International Womens Day - What Four Talented Women Members Have To Say
MEET THE MEMBERS
Angela Schofield – Director, Harmony Voyages
Spending many years developing my career in the retail fashion industry feeling ‘safe’ as a woman in the workplace, somewhere that my opinion mattered and being given the autonomy to develop and grow within a large company, instilled a great team work ethos within me. Encouraged to make my own decisions and being expected to stand by them, whilst learning that sometimes things don’t work out, taught me resilience and determination. Moving into an industry predominantly dominated by men, was a little daunting and working alongside dominant, successful male colleagues has been both challenging and exhilarating. Finding my voice in a new industry, and continually learning from others has taught me that it’s ok to feel vulnerable sometimes and that women in the workplace really can and do make a difference.
Lioux Heap – AFO Membership & Conference Coordinator
Lioux has over 30 years’ experience of working at festivals and events. She has recently joined the team at Harmony Voyages and is also the Producer of All About Children at Towersey Festival, having also worked on pre-Festival accreditation for Artists, Trade, Catering, Volunteers and Box Office for both Sidmouth and Towersey Festivals. Lioux also works with BBC Radio 2/7digital Creative, Folk on The Pier, Moonbeams, Cambridge Folk Festival and was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics. Back in September 2020, Lioux created Don’t Stop The Music to raise funds to support those affected by Covid-19 within the events industry.
Rebecca Stewart – Festival Manager, Cambridge Folk Festival
I am Festival Manager for Cambridge Folk Festival. I am only the third person to have this position and the first woman. It’s a multi layered job. I work mostly on the production side managing advancing artists, working with media partners, staffing, caterers and traders, design and marketing, I book all the fringe events and workshops and pull all the admin together in order for the Festival to work. I also work with the booker to create the line-up. As well as putting an induvial festival together I am constantly looking forward to what could happen next, projects we could be involved with, are we doing the best we can in terms of our environmental impact and other areas we need to be developing.
Sarah Bird – Director, Wild Rumpus
Sarah Bird is founder Director of Wild Rumpus who produce Timber Festival, Just So Festival and Hinterlands Festival in the UK and co-produce Just So Internationally in Brazil. Wild Rumpus are a CIC working at the intersection of arts and nature, passionate about taking audiences outdoors for creative adventures that encourage nature connection. Based at a woodland creation centre on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border they also deliver events for organisations across heritage, tourism and conservation, including digital, audio and education projects inspiring a love of the outdoors.