Oliver hails from Worcestershire and following a lifetime of singing and trumpet playing is a familiar face on the UK live music circuit. In addition to a 25 year career in marketing, he runs a not-for-profit organisation which delivers community music festivals, three of which are now established as annual events. Oliver is also on the volunteer committee of Upton Blues Festival, the largest completely free blues festival in the UK.
Live & Local says: Oliver gives his time freely to support Live & Local and Shindig in his home County and offers some mean marketing advice!
David has been the Pastor of Heanor Baptist Church in Derbyshire for 17 years and is a long-standing promoter of Live & Local events. Following a management career in the energy industry, David worked as a training consultant before moving to the church full-time. He serves on several national bodies seeking racial equality and justice for all and is the current Chair of a local regeneration project, Heanor Me & U. David is married to Sharon and they have a son, Jacob.
Live & Local says: David brings limitless enthusiasm for community issues and a wealth of practical know-how to the Board. You can also set your watch by him!
Colin is a retired businessman who ran a corporate communications training organisation and a graphic arts equipment manufacturing company. He is Chairman of the Pattingham Village Hall management committee and a regular promoter of Live & Local events. Involved with the local drama group for 25 years, Colin has served as Treasurer and Chairman as well as acting in, or being involved with, the production of numerous plays. An active sportsman, Colin is Honorary Secretary of the Old Oundelain Golfing Society and an avid squash player.
Live & Local says: Colin’s business acumen and corporate experience is much appreciated in the cost-conscious, funding-dependent world of rural touring. He is always on-par with his level-headed approach.
Robert is an actor, writer and a Cheeky Chappy who describes himself as having worked in theatre, television and radio, narrowly avoiding a career in shoplifting and burglary! After graduating, Robert joined Tic Toc Theatre Company, where he acted and began to write community plays and comedy cabaret. He has since become a freelance performer and writer, with an MA in Television Scriptwriting. Together with Paul Nolan he set up The Cheeky Chappies, writing and performing comedy shows which have toured nationally, including Live & Local venues. Married to Mandy, with two children who both threaten to follow in their father’s entertaining footsteps!
Live & Local says: Robert Chairs the Board with a firm but fun hand and brings a professional performer’s perspective to our planning with his wealth of experience across the arts scene.
Vishalakshi is a consultant and academic specialising in the creative and cultural sector. She founded Earthen Lamp in 2011, a consultancy to provide bright thinking for the creative sector working with cultural organisations across the UK. Since 2009, Vishalakshi has been using her industry expertise to teach management, strategic planning and audience development at The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick. Vishalakshi is a Certified Member of the Market Research Society and Arts Marketing Association. She is a Trustee of Birmingham Opera Company and Creative Academies Network.