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Our Team



Kate Romano

Chief Executive & Artistic Director


Kate oversees all enterprise at the Granary. She is responsible for devising the artistic agenda, concerts programme and educational work. She is also active as a chamber musician, producer, BBC writer and presenter.  


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Tamlyn Barber

Business Development Manager

Tam is responsible for developing and nurturing new business opportunities to further the Granary’s ambitions and objectives. She has over 20 years experience in the educational travel sector and the hospitality industry.


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Ian Buckle

Artistic Director


Ian is jointly responsible with Kate for curating the music programme at the Granary. He is a solo pianist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher; and is Artistic Director of Pixels Ensemble, formed in 2016.


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Jess Henry

Cafe lead & Arts Assistant

Jess heads up operations in the cafe, supports our hospitality and takes an active hands-on role in our early years arts provision. She has a career background in the visual arts, art therapy and as a mental health support worker.


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Simon Finney



Simon is responsible for caretaking, cleaning, maintenance and caring for the grounds. He has worked at Stapleford Granary since the centre opened in 2010, and also runs his own commercial cleaning company, SF Cleaning.







Paul Hunt

Sound & Lighting Technician


Paul provides lighting, sound and other technical support for events at the Granary. He draws on 40 years experience, working with all genres of music. He established his own Cambridge-based business, Solitech, in 2000.









Samuel Dowsett

Head of Digital Marketing

Sam develops and implements the Granary’s digital marketing strategy. He is a marketeer with broad experience across the travel, publishing and education sectors, and is Head of Marketing for ACE Cultural Tours.

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Mark Sanders

Mark is the chair of trustees, responsible for the governance and direction of Stapleford Granary; and a non-executive director of ACE Cultural Tours. Mark has spent his career working in educational and group travel, and is a trustee of the tennis charity, Bright Ideas for Tennis.


Christine Berry

In a former legal career Christine worked with a wide range of charities and educational bodies. She has a lifelong interest in the arts and co-founded the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, now part of the Early Career Awards presented by the National Centre for Writing.


John Bryden

John is a pianist, accompanist and chamber musician with many years of association with ACE Cultural Tours. As Tour Director, he has specialisms in Mozart, Mahler and sacred music and has taken ACE travellers to explore the sights of Bavaria, Leipzig, Weimar, Bonn and Parma.


Sarah Burles

Sarah is an art historian, freelance lecturer and Tour Director for ACE Cultural Tours. She spent much of her career working in museums and galleries, including at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and has always had a passion to make the arts accessible and inclusive. Sarah is an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society and a Lay Canon at Ely Cathedral.


Paul Jackson
Paul is a pianist, conductor, musicologist and former university academic with a wide range of interest and experience in music and the performing arts. He is a Tour Director for ACE Cultural Tours, leading tours to Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Verona, and is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.


David Martin

David is CEO of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust and Chair of the Neurological Alliance, a national umbrella body of more than 70 charities. He was previously a Trustee at the Cambridge Arts Theatre and also ran BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, launching their online services.


Peter McPartland

Peter is Chief Investment Officer of Martlet Capital Limited, a deeptech and healthcare-focused venture capital firm based in Cambridge.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.  With a strong interest in the Arts, Peter’s principal pastimes involve music – especially jazz – and nature & landscape photography.


Toni Moses

Toni is an architectural designer with a love of Scandinavian design and furniture. She runs her own studio and has worked in Cambridgeshire for 20 years. Toni was the designer for the Phase 1 development of Stapleford Granary including the concert hall and foyer.


Lesley Thompson
Lesley is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in the Arts, Health and Higher Education sectors - most recently as Bursar of Lucy Cavendish College in the University of Cambridge. She has also been a primary and secondary school governor and was previously chair of Cambridge Community Arts.