Meet the team


John Cumming OBE
David Jones
Claire Whitaker OBE

Programming & Talent Development

  • Pelin Opcin - Director of Programming
  • Rob Farhat - Talent Development & Jazz Programme Manager

Work with all Directors on strategy and programming for EFG London Jazz Festival, tours, special projects, creative partnerships and development of artists through our Talent Development programmes 


  • Ope Igbinyemi - Director of Finance
  • Emma Kavanagh - Finance & Office Manager
  • Blessing Mugadza - Finance Assistant

Responsible for the financial control and accounting of the business as well as payroll, office management HR and IT functions.


  • Fran Bryant - Head of Operations

Works with all teams to contribute towards smooth running of the business and delivery of the programme including systems, processes, policies, business planning and lead report to Arts Council England.


  • Piers Mason - Associate Director, Communications
  • Anne Lawler - Communications Manager
  • Beth Sinden - Communications Coordinator

Manage the marketing campaigns (including digital and social media, as well as print and press) for all our events, including the EFG London Jazz Festival.  Also responsible for ticketing; working closely with box offices and agents to set up, manage and monitor, and finalise all shows from on-sale to settlement.


  • Liz Skipper - Head of Development
  • Katie Pattinson - Development Manager
  • Leo Loman - PA to Claire Whitaker
  • Gabriella Rhodes - Development Assistant & Receptionist

Responsible for new business development through the establishment of partnerships in the public, private and NGO sectors. This includes managing relationships with current funders and sponsors. 

Learning & Participation

  • Milly Price - Head of Learning & Participation
  • Grace Lindley - Learning & Participation Coordinator

Responsible for devising, managing and realising the company's learning and participation programmes.


  • Trish Brown - Head of Production
  • Luke Macpherson - Event Producer

Manages the logistical planning, technical production and creative producing of our work including the EFG London Jazz Festival and, on a strategic level, contributes to the shaping and development of our work.