The Torchlight Team
In February 2013, the traditional Torchlight Committee was disbanded and replaced with the Torchlight Management Team. The main difference being that all Torchlight Team members have publicly committed to taking responsibility for one or more critical functions.
We are currently looking for capable people to help in a number of roles including logistics, entrants management and general admin duties. Some skilled tasks are included so if you think you can help please don't hesitate to get in touch.
The Torchlight 2017 Team
Craig Russell - Torchlight Director & Team Leader
Kendal Torchlight Carnival was in inspiration for me growing up in Kendal. All on one night in the streets of the grey old town, I saw the pride of the town’s workers, the wonder of its industry, the community spirit of its organisations, the creativity of its artists and makers. I have cherished those memories for a long time and want to enable the current and future generations of the town to be inspired to have fun and contribute to a celebration of what the town is about.
Martin Kinley - Torchlight Director
Martin joined the Torchlight Team in spring 2016 as a new Director. He was born in Kendal and has lived here all his life.
He has seen a vast majority of the Torchlight processions and very much a big fan of keeping the tradition of an annual procession going in Kendal to promote Kendal and its surrounding districts for the benefit of local residents, tourists and businesses.
Martin, along with 2 other Directors is responsible for the corporate and financial governance, monitoring and evaluating the Company's activities and for creating and implementing the future strategic direction.
Professor Keith Still - Torchlight H&S Advisor
Professor Still has lectured at the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC) since 1999 and developed the EPC’s Crowd Dynamics and Crowd Science materials, delivering workshops/lectures and seminars on crowd safety as well as contributing to several other safety-related courses at the EPC.
His mathematical, human behaviour modelling and simulation tools led to the development of a systematic blueprint for the crowd/event safety industry. He has developed educational workshops teaching the theory and applications of Crowd Science and applied it to real events around the world. His tools (Legion, Paramics UAF, Myriad) have been in use for modelling crowds in complex and built spaces for over a decade.
Keith was made a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) in late 2007.
In August 2012 Keith was made a fellow of the Institute of Civl Protection and Emergency Management (FICPEM).
Keith has been instrumental in developing the Torchlight Event Management Plan, ensuring that we run in line with current H&S laws, and that our management team are aware of their responsibilities, so that Kendal Torchlight Carnival will continue to excite and inspire our community. Keith's role is advisory.
George Cotter - Marketing & IT Support
Having grown up in Kendal, I moved to Leeds nearly 10 years ago to further my education and lived and worked there until mid-way through 2014. After enjoying Torchlight every year growing up I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the organising team.
I've worked in digital marketing for 8 years, working across all mediums including SEO, social media, email and affiliate marketing. My previous experience has involved working in various sectors from online bingo to telecoms.
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Cath Dutton - Torchlight Entrants Coordinator
Cath Dutton, owner of People Junction, joined the Torchlight team in 2016 after Cath volunteered as a marshal in 2015 and got the bug! I believe the torchlight is a fabulous event that brings the community together and really shows off the spirit of Kendal. I have organised Kendal Festival of Food for the last four years with Cinnamon Events Ltd, so I understand how much hard work goes in to planning big events. In my spare time, I am so proud to be Chair of Governors at Kendal College, graded outstanding and in the top 5% of all colleges nationally.
My business People Junction is an HR, People and Business Support Company. Based in Kendal, we provide tailored, hands on and cost effective HR, People and Business support to small and medium sized organisations. We offer day to day operational support; advice on all matters of employment law and best practice; developing HR systems and customer service training through the nationally recognised Welcome to Excellence Programme.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, so I try and enjoy early morning runs around the quiet streets of Kendal with my border collie, Betty or lung-bursting mountain bike rides with my husband, Neil (who I have also roped in to volunteer!) or enjoying good food and wine with friends.
Colin Benson - Carnival Treasurer
This is my first year with Torchlight as part of the team. I am old enough to have watched the first one and attended some of the other events that were allied with it. It has been my privilege to have been a spectator on many occasions when not nursing sound systems and generators on the Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society's floats. Having helped build and dismantle several floats I have great memories of those times and know how much planning and teamwork goes into creating a single float. I look forward to helping the team with the whole event and hope that this will be the first of many on this side of the barriers.
I have lived and worked in and around Kendal for most of my life. I spent my early employment days with a well respected local firm of Chartered Accountants before moving into Industry with Russell Armer Limited with whom I graduated to the role of Finance Director before leaving in 2005 to seek new challenges and opportunities. I currently provide management and accounting assistance to businesses in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
I have always tried to be involved in the Community and hope that I can be of use to the Committee as I have tried to be in the past through my efforts from selling programmes for Steam Gathering on the old Show Field on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis society to working with Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society and the Bryce Institute, including previously acting as a Young Enterprise Business Advisor at Dallam School and lakes School and being Treasurer for the Local Area Board and several other organisations.
It is my hope that we can continue the tradition of the Torchlight for the pleasure of the audience and the sense of achievement for the participants for many years to come. All offers of assistance will be most welcome money being my speciality.
Craig Baldwin - Torchlight Volunteer Coordinator
Annette Ritson - IT Support