Meet the Team

Dr. Mandy Curtis
Event Director | Global Educator

BACKGROUND: History of Art & Archaeology Degree (Africa and Asia) | PGCE Primary | PhD: Human Geography

EXPERIENCE: 20 years in events, education and research, with a focus on diversity, inclusion and community. Lecturer in International Event Management with University of  Brighton.

ENJOYS: Camper van trips, live music

PHOTO CREDITS: Alexander Brattell

Meena Winter
Senior Event Producer

BACKGROUND: BA Hons Language Studies with German and Public Relations

EXPERIENCE: 15 years experience in Marketing, Events and Business Development.

ENJOYS: Travelling, gym, walking and spending time with my family and friends.

Lesley Shareif
Accounts Administrator

BACKGROUND: BA Hons Development Studies.

EXPERIENCE: Worked in project & general office administration since 2004 and been in accounts based environments since 1996.

ENJOYS: Photography, badminton, reading, travelling, theatre, concerts, art

Ruth England
Global Educator

BACKGROUND: Fine Art, Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Post Compulsory Education, Post Graduate Certificate: Education for Sustainability

EXPERIENCE: Community Artist and Active Citizenship facilitator, 10 years working in Global Education, coordinating work with schools and teacher training.

ENJOYS: Art, photography, swimming, languages

Sandra Hui
Digital Media Officer

BACKGROUND: Designer and programmer.

EXPERIENCE: 12+ years designing for a wide range of industries including non-profit companies and international commercial entities.

ENJOYS: Reading, crocheting, designing and sitting in giant beanbags with a mug of hot chocolate.

Johanna Carter
Volunteers Coordinator

BACKGROUND: Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, followed by an HNC Business Information Technology qualification.

EXPERIENCE: 18 years working in the theatre and events as a Stage Manager, followed by 21 years working in Technology as IT Support and Software Asset Manager. Brought up in a British diplomat’s family which gave me excellent inter-personal skills.

ENJOYS: Ballroom and Latin dancing, singing in choirs, drumming with a local Samba band. Walking, watching movies with friends and working outdoor events when the sun shines.

Juan Bishop
Marketing and Production Officer

BACKGROUND: Digital Music Production, Live Audio Technical, Event Management and Digital Design.

EXPERIENCE: With over 12 years of extensive experience in live production, I have held various roles from backline head of department to mix engineer for festivals with capacities exceeding 30,000 attendees. I also bring over 5 years of managerial expertise in overseeing lettings and venue management.

ENJOYS: Spending time with my wife and our two young children.

Xanthe Gresham




Mary Bowen
Events Production Assistant