The Team

Board of Directors

Without Walls is governed by a Board of Directors that ensures the consortium delivers on its mission, aims, and objectives.

Board members are drawn from consortium partners and independent external voices with specialist expertise.

Dr Jane Ali-Knight

Professor in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and Visiting Professor at Curtin University, Australia

Jo Burns

Chair of Without Walls

Andrew Comben

Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

Mark Denbigh

Head of Production & Programme for Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Darren Grice

Deputy Chief Executive of the Rochdale Borough Cultural Trust.

Lew Hodges

Chartered Accountant

Richard Holt

Head of Global Cities Research for Oxford Economics

Andrew Loretto

Hat Fair and Playmakers Director

Anthony Missen

Co-Founder of Company Chameleon

Gemma Thomas

Appetite Director and Special Projects Producer at the New Vic Theatre

Ivan Wadeson

Executive Director of Manchester City of Literature

Caron Wint

Investment Administrator/Project Manager/Arts Officer

Rachel Wood

Arts Development Officer for Oldham Council

The strategic development and day to day management of Without Walls is managed by XTRAX.

XTRAX is an independent management and production company based in Manchester with over 15 years of experience in Outdoor Arts. It was one of the Without Walls founder members in 2007 and has provided management and development services to Without Walls since 2012.

The role of XTRAX includes regular reporting to and liaison with the partner festivals and the Board of Directors, and helping artists to create and tour ground-breaking new outdoor work.

For more information about XTRAX visit

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