The Team

nicky

My professional background is in Advertising, Marketing and Management. I have worked in a senior role in global companies in London and in developing markets.

 My role on the team is Event Management. Co-Ordinating the Teams, managing the timelines, taking on the finance role, ensuring that all the administration necessary to run the event is done.

nicky.lee@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

Sheila

I was involved with Art on the Railings for many years, both as an artist and committee member. Art on the Railings was an exceptional, inspirational art event, not only for the artists exhibiting but for the hundreds of visiting public.  For me, the opportunity to exhibit and talk to people directly about my work was a unique experience; it gave me the confidence to take my art to another level and develop my professional career.

 My role in the team is artistic direction, website and social media development. By helping and supporting Chepstow Festival of Arts in their endeavour, I hope to give back to the community and help emerging artists to have the platform they need to further their art careers.

sheila.harris@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

Emma

Emma is a founding director of ACS Risk, a physical risk management company and has 25 years experience in dealing with people and risk. Her significant business acumen and organisational skills are being put to use in promoting the event and ensuring the wellbeing of our team as well as participants.

Jez

Jez is a digital creative who has worked extensively in the freelance community, creating online experiences like the BBC’s Dr Who Game Maker and material for well-known names like Shaun the Sheep, Barbie and Hot Wheels. He is also the local County and Town Councillor for the ward in which the Festival takes place. His role is as a co-ordinator and to help with the Youth Creativity programme.

jez.becker@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

Lucy

I moved to Chepstow several years ago and have taken full advantage of the many community events which are so valuable to our wonderful town and now I want to do what I can to help these exciting events continue.

I was able to support several local youngsters to exhibit in last year’s Youth Creativity section of the festival and I was so impressed by all of the hard work done by both volunteers and exhibitors I wanted to be a part of this fabulous festival moving forward. 

I love Chepstow and the vibrant music and arts scene we are so lucky to have here, Hopefully my 20 years events and exhibitions experience will come in handy and the 4 years I spent at art college might even be useful, but more importantly I have bags of enthusiasm for this event and hope you can enjoy it as much as I do.

lucy.walker@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

Catherine

I  have a set and costume background and have worked on a range of film, TV, and theatre projects, including West End Productions.  I also have over 15 years of experience teaching various creative subjects, including Art, Photography and textiles, working with young people and their families both within school settings and as a workshop facilitator.

Joining Chepstow Festival of Arts supports my passion for creating creative opportunities to enrich the lives of those within my community. 

catherine.hawkridge@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

pam

I am a retired Science teacher and consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with the 11 to 18 age group for over 30 years and I have always admired the creativity and ingenuity of the youthful mind. My own artistic talents are linked to my love of ballroom dancing both as a youngster and more recently through Chepstow U3A.

My role in the team is to work alongside Shelagh at the Drill Hall where the art and performance talents of the youth in the area are to be showcased. I am really excited by this opportunity given to our local youngsters and their well-deserved place in the Chepstow Festival of Art.

pam.harrison@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

Mary

mary.lord@chepstowfestivalarts.co.ukHi, I’m Mary, founder and creative director of YAY Creative. I’m a creative admin guru, web designer and digital marketing manager with big ideas, an even bigger personality and the biggest passion for helping busy entrepreneurs get stuff DONE (and having a lot of fun along the way.) I’m beyond excited to be working with CFoA again this year focussing on shouting as loud as we can about the festival and everything that will be going on. Social media marketing, running ads and email campaigns are my happy place. Make sure you’re following the CFA account on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated!

mary.lord@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk

rachel

I am a PhD student in Neuroscience and Founder of Scarlet River Management, an artist management and PR company. Since starting my own business, I have become particularly enthused by the independent music scene and supporting those around the country. Having lived in Chepstow for only a couple of years, I am really excited to be a part of Chepstow Festival of Arts, to celebrate and discover the incredible talent of the area.

rachel.sellick@chepstowfestivalarts.co.uk