The Team

Cowley Road Works is made up of a board of volunteer trustees, an Executive Director, a number of volunteer advisers and a small but dedicated freelance staff team who work part time to cover all aspects of organising the event. If you would like to find out about joining the team please email


Johanna Aynsley
Executive Director


Cowley Road Works: new Executive Director biog: Johannah Aynsley

Johannah Aynsley joined the charity as Executive Director on 14th March.

Johannah worked most recently on a £4.5 million proposed project to redevelop the Guildhall in Abingdon as an entertainment hub. Previous to this Johannah was the CEO of The Factory Youth Zone, a pioneering lifestyle hub and youth zone in Manchester serving over two thousand members and the flagship of its five regional counterparts; and creative director of Liverpool Film Academy, spearheading and developing the production house's philanthropic media hub site, using media and creative arts as a vehicle for social inclusion.

Earlier in her career Johannah enjoyed several years at the BBC and ITV, working across engagement and training provision to underpin the creative industries in the UK and develop a diverse and abundant offering from UK film and TV.

With a wealth of experience in community engagement events and overseeing large scale media and charity based projects, fostering profitable partnerships, Johannah is looking forward to taking the helm at Cowley Road Works.

Contact Johannah for all general Carnival enquiries including sponsorship and fundraising on


Sarah Airey
PR and Marketing Officer & Press Contact


Get in touch with Sarah if you would like more information about Carnival for articles and broadcast. Also if you would like to get involved as an official film-maker or photographer. Sarah has her own marketing communications and PR consultancy, the Buzzworks, and joined the team to publicise the Carnival for the first time in summer 2014. She has extensive experience and works with many businesses in Oxfordshire and beyond. She also organises the annual Blenheim 7k charity run at Blenheim Palace. /


Heather Dunmore

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Heather was a founder member of the team involved in setting up Oxfringe (Oxford's Fringe Festival), becoming Festival Director in 2011. Alongside her role at Cowley Road Carnival she is a published playwright.

Anya Fox
Procession & Production Co-ordinator

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Anya has been running the Carnival procession since 2011. She has a background in theatre and works, mainly on large outdoor community events, as a procession and production and stage manager.

Anya's passion for her work is fired by being able to give communities and individuals the opportunity to come to the streets and show themselves off. Cowley Road Carnival is a wonderful example of this, she says: "it is a great to see  what people, from different cultures and diverse backgrounds, can achieve when given the chance".

To contact Anya please email her at

Cath Mattos
Creative Producer

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Cath is an experienced event and festival producer with a specialism in Fringe Festivals and outdoor events including the World Festival Network, Wandsworth Fringe, Brighton Fringe and The Streets Tooting

To contact Cath please email her at



Claire Bond
Volunteers Coordinator

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I'm an experienced event manager with a passion for delivery and a love of all things sport, festivals and fun! I live locally to Oxford so am really looking forward to getting my teeth into the role and working alongside all of the team.

If you want to volunteer contact Claire on :


Chloe Harrison
Stalls Coordinator 

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Chloe is a new addition to the team and will be managing the stalls at the carnival. Her background is in VFX film production and has recently ventured into the arts / events world.

Contact Chloe if you want to apply this year, we are always looking for fresh and diverse stalls including activities, crafts and street food.

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