Meet our trustee and staff team

Lichfield Arts is run by a team of enthusiastic, experienced trustees and staff. Collectively they have responsibility for the running of Lichfield Arts.  

Greg Gibbons

Trustee / Chair

My name is Greg Gibbons I am the Chair of the Trustee’s, I joined Lichfield Arts in August 2020.

I have a 30 year career in the hospitality industry working a wide range of businesses large and small.

My passion and love for live music and entertainment comes having being part of and running many events during my career in hospitality.

Phil Beale

Trustee / Vice Chair

I became a Trustee of Lichfield Arts in October 2013, and am now Vice Chair.

As well as assisting the Chair in steering the organisation’s overall development and operation I am the trustee responsible for Fuse and regularly assist with income generation.

I have a passion for music and the arts, and play guitar and compose/record original music with my band Maximum 90.

Brian Pretty

Trustee / President

My name is Brian Pretty and I first volunteered in the 80’s to run the bar, and was appointed administrator then director in 90’s.

Besides formulating the artistic programme I introduced the Real Ale, Jazz & Blues Festival in 1990, followed by beer festivals. I was founding director of Fuse for 11 years before finally retiring in 2011.

I’m currently co-director of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival and assist in running Lichfield Jazz.

Stuart Davies

Trustee / Vice President

I have been associated with Lichfield Arts for over fourteen years, ten of them as Assistant Director.

I am a trustee and have been Vice President since 2015.

I serve on the Funding Group and I am Chair of the L2F Committee. I am also a trustee of Wildfire Folk and co-founder and ‘captain’ of Lichfield Lighthouse Company.

You will also see me as MC or Chief Steward at many of our concerts and events.

Rob Morris


My name is Rob Morris and I’ve been a volunteer with Lichfield Arts since 1995. In 2013 I was privileged to be invited to become a trustee.

Alongside other roles, I oversee and contribute towards the upkeep and development of the Lichfield Arts websites and provide IT help and support.

Since 2007 I’ve been involved in the planning and presentation of the Fuse Festival. I also volunteer at many of the concerts and events throughout the year covering roles from glass washer to chief steward.

John Percival


My name is John Percival and I am the Trustee responsible for Lichfield Art’s Outreach community projects.

I have been working in the arts and education sector for the last 15 years and have been supporting Lichfield Arts in various capacities for over 6 years.

John Palmer


I work with a small team raising funds so that Lichfield Arts can continue to put on bigger and more exciting events.

I’ve spent my career organising arts, cultural and heritage events across the country, aiming to capture people’s imaginations and to give them a lot of fun and enjoyment.

Rob Tilston


My name is Rob Tilston and I am a trustee of Lichfield Arts with responsibility for looking after the bar – a subject dear to my heart.

I have been a volunteer for 15 years or more and have been a trustee since 2005 including a stint as chair for two years. 

My wife Liz is also a volunteer.

Lou Ramsdale


I’m Louisa (Lou) and I joined the Lichfield Arts team in January 2021 and will be responsible for “Volunteering”, improving our overall volunteer strategy and to act upon volunteer feedback.

My Aim is to work with volunteers and liaise with all of the festival leads to ensure best practice for volunteers is adhered to and I also intend to improve communication amongst the volunteering community. I retired from BT Global Services in 2019 after 30+ years of corporate life. My family live in Lichfield and together we have attended various LA events over the years prior to becoming a trustee – King Pleasure and the biscuit boys being a personal favourite they played at my Wedding so will forever hold a soft spot in my heart.

Mark Jones

Office Manager

I am Mark Jones and I have been Lichfield Arts Office Manager since August 2014. 

As well as managing the office, I am involved in many areas of Lichfield Arts including Fuse, L2F and the Blues & Jazz Festival, as well as assisting the trustee team in the running of the organisation.

I enjoy my job and being involved in Lichfield Arts and before this my career was based in the Civil Service for many years, with a brief time spent in the construction industry.

As well as live music I enjoy photography, motorsport, reading, rock climbing and would like to try more extreme sports since doing a bungee jump in 2019. 

Tim Perks

Marketing Manager/Artistic Programmer

My name is Tim Perks. I’m the Marketing Manger and Artistic Programmer for Lichfield Arts.

I am currently responsible for the organisation’s marketing and setting of the programme along with booking the artists for our concerts.

I have been actively involved in Lichfield Arts for over 17 years and have been on the management committee for over 10. I have been both vice-chair and chair of Lichfield Arts in the past and I was the Fuse festival director for 3 years.

I have worked as a volunteer at many Lichfield Arts events. I am a graphic designer in my professional life and in other free time play guitar in a blues and soul band, The Sleaze Brothers.

Justine Strange

Accounts Administrator

I’m Justine, I am the Accounts Administrator for Lichfield Arts and after taking redundancy and relocating from Hampshire I have been working here part time since September 2018.

I live with my husband, son & springer spaniel Stowford in Sutton Coldfield and we have all thoroughly enjoyed attending gigs & festivals since I joined the team.

Lichfield is truly a beautiful place and I feel privileged to work here and be part of the great work Lichfield Arts are doing in bringing the community together.