Introducing the St Paul’s Carnival CIC Board Members

St Pauls Carnival CIC

St Pauls Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed in February 2017 to help create a stable and sustainable future for the iconic event. The St Pauls Carnival CIC is working to promote and celebrate African Caribbean culture and tradition, to run an accessible and inclusive world-class Carnival and supporting events. As well as using Carnival to inform, engage and inspire people socially and artistically, St Pauls Carnival CIC is working with local people to bring to increase economic benefits to the local community.

St Pauls Carnival CIC Board

Nine board members have been recruited to non-executive (voluntary) positions on St Pauls Carnival CIC. They were chosen for their wide-ranging expertise by a panel representing the local community, Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. Current board members include:


  •  Apuuli (David Harris), Chair – Davis is an Equality & Diversity Senior Manager within the NHS and has worked extensively to promote equality and diversity in the workplace. David has two children and has recently become a grandfather. Now based in Montpelier, David moved to St Werburghs in 1994 and hasn’t missed a Carnival since.
  • Ian Irvine, Treasurer – Ian is an experienced financial director who has worked in a number of corporate environments.  He previously assisted St Pauls Carnival secure public funding by developing a commercial quality business plan and budget. Ian is based in Bishopston and has strong family connections with the Caribbean island of Barbados.
  • Martino (Marti) Burgess, Non-Executive Director – Marti heads a team of lawyers supporting SMEs at Bristol-based legal firm, Gregg Latchams Ltd. Mother of two, Marti has lived in Bristol all her life. She has a strong foundation in business management and corporate governance, is a co-owner of Lakota nightclub in Stokes Croft and a director of Bristol Music Trust.

  • Eglis (Pilo) Cerguera Peso, Non-Executive Director – Pilo is a fitness instructor, promoter and DJ. Originating from the Caribbean island of Cuba, he moved to Bristol in 2007. Since then he has shared his passion for music, dance and joy by teaching in local schools, running regular club nights in Bristol and performing at local and national festivals.
  • Cllr Carole Johnson, Non-Executive Director – Carole is of Jamaican descent and a councillor for Ashley Ward. Previously running her own business, she also has over 15 years experience as a primary school teacher and social worker. She currently serves as governor to Easton Primary, St Patrick’s and Hope Virtual School and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation TrustHospital.
  • Emma Lewis, Non-Executive Director – Emma has over 15 years experience in business development, marketing and community engagement, including senior management roles in the public sector. Growing up in west London Emma started attending Notting Hill Carnival in the ‘80s and later sat on their Advisory Board. She also worked on Edinburgh International Arts Festival and project managed two mayor events for the 2012 Olympics.
  • Denis Lindsay, Non-Executive Director – Denis (Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute) is a business analyst with over 25 years of senior management experience. He has run his own IT consultancy for over 19 years, serving a diverse range of blue-chip organisations. Married to a Bristolian and father to three, Denis moved to Bristol in 1994 and has since worked as a school governor and Vice Chair of the BME Governor Support Network.


  • Savita Custead, Non-Executive Director – Savita hails from Canada originally and has run Bristol’s Festival of Nature since moving here in 2006. Savita is on the board of Bristol’s Festival of Puppetry and was Chair of the ICA for three years. She has extensive experience in volunteer management, running outdoor events and working with public authorities.
  • Mareike Schmidt, Non-Executive Director – Mareike currently works as Service Manager in Bristol City Council’s energy team, and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Merlin Housing and a member of their Audit and Risk Committee. She has delivered large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes at a city-wide level and secured government and EU funding for a variety of international business, environmental and cultural programmes.

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