCL, specialising in developing cross-disciplinary research programmes. Before joining UCL in 2008, he worked for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He studied Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, as well as teaching for the Open University and writing a popular science book on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He lives in North London, and is a keen enthusiast for rugby, opera and ballet.
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.
Sally is a fundraising professional with extensive experience working for a number of major charities over the past 20 years, including Tate, London Business School, English National Opera, Sadler’s Wells and English National Ballet. She most recently led the capital campaign for the new Design Museum in Kensington and is currently a freelance fundraising consultant.
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.
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.