The Team

Anchored in the culture of Manchester, connected to the international discussion.

  • Malcolm Garrett

    Malcolm Garrett

    Joint artistic director. Malcolm’s career is rooted in Manchester music and culture from his record sleeves for Buzzcocks and Magazine to the identity of Manchester’s home of digital content The Sharp Project. Malcolm is a member of the Science Museum Advisory Board and creative director of the design group Images&Co. In 2000 he became the first interactive designer appointed as a Royal Designer and last year he was one of the first ten designers inducted in the Design Week Hall of Fame.

  • John Owens

    John Owens

    Joint artistic director. John is a multiple award-winning designer working in brand, strategy and creative direction. He specialises in experiential design with a background in architecture/regeneration and interactive design, and has curated and designed for exhibitions and installations around the world. John has a passion for teaching and writing, alongside his love for his home city of Manchester. He is founder and CEO of the Instruct design group based in the Northern Quarter.

  • Kasper de Graaf

    Partnerships director. Kasper is a writer, editor and producer. He is director of the design group Images&Co and trustee of The Little Foundation, a medical research charity for prevention of cerebral palsy and related neurological conditions. Kasper produces the annual Great Debate and edits the Design Manchester yearly magazine, Document.

  • Fiona McGarva

    Festival director. Fiona is a publicist and event director with 17 years’ experience specialising in arts, entertainment and culture. Following in-house roles in television at Lime Pictures, ITV, Nickelodeon and the BBC, she is founder and managing director of Sundae Communications, a Manchester consultancy that produces events, content and press campaigns for global brands, international broadcasters and independent creative businesses.