TOM BESFORD

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Tom has worked on English Folk Expo since its inception in 2012. From January 2018 he took on the newly created role of Chief Executive, overseeing all aspects of production, strategy, financial management and governance of English Folk Expo. Prior to this, Tom’s role was the Delegates & Events Manager, overseeing operations management and acting as the primary point of contact for delegates. This sat alongside his other role, as Head of Culture at Link4Life, Rochdale Borough Council’s Cultural Trust, with responsibility for cultural strategy and management of the Arts & Heritage Service including museums, galleries and venues. Tom’s other previous experience includes Head of Artist Liaison for Manchester International Festival, Events Manager at the Royal Northern College of Music, and Events Coordinator at Sage Gateshead. He has also been Chair of both the Greater Manchester and Rochdale Borough Museums Groups. Tom is an avid and accomplished folk musician, dancer and educator, a Trustee at the Bury Met and is an elected representative for Littleborough Lakeside on the Rochdale Borough Council.

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