Meet the team

Birmingham Weekender is organised by a small team of creatives and producers. To contact any of the team, head to the Contact Us page.


Graham Callister
Artistic Director, Birmingham Weekender
Director of Creative Programmes, Birmingham Hippodrome

Graham is Director of Creative Programmes at the Birmingham Hippodrome, which is an independent, not-for-profit registered charity, and one of the UK’s busiest theatres averaging over 500,000 visits per annum.

Graham oversees all Hippodrome CREATIVE activity, from major city festivals such as Summer in Southside and B-SIDE Hip Hop Festivals, to unique events and projects that include 1418 NOW Furious Folly, Curtain Raiser and Relaxed Performances, and work with local schools, vulnerable children and young people.  Over the past three years Hippodrome CREATIVE has reached over 300,000 people through the delivery of major outdoor arts festivals and events.

Graham has been working in the UK cultural sector for nearly 20 years on a diverse range of national and international projects including major capital projects, delivery of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and EU funded projects, heritage regeneration, tourism and creative industries initiatives, and was the Event Director for Birmingham Weekender in 2015. 

Graham is also a Trustee for Sense - a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.


Piali Ray OBE
Artistic Director, Birmingham Weekender
Artistic Director, Sampad South Asian Arts

Bengal-born Piali has been a dance performer, teacher and choreographer in the UK since 1982. She is well-known for her excellence in these fields and has toured extensively throughout the world with organisations such as Birmingham REP, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), The National Gallery, the National Theatre and the British Council.

Her formidable energy and vision led to the setting up of Sampad in 1990. The dynamic, forward-thinking arts and heritage organisation continues to flourish under her leadership, playing an influential role in creating and promoting opportunities for South Asian arts and artists in Birmingham, across the UK and beyond.

Piali has a strong track record of collaborating and connecting with organisations at an international level and continues to take a lively interest in the cultural influences and experiences of people of South Asian heritage across the world.

She was awarded an OBE in 2002, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England in 2006, Outstanding Business Person of the Year by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and the British Indian Award for raising arts and culture awareness in 2015.

In 2012 she was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad to produce two large-scale shows; Moving Earth, one of Sampad’s biggest dance productions to date, and Mandala, the dazzling multimedia finale of the prestigious London 2012 Festival.

Piali is currently chairing the advisory group for Utsav 2017: Birmingham City Council’s Year of South Asian Culture.


Aaron Wright
Creative Producer, Birmingham Weekender
Director, Fierce Festival

Aaron Wright is a curator and producer of Live Art. Before taking on the role of Artistic Director of Fierce in 2016, he was Programmes Manager at the Live Art Development Agency (London), following an initial traineeship funded by the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme in 2010. At LADA he co-curated international programmes of Live Art and spoke regularly on the subject.

Aaron has also worked as a guest curator and consultant programmer for the National Theatre, The Arches and Cambridge Junction, as well as co-producing club night Knickerbocker at The Yard Theatre. He has worked with performance artist The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein and is a member of the Steakhouse Live collective.


Timothy Hodgson
Creative Producer, Birmingham Weekender
Freelance Producer

Timothy Hodgson is an independent Birmingham-based Producer specialising in the built environment. His work uses found and neglected spaces, encouraging the public to engage with urban areas in new ways. He was Performing Arts Producer at mac Birmingham until 2016, has previously worked for the Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, SHOUT festival of Queer Arts & Culture and co-founded the Birmingham Architecture Festival in 2013. He was Creative Associate for Birmingham Weekender 2015.


Caroline Davis
Executive Producer

Caroline is a Freelance Producer working in the city. Previously she was Strategic Projects Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome leading on a range of outdoor work and business engagement. She is a Board Member for Motionhouse and a member of the Birmingham Street Food Alliance. Caroline was the coordinator for 4 Squares (2013) and Producer of Birmingham Weekender (2015). She is passionate about working with volunteers.


Rosie Clements
Assistant Producer

Rosie is a creative producer and composer based in Birmingham. Previously the Artistic Director of Frontiers Festival, she is currently Coordinator of the Flyover Show and part of Making Music’s Adopt a Composer Scheme. She has worked on events such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and TEDxSkoll and with organisations including mac birmingham and Sound and Music.


Helen Stallard
Marketing & Communications Manager

Helen Stallard MCIM is a PR and Communications consultant based in Birmingham. She is deeply involved with the contemporary art scene in Birmingham and has delivered media and marketing campaigns for many of the West Midlands’ arts organisations including Birmingham Weekender, Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham Festivals Group, Ikon, Fierce Festival, Frontiers Festival, New Art West Midlands and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Helen is Chair of Dancefest, the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and sits on the Board of Grand Union, the Digbeth-based contemporary art gallery and studio-space.


Helen Annetts
Press and PR Consultant

Helen Annetts works across the West Midlands on a range of cultural projects and is committed to championing arts and cultural organisations regionally and nationally. Helen Annetts brings 20 years PR and Communications experience working both in-house and since 2006 in a freelance capacity with organisations including Birmingham Hippodrome, mac Birmingham, Women & Theatre, DanceXchange,The Old Rep Theatre, Imagineer Productions, Birmingham Museums Trust, Theatre Absolute, Museums Worcestershire and the Black Country LEP.