Festivals Council

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

Both Representatives and Deputies (when available) attend Festivals Council Meetings and Forum Meetings. They are also responsible for ensuring each festival receives a visit at least every three years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and every 5 years in Scotland.

They are a local point of contact for new festivals that wish to join the Federation. They also have a wealth of knowledge and can provide support to new and existing member Festivals.

Festivals Council Chair: Alison Williams

East Midlands Region

Representative:   Barbara Lowe 

Deputies: Gemma Coombes, Gwen Radcliffe and Fiona Watson

Eastern Region

Representative: Carole Ward

North West Region

Representative: Jackie Martindale 

Deputy: Cate Short

Northern Region

Representative: Alison Williams 

Deputy: Lynda Danes

South East Region

Representative: Janet Topping 

Deputy: Jan Spooner Swabey

South West Region

Representative: Linda Lear

Deputy: June Hornby

Southern Region

Representative: Kris Taylor

Deputies: Suzanne Higgins and Janice Hughes

West Midlands Region

Representative: CURRENTLY VACANT

Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Region

Representative: Jill Wright 

Deputy: Susan Warren

Northern Ireland

Representative: Audrey Stewart 

Deputy: Carolyn McCabe


Representative: Fiona McLean-Buechel

Deputies: Laura McEwan, Anne McGregor and Isabel Lind