Who's Who?

This section is a 'Who's Who' of the people involved on a regular basis. For information about people involved in running the festival see the Umbrella Fair Festival section.

UFO Co-ordination Group Members:

Membership of the UFO Co-ordination Group is open to anyone who has an interest in our work (non-members do not have voting rights within the organisation). The group meets every Monday night at the Pavilion and are responsible for moving the work of the whole of the organisation on.  

Ian Bates

Project Co-ordinator

A founder member of the project, Ian's main job is to plan the work of UFO. Born and raised in the area, Ian is passionate about developing a stronger local community that cares about each other and the environment and is, in his own words, "inspired by the people and the vision and values of UFO.


Ian also functions as Treasurer for the organisation.

John Clarke
Main Area Stalls/I.T.
John books and organises stalls for the festival and manages I.T. needs as required. He was one of the founders and organisers of the Northampton Green Festiva,l an important antecedent of our own.

Kevin Stoney

Hospitality Co-ordinator/video promotions


Kevin makes sure performers and artists are well catered for at our events. He also makes promotional videos for us and helps with the development of the Pavilion "

Mel Rogers

Performance Co-ordinator/Cafe Co-ordinator

Mel first became involved with the Umbrella Fair through her work as a musician and youth worker and was the first person to run the youth stage. She finds the UFO provides a supportive network for expression of her creative ideas and a chance to make an ongoing, positive difference to the community.


Richard Powell


Richard has been a community activist and campaigner for more than 30 years and recognises

the Umbrella Fair as a unique, inclusive and sustainable way for local people to lead the development of their communities.

Martin Wills

Mikey Billing

Sean Silver

Shirley Strickland

UFO Pavilion Team

The UFO Pavilion Team are our paid members of staff. They have the responsibility of getting the Pavilion Project up and running, including raising the funding required for the full refurbishment (£ 350,000-500,00). Each member of the team works one day a week and collectively they cover the pavilion rota Monday-Saturday. 

Project Co-ordinator & Fundraiser - Ian Bates

The Project Co-ordinator is essentially the team leader. Ian is responsible for creating a Business Plan which identifies targets and milestones for achieving the project objectives and ensuring that each member of the team has and achieves individual targets aligned with the project aim.  


The Fundraiser is responsible for creating a strategy which achieves the target of raisin £500,000 within one year, including obtaining funding for the organisation to continue its work throughout the fundraising period. The strategy will need to encompass the best practice and be designed to maximise the fundraising potential of all aspects of the organisation

Activities Co-ordinator - Sarah Terry


Sarah's role is to shape the activities at the Pavillion. creating opportunities and supporting volunteers to carry out the activities. She works closely with the Volunteer Co-ordinator will work very closely together.

Since her teens, Sarah has worked actively on projects that raised voices for the most vulnerable within the community, working with a range of youth groups and projects. Alongside this she has worked in the community art sector through grassroots arts activities and events, with a focus on visual art and drama-based activities.

Communication & Community Engagement Co-ordinator - Mel Rogers

Mel writes and implements communication plans which ensure that both the local and wider community are fully aware of the work of UFO and seeks to develop engagement with the local community, encouraging support for the work of UFO and growing the involvement of local people.

Volunteering Co-ordinator - Richard Powell

Richard takes charge of volunteer recruitment, induction, support and retention. Working closely with the Activities Co-ordinator and other team members, he ensures that adequate and suitable volunteers are recruited and engaged to cover all the activities of the organisation, specifically those at the Pavilion.

Social Enterprise Co-ordinator - Mikey Billing

The SocialEnterprise Co-ordinator will support & grow the existing, & develop new UFO social enterprises. Mikey will write business plans & budgets and market the social enterprises.

Work Placement Team

Currently vacant


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