Meet the POW! Team and Trustees…


Jan Ryan - Festival Director

Jan Ryan is an established arts manager, practitioner and producer, who has worked in the arts for nearly 40 years and been involved with POW! since the beginning. Prior to setting up UK Arts International in 1992, she worked with many organisations, including InterAction, Birmingham Rep, Half Moon Theatre and as co-manager of Women’s Theatre Group.
Through UK Arts, she has represented most of the UK’s foremost theatre and dance companies and presented and produced performing arts productions in the UK and around the world in venues of all scales – from village halls to the West End.  With a strong focus on intercultural collaborations, she was the UK producer of Afrovibes, a festival which toured throughout the UK, introducing a wide range of audiences to the cultural wealth of contemporary South African visual and performing arts.

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Kate Walters - Festival Producer

Kate Walters is an experienced music producer, with eleven years experience having received commissions from London Jazz Festival, Barbican Centre and Southbank Centre, where she was an associate producer between 2008 and 2011. In 2012 Kate was selected for PRS Foundation’s New Music Plus…UK scheme joining eleven other producers for two years of professional development and a substantial bursary. Out of this, she developed a sell-out tour with British Sea Power which culminated in a 1800 capacity show at Barbican Centre.

More recently, Kate has worked in the commercial music industry, establishing 1400-capacity church/music venue St John at Hackney, as a major concerts space and hosting shows from Coldplay, Florence + Machine and Emeli Sande. She moved to Ramsgate in 2018 and spent a sabbatical year working with children with behavioural needs in Dover. Kate loves the creative spirit of Thanet and is looking forward to working closely with local artists, developing POW!’s music programme and promoting International Women’s Day.


Amy Redmond - Performance Curator

Amy Redmond is a proud feminist and is very happy to be performance curator for POW! Thanet.  She founded club brand Sink The Pink, Northdown art studios, Margate Arts Club and is a director of Margate Pride. Born and educated in Kent, Amy moved to Margate in 2015.  She is passionate about working with local people, she formed OUT Margate, Thanet’s LGBT+ youth group, ran POW!’s successful intergenerational Vogue Chi and podcast workshops in 2017 and hosted the Welcoming All Sisters, trans and non binary inclusive panel at POW! 2019.  She is very excited to fill Thanet with excellent female performers in 2020 and onwards!

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Cynthia Lawrence John - Visual Arts Curator

Cynthia Lawrence-John began her career as a photographer, shooting documentary and fashion portraits as well as creating photographic installations based around race and gender issues. Her work has appeared in group shows in the UK, Germany and Belgium.

Cynthia’s career has spanned many genres and areas including fashion, music and film, working as both a practitioner and commissioner of projects, she has always been particularly passionate about mentoring young women, particularly those who feel marginalised and unrepresented.

Over the past 20 years and still to date , Cynthia has worked mainly as a fashion stylist/creative director - collaborating with photographers and film makers - utilising fashion as a means to tell stories and evoke social and political dialogues.

Cynthia has lived in Thanet for 3 years…”it allows me to think, breath and feel!”

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Darryn De La Soul - Production Manager

Darryn de la Soul moved to Thanet in 2013 and has since become deeply involved in many of the wonderful local creative endeavours that happen on the Isle, in the role of Production Manger on numerous events and festivals.

She is also an independent business woman who runs a small company, Soulsound, that supports sound engineers around the country in developing their careers, is a frequent guest lecturer in colleges, universities and trade shows; and author of an eBook “Getting A Foot In The Door” aimed at helping youngsters entering the creative professions.


Lindsay Marsden - General Manager

Lindsay has previously worked in fashion production for luxury childrens wear, in textile design and for trend forecasting and styling companies. She is a textile designer, illustrator and artists assistant when not working for POW!

Lindsay joined POW! for the 2018 Festival and looks forward to working on the next festival.

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Francesca Alphonso - Engagement Manager

Francesca is a mother, feminist and people person. She has a diverse work history spanning the third sector, fashion and arts industries. She has been Development Officer for Exposure, North London's multi-award winning charitable youth communications enterprise; Production Manager for Vivien Sheriff, internationally renowned milliner and Events Executive Assistant for artsdepot, multi-award winning cultural hub.

Her most recent role has been at Pie Factory Music, Ramsgate, as Project Manager for the Create Community Intergenerational Group. She has spent the past six months establishing a thriving social group bringing together teenagers and over fifties, successfully targeting the most deprived areas of Ramsgate to address isolation and improve understanding between the age groups.

