Meet the team

Directors

Claire Whitaker OBE
David Jones OBE

John Cumming OBE
 (co-founder and former director, now working on a consultancy basis)

Departments: 

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 

Finance

  • 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.

Communications

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

Development 

  • Hannah Matthews - Head of Development
  • Maha Malik - Development Coordinator
  • Gabriella Rhodes - Development Assistant
  • Helen Gibbs - PA to Claire Whitaker

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.

Production

  • Luke Macpherson - Head of Production
  • Matt Williams - Event Producer
  • Isabelle Sand - 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.