Joann Kushner


An artist, photographer and filmmaker and the CEO of North By North West. Joann Kushner has an international reputation through working with different people and communities in Russia and New York such as the Brooklyn academy of music and also working very closely with the Tate. Joann was also the Chair of Culture Tourism and Events for three years working with Claire McColgan MBE and Kevin McManus whois the head of UNESCO in the British Music Experience in Liverpool and through the Liverpool City Council.


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The Bluecoat

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The Tate



Timur Bekmambetov


Timur Bekmambetov is a film director, producer and screenwriter he has worked on films, music videos and commercials. He is the creator of Screenlife and is set to co-direct his new film with a computer.


Helen Robinson

Helen started working life as a Lecturer in Computer Science.  With over 28 years strategic and senior management experience; she has created, implemented and delivered projects that have made positive and significant impacts in the charity, voluntary and community, education and museum/heritage industries.  She led the successful Community Engagement programme instrumental in shaping the content and voice of the people of Merseyside in the Museum of Liverpool which opened in 2011.  Along with her colleagues in the Communities team at National Museums Liverpool, she devised and managed the House of Memories initiative, an internationally recognised programme of excellence working with individuals and families experiencing dementia. 

A prolific fundraiser, Helen has produced numerous successful applications and tenders from sources such as European Social and Regional Development Funds, Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Primary Care Trust and much more.  

Passionate about delivering and developing new & exciting opportunities and activities to improve the lives and aspirations of underrepresented communities, she is a founding director of two social enterprises, The Revival Hub and NorthxNW, organisations focusing on neighbourhood cohesion and creative initiatives for all. 




Peasy was born in Prescot, merseyside in 1996, as a teenager he worked his way from being a guitar tech to tour manager for Liverpool based groups Top and Electrafixion, he then went onto form management company Porcupine Management with Pete Bryne. Porcupine music management manages Echo & the Bunnymen Peter Hook & the light, The Farm and up coming Liverpool artists, Daisy Gill and MirrorTones


Peter Hooton 


Peter Hooton is one of the founding members of North By North West.  Peter Hooton was born in Liverpool and has lived in the city his whole life, he worked as a youth and community worker in the city during the 1980s and was heavily involved in local politics. During this period he co-founded The End magazine a satirical publication that has achieved legendary status and was championed by the late DJ John Peel. 
During the 1980s he was also the co-founder of Liverpool group The Farm who eventually set up their own independent record label Produce Records and went on to score a strong of top 40 hits and No. 1 album Spartacus in 1991. The group still perform live, mainly at festivals.
In 2011 he started the Justice Tonight band with Mick Jones of The Clash/BAD to highlight the Hillsborough campaign for justice and in 2012 the Justice Collective went to No. 1 at Christmas with their cover of 'He Ain't Heavy' in 2015 he was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy from Edge Hill University for his commitment to social justice and in 2016 he was appointed by the Mayor of Liverpool to chair the group that will oversee the Beatles Legacy in Liverpool


Isis Kushner 

Isis is the head of social media and marketing for North by North West, she also handles our Talent HQ along with administration. If you need any help with anything please contact her.