Meet the Sunny Bank Mills team

Small, friendly, focused; passionate about the mill and its heritage; we talk lots, work hard, make things happen, and eat lunch together regularly.

With a complementary skill set that ranges from project management, accounting, marketing, weaving, cooking and D.I.Y., we collaborate daily to create spaces for business, culture and community.


Joint Managing Director

As likely to be found in overalls tinkering with a loom, identifying Victorian underground pipes or fiddling with bits of old machinery as in his office. William keeps an eye on the numbers as well as Jane (and the rest of the team) and managing all things mill with John.

William Gaunt


Joint Managing Director

Often found up a ladder with bunting or heaving A Boards round the mill at events, John oversees signs and technology as well as running the mill generally with William. A firm believer in the value of being nice in business, John is committed to supporting the mill business community. Not to be left alone near a biscuit jar.

John Gaunt


Site Manager

Usually seen in a high visibility jacket directing traffic, everyone knows Michael. Can also be found in his office (the only team member to have his own!) ordering toilet paper (in industrial quantities) whilst “watching” one of the many CCTV cameras round the mill. You have been warned!

Michael Whitaker



Never happier than when surrounded by mill artefacts, Rachel looks after our archive and its lovely volunteers. Comes out into the daylight for meetings (and food).

Rachel Moaby


Arts Director

Chief washer-upper, Jane programmes and curates our arts and events, plays in the shop and makes the cakes for the tearoom.  Ideas generator and self-confessed control freak, she is unable to resist a pot of paint.  More organised than she appears (honest).

Jane Kay


Arts & Events Co-ordinator

Super-efficient, in charge of all things marketing and events, Alice is our spreadsheet queen and social media guru. Practically perfect in every way (she said it!) and leaving a trail of fruit and double exclamation marks wherever she goes, Alice has just started an M.A. and is also an artist, jeweller, marathon runner and allotment owner. Where does she find the time?

Alice Chandler


Gallery Assistant

A demon at labelling, often overheard singing along to playlists and our newest team member. Our go-to person for straight edges on plinths and any job requiring an eye for detail. Sonia graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2018 and is now doing an M.A in Fine Art at the University of Leeds.

Sonia Moran at Sunny Bank Mills, Yorkshire.