“I believe that life is all about giving and helping, using our skills to give back to our community”.
Daniella was voted into the role as Chair of the Committee this year, her experience and enthusiasm for the Carnival making her the obvious choice. Daniella has trained at some of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the UK, including Bodyworks, Mountview and the Central School of Speech & Drama. She has hosted, created and performed in countless professional and corporate events during her many years in the industry.
“Having been responsible for organising the Sunday Music festival since 2019, I was thrilled when I was asked to join the Committee. I thoroughly enjoy meeting and working with lots of great bands, businesses and the fantastic volunteers who make the St. Ives Carnival an Music festival possible.”
Emma joined the Committee this year as Treasurer. She has worked at the County Council for 20 years, gaining lots of experience in organising events. Recently, she has supported local events including the St Ives Motorbike Festival and the St Ives Christmas Lights Committee.
Emma has lived in St Ives with her partner since 1999 and raised her two children here. She is keen to give back to her local community through volunteering.
“I am really excited to be part of the Committee this year as I have been attending the three-day event with my family and friends for many years. I have been in awe at the enormous amount of work that has been put in by previous Committee Members, all of which is funded through grants and donations from local businesses and residents.”
Helen has lived in St Ives for over 15 years and is currently the landlady at The Royal Oak pub in Warboys. Prior to this, she spent 15 years coordinating international relocations and has worked in several of the towns pubs and bars over the past 20 years.
“I have the most amazing memories of attending the Carnival, from the Warners Park days through to the new location in Hill Rise Park – although some of the music festival days are a bit hazy and the Monday mornings not so amazing!
“This year I decided it was time to give something back to the event and signed up to be part of the committee. You may see my face out and about asking for sponsorship and raffle prizes as I am trying to raise the funds required to put on the event – please don’t run away or lock your doors!”
Mathew joins us as Vice Chairman bringing a wealth of knowledge from the events industry. He also sits on the Civic Society committee and is a founding member & Chairman of St Ives FLAG.
“Having lived and worked in around for over 40 years I’m a keen supporter of the local community. I’m looking forward to an exciting line up of events over the weekend and working with our new Chair Daniella and the rest of the committee to bring a fun-packed time for all.”
Priya is a local businesswoman with Weigh Too Good, a refill and sweet shop and Toasterly Awesome, a coffee shop, in Huntingdon.
She is a Huntingdonian with strong links to the the community, having grown up in the area. St Ives is as much a part of her life as Huntingdon as she worked at St Ivo school for five yearsand has worked at The Lounge for six.
As a lover of the Carnival, she is excited to champion such an amazing community event.
Stacey has been a St Ivian for over 10 years and worked at The Lounge for nearly 12 years.
“As a regular attendee to the music festival for probably a good 10 years, I feel it’s one of the best free events I’ve seen and been to. So last year I decided to join the Committee and really become a part of the event!
“With the event being spread over three days it’s a great way to feel part of my community and there’s something for everyone whether you’re a family, part of the older generation or love your music! I hope for it to continue for many years to come.”
Our event may be magical but it takes more than a wave of a wand to organise and manage this spectacular event! From sponsors and trade stalls to volunteering during the weekend, there are lots of exciting opportunities for you to get involved. Please contact us to find out more.