Meet the Team

Trustees and Directors

Jon Beck, Chairman

I moved to Bollington in 1992 with my wife, Annette and we became a family with the arrival of our daughter Miriam. My first involvement in the Bollington Festival was when I appeared as Ernest in the Bollington Festival Players’ production of The Importance of Being Earnest during the 2009 Festival. I became chairman of Bollington Festival in 2010 and have enjoyed the strong support of my fellow volunteers ever since. Email Jon at:

Jose Spinks, Programme Director

I’ve been a fan of Bollington Festivals even since arriving in Bollington thirty years ago. To begin with I merely sang in Dr John’s special monster Festival Choirs on the rec. and then became drawn into organising things, starting with literary and theatre events. Now, for Festival19, I find myself one of the Festival Exec. and doing my best as Programme Director for the second time. I hope many people, locals and visitors, will share in our unique Festival next year. I hope we enjoy ourselves hugely and, together, breathe new life into our inspiring celebration of community achievement. See you next May!

Geoff Atkin, Commercial Director

Geoff retired about 12 years ago after a working life in R&D and project management. He first came into contact with the Festival when working with Janet Beech in the Box Office of the 2009 Festival. He made the 'mistake' of showing interest in the financials with the result that he was soon asked to be Treasurer for the 2014 Festival. With a group of others he started the Bollington Beer Festival Geoff is also the Treasurer of the Arts Centre. This time around Geoff is principally interested in the commercial aspects of the 2019 Festival, a large part of which is dealing with our sponsors. Email Geoff at:

Festival Team

Chris Bennett, Recreation Ground Site Manager

Betsie Dixon, Fundraising Co-ordinator

Roland Edwards, Parade and Stewarding

I was born in Crowthorne and worked for the MoD for all my career. I finally escaped the south when my wife, Dawn, got a job at the RNCM in Manchester 8 years ago. When not working as deputy mayor, organising the Bollington Beer Festival or the Festival parade I enjoy watching football, rugby (both codes) and am writing a book on post war science history. I am responsible, along with a team of much more talented and dedicated colleagues, for managing the parade and recruiting and organising volunteers for stewarding. In 2014 I organised the parade and my job title appears to be Oi – You!!!!!!!!!! You will find my contact details on the Bollington Town Council webpage.