The Team

Cowley Road Works is made up of a board of volunteer trustees, an Executive Director, a number of volunteer advisers and a small but dedicated freelance staff team who work part time to cover all aspects of organising the event. If you would like to find out about joining the team please see vacancies, join or team of volunteers or email director@cowleyroadworks.org

Micaela Tuckwell
Executive Director

Micaela joined Cowley Road Works this year and has a background in arts fundraising and charity development. Most recently, as a fundraiser for the Story Museum in Oxford she was part of a small team raising funds towards the museum’s £6m capital redevelopment campaign and previously as project manager for Oxford-based community education charity Jacari.

She has lived in Oxford for over 10 years and is continually motivated by the energy and enthusiasm of the organisers, volunteers, participants and supporters of Oxford’s wide-ranging quality arts and community projects and actively champions this community through Cowley Road Works.

She says: “My main aim is to strengthen the long-term future of Carnival so that this, one of the region’s biggest free multicultural community arts events, is still here in another 18 years time. Oxford’s communities deserve great quality, sustainable cultural events that everyone can participate in and enjoy.”

sarah airey

Sarah Airey
PR and Marketing Officer & Press

Get in touch with Sarah if you would like more information about Carnival for articles and broadcast. Also if you would like to get involved as an official film-maker or photographer. Sarah has her own marketing communications and PR consultancy, the Buzzworks, and joined the team to publicise the Carnival for the first time in summer 2014. She has extensive experience and works with many businesses in Oxfordshire and beyond. She also organises the annual Blenheim 7k charity run at Blenheim Palace.
marketing@cowleyroadworks.org / sarah.airey@thebuzzworks.co.uk

Heather Dunmore

Heather Dunmore

Heather was a founder member of the team involved in setting up Oxfringe (Oxford’s Fringe Festival), becoming Festival Director in 2011. Alongside her role at Cowley Road Carnival she is a published playwright.


Anya Fox

Anya Fox
Artistic Producer

Anya has been running the Carnival procession since 2011. She has a background in theatre and works mainly on large outdoor community events, as a procession and production and stage manager.

Anya’s passion for her work is fired by being able to give communities and individuals the opportunity to come to the streets and show themselves off. Cowley Road Carnival is a wonderful example of this, she says: “it is a great to see  what people, from different cultures and diverse backgrounds, can achieve when given the chance”.

To contact Anya please email her at artistic_producer@cowleyroadworks.org

Miff Crockford

Miff Crockford
Outreach Coordinator

To contactMiff please email her at outreach@cowleyroadworks.org

Simon Tipping

Simon Tipping

Simon Tipping brings his love for Carnival to the team. He has attended the Trinidad and Venice carnivals, participated at the Rio carnival with Paul Davies and his Embaixadores da Alegria, travelled to Bei Jing, China with Ali Pretty’s kinetika and her Imagination Our Nation project, as well as show casing the work of Festive Road at the Thames festival night time carnival.

Simon has over 30 years’ experience in managing and creating numerous activities and events for local authorities around the country as well as creating his own large scale events such as ‘Walking with Giants’ for Central Milton Keynes.


Hannah Murray
Volunteers Coordinator

If you want to volunteer contact: volunteers@cowleyroadworks.org

Nicola Holland

Stalls and Traders Coordinator

To email Nicola please contact her at stalls@cowleyroadworks.org

Volunteers photograph by Laura Greene
Volunteers photograph by Laura Greene

Our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to our team. We have all sorts of roles available to work with us throughout the year – from helping with our accounts and book-keeping to photograhy, social media and marketing to stewarding on Carnival Day itself.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers please email volunteers@cowleyroadworks.org