Meet The Committee
Michel "Njetski" Højer
Constituted Committee Chairman
Michel is a member of the Clowns International Committee since 2014 and the Constituted Committee Chairman since January 2020. He is 46 years old, he is from Denmark and his Clown name is Clown Njetski.
Martin "Zippo" Burton
founded Zippo’s Circus in 1986. Zippos Circus has grown to be Britain’s most popular traditional tenting circus, having been voted many times as “Britain’s Favourite Circus” and also “Scotland’s Favourite Circus”. Since 2000 Zippos has featured famous Ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE and some of the finest circus acts from around the world.
Deanna "Dee Dee" Hartmier
Deanna is from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada and has been clowning since 1995. She was the first Canadian World Clown Association (WCA) President in 2013-2015. Honored to receive the Clown of the Year 2015, awarded Lifetime Achievement in 2020 along with numerous other awards. She has been on the WCA Board from 2007-2020. She is a member of Clowns Canada, Clowns of America International, Clowns International and many other entertainment groups.
Peter "Professor Wonky" Aubery
is a wonderful, tireless individual who deserves a knighthood. He plays around with photoshop and somehow the Joey gets printed. His hobbies include scrap collecting and metal melting. He is also an honorary Centaur.
Martyn "Eek" Cooper
The primary role of the Membership secretary on the Ordinary Committee is to respond to all new member enquiries in a timely and efficient manner, ensuring that potential members are directed to the website and given all the information required to satisfy their requests.
Augusto "Epin" Cabrera
is a theatre director and teacher, born in Peru but living and working in Sweden since 1976. He studied acting at the Catholic University Theatre program in Lima and worked as a professional actor at the National Theatre in Peru before he got a scholarship to study puppetry with Michael Meschke in Sweden. Through puppets he found mask theatre and through mask and Commedia dell´Arte he got into clown. He is the artistic director of Commediagillet that he founded in 1995working in making performances with Puppetry, Masks and Clown.
Treasurer & Social Media
has been the Friends of Clowns Representative, a valuable backstage manager for shows at CGUK. Phoebe is also a signatory and a trustee for the Buzz Action Foundation. She is a leader in training and a signatory for Rainbows, volunteers for the Hedgehog Trust and used to be a roadie for a small local band where she was stage manager for them.
Friends of Clowns
Friends of Clowns works with the many friends that help Clowns International and provides hospitality to the members. She is responsible for providing safe, efficient and hygienic hospitality services, maintaining outstanding presentation.
Ron "Toto" Johnson
In 1985, at the age of 18, “Toto” graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ Clown College and spent the next 4 years on tour with “The Greatest Show on Earth”. “Toto” opened his company, “Colossal Clowns International”, in 1990 when he embarked on his first overseas clowning adventure. Clowning has directly or indirectly taken “Toto” to 48 states and over 20 countries (India, England, China, Monaco, Sweden, Portugal, Holland, Finland, Northern Ireland, Canada, Japan, etc) so far.
Robert "Bibbledy Bob" Bowker
Public Relations Officer
aka Bibbledy Bob 54 is a full-time entertainer DJ – Radio Presenter & yes Clown – based in Tamworth Staffordshire England. As PRO it is my role to make sure CI & Clowning gets positive press whenever possible. But also, to assist you if you have occasion to deal with the press and need assistance to make sure you get a good outcome.
Ian ‘Gingernutt” Thom, has been a member of C.I. for many years, Vice Chairman at one point, and a Committee Member for what seems forever😊
Started clowning July 1976. As a performer I’ve worked in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia, and will do again when it’s finally safe to do so.
David "Conk" Vaughn
Benevolent Fund Officer
I have been a member since 1997 and a Committee Members from 1999 was Membership Secretary for 10 years and on my second term of office as your Benevolent Officer. I am an Equity member, a member of another clown club and a Director of a clown charity by the name of World Wide Smiles Ltd.
Matthew "Zaz" Indge
Social Media Facebook
has been Clowning & a member of CI for 30 years! Joining at the age 12 inspired by the Bognor Regis Clowns Conventions. I continue to spread my clown & circus fun wherever I go locally & highlights include taking part in the Svendborg Clowns festivals, many music festivals including the Glastonbury kidzfield & at the CI clowns festivals both in Butlins & later Hotham Park also helping on the organising team. Since 2013 I have produced & toured my own small, tented circus show called Circus PaZaz “little circus big fun.”