Festivals Council

The Festivals Council is made up of Regional Representatives who are elected by The Regional Membership and up to three Deputies may support each Regional Representative.

The Regional Representatives attend Festivals’ Council Meetings and Regional Forum Meetings and are responsible for ensuring each festival receives a Regional visit at least every three years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and every 5 years in Scotland.

They are the point of contact for festivals that wish to join The Federation and also provide a wealth of knowledge and support for our member festivals.

If you are a member of the Federation, either from a festival or if you are an adjudicator, and would like to attend a Regional Meeting please contact the Regional Representative. Their full contact details are in our Year Book and can also be obtained from Festivals House.

The Representatives, Deputies and dates of the next meeting for each region are shown below:

East Midlands Region
Regional Representative Barbara Lowe          (click here to email)
Regional Deputy Shirley Burchell and Paul Hill
Meeting dates 25th March and 1st October 2017
Eastern Region
Regional Representative Michael Deakin             (click here to email)
Meeting dates Date to be confirmed
North West Region
Regional Representative Jackie Martindale          (click here to email)
Regional Deputies Peter Jelley and Fiona Thomson
Meeting date 25th June 2017
Northern Region
Regional Representative Elizabeth Bartlett          (click here to email)
Regional Deputy Lynda Danes
Meeting date 9th March 2017
South East Region
Regional Representative Janet Topping          (click here to email)  
Regional Deputy Jan Spooner Swabey
Meeting dates 4th June and 5th November 2017
South West Region
Regional Representative Kathy Goodspeed           (click here to email)
Regional Deputies Linda Lear and Anne Keast
Meeting dates 10th June and 7th October 2017
Southern Region
Regional Representative Kris Taylor          (click here to email)
Regional Deputy Janice Hughes
Meeting dates TBC October 2017
West Midlands Region
Regional Representative To be confirmed          (click here to email)
Meeting dates Date to be confirmed
Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Region
Regional Representative Michael Hampshire         (click here to email)
Regional Deputies Karen Cullum, Lorraine Preston and Susan Warren
Meeting dates 9th April and 14th October 2017
Northern Ireland  
Regional Representative Audrey Stewart          (click here to email)
Regional Deputy Carolyn McCabe
Meeting dates 3rd June 2017
Regional Representative Eileen Waterston          (click here to email)
Regional Deputies Carolyn Coxon, Laura McEwan and Anne McGregor
Meeting dates 20th May and 21st October 2017