Calum McClure

Calum is a born and bred Castlemanian and very much a part of the local community. He is currently manager of The Old Castlemaine Gaol, where he oversees the management of the Governor’s Café and The Old Castlemaine Gaol’s event and function program. Calum’s background as an audio and lighting technician has stood him in good stead for his various production and operational roles in festivals and events in Australia, the UK and Northern Ireland. He was recently production manager for the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival and is also president of local theatre company, Three’s A Crowd. 


Elle Pedersen

Elle’s love of jazz over the past 30 years ensures her passion and commitment to the Castlemaine Jazz Festival as Committee Secretary. Elle has been actively involved in the last few festivals as a volunteer and also as committee member. With a past life in advertising, Elle moved to Chewton some time ago and enjoys her life driving school coaches and partaking in voluntary community work.


Janet Cropley

CJF is very fortunate that Janet, with her background in the corporate world of business, finance and social sciences, brings this wealth of experience and skills to the position of committee Treasurer. Her knowledge of governance and incorporation issues, along with her experience as a councillor in two municipalities and her time as Mayor in Mount Alexander Shire make her a highly qualified, valuable and tireless member of the team! When not working on committee business, Janet still mentors and consults in business practices.


Christian Imfeld

Christian is one of Castlemaine’s local musicians and can be seen at the Jazz Jam and many local open mike events with his band, Vested Interest. Apart from his love of music, and particularly jazz, Christian’s background in a management capacity of a local disability employment organisation, along with his retail experience, make Chris a well-known face around town. Chris has been actively involved in the festival in both a voluntary and committee capacity for the past few years.


Colin Garrett

Colin is one of the founders of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival and therefore brings a wealth of knowledge and background to the current committee. Colin himself is a professional jazz musician based in Melbourne and plays with several bands both in the city and at a number of regional jazz festivals. Colin’s knowledge of the jazz community has been a huge asset and he has been involved in the programming and scheduling of the festival since its inception.


Henriette Kassay-Schuster

Henrie is a visual artist and is a relatively new member of the Castlemaine community, having moved to the area a few years ago with her husband and young family. Henrie brings  expertise and experience gained from working in the live arts festival environment, including the Melbourne Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Castlemaine State Festival in a variety of roles. Her creative background, along with project management and artist liaison skills, make her a much-valued member of the team.


Barbara Rowland

Barb is another local resident, having done the 'tree change' thing some 10 years ago, and she now enjoys the delights of regional life! Barb comes with a 40-year background in media and audiovisual production. In partnership with her husband, Barb owned and ran recording studios in London for 10 years before returning to Australia, where they again built and ran a major recording facility in Melbourne for 20 years. Since then Barb has worked at a documentary company and brings her knowledge of business, finance and production to CJF.