Meet the Sunny Bank Mills team

Small, friendly, focused, passionate about the mills 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  managing all things mills related with John.

William Gaunt


Joint Managing Director

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

John Gaunt

fiona gell


Fiona’s challenge is to market the Mills in all its glory ensuring that the Gallery, Museum and Archive and Creative Spaces and their tenants all get an equal voice. That’s no mean feat! Fiona has a background in marketing, events, heritage, archives and libraries. Her passion is supporting literature in Leeds and she is never happier than when she is talking to writers or helping them organise a book launch. She is a founder partner of Leeds Lit Fest.


ARTS Director

Recognisable by her signature fringe, Anna is the Arts Director at the Mills. Her job is to oversee the Gallery, shop, workshops, studios and events that take place on site. She mostly spends her time chatting with artists and seeking out new cultural experiences. Anna is passionate about improving access to the arts and loves seeing it pop-up in unconventional spaces.


arts engagement coordinator

Over the past few years, Sonia has been developing the engagement and education programme at Sunny Bank Mills which runs in parallel to our exhibition programme. She’s a whizz at community engagement workshops and is keen to further develop our arts engagement programme. She facilitates creative workshops for schools, families, and adult learners. The creative journey and the importance of artistic play and experimentation are just as important as the finished result in Sonia’s sessions.

natalie kolowiecki

Arts events coordinator

Natalie is not only the linchpin organiser of our events and workshop programme, she assists in the day to day running of the Art Gallery as well as being our social media whizz and inhouse website consultant. Highly creative herself, she writes music for film and arts projects.






You can find Millie within our Gallery shop, curating stock, and sourcing new makers to support and sell. Millie believes in supporting our local craftspeople wherever possible so also facilitates our workshop programme. With a textile practice of her own, you might find Millie around the site within her studio in the Twisting or running a screen printing workshop in the Spinning Mill or with a stall at one of our fairs… she keeps herself busy!


heritage director

Never happier than when surrounded by mill artefacts, Rachel looks after all things heritage from our Museum & Archive to our wonderful volunteers. Her role is dedicated to safeguarding this unique collection still in the buildings where it was produced and sharing its stories often using the latest technologies from 360 photography to 3D printing. She is convinced there is a subject, story, or object that everyone can connect with in the collection whatever their interests.

Rachel Moaby

alison mcmaster

heritage officer

Lover of the old and the new, you will usually find Alison using 21st century tech to bring the history of the Mills to life online. She’s happy behind a camera or some fancy 3D software but loves the history of the site, the textiles and the artefacts too and doesn’t mind dusting objects down to capture their best side. If her eyes glaze over chances are she’s running low on coffee (step away from the decaf!).