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Sustainable Event Summit 2022: Speakers

Introducing the experts, thought-leaders and influencers who will shape the content and discussions at the Sustainable Event Summit, 19th October 2022 at The Showman’s Show.
Read the programme and register for the free open to all afternoon sessions: HERE
Find out Who’s in the Room HERE and about our sponsors HERE

Adam Corner, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation

Writer and independent researcher specialising in climate, communication and culture. 

Adam has written widely on communicating climate change with diverse public audiences and the role of music/culture in catalysing public engagement. In previous roles, Adam was the Research Director at Climate Outreach and one of the founding members of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), where he is now an affiliate. Adam’s writing has been featured in the Guardian and New Scientist.

Amy Woodward, PA Consulting

Amy is an innovation and Sustainability expert with more than 16 years’ experience of delivering award-winning technology solutions and transformation across transport, energy and food & agriculture. Amy draws on a background across academia and industry to support organisations to navigate and cut through the complexity around Sustainability and Climate Resilience to deliver meaningful outcomes for people and planet. Amy is particularly interested in how the interaction between people and transportation technology can be leveraged to accelerate action and meaningful impact.

Andy Mead, Head of New Ventures at Instagrid

Andy has over 15 years’ experience driving product innovation in the off-grid and grid-edge space. A pioneer within the industry, he advises and guides engineers and executives in their response to the evolving energy landscape, pursuing excellence in both the technical office and the boardroom, spearheading the development & implementation of strategic plans to deliver cutting-edge technology to rapidly reduce fossil fuel dependence.

Craig Hardeman, Power Logistics

Initially working within lighting and sound for events upon leaving school, Craig turned to the provision of temporary power more than 15 years ago. His interest in sustainable power solutions peaked following four years with a power company that was championing the use of biodiesel. Craig began his career with Power Logistics, working as site crew from 2014 and carrying out some consultancy work for them on a sustainable global motorsport event before joining the team full-time as a Project Manager in 2018. His interest and passion for delivering sustainable power solutions have grown during his time with the company. Craig played an integral role in the development of Power Logistics’ bespoke power monitoring and its evolving to an energy monitoring system, alongside driving innovations in battery, solar, hydrogen and wind power. Projects, where Craig has successfully reduced fuel and carbon emissions, include Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2019 and 2022; Inland Border Facilities in Kent where Power Logistics delivered site power during the construction phase and the sustainable global motorsport series Extreme E. At home Craig grows all his fruit and vegetables, he can store 10K litres of rainwater which is utilised to water plants and for toilet flushing.

Cathy Runciman, EarthPercent

Cathy is Executive Director of EarthPercent UK, the charity co-founded by Brian Eno to unleash the power of music in service of the planet. She is also the co-founder of storytelling platform Atlas of the Future and curator of Barcelona’s Fixing the Future Festival, which are both celebrations of the talent, energy and creativity that’s reshaping our world. She previously led the international media organisation, openDemocracy, and as Managing Director of Time Out International helped launch media businesses in 37 cities from Accra to Zagreb. She advises the boards of Goldsmiths University Press and Makerversity, a pioneering community of maker businesses in London’s Somerset House, and is a member of the Point People systems changers network. 

Chris Johnson, Vision: 2025

Chris works with ambitious organisations who are ready to put environmental sustainability at the heart of their business future.

He is a leading change-maker in the UK and European live events industry, with twenty years’ experience at the vanguard of environmental sustainability; hands-on delivery, strategic sector work, speaker, guest lecturer, industry columnist.

He has spent his life and career finding ways to deliver and inspire better environmental practices, and in 2018 he was awarded the national P.E.A [People, Environment, Achievement] Green Pioneer Award.

Charlotte Eddison, Recourses Future

Charlotte is Resource Futures’ Community Impact Lead and Senior Consultant. An experienced leader with a deep understanding of community impact in public, not for profit, and charity sectors, Charlotte has a successful track record of building strong community networks and strategic partnerships. Her commitment to community action is rooted in her firm belief that our communities hold the power and have the influence to effect real change for people and planet.

Geoff Fawkes, Sunbelt Rentals

As Sunbelt Rentals’ Business Development Director for new markets, Geoff Fawkes is central to supporting and securing new government and events contracts. With a wealth of experience in property, contracting, manufacturing and events, Geoff has supported the successful tender and delivery of Sunbelt Rentals’ involvement in the G7 Summit, COP26, and more recently Operation London Bridge. 

Geoff’s extensive knowledge in BIM, sustainability, green growth and social value is a crucial ingredient that supports Sunbelt’s ongoing discussions with key decision makers within the government and events sectors. 

Graham Brown, Vision: 2025

Founder Graham Brown has 25 years’ experience in event B2B media and public relations. He sits on the board for outdoor event sustainability think-tank Vision: 2025 and is a trustee of a carbon balancing charity ecolibrium: both focused on promoting and enabling carbon reduction for events and tours in the face of the climate crisis.

Helen Thackeray, Events Manager Hull City Council & Chair of LAEOG

Helen has worked in local authority events for approximately 20 years, starting as a participant in one of our events and eventually managing the team. Hull City Council manage several large-scale events every year, including Europe’s largest travelling funfair, conferences, international tournaments and festivals.

