Board of Advisors

Our Advisors bring a wide-ranging set of skills and knowledge to Festive Road.

Not only do they advise us on specific projects/ideas, but they help to formulate our long-term plans and goals.

They are also welcome and invaluable ambassadors for Festive Road when out and about, both locally and nationally.


Manuela Benini

Manuela is a Brazilian born movement artist and choreographer who has lived in London for over 20 years.

She has a track record of delivering small to large-scale carnival projects, shows, and spectacles, with both professional and non-professional participants all over the world; and has a passion for outdoor arts as a tool for transformation.

She is the Director of Transform Projects, a participatory carnival arts project that takes place in India every year; and Selva, a group of producers/directors and performers that use elements form Latin American folk traditions, in performances and theatrical experiences in Festivals and events in the UK.


Matt Cove

Matt is Managing Director of Events Managed, which delivers stunning events, particularly within the charity and community sector.

Matt was educated at Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes, and was an active participant of the school council.

Going on to work in the retail sector, he was head-hunted to operate the retail section of the newly formed Milton Keynes Dons FC in 2004; taking over sole control of the Club Shop between 2005 & 2007. The move to stadiummk presented new challenges and Matt was appointed Supporter Services Manager, heading the group of companies’ customer service and charitable work.

As a result of the community contacts he made during this time, Matt was appointed to the Sport and Education Trust (registered charity 1123762) as Business Development Manager, with overall responsibility for fund-raising, sponsorship and marketing.

Matt joined SuperOffice Software Limited as an Account Manager in October 2012; where he remains today, whilst supporting his Events Managed business.


Nick Garnett

Nick is an Artist, Educator and Experienceologist. He has been delivering creative learning projects in partnership with teachers for over ten years.

He is the father of four children who he uses as ‘guinea pigs’ for his various mad ideas.

For him, art should not be exclusive but should draw you in.

Nick’s collaboration with Tim Godwin (Thrift) and Film maker Roland Bodenham gave life to E.R.I.C, an antique computerised entity, providing immersive learning experiences for thousands of children.

Recently his work has featured at HTI conference with Ken Robinson and in Hywel Roberts book 'Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally.’

His studio work has focusses primarily on 3D sculpture and installation; producing work in a variety of mediums including wood, metal, paper and found objects. He loves to find ways of producing work from materials, which others have discarded; and is interested in the ready-made history which comes with these materials.

Nick is an associate member of OpenHandOpenSpace


Keith Moorcroft

Keith Moorcroft has worked in the world of finance since 1997 and is currently a commercial accountant for a well known Standard Chartered company.

Keith’s career has involved working in a number of varying sized businesses, ranging from small independents to large overseas banks.

Keith is also the Creative Director of an online art gallery, which specialises in the production of limited edition pop culture screenprints.

Born in the city of Liverpool, Keith has a keen interest in art, film and football. A season ticket holder at Anfield for over 30 years has ensured that he has suffered the highs and lows of being a football supporter!

His love of film and art led to the creation of Silver Bow, which gave him the chance to combine his passion for the two mediums in order to produce licenced screenprints.

Working with acclaimed artists from around the world, Keith has art-directed a number of licensed and limited edition movie screenprints. This work has also included hosting film screenings at the acclaimed Prince Charles Cinema, as part of the release events for these pieces of artwork.

Keith is very happily married and has three daughters.