The Team

Sue Allatt

Co-Chair Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Looking after: Production , Performers’ registration & general enquiries


About: Living and working between Shaftesbury and London, production is her passion. Producing high end advertising campaigns for the last 20 years for her stable of international photographers and artists.

David Cohen

Looking after: Venues


About: David is a former English teacher and was a founder member of the Badger Poets – until recently the longest running performance poetry group in the country.

Natalie Evans

Co-Chair Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Looking after: Other organisations & town liaison


About: Ex BBC TV Producer, now running a bespoke kitchen company with her husband in Shaftesbury. They live in the centre of town with their two teenage boys.

Teresa Hatcher

Financial Director

Looking after: The Fringe budget, grants and financial awards


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

Keri Jones

Looking after: Press & 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 radio travel and holiday programme – The Great Destinations Radio Show – which airs on seventy UK radio stations.

Georgie Kirby

Looking after: Social media and the Children’s Hub


About: Georgie runs The Big Beautiful Bunting Co. from her home studio in Shaftesbury and has been organising community events of all shapes and sizes for over 20 years.

Kate McIllwain

Looking after: Social media


About: Kate is a newcomer to Shaftesbury having defected from London where she worked in property, managing luxury blocks of flats. She now sells jewellery and manages rental and private homes.

Rob Neely

Looking after: 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

Rose Ouston

Looking after: Volunteers


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

Looking after: Sponsorship & performers


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


James Thrift

Looking after: Website & photography


About: James has been involved in running community events in Shaftesbury for the last decade or so. He spends far too much time staring at computer screens in his role as the Dorset Mac Man, including the creation of this website.