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The Festival Team

 
 

An excellent and experienced team is in place to manage the various elements of the Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Our team is enthusiastic and dedicated and have collectively managed and presented an array of very high-profile live music events at various locations within the Southeast of the UK.

Most notably the team manages and presents the Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival which has been established since 2012.

The team have presented acclaimed international artists that include Rick Wakeman, Gregory Porter, Dionne Warwick, Jose Feliciano, Sergio Mendes, Curtis Stigers, Beverley Knight, Nigel Kennedy, Corrine Bailey Rae, Paul Carrack, Rumer, Incognito, Mica Paris and countless others.

 
 
Ian Bowden

Ian Bowden

Festival Director & Producer

Ian is a motivated, experienced, and creative producer with over twenty-five years of experience in the music, arts, and entertainment industry.

Ian is the Festival Director of the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival which he founded in 2012 which takes place in the beautiful and historic town of Rye in East Sussex.

The festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in late August 2022 and is established as one of the best boutique music festivals of its kind in the UK.

 
Trevor Spink

Trevor Spink

Community Stage Manager

Trevor and his colleague Lindsay will be managing the outdoor live music events at Kennaway House which is very much a hands on role. 

He is the 'go to man and responsible' in terms of all things taking place on the outdoor stage during the festival.

Trevor has years of experience under his belt and a has a huge passion for live music. 

Trevor is also the brains behind our classy festival website and e- commerce, and also assists with elements of our digital marketing. 

 
Vicki Haxton

Vicki Haxton

Logistics & Finance Director

Vicki has over fifteen years of events and marketing experience and combines her experience with her passion for the charitable sector.

Vicki looks after the financial aspects of the festival and provides her knowledge and expertise in marketing and event management.

 
Kate Glover

Kate Glover

Event Manager

Kate has an Advanced Diploma in Event Management and has a wealth of experience across a wide area of live music events looking after artiste and sponsors hospitality.

Kate manages a specialist team and coordinates various aspects of online digital marketing. Kate is very much an all rounder and works closely with the festival director to implement new initiatives and programming elements.

 
Jane Mills

Jane Mills

Hospitality Manager

Jane has a wealth of hospitality and customer service experience and uses both constantly when we present our live events.

Jane focuses on looking after our headline artiste’s hospitality requirements and teams up with both Kate and Roma to make sure that our artiste’s are well and truly pampered.

Jane is always cheery, and nothing is too much bother - we love her!

 
Roma Turner

Roma Turner

Hospitality Manager

Roma has lots of experience in the teaching profession and the merchant Navy and she really keeps things ‘Ship Shape’ when we present our live events!

After years sailing around the world on the QE2 she settled in Sussex, and we are so pleased sure that she did!

Roma is cool under pressure and is a real team player and loves working with people, music, and laughter. 

 
LINDSAY JONES

LINDSAY JONES

Assistant Event Manager

Lindsay has more than twenty-five years' experience in print and digital media and will be seen at the festival helping to run the community stages.

Lindsay will be assisting Trevor managing the free vibrant music performances during the festival. 

In her spare time, Lindsay is a vocalist and can be found performing solo and with her band online and across the South East.