Dave has been part of the Lancaster Jazz Festival Team from the outset, he was involved in putting on the first post-council Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2009 and has been Producer of the Festival in its current, ever-evolving guise since 2011. Dave previously worked for Virgin Megastores for 15 years as a Store Manager and the Jazz Buyer. He also worked on the development of the original Megastores e-commerce platform, managed the Web Content Team and led the Digital Business Development Team. Since 2005 Dave has worked as a Musician, Educator, and Community Musician.
Lucy Woolley / festival manager
Lucy embarked on a rollercoaster journey of life in the music sector almost 15 years ago. A few tours, festivals and numerous cups of coffee later, she now splits her time between events management, artist development and programme curation, finding a home in the jazz sector. When not working, Lucy can be found watching gigs, dog walking or in her natural habitat finding ways to do more work.
Jack Bond / marketing & audience development manager
Jack joined the Festival Team as a Marketing & Audience Development Intern in 2014 before later promoting himself to Manager on the basis that there were no other marketing members of the team at the time. He has worked on the past four festivals during which time he has slowly been coming to terms with the fact he may actually rather enjoy jazz. Jack has worked within arts marketing for the last six years and is currently a marketing officer with Lancaster City Council. As a musician, Jack peaked age 10 with a Grade 1 Distinction on the clarinet but hasn’t wet a reed for the best part of two decades.
Iona Lane / programme manager
Iona joined the team in 2016 to mainly work on social media before moving on to managing our artist development programmes. Iona is currently studying Folk Music at Leeds College of Music however enjoys all kinds of music including contemporary jazz, progressive rock and bluegrass. Iona regularly attends gigs and loves experiencing live music. Iona is very northern and will probably almost always be drinking a brew (extra strong Yorkshire tea with a dash of milk). She is also an avid coffee drinker - which seems to be a running trait amongst the whole Festival Team!
Fergus Walsh / company administrator
Studying to become a theoretical physicist throughout high school, Fergus left sixth form in 2014 and settled into a far cooler job of training towards ACCA membership at an accountancy firm in Garstang. He joined the Festival Team in 2016 as a festival assistant to free up capacity in production and planning, and built an almost sentient spreadsheet that told everyone what to do. His role now involves assisting with the financial reporting and management of sales and box offices. Having been involved in music from a young age, Fergus spends his free time performing at, running or attending gigs. From playing bass in a four-piece pretentious-metal-improv-thing, to jumping around in the horn section of carnival bands and cover bands.
Sophy Colbert / festival assistant
Sophy is a keen attendee at gigs and concerts of all flavours, despite reportedly having no musical talent herself. She joined the Festival Team in 2018 as a digital foot soldier, Jack and the Team with the website and email newsletters. In her day job, Sophy tries to make websites easier to use. She spends her free time listening to music, eating hummous and hoovering up cat hair. She always has snacks.
Paula Williams / chair Mary Austin / treasurer Maja Bugge Sandi Haythornthwaite Prof. Alan Rice
Jodie Bawden / festival photographer Ben Farmer / sound engineer Darren Leadsom / sound engineer Scott Montgomery / carpenter Harriet North / sound engineer
With thanks to
Balance Pro Audio Russell Daley Jane Dalton Jeremy Davis The Dukes Team Paul Froggatt Pete Hyde Lesley Jackson Kathryn MacDonald Ben McCabe Gavin Sharp Sunberry Coffee House