Francesca has also been a full time mother for 6 years. It has been her most challenging and significant job to date. Her experience of motherhood drives her to champion the issues mothers face including isolation, barriers to work and the expectation of being the main childcarer.

She is delighted to be part of the POW! Thanet team and is looking forward to growing participation in the festival of under-represented groups within the community.


Katie Hogben - Press and Media Manager

Katie is an experienced press, media and marketing professional, with two years' experience at Turner Contemporary, and nine years' experience working freelance for theatre companies and arts organisations nationally. She also has experience in film, TV and all elements of the media industry, having completed an MA in Screenwriting from the National Film and Television School.

She is passionate about the arts, equality and accessibility.

Katie joins the POW! team for the 2020 festival after having seen and been inspired by the impact of the festival on local women.

If you have any press or media queries, contact Katie on

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Deborah Cartwright - Chair of Trustees

Deborah has worked in social care and support services for many years, working variously with those with learning disabilities, mental health issues and now, for the past ten years, in domestic violence and abuse services.   She is currently Chief Executive of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service in Thanet. Her role requires her to oversee the delivery of the organisation’s strategies for overall direction, people and fundraising. As a medium-sized charity, the role requires a hands-on approach which allows her to have a good interaction with the communities of Thanet and Dover.

She completed a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management in 2016 which developed skills across charity marketing, finance, social impact and social policy.  Her research project focused on collaboration in the voluntary sector, most specifically within a commissioning landscape.


Rowena Tozer - POW! Trustee

Rowena is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in audit, financial management and accounting for government, private and United Nations organisations for over twelve years.  Her skills include international, UK Government and charity accounting and reporting, preparing and auditing financial statements, and budgetary reporting and analysis.  She is an experienced manager of multidisciplinary teams, and is comfortable discussing financial and accounting concepts to non-accountants.

From 2012-2015 she was the head of Financial Operations for UN Women, the United Nations entity for Gender Equality, where her role included responsibility for management of donor and programme funds and financial reporting to grant-giving donors, as well as management of grant-giving processes to grass-roots recipients.  She has previously been a trustee of a UK charity and has knowledge of trusteeship rules as well as charity accounting and reporting requirements.

Rowena moved to Thanet in 2016 and currently works as a consultant on short-term financial management projects.   She is keen to use her skills and experience to help a local organisation develop good financial management and reporting processes. 

She is a committed feminist and supporter of rights for women and girls and is also very passionate about the arts.


Donna Carr- POW! Trustee

Donna is an accomplished senior project and programme manager with extensive experience of the public sector. She has worked in housing, community development, public health and diversity and inclusion, where she worked at a national level to advise policymakers and produce good practice equality and diversity guidance for public organisations. She currently works within the NHS supporting major healthcare transformation programmes across Kent and Medway. 

Donna is delighted to be a Trustee of POW! Thanet and is particularly energised by the charity’s work on community development and cohesion. Also, as a committed womanist, she is keen to further increase the diversity of local women involved in the activities of the charity. 

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Zara McKenzie - POW! Trustee

Zara has over 10 years design experience in the cultural and heritage sector, delivering projects both nationally and internationally. As Project director at HKD, Zara leads teams to create dynamic, engaging public experiences. She is also an integral part of the sister company Marine Studios CIC, a social enterprise with a mission to create projects which extend cultural participation, support new creative practice and create opportunities for skill sharing and knowledge exchange.

Zara is passionate about gender equality. She is an advocate for gender neutral design and addressing the imbalance of women narratives portrayed in collections and archives, delivering workshops and community consultation sessions to ensure all projects extend cultural access and social interactivity.  Zara has lived in Thanet since 2009 and is engaged with local issues. She is excited by the opportunity to apply her skills as a Trustee of POW Thanet and keen to help deliver the ambitions of the charity through their arts festival.

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Clare Freeman - POW! Trustee

Clare Freeman is the Founder and Editor of the Margate Mercury and the Ramsgate Recorder, both free, independent, quarterly magazines.   She is also a serial entrepreneur who has launched and run several other start-ups, including My Plus One, a platform where travellers could meet locals in 5 European cities and Airspruce which helps people write an effective Airbnb listing. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter and as a PR Consultant, primarily in the travel industry. 

 Clare loves travelling and has lived in several other cities, including Shanghai, Berlin, Brisbane and Buenos Aires. She has lived in Margate for over two years and – as well as running the Margate Mercury – is now working on other projects to help the Margate community.  She is also interested in hotels, food, agriculture, design, architecture and property and interiors.