Marsden Jazz Festival
Jazz In The Yorkshire Pennines

Meet the Team

Barney Stevenson, Artistic Director

Barney became artistic director in 2013 and was chair of the trustees for five years prior to that. Barney’s enthusiasm for jazz stems from his early teens. He studied music at The University of Manchester and previously worked at the Department of Health. Barney lives in Marsden with his young family.

Charlotte Furness, Marketing Manager

Charlotte Furness works for Marsden Jazz Festival as a freelance marketing manager, three days a week. She offers help and support with all areas of marketing alongside marketing assistant Hannah Burgess. Charlotte is also a published writer of books about women’s history.
Contact her regarding: advertising, sponsorship, the website, promotions etc.

Andrew Proctor, Finance and Admin Manager

Finance and Admin Manager, Andrew Proctor is the most recent member of the Marsden Jazz Festival team, joining us in August 2021. Andrew has years of experience working in arts administration across the North West and we’re thrilled to have him on board.
Contact Andrew regarding: general queries, shop purchases, ticket sales, refunds, payments, invoices.

Hannah Burgess, Marketing Assistant

Hannah Burgess joined Marsden Jazz Festival in March 2021 and has been a huge asset to the festival’s marketing team ever since. Hannah has experience working for Shambala festival as well as other arts organisations such as Craftiosity and has lent her years of experience to managing the festival’s social media accounts and e-newsletters, as well as supporting marketing assistant Charlotte Furness. She is also a ceramicist, creating beautiful homewares from her studio.
Contact Hannah regarding: social media, e-marketing, general marketing queries.

Marsden Jazz Festival Trustees

Richard Whitelaw – Chair of trustees
Pete Woodman
Kate Button
David Harris
Mike Cooper
Louise Halliwell – Treasurer

Marsden Jazz Festival Committee

Marsden Jazz Festival is supported by a team of 25 committee members who offer their expertise, guidance and knowledge in governance of the festival.

Volunteering at Marsden Jazz Festival

Marsden Jazz Festival is supported by a large team of volunteers who help with the preparation of the festival, as well as helping out over the festival weekend itself. Our voluntary group is managed by Liz Challenger, Kate Button and Gill Clarke. For more information on becoming a Marsden Jazz Festival volunteer, see our volunteering page.