Our Trustees

Cowley Road Works board of volunteer trustees.

We have vacancies to join our board, so if you have ain interest in the arts, culture and building stronger communities please contact director@cowleyroadworks.org for more information. In particular we are recruiting a new Treasurer, please download the recruitment pack for details.

2020 Treasurer Recruitment Pack

Mark Crampton Smith (Co-Chair)

As a business committed to building sustainable communities, and embedded in East Oxford, it was logical that College and County should offer our services to CRW to help with developing a range of projects celebrating the area’s diversity and vibrancy and to ensure requisite support for the exceptional annual Carnival.

Ketlin Stroo

Ketlin Stroo


Ketlin is a chartered accountant in Oxford. Prior to that, she was a youth worker, managing youth centres, working with young people and communities. Ketlin is passionate about bringing communities together.

Zaheer Qureshi

Zaheer is commerce graduate and qualified member of Association of Accounting Technicians. Treasurer of the Asian Cultural Centre. Administrator /consultant and book-keeper for the local businesses. He performs the valuable task of keeping for the Cowley Road Works accounts in good order

Paul Wolf

Paul has been involved in community development in the Cowley Road area for many years, working for public and voluntary sector organisations that serve some of the more marginalised members of the local population.

Paul was the NHS rep for East Oxford Action, and was involved in establishing Carnival in 2001 as a part of the regeneration programme in the area. Paul has continued to be actively involved in sustaining delivery of Carnival since then, when it was initially funded from central government sources, and he has supported the smooth transition of Carnival to charitable status in 2008 when central funding drew to an end.

Sarah Connor

Sarah works as a solicitor in Oxford but in a previous career she worked in the heritage sector as an archaeologist and maintains an enthusiasm for the historic environment and all things old and worthy!  Sarah lives in East Oxford with her family and is very invested in its community and its future.

Michelle Chin (Young Trustee)

Michelle is a recent Fine Art graduate of Christ Church, University of Oxford and the Ruskin School of Art.

During her undergraduate course, she had been supporting local charities and issues close to the community through The Student Consultancy, the Oxford Hub and Project SOUP.

Michelle’s art practice also focuses on engaging with local people and the surroundings: running workshops, delivering public performances and interactive installations around Oxford.

Through her role as a Young Trustee, she hopes to connect students with Oxford residents through the arts and cultural events like the Carnival.

Pax Nindi

Author, researcher, event organiser and consultant Pax is a carnival expert and guru. He has been involved in UK and international carnivals since the mid-80s. He has served as a senior member in the Arts Council of England national office, written the 2007 National Carnival Arts Strategy and the book On Route Carnival. He has produced international Carnival Conferences, researched and initiated International Carnival Fellowships in Brazil, Trinidad, Europe and USA.

Pax directed Bristol’s St Paul’s Carnival, was Creative Director for Europe’s only purpose built Carnival Centre (UKCCA) where he produced and directed Eastern region Olympics carnival project “Carnival Cross Roads”, directed the Luton International Carnival, the Brazil Encontro and European projects in Denmark, UK, Hungary and Germany. He is currently the Vice President of the World Carnival Commission (Canada), Company Director of Circus Development Agency, Patron for the Charity Soul of Africa and Carnaval del Peublo, Creative Director for Hackney and also Hull International Carnivals.

Pax has been a fundraiser and cultural arts consultant for various arts organisations including Leeds Carnival (UK), Junkanoo Commandos (Bahamas), Notting Hill Carnival (UK), Yle de Egba (Brazil), Miami Carnival (USA) Recife Carnival (Brazil), Carifete (Canada), Rampage Mas Band (UK) and Tumaini Education Trust (Kenya).