Sharon Canavar is Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals.
With a background in music and special interest in the travel trade she worked
for the country’s most successful specialist tour operator; Kuoni Travel Ltd
and a privately owned start up JAC Travel Ltd. Since joining Harrogate
International Festivals she has expanded and diversified the organisation which
now encompasses a year-round programme of activity attracting more than 90,000
people to its portfolio of activities, most notably developing the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, now established as the world’s largest
crime fiction festival.
She sits as a Non-Exec Director on Visit Harrogate the Destination
Management Organisation for Harrogate & District and a Trustee of NYMAZ, a
music development charity championing the power of music for young people.