Who's who

Carol Jesudason
Finance Director

Carol joined Garsington Opera in March 2022 as Finance Director. She is a qualified chartered accountant with experience in financial reporting and accounting covering a variety of industries from start-up businesses to charities. Carol was previously Finance Director at the Oxford Playhouse. She holds a degree in Physics from Somerville College, Oxford and when not at work, enjoys singing with her local choir. 

Hannah Barkley
Artistic Administration & Company Manager

Hannah started at Garsington Opera in 2018, moving into her current role as Artistic Administration and Company Manager in November 2021, and manages all mid- and short-term planning and the running the Young Artist Programme, as well as looking after all of the Garsington artists. Hannah graduated from Durham University in 2013 having completed a degree in Music specialising in recorder performance and has worked in arts administration since, previously working for the Royal College of Music and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She particularly enjoys working with young singers and has volunteered as a careers consultant with the London music conservatoires. When not at the opera, Hannah can be found cooking, doing yoga or on long walks around the countryside.

Angus Boyd-Heron
Event Manager

Angus has enjoyed a long association with Garsington Opera, working on a seasonal basis on the opera festivals since 1996. Before that, he worked in war-torn Bosnia, something that GO founder Leonard Ingrams thought might come in handy for resolving neighbourly disputes! In 2010-11 he was Project Manager for the successful move to Wormsley, where he is now the freelance Event Manager, responsible (as one friend kindly put it) for ‘bogs and boilers’. With a Masters in Renewable Energy, Angus has a keen interest in reducing our carbon footprint. He has a Chemistry degree from Oxford, is a qualified gas engineer, and is regularly found swimming in the River Thames throughout the winter in just his trunks!

Aimee Bronock

Aimee graduated from University College, London in 2002 with a degree in History. She has spent most of her working life running the financial side of different businesses including a nursing home for the elderly and a pub. Most recently she has been the bookkeeper at an adult education college in South Oxfordshire. Aimee joined the Garsington Opera team in June 2022 as the Bookkeeper assisting the Financial Director in all things finance. Aimee lives in North Oxfordshire and enjoys walking around the local countryside, travelling whenever the opportunity arises and trying to keep up with her very active toddler.

Keziah Burrows
Finance Manager

Keziah joined Garsington in November 2020 as part of the Finance team. She trained as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office, where they tried to put her off the whole thing by sending her to Kuwait on her first business trip. Many exciting overseas trips later, she moved to Deloitte, specialising in the audit of public sector organisations. She then held various other finance roles before having a career break to raise her family.

She lives in Wimbledon with her husband, two children and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, although she’s terrible at following recipes and shamelessly makes it up as she goes along.

Barbara Cole-Swinard
Learning & Participation Coordinator

Barbara first joined Garsington Opera as a freelance chorister in the Monteverdi Vespers and then as a professional soloist in the Youth Company’s opera The Selfish Giant. Since then, she has also done some freelance admin and was delighted to join the team full time as L&P Coordinator in December 2022. Barbara grew up on Vancouver Island, Canada, before moving to Glasgow to train as a coloratura soprano at the RCS. She has greatly enjoyed a portfolio career as both singer and freelance administrator, even moonlighting as video & sound editor for a number of choirs during lockdown. Outside of Garsington, Barbara’s pursuits include working in her garden, building things with power tools, and curating the Instagram of her two cats, Bunbury and Cecily, @theimportanceofbeingcats.