Katie Ann Smith Acting Chair
Katie is Heritage Engagement Manager at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution where she is responsible for increasing access and engagement with their heritage. Prior to this she worked for Collections Trust, the professional association for collections management, promoting the use of standards to improve access to museum collections. In her spare time Katie is a regular gig goer and active member within the DIY punk and Independent music scene.
Having previously worked in marketing for a disabled people’s organisation based in Manchester, Mel now works freelance within the Arts Sector supporting various organisations with accessibility. Since graduating from The University of Manchester with a degree in Politics and History she has developed a keen interest in improving access at live music events and increasing awareness in the music industry. In her spare time she regular attends gigs and festivals both in the UK and abroad and is currently learning Dutch.
Zoë is currently Procurement and Contracts Manager at Amnesty International, where she oversees all the organisation's third party relationships. She also volunteers with Muscular Dystrophy UK on their "Trailblazers" programme, which focuses on barriers faced by young disabled people who want to live, work, and socialise alongside their non-disabled peers. In her spare time Zoë likes to play the keyboard (hesitantly), sing in a local choir (anonymously), and drink large glasses of red wine (inevitably).
Hannah has worked in the NHS for 6 years, mostly within cancer services. She graduated with a degree in English Language in 2016 and has since been working as an engagement coordinator for Macmillan’s Living With and Beyond Cancer Project. In her free time she enjoys going to gigs and festivals up and down the country, chasing whatever noisy indie talent she can find. She is passionate about access to live music and has volunteered with Attitude is Everything at Glastonbury and Leeds Festival. Hannah has an interest in music journalism and writes a blog reviewing her own live music experiences. Her other interests include horror movies, walking and learning British Sign Language.
Marnie is the Head of Major Giving & Trusts at the Roundhouse in London. She has over 15 years’ experience of fundraising in the arts, heritage and higher education sectors, with particular strengths in strategic development, start-ups, capital and endowment fundraising. In her spare time Marnie is a culture vulture – regularly attending music gigs, festivals, comedy, theatre and exhibitions.
Will is a freelance Management Consultant with a number of clients in the charity, creative, and music sectors, with a specialism in music funding and grants. He is an enthusiastic live music fan, having attended over 50 gigs and festivals in 2016. He writes as a live music reviewer for an online magazine, and also cycles in his spare time, but is what could be described as a fair weather cyclist.
Paul has worked in social care for the last 32 years predominantly in services for disabled children and young people. He has worked for Barnardo’s in London for the last 16 years in a variety of managerial roles and he is currently managing a fostering service.