People

JONNY WALKER was the founding director of KSL, a Liverpool-born singer songwriter, street culture activist and a professional street performer. He began playing on streets throughout the UK in 2002 and released his debut EP This Is Not Me on July 21st, 2012. He was a passionate believer in the importance of community, both on the streets and in wider society. Jonny was also a citizen advocate for Leeds Advocacy and a patron of Norwich-based charity, Musical Keys who provide music, movement and fun for children and young people with complex/additional needs.

Sadly Jonny passed away suddenly early in 2018, but he remains a great inspiration to us all as we endeavour to continue the great work that he did for Keep Streets Live.

CHESTER BINGLEY- director

Weybourne “Chester Bingley is a busker and gigging musician working all over Europe. It was as founder member of Buskers Unregulated that he first came into contact with Jonny and KSL, and has since been heavily involved in campaigns all over the country over the past few years. He is a keen outdoor enthusiast, and has also worked for a number of leading conservation and human rights organisations. He has an album Feeling Fine on Feenan Highway available on iTunes.

NICOLA HAMBRIDGE- director

Nicola Hambridge has been involved in social justice campaigning since she was a student in Leeds in the 1990s. Keep Streets Live’s mission combines this with her interest in the arts, particularly music. As well as her role as a volunteer director of KSL she is a Trustee of Left Bank Leeds arts centre, volunteer director of Leeds Tidal, heavily involved in Greenbelt festival and helps run Live At All Hallows acoustic gigs in Leeds.  Professionally she is a GP in West Leeds, is Chair of Leeds Local Medical Committee, and teaches undergraduate medical students at the University of Leeds.

ERYL WHITELEY- director

Eryl Whiteley is a busker and gigging musician with The Moot, working around Scotland and the North of England. She studied Law at Leeds Metropolitan University (although did not complete the degree) and continues to have a strong interest in the subject, especially that pertaining to Public Spaces and street performance. Eryl became aware of KSL and Buskers Unregulated around the same time she was calling and challenging various councils about their ‘licensing’ schemes and other mis-information that was being fed to buskers. More recently Eryl was part of the team which worked with Carlisle City Council and Police, the first City to scrap an active Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) being used against street performers and replace it with responsible busking guidance.

DAVID FISHER- Director

David is a folk musician and busker who has played in nearly 50 countries, including every nation in the EU. These experiences formed the basis of an album and book about travelling and busking, both entitled ‘Busking Beyond Borders’. David first came into contact with KSL when they helped to dissuade Birmingham Council from introducing anti-busking legislation in the City Centre and was inspired by their actions to get involved with campaigning against unreasonable restrictions on the use of public spaces.