Our Trustees

Cowley Road Works Board of volunteer trustees. We are currently looking for more people with an interest in the arts and  working with the community who would like to lead CRW on our period of transition to determine the future for Carnival in 2023. We are seeking new trustees and a Chair of the Board. Please downlod the recruitment pack here for more details.

Sarah Connor

Sarah works as a solicitor in Oxford but in a previous career she worked in the heritage sector as an archaeologist and maintains an enthusiasm for the historic environment and all things old and worthy!  Sarah lives in East Oxford with her family and is very invested in its community and its future.

Pax Nindi

Pax was Creative Consultant Director for Carnival 2021 and introduced the first House Floats in the UK here in Oxford.

Author, researcher, event organiser and consultant Pax is a carnival expert and guru. He has been involved in UK and international carnivals since the mid-80s. He has served as a senior member in the Arts Council of England national office, written the 2007 National Carnival Arts Strategy and the book On Route Carnival. He has produced international Carnival Conferences, researched and initiated International Carnival Fellowships in Brazil, Trinidad, Europe and USA.

Pax directed Bristol’s St Paul’s Carnival, was Creative Director for Europe’s only purpose built Carnival Centre (UKCCA) where he produced and directed Eastern region Olympics carnival project “Carnival Cross Roads”, directed the Luton International Carnival, the Brazil Encontro and European projects in Denmark, UK, Hungary and Germany. He is currently the Vice President of the World Carnival Commission (Canada), Company Director of Circus Development Agency, Patron for the Charity Soul of Africa and Carnaval del Peublo, Creative Director for Hackney and also Hull International Carnivals.

Pax has been a fundraiser and cultural arts consultant for various arts organisations including Leeds Carnival (UK), Junkanoo Commandos (Bahamas), Notting Hill Carnival (UK), Yle de Egba (Brazil), Miami Carnival (USA) Recife Carnival (Brazil), Carifete (Canada), Rampage Mas Band (UK) and Tumaini Education Trust (Kenya).

Zaheer Qureshi

Zaheer is commerce graduate and qualified member of Association of Accounting Technicians. Treasurer of the Asian Cultural Centre. Administrator /consultant and book-keeper for the local businesses. He performs the valuable task of keeping for the Cowley Road Works accounts in good order