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The team

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Festival Director Kate Anderson
Festival Co-ordinator Caroline Kerlogue
Programming John-Paul Muir and Philip Parr
Festival Producer Jessica Hudsley


Festival Patrons

The Duchess of Bedford
Professor Roger Kain Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Study
Professor Paul Webley Director and Principal, SOAS
Professor Michael Arthur Provost and President, UCL


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.


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An independent social and market research expert, Simon works with senior clients across the public, third and private sectors. In his spare moments, he is a writer and librettist, with works performed at Glyndebourne, King’s Place, Cadogan Hall and the very first Bloomsbury Festival. He has lived and worked in Bloomsbury since 2000.


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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.


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.


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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.


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.


Andrew Clark
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.