Ceryl Evans becomes director and is joined by three staff members

New staff join Capability Brown Festival team
New staff join Capability Brown Festival team

The Landscape Institute is delighted to announce that the Capability Brown Festival team, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund grant,  has now joined the LI. Ceryl Evans has been appointed festival director and is joined by Mel Tettey as deputy director (audience development and volunteer programme), together with Laura Smith as research, publications and communications officer and Lindsay McPherson as the festival administrator. The team will be based at the LI’s office in London and will work with partners across England and Wales.

The following gives some background on the new members of the team.

Mel Tettey, Deputy Director (audience development and volunteer programme)
Mel will be responsible for delivering the audience development and volunteer programme to ensure that the festival has a strong focus throughout on the development and involvement of new audiences.

She has a strong background in audience development and community engagement having previously worked at Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust as the head of learning and community programmes.  Mel led on a £1 million activity plan for the palace’s HLF grant ‘Alexandra Palace; Reclaiming the People’s Palace’. Prior to this she worked at Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Pavilion and Museums.

Laura Smith, Research, Publications and Communications Officer
Laura supervises the Capability Brown Festival’s publications, as well as liaising with the media, dealing with PR, and managing research projects. She also looks after the knowledge-management aspects of the festival.

Laura joins the Capability Brown Festival from the Metropolitan Police Service, where she was a front-line police officer working in Soho, London. Before joining the Met, Laura worked in communications for more than a decade, starting as a regional journalist and news editor in Kent, before moving to London and leading a large government department’s internal communications team.

Lindsay McPherson, Festival Administrator
Lindsay will provide administrative support to the festival team and act as a first point of contact for public enquiries. Lindsay has a BA and MA in history of art and previously worked at Christie’s.

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