Chiltern Arts Team

President
Christopher Glynn

Vice President
His Honour Christopher Tyrer DL

Trustees
David Lillycrop (Chair)
Anne Bolton (Hon. Treasurer)
Revd Canon Rosie Harper
George Vass ARAM
Alex Taylor

Creative Director
Naomi Taylor

Communications & Administration Officer
James Beddoe

Volunteer Steward Co-ordinator
Juliet Crussell

Production Manager
Steve Woolmer

Photographer
Matthew Johnson

Chiltern Arts Members

Gold Members
Jon and Carolyn Boots
Fi Harding*
Sir Stuart Hampson
The Earl and Countess Howe*
Kaye and David Lillycrop*
David and Pamela Taylor*
His Honour Christopher Tyrer DL*

Silver Members
Sophia Ahrel
Simon and Margaret Broadbent*
Mandy Morrell*
Beverley Roberts
Elizabeth and James Rodda*
Alan Sainer*
Marion Turner
George Vass ARAM

Liz Ware

Bronze Members
Sue Taylor and Christopher Boyce
Philippa Fisher*
Linda Laurance*
Jeff and Adèle Leveton*
Anne MacDowell* & Martin Quigley Marilynne Morgan
Mrs Victoria Paterson
Anne Siddell
Dr Elizabeth Wager and Dr Hugh Guilford
Sarah Walker
Arthur Weir

Naomi Taylor

Founder and Creative Director

Naomi lives in Berkhamsted with her husband Alex and their two children, Annabel and Benjamin. She studied music at the University of York, graduating in 2014 and taking up the role of Event Manager – and later Producer – at the Ryedale Festival in the same year.

She founded Chiltern Arts in 2017 with the intention of bringing the highest quality music and arts to the beautiful towns and villages of the Chiltern Hills. She loves the collaborative creative process of designing programmes each year, and working with new and exciting creative practitioners is a constant source of joy.

In 2022 she embarked upon an exciting new journey as a Doctoral Student, working closely with BAFA (the British Arts Festivals Association), to research the impact of crises on arts festivals in the UK. As well as drawing on her own continuing work with Chiltern Arts, the four-year project will involve a number of case-study festivals and will explore the different ways in which festivals have emerged from the pandemic – and how they continue to deal with challenging circumstances.

From the digitalisation of events to communications with audiences and management of teams, the project will explore a number of fascinating topics, with the aim of creating a practical model that can become part of BAFA’s toolkit for evaluating and enhancing the impact of arts festivals in the UK.

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