Paul Taylor Chair
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.
Katie Ann Smith Vice 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.
Nick Dugdale Treasurer
Nick has a variety of charity sector finance experience, is currently Senior Management Accountant at Plan International Headquarters, is a member of the ACCA and has an ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. A keen saxophonist, Nick writes and plays for Panda Party, an indie rock band, having previously supported Acoustic Ladyland, performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and at the Coventry Jazz Festival.
Mel recently graduated in Politics and Modern History from The University of Manchester, and works part time as a receptionist and freelance social media and website manager for organisations in the Arts and Culture sector. She previously worked in marketing for a disabled people’s organisation based in Manchester. As a young person with Cerebral Palsy who regularly attends gigs and festivals, she has a keen interest in improving access at live music events and increasing awareness in the wider music industry. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, travelling, attending museum exhibitions and the odd glass of prosecco.
Paul worked in outdoor events for nearly 20 (ouch) years and is the Events and Film Manager for Southwark Council. He has produced exciting hundreds of exciting events including Bradford Mela, Carnaval del Pueblo, Bermondsey Carnival, Tour de France, Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations and House of Switzerland and supports over 200 hundred events a year in Southwark’s parks and open spaces. Paul headed up Southwark’s London 2012 team, sits on the Events Industry Forum and is the chair of the London Events Forum.
Having been a past Chair of the Board of Trustees, Del has now retired and is returning as a Trustee. Del has always primarily been a huge music fan and has spent many hours at gigs and festivals in the UK as well as the States seeing most of the major bands along the way, as well as the best and worst of access arrangements. Following a long career in IT and management, he turned his thoughts to a new career in a volunteering capacity and joined a local community radio station in Redhill, SUSY Radio, where he was able to use his good knowledge of music as the Music Programmer before he began presenting.
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).
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.