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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
Administrator

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.

admin@cowleyroadworks.org

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

Benjamin Turner
Technical Coordinator

Benjamin hopes that his experience working with large outdoor events combined with his love of music and the arts will lead to a fruitful relationship with Cowley Road Works in his role as Technical Coordinator. He has proven experience working with the vibrant dynamics of Oxford, including being the lead Event Management contractor for the St. Giles Fair, Site Manager for Oxford Christmas Light Festival and Production Manager for May Morning. He is keen to dive deeper into Oxfords cultural offerings and help continue to make the carnival a success.

Benjamin has also worked as part of the event control team for Boomtown Festival, as a entrance manager for the London New Year Firework Show and as part of the production team behind Brighton Pride.

If you want to contact Benjamin, please email  technical@cowleyroadworks.org

Gemma Fryer
Volunteers Coordinator

This is Gemma’s first year with Cowley Road Works although she has been an attendee at the carnival for many years. She has a background in theatre and volunteer management and a longstanding love for carnival, costume and the Arts. As well as attending Venice Carnival, Gemma has worked on and participated in Notting Hill Carnival. She is a print designer and illustrator and has a passion for diversity, equality and working in the community.

 

If you want to volunteer or contact Gemma, please email: 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