Team HEFF

Board of directors

HEFF is run by a volunteer board of directors who oversee the organisation of events and a large community of volunteers.

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Director

I am one of the Directors of Home Education Festivals, the company which runs HEFF, and most of the time act as chair for board meetings. At events I am the person responsible for coordinating everything to do with the site and infrastructure, and as such also for Health and Safety.

Michel Drescher

Michel Drescher

Company Secretary

Nicky Merrick

Nicky Merrick

Director - PR & Marketing

Nicky takes care of the social media and email marketing for HEFF and designed the new website. She has been coming to HEFF with her husband Chunky and their son Zed since 2017.

Ed Bowden

Ed Bowden

Director

My speciality is the IT side of things with the website, shop, emails etc but everyone on the board is involved in pretty much everything.

Brynn Hauxwell

Brynn Hauxwell

Youth Director

I want to help make the HEFF experience even better than it already is. My main role is being a voice for the young people at HEFF and helping to run the Festival.

Ally Mac

Ally Mac

Director & Safeguarding Officer

In 2021 my main responsibility at HEFF was meant to be running the board games sessions. I then added safe guarding and sessions for LGBTQ young people to that.

My term as a board member started on the 1st Oct 2022 so I am still waiting to see what my role looks like.

Chloe Newby

Chloe Newby

Director

As a director, festival and financial planning are the biggest part, along with all the other directors. The more particular bits I organise are policy drafting and updates, the feedback questions and analysis after each festival, and the physical paperwork.

Garett Ross

Garett Ross

Director

I’m still pretty new to it and working out how to make myself useful, but I’m going to be looking for ways to make the festival enjoyable and something we can return to every year. I want the festival to still be running when I have children, and for them to have great activities available as they grow.

Key volunteers

As well as the board there is a team of volunteers including various coordinators and our wonderful event crew.

Bridget McGill

Bridget McGill

Photographer

Bridget can normally be found behind the camera rather than in front of it, but we managed to find this photo so you can see who she is. Bridget took just about all of the photos used on this website. You’ll find her cycling all over the festival taking photographs of the activities.

Chunky Merrick

Chunky Merrick

Sound & Lighting Tech

Chunky ran a PA Hire company for over 16 years and has been providing sound and lighting equipment at HEFF since 2019. During the festival he can usually be found at the sound desk helping youngsters learn the tech and engineering the bands.

Julie Tant

Julie Tant

First Aid Coordinator

Julie is a Home educating Mum, Acupuncturist, coach and martial artist. Her passion for healing others has led her to study many different philosophies and disciplines alongside educating her two boys Archie and DJ Fred. She has been volunteering at HEFF as a first aider since 2017.

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