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
Artistic Producer

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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

Miff Crockford
Outreach Coordinator

To contactMiff please email her at


Simon Tipping


Simon Tipping brings his love for Carnival to the team. He has attended the Trinidad and Venice carnivals, participated at the Rio carnival with Paul Davies and his Embaixadores da Alegria, travelled to Bei Jing, China with Ali Pretty's kinetika and her Imagination Our Nation project, as well as show casing the work of Festive Road at the Thames festival night time carnival.

Simon has over 30 years' experience in managing and creating numerous activities and events for local authorities around the country as well as creating his own large scale events such as 'Walking with Giants' for Central Milton Keynes.  

To contact Simon please email him at

Anna Poulton

Volunteers Coordinator

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Anna has volunteered herself and worked with volunteers in a number of different settings and roles including Cheltenham Jazz, Science, Music and Literature festivals. She knows how much volunteers contribute and what they need to be well supported. She loves the 'buzz' and excitement of festivals and creative events and can think of nowhere more fun to volunteer. She is really looking forward to her first carnival at Cowley Road.

If you want to volunteer contact Anna on :


Nicole Rahimi
Stalls and Traders Coordinator 

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Nicole is very excited to join the team as the stalls and traders coordinator for Cowley Road Carnival this year. She set-up and has organised the Oxford Christmas Market since 2009 and has also been involved in the Christmas Light Festival as stalls manager. She is looking forward to working with Cowley Road Works to make year's Cowley Road Carnival one of the best yet.

To email Nicole please contact her at

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