The Shaftesbury Fringe Team



Rob Neely

Co-Chair Shaftesbury Fringe and Venues
About: Roberto is Master of Venues. In fact we'd be surprised if there's any potential venue in Shaftesbury that Rob hasn't visited or signed up! Artist and garden designer, Rob is also owner of the very beautiful The Dorset Store, a treasure trove in the centre of town.


James Thrift

Co-Chair Shaftesbury Fringe
About: James has been involved in running community events in Shaftesbury for almost two decades. He spends far too much time looking at the world via a computer screen or through the lens of a camera.


Karen Brazier

Social Media
About: Karen began her career in publishing before side-stepping into marketing, and has worked in both tourism and education. A Shaftesbury resident since 2007, she believes there is no finer county than Dorset and waxes lyrical about her favourite haunts in her blog


Ben Denham

Sponsorship & Revenue
About: Born and bred in North Dorset, performing arts is one of Ben's passions alongside running the local basketball team. Ben has performed on the stage at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, in Shaftesbury at the Arts Centre and has been in a multitude of theatrical and singing events. He has even directed the odd village pantomime. Ben wants to help the Fringe grow from strength to strength.


Andy Hargreaves

Website and Registrations
About: Andy lives in Shaftesbury and manages several websites including He is a keen amateur photographer and a member of the Shaftesbury Camera Club.


Amber Harrison

About: Amber’s role in corporate social responsibility takes her far and wide but her heart and home remains in Shaftesbury where she’s lived for the past 10 years. She’s a trustee of the Rolt Millennium Green, and serves on the Board of Shaftesbury Arts Centre where she produces the programme, advertising and social media.


Kevin Harrison

About: Kevin has lived in Shaftesbury for ten years and works three days a week as a software developer for a leading global consultancy company. He is the Membership Secretary of the Shaftesbury Arts Centre, where he also manages the website and booking system. He is looking forward to helping make the 2019 Fringe another resounding success.


Teresa Hatcher

Financial Director
About: Teresa lives and works in Shaftesbury and after enjoying the 2016 Fringe quickly signed up to join the team.


Keri Jones

Press and Publicity
About: Keri has a long track record in media management, running several award winning local radio stations. He lives in Shaftesbury and currently produces and presents a weekly news podcast focused on the Shaftesbury at


Rose Ouston

About: Rose has lived in Shaftesbury for almost four years, where she is involved in a number of groups - fertile ground for recruiting volunteers! Having grown up near Edinburgh, she knows how much a Fringe can bring to a town and is delighted to be involved in it happening in Shaftesbury.


Andy Tebbutt-Russell & Samantha

About: Andy and Samantha were principal organisers of Shaftesbury Fringe 2016. Andy is a theatrical producer and manager and Samantha is a singer/actress.