Members of Staff

The team at Festivals House, Macclesfield can be contacted on 01625 428297 or info@federationoffestivals.org.uk


Claire Lloyd, General Manager

ClaireI joined the team as General Manager at Festivals House in June 2016. My background is primarily legal and advice focused. I am a qualified solicitor and worked for a busy legal aid practice in South East London. I advised mainly in the areas of family, community care and mental health law. From there, I moved to Rethink Mental Illness, a large mental health charity, to head up and develop their Advice & Information Service.

In 2015, after many years of living and working in London, I made the decision to relocate back to Cheshire which is where I am from originally. Prior to starting with the Federation in June 2016, I worked for the British Red Cross managing a number of their independent living and crisis services across Cheshire.

Outside of work, I am kept very busy with my two young sons. When I do have time to relax, I am a passionate cook and I enjoy cooking up a feast for family and friends. I also love live music, opera and theatre.

Terry Luddington, Business Development Manager

TL Image 2015In my role as Business Development Manager of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech I am really enjoying working with this exciting organisation and its worldwide membership. With hundreds of thousands of Children and Young People taking part in amateur performing arts festivals each year I see tremendous potential for the future development of the festivals movement.

For the last 11 years I have worked in the charitable sector, specialising in the performing arts, most notably as CEO of the Federation, General Manager of Walk the Plank and more recently as the National Liaison Officer at Brass Bands England. Before this I enjoyed a successful career for over 20 years in the IT Sector implementing large scale Sales & Marketing solutions for International organisations such as IBM.

It is fascinating to see now how the latest social networking technologies are empowering the cultural sector to really push the boundaries of creativity. I seem to have come full circle and enjoying every minute!

Fay Hayward, Finance Officer

Fay HaywardI joined the team at Festivals House in November 2012 as Finance and Data Officer. I have worked as a Finance Officer in the charity sector for approximately the last eighteen years, and in 2013 I completed three years of accountancy study to become fully AAT qualified.

I am also a musician and took part in local festivals as a child. I went on to spend three very happy years studying music at Huddersfield Polytechnic, graduating in 1987. Music is still a very important part of my life, and I play 1st flute for my local orchestra. I am also kept busy outside of work with my two teenage children.

Mark Whittaker, Disclosure and Barring Services Officer

Mark-WhittakerI have worked at Festivals House since 2010 both as a volunteer and latterly as a member of staff. I have a great interest in the festival movement and have been a Committee Member of Alderley Edge festival for over 17 years.

I was educated at St Joseph’s College Blackpool and also at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School leaving at 16 to join the Army. On completion of my military service I joined the Police Force and served 30 years with the Lancashire and Cheshire forces working in many departments including Child Protection.

Outside of work I am a keen sports fan and am a season ticket holder at Sale Sharks RUFC.

Michelle Shore, Office Assistant

msmI joined the team at Festivals House in March 2016.  Originally from South Africa, I came over to London in 1995 “to work and travel for two years”. It was twenty years later that I was finally ready to leave London and I relocated to the North West in August 2015 to go back to University. I am currently studying a BA(Hons) in Illustration and Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University.

My business background has been very start-up oriented as I love the challenge and diversity that it offers.  I have strong business and administrative skills, having worked for a variety of organisations including a global management consultancy, a start-up mining company and an open source software company, which I joined as a start-up and left as a company employing over 700 people worldwide.  My specialties are processes, logistics and problem solving.  Outside of work I make art, read, hike and enjoy the theatre and the ballet as often as I can.

Jazmine Linklater, Marketing/Office Assistant

One of the major highlights of my summer this year has been beginning work here at Festivals House. The Federation is an historic and prestigious organisation, and it’s already proving a pleasure to be a part of! My role here will focus on improving our online reach, both here on the website and across social media, and taking care of our publications. I will also be supporting the team in the office with administrative duties.

Since graduating in 2015 I have worked with various organisations, mainly on social media and reviewing/interviewing at literary events. In my spare time I will continue to look after T-junction International Poetry Festival’s social media, and get to know the amazing art and poetry scene in Manchester.

From October onward, I will also be studying part-time towards the award of a masters qualification in Experimental Creative Writing.