We've been asked many times what the secret ingredient is to making Tandem Festival such a special & welcoming event. The answer is simple: our wonderful team of volunteers!
YesimVolunteer CoordinatorYeşim joined in Tandem Coordinators Team this year to help the team coordinate festival volunteers. She's a proud cyclist and metalhead. In her everyday job, she is in the IT world as a business analyst with a system engineering background. As a person coming from such a technical background, she's excited to be a part of a fun event based on an environmental cause. InesTandem Chef Inês volunteered at the Festival 2 years ago after meeting some of the team on a bike ride and quickly got more involved with Tandem. She has a passion for food and feeding other people and took over the role of Kitchen Coordinator in 2018. She has big plans to make the festival kitchen bigger and better than before. In real life she’s an apprentice Tailor and makes dungarees with another friend of Tandem, Lisa Made It. PeterDirectorPeter McQuitty has worked in a number of different sectors - academic research and university teaching, political management, and journalism. He managed policy, culture, and communications for Oxford City Council for nearly a decade. He is currently working in medical humanities, exploring the links between respiratory disease and creativity. Nina
Co-founder & InTandem Coordinator Nina is co-founder of Tandem Collective and launched InTandem in 2014. She is also helping coordinate the new Tandem CIC Board. Her professional background is in film production, business management and retail in a cooperative, not for profit environment. She is currently Assistant Producer on her second film, Close, in partnership with Jewson Film, & is writing a novel set in medieval Oxford. LaurenEthno England & Music CoordinatorLauren got involved after playing at Tandem 2014, & now runs Ethno England in collaboration with the festival, as well as helping programme music. She looks after lots of community projects in Oxford, mostly focussing on musical education as a means for social change, & bringing people from different cultures together through music & food. NikòCo-Founder & Music Co-ordinator
Musician, Sound Engineer, co-founder of Tandem Collective. Nicholas came up with Tandem Festival after his cycling tour of Europe recording musicians (Record & Ride), where upon his return he wanted to bring all the wonderful people he met together. He also runs own Upcycled Sounds ltd & plays in various Oxford bands. He is currently living in a transportable solar-powered recording studio caravan! CayennaDirectorCayenna is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tandem Collective. She is a researcher at the University of Oxford Music, as well as an orchestral conductor, percussionist & composer, dedicated to bringing awareness to humanitarian & environmental issues through the commissioning & performance of orchestral music. JakesDirectorJakes has been involved with Tandem for several years, mostly recently as Marketing Manager and Board Director. She's a musician and producer, working in a recording studio, running a record label, playing in many bands and generally being involved in too many projects. HarrietWellbeing Coordinator
Harriet studies Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes & is currently on placement providing rehabilitation to stroke patients. Generally this doesn’t involve yoga & singing workshops, like those on offer in Tandem wellbeing tents, however she sometimes leads fun gardening sessions! Harriet also enjoys making music on the cello & singing, & she's trying to learn guitar before Tandem, so that she can sing a few songs round a fire over the festival. DotGeneral VolunteerDot has been involved in Tandem Festival from the very start, after being told of the chance conversation in the pub that sparked Tandem. She has been a volunteer & an instigator in the grassroots food movement in Oxford for the past 5.5 years & firmly believes in the power of change through volunteering & community-building. This year she’s all over Transport, using her practise in organising over-land, low-impact escapades by bike & beyond across Europe & the UK, as well as helping coordinate volunteers at the festival. FrankieWellbeing Coordinator RobBox Office Coordinator Rob has been the treasurer and box office coordinator of Tandem Festival since 2017. Apart from looking at financial accounts, he likes cycling, yoga, reading and building things. In his everyday life, he is a lecturer in education & international development in Cambridge. Jak Workshops and Talks Coordinator Jak has been part of Tandem since the very beginning, and has been involved in everything from sofa curation to marketing. In her day job, she's an environmental anthropologist working in indigenous rights and tropical forest conservation. She's an activist, a sometimes academic, and a firm believer in the necessity of absurdity – all of which she tries to bring into the festival programming. MarthaMonitoring and Evaluation Coordinator MattSite Coordinator HarrySite Coordinator CaraSite Coordinator PollyTransport Coordinator InesKitchen Coordinator LucindaVolunteer Coordinator Lucinda is a full time sustainability professional who has supported tandem since 2018. Lu manages the volunteers and during the festival she can be found running body scrub workshops and Bumblebee identification walks.
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