|Ian Marks||Festival Chairman|
|Ian has been involved with the Festival right from the beginning and is proud of the fact that it was his idea to start it in the first place. He has been a member of the Parish Council for more years than he cares to mention and is also one of Lymm’s representatives on Warrington Borough Council. From 2006 to 2011 he was the leader of Warrington Council.He is married to Pam and has lived in Lymm for over forty years. They have two children and four grand-children. Before his retirement he worked as a senior manager in the glass industry.Ian says, “It’s a privilege to chair such a team of enthusiasts. Each year we are keen to reach out to more people by putting on exciting enjoyable events”.|
|Roger Hannam||Festival Vice Chairman & Research|
|Roger does not pretend to know much about the arts and culture but he knows what he likes. Having carried out a survey in Lymm, he is pretty certain that some other people – perhaps many – would like to see some changes to the traditional range of events and activities on offer and is keen that the Festival should promote itself to a broader-based audience than is currently the case. In short he is the sort of person who is forever wanting to change things, so, to shut him up for a while, the committee keeps giving him the jobs that no-one else wants, like preparing a health and safety policy. He is married to Barbara and has lived in Lymm for 30+ years – they have two grown-up daughters.|
|Jacquie Davies||Festival Director|
|Born in Scotland, Alison moved to Lymm from the Yorkshire Dales some years ago and joined the Festival Committee in 2008. She combines her various other interests with her role as Festival Secretary and says that she enjoys being part of this friendly, positive, diverse group of people who work together to combine their considerable variety of talents and skills for the benefit of the Festival and the Community. She would thoroughly recommend that if you have some spare time and energy you come along and join in. Everyone is made very welcome and new ideas and input are greatly appreciated – you would quickly feel part of the team.|
|Chris joined Lymm Festival as Treasurer for the 2003 Festival and has enjoyed ‘keeping the books’ ever since. The Festival Committee have an abundance of talent and connections in so many areas of music, dance, art etc and her role is to try and keep their feet on the ground when it comes to cost. Being a non-profit making organisation, the Festival’s aim is to cover costs by careful ticket pricing and praying that the weather is good for the outdoor flagship events!Chris has lived in Lymm since 1992 and volunteered to join the Committee after retiring early from a full time job. She felt it would be a good way to use her accounting skills as well as meeting people and getting involved with village life.|
|Alan and Ann Dobson||Box Office|
|Ann has lived in Lymm since 1979 and has been helping with the Festival since 2004 handling the orders and ticket sales. Her husband Alan now helps her with this and they also administer the Festival Friends scheme. She joined the committee last year as she wanted to be more directly involved in the planning and future direction of the Festival. She is keen to ensure that this already hugely successful and popular event brings together larger cross sections of the community and increasingly attracts visitors from further afield.|
|David Sawyer||Events Co-ordinator|
|Dave was born in Buckinghamshire in 1947 and moved north almost 40 years ago to work for Warrington New Town Development Corporation. Dave and his wife lived in Lymm for a short time before moving across to Warrington where they still reside.
Dave first became involved with the Lymm Festival through his connection with Cherry Tree School where his wife Shirley worked for over 15 years. In 2005 the school decided to contribute to the festival by holding a blues night at the Cruising Club organised by Dave and Shirley. Since then the blues night has become one of the festival’s most popular events with a Winter Warmer blues night also appearing in the programme in recent years.
Dave has also been heavily involved in the organisation of three rhythm and blues festivals in Warrington in the last few years in conjunction with the events team at the Pyramid and Parr Hall, and he also makes regular appearances on Radio Warrington to talk about the local blues scene.
Dave is passionate about live blues music and is looking forward to bringing many more musicians and bands to the festival in the next few years.
|Alan Williams||Director, Historic Transport Day|
|Alan and wife Su, who for many years ran the Art Garden, have lived in Lymm since 1993. Alan originally became involved in the Festival as the maker of the Lymm Film and The Winters Tale in 2000 and 2001 . The profits of these supported many local causes including the Festival itself. Alan has become increasingly involved in the last couple of years as a performer, singing and playing keyboard and in promoting a number of new initiatives including the Big Sing choir as well as building the festival mailing list. He ran the Winter programme for 2012-2013 and is now concentrating all his energies on the new Lymm Historic Transport Day event.|
|Jackie Marshall||Big Picture|
|Jackie has been a resident of Lymm for over 30 years and became involved with the Lymm Festival in the very beginning, as one of the Lymm Artists, who exhibit as a group every year during the Festival. Inspired by the BBC, Jackie organised the first BIG Picture in 2006 and this event has been a big hit ever since.Not only an artist, Jackie has a horticultural background, is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and has been a volunteer gardener at Tatton Park for over ten years.|
|Ann Johnstone||Food Fest|
|Ann has lived in Lymm since 1979, and has been an active member of the Festival Committee since 2003. Ann has organised the Food Festival event for the past six years and works with other members of the committee, supporting other activities prior to, during and after the Festival. She ran her own Public Relations and Marketing Consultancy for thirty years and feels she can use the experience gained from managing the company to help organise events which will benefit the local community. She is a member of the Lymm Environment and Heritage Group, a member of Lymm Jubilee WI and a volunteer room guide at Dunham Massey.|
|Canon Michael Burgess||Music and Spoken Word|
|Micheal has been Rector of St. Peter’s, Oughtrington for many years. He helps with the organisation of choir and instrumental concerts, and often takes part in the Poetry Evenings. They are just part of the rich variety of events that mark the Festival as a special occasion each year.|