Who's who

Pippa French
Head of Corporate Sponsorship & Development

Pippa has been responsible for the growth in corporate support at Garsington over the past seven seasons. Following her MA in Economics from Cambridge and an MBA, her early career was in investment banking and management consultancy. She is Non-Executive Director of an engineering business and Head of Corporate Development at a centre right think tank. Pippa enjoys opera and choral works, riding, gardening, walking her dogs, yoga and is a fair weather sailor with her husband Fabian! 

Helen Kirkaldie
Finance Manager

Helen is Finance Manager for the Garsington office and PA to Nicola Creed and Douglas Boyd. She joined the company in November 2015 and is thoroughly enjoying working in the arts industry following roles in finance for a graphic design company. When not at her desk she loves going to the gym, walking, bodyboarding in Cornwall and spending time at home watching films with her family.

Philip Gietzen
Box Office Manager

Philip started working at Garsington in 2013 as Box Office Assistant and now manages the Box Office team. A music graduate of Bangor University, Philip enjoys the operas of Wagner and Britten and singing with the Thame Chamber Choir. Outside of opera, he enjoys supporting Brighton and Hove Albion, drinking real ale and beavering away in the kitchen. 

Karen Gillingham
Creative Director, Learning & Participation

In 2007 Karen started working with Garsington as a freelance artist working on various learning and participation projects. Two years later she took on a consultancy role working alongside the Education Manager to advise on the programme content. In 2011 she became the Creative Director of the Learning & Participation Programme. She enjoys collaborating with such a passionate team.

Julian Guidera
Box Office Assistant

Julian studied at RSAMD and sang in the chorus at Garsington Manor for three seasons. Following roles at the Royal Albert Hall and Dorset Opera Festival, he joined Garsington in 2016, where he works in the Box Office and Membership teams. Julian sings professionally with the Philharmonia Chorus and other London groups, and is a keen photographer, specialising in opera and concerts. 

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