Meet the Team
Bath Festivals is a charity that brings some of the finest international musicians, speakers and writers to entertain audiences, in the beautiful venues and spaces of our world heritage city. By creating innovative and diverse programmes, our festivals inspire and provide unique experiences for residents and visitors to Bath. Find out more about our team below.
Ian Stockley, Chief Executive Officer
His role is growing Bath Festivals’ contribution to the positive impact that the arts can have on people’s lives. He is a graduate of LSE and trained at Royal Academy of Music, singing professionally for 10 years. A career in marketing followed, growing his own agency. He joined Bath Festivals as a trustee prior to becoming CEO in 2017. He spends his time away from work with family, travelling, playing tennis and singing.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: The schools’ project designed around the timeless themes of Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Forum in 2018. This was done in partnership with Bath Philharmonia and Wiltshire Music Centre, with a community choir, students from the Guildhall School of Music and young professional singers.
Hazel Plowman, Head of Creative Learning
Her role is to produce festival focused and year round music and literature projects for children and young people in B&NES and beyond. She works with schools, youth settings, community groups and charities as well as other Bath based arts organisations in her work. Hazel has worked at Bath Festivals since 2012. She’s worked in the arts in Bath for 20 years, running her own arts company and as a freelance arts project manager. A good book, a cup of tea and a biscuit keep her going through most things.
Favourite Bath Festivals moments: The Young Producers event in 2019 – Generation Zero Presents, one of the many Schools Commission performances in the Abbey, or a cup of tea and a sit down in the green room with the team.
Kate Hall, Programme Director
Kate is responsible for pulling all the elements of the programme together, mainly the production. She also works closely with all the programmers. Kate has a background in television, and has worked on everything from Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Blue Peter to Tops of the Pops and The Royal Variety Performance. She is currently studying for an MBA in Leadership at our Creative Partner University, Bath Spa. She also loves wild swimming and walking with Daisy, her very fluffy dog.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Party in the City and the atmosphere it brings to Bath.
Rebecca Wheeler, Finance Officer
Rebecca’s role is to balance the books to ensure that the festivals’ team and its visiting authors and musicians get paid. She has been working in finance since leaving school, both in the City of London and New York, and now beautiful Bath.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Hearing Henry Winkler inspire a room of dyslexic kids to be unafraid of their future.
Jasmine Barker, Head of Marketing and Communications
Her role is to work with her marketing team to make sure as many people know about the festivals as possible. As a keen arts marketer and stats geek, Jasmine enjoys delving into audience analysis to find out what makes them tick. She is happiest listening to live music at festivals, dressed head to toe in glitter and sequins!
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Party in the City, every year it kicks off the festival and the whole of Bath comes together to party, creating a tremendous buzz. After all the planning and hard work, the festival has finally begun and team spirit is always on a high!
Sophie Mayhew, Digital Marketing Officer
Having performed from a young age at Party in The City with school band KES SOUL, Sophie has always thought of The Bath Festival as an absolute highlight of the cultural calendar in Bath. Now on the other side of the stage, Sophie works behind the scenes, following graduating from The University of Bristol with Liberal Arts – with a variety of journalistic, marketing, events, social media and comms experience under her belt – to join Jasmine on the marketing team. Sophie loves the buzz of live events and enjoys creating such experiences for people. She is happiest traveling, exploring, in the sea, socialising with friends and loves a G&T.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Performing as lead vocalist at Komedia as part of Party in the City in 2018, serenading an audience of 400 to Jools Holland!
Kate Abbey, Literature Programmer
Kate has been involved with Bath Festivals for over six years and is now responsible for The Bath Festival and Bath Children’s Literature Festival literature programming – bringing established and new authors, illustrators and speakers to the city, as well as highlighting local Bath talent, to open up conversations and explore new ways of seeing the world. Kate loves the buzz of live events and is always happy reading, dancing or exploring new places.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Watching Mark Kermode talk about his memoir to a packed Assembly Room crowd, and then join his band The Dodge Brothers for an amazing set – words and music at their very best!
Elysia Collins, Production Manager
As part of the production team, Elysia is responsible for making the audience think everything is going smoothly, even if it’s not! As a self-confessed control freak, scheduling and timelines are her expertise and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is happiest when online shopping, at a gig, or finding new craft hobbies.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Starting every morning during The Bath Festival in 2018 listening to Roman Rabinovich rehearse for his series of Haydn concerts.
Louisa Oldfield, Development Manager (part time)
Having been a member of Bath Festivals since her children were young, Louisa now has responsibility for developing and nurturing relationships with festival sponsors, partners, patrons and members. Louisa has worked in events, fundraising and relationship management for several years, most recently as a freelance event planner. She is happiest when singing in her wellies, walking her dog and having adventures with family and friends.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Leaving a Children’s Literature festival event in the Guildhall only to realise my nine year old son’s favourite author was the next event and we did not have tickets. On politely informing a steward of his plight, the look on his face was a picture when he was invited to the Green Room to meet his literary hero.
Victoria Walters, Festival Officer (part-time)
Victoria works across all the festival departments, helping with everything from programming admin and writing copy to booking hotels for all the visiting authors and artists. She worked in book publishing for over 20 years and has been an enthusiastic Bath Festivals attendee since moving to Bath in 2004. She loves a good book, exploring new places and filling her life with as much culture and adventure as possible.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: so many happy Bath Children’s Literature Festival memories with my children but especially the wonderful Michael Rosen, Judith Kerr and Julia Donaldson – seeing a packed audience reciting The Gruffalo en masse was quite something!
Georgette McCready, PR and Communications officer (part time)
Her role is to share news about past and future Bath Festivals events, getting coverage in local and national media. As a journalist Georgette has been writing about Bath people and places for more than 30 years. She is happiest when setting up her tent, going to festivals or swimming outdoors.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Organising the Junior Journalists’ interviews with writers, including Jacqueline Wilson and Harry Hill for Bath Children’s Literature Festival.
Fran Carrol, Volunteer Coordinator (part-time freelance)
Fran looks after all our festival volunteers. We have a large team of wonderful people who help Bath Festivals to steward the events, so it’s a fiddly job to make sure everyone is where they want to be and should be. Fran’s background is Project Management and Marketing for charities and design agencies. One common theme through those jobs was events, and the part that was the most fun, hence working at Bath Festivals after starting a Master’s in Event Management.
Favourite Bath Festivals moment: Seeing a young student Bath Festivals volunteer dancing with children who were waiting to get their books signed by the author at one of the events.