Helen also Chairs the Hull ESAG for the city and works alongside a team of people who are committed to making Hull an exciting destination to live, work and enjoy.

Recently she has become Chair of the Local Authority Event Organisers Group. Helen Says:

“This has been a great honour to work alongside and on behalf of such a dedicated group of individuals, often overlooked as they work in local Government but produce an amazing programme of events year on year across the country.”

Jamal Chalabi, Backlash Productions / Tour Production Group / A Greener Festival

With nearly 30 years of touring and production experience at all levels and across every continent, Jamal has had the great privilege to work with Artists of all genres from all over the globe; from pioneers of Punk & Hip Hop to Rock Legends & Mega DJs. He has accumulated invaluable experience over the years, forging a strong work ethics and always striving to implement best practices. The forced downtime caused by COVID-19 has allowed him to focus on the issue of sustainability within the music industry and be part of the solution. Through the TPG Sustainability Group, Jamal aims to open up an industry-wide 360° dialogue, to promote best practice, provide guidance and tools for the challenging times ahead. He is committed to change, mentoring and educating the next amazing generation of industry professionals.

Liz Warwick, Lansdown Warwick

Liz Warwick is the owner of sustainability consultancy Lansdowne Warwick, specialising in environmental and energy issues since 2007.

She is a qualified chartered surveyor (MRICS) who spent 10 years working with developers, landlords and tenants in the City of London understanding balancing commercial requirements with work strategies and wellbeing.

Her passion and interest grew in the environment and sustainability after starting a family and she refocused on commercial building energy performance and sustainable design and construction. She is a BREEAM AP and assessor, RICS Ska rating assessor, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador and energy consultant.

Matt Mellen, Refill Campaign Manager at City to Sea

Matt is a communicator and strategist specialising in movement building, public affairs and environmental campaigns. He has worked on flagship programmes led by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and HRH Prince Charles, with major corporations and the United Nations and for organisations including: BioRegional, Global Action Plan and Compassion in World Farming. He has a degree in Biology from the University of Bristol and a first-class MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a Global Change Ambassador for Round Table Global and an associate adviser to 38 Degrees.

Paul Reed, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)

As CEO of AIF, Paul leads the organisation alongside day-to-day operations, implements strategic development and growth, and oversees partnerships, events, communications, and membership development.
AIF is the UK’s leading national trade association representing 90+ UK festivals who entertain over one million fans every year. 
Paul has an extensive background in the live music industry having started as an independent gig promoter alongside working at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and was previously Head of Operations at The Conservatoire and Operations Manager at The Event Umbrella, managing the office and events team contracted to produce events across the London Borough of Ealing.

Richard Phillips, Julie’s Bicycle

Richard is a Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist for Music at Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit working with the creative industries on climate action.

Previously, Richard has worked as a Sustainability Consultant for the private sector, delivering impactful projects in the areas of community investment, environment strategy and reporting for companies across a range of sectors. He has also worked within the retail industry, focusing on emissions reduction in the supply chain through circular economy initiatives and expanding the use of sustainable materials.

Richard is motivated by collaborative action on the climate crisis and unlocking the potential of the creative industries to inspire societal change.

Shaun Pearce, Pearce Hire

Shaun Pearce, Managing Director of Pearce Hire a Peterborough-based company that provides power distribution, audio, and lighting systems for all events. Shaun has been a NICEIC approved contractor for over 35 years and has considerable experience in providing temporary power solutions across the UK along with stints in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Papa New Guinea, and Qatar.

Pearce Hire provides power for many events and festivals every year with 30+ fulltime staff and many regular freelance engineers and have 30 generators, over 600 temporary distribution units, site and emergency lighting and cabling systems to suit.

Shaun was part of the ‘Purple guide’* panel for the re-write of the Electrical section and is currently the Production Services Association (PSA) representative for ’Powerful Thinking’ see link View the Smart Energy Guide 

Teresa Moore, A Greener Festival Ltd

Teresa leads on education, training and research at A Greener Festival and created AGF’s online Assessor Training and development programme. She also delivers in house workshops on sustainable event management for organisations such British Council, Manchester City, Council events team, RHS, Royal Parks, Without Walls Arts Association, Mela Partnership.
She is a consultant, author, speaker on sustainability and event management and has advised organisations such as Greenpeace at Download Festival, British Council India and Great Run Company.

Tim Benson, Smart Power

Tim is Founder and Production Director at SMART Power Ltd, an award-winning live event power contractor. SMART Power specialises in delivering low-impact power solutions and energy monitoring for live events and broadcast. He is also Technical Director and Environmental Consultant at ZAP Concepts, where he works internationally to assist event organisers in providing sustainable solutions for power management, waste and recycling, water, travel and touring, biodiversity and resource management.

Victoria Chapman, Festival Republic

Victoria Chapman is Head of Sustainability (UK & Ireland) at Live Nation.  She works with Festival Republic and others in the Live Nation family to implement Green Nation, Live Nation’s sustainability charter.   She is a Creative Climate Leader alumni with Julie’s Bicycle and has been recognised as a Creative Green Champion.  Victoria is on the steering group of Vision 2025 & Powerful Thinking and co-chairs the LIVE Environmental Sustainability Group.