Alison established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit company helping the music industry reduce its environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental challenges. JB has since extended its remit to many other art forms and is acknowledged as the leading organization bridging sustainability with the arts and culture.
Alison worked for many years with socially excluded young people as Development Director at Community Music, and then at Creative and Cultural Skills where she established the National Skills Academy for the music industry. She is a 2011 London Leader, advisor to Tonic, a judge on the Observer Ethical Awards and the Royal College of Arts Sustainable Design Awards, and a fellow of the RSA.
Environmental sustainability asks for a lot of reading: the weight of requisite text – not just the carefully documented science, but the technologies, statistics, methodologies, the disasters and triumphs, the histories, editorials, reports, and manifestos – in short the daily homework to stay on top. The latest Tipping Point event was a collaboration between Tipping Point and Joe Smith’s Stories of Change, an ambitious 3 year programme documenting transformational change through stories of energy. More information? Maybe, but told with beginnings and middles, voices and verses, humour and compassion. And no endings yet.
Giulia manages the Communications department at Julie’s Bicycle. In a Marketing career spanning 10 years Giulia’s background balances the creative industries; visual art, theatre, combined arts and design with roles in local government, finance and digital technologies. Giulia has a BA in Social Philosophy and Applied Ethics, with a specialism in Environmental Ethics. She is a member of the Arts Marketing Association.
Lucy joined Julie's Bicycle in September 2013 to work with the Environmental Sustainability Team on embedding operational sustainability and environmental management within artistic and cultural venues and activities; in the UK and Europe. She works on a variety of programmes, facilitating and delivering workshops and training, as well as offering consultancy.
Lucy's academic background is BSc Environmental Science from Newcastle University, and following that has worked in a variety of paid and voluntary roles including two years as a Sustainability Officer, a Scientific Field Officer in the forests of Honduras and an Environmental Education Officer in Botswana.
Teresa joined the Environmental Sustainability Team in August 2014 to assist with rolling out environmental reporting across funded organisations by the Arts Council England. She is also involved in the review process and issuance of the Creative Industry Green Certificates.
Previously, Teresa worked in a sustainability assurance practice for a multinational testing, inspection and certification company based in London and in the Corporate Sustainability Department of a retail company in Spain. Before turning her career towards sustainability, Teresa gained experience in the supply chain management field.
Teresa holds a B.A. in Business Studies from London Guildhall University and a M.Sc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. She is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Paula has spent the last two decades in environmental sustainability working for charities, non-profit organisations and public sector, following completion of her PhD in climate change chemistry at the University of Oxford. She is currently acting Environmental Sustainability Director at Julie’s Bicycle, leading on the provision of tools, advice and consultancy services to organisations across the creative sector.
Previously, Paula spent four years at the British Library as head of their environmental information services before moving to the (then new) sustainable development charity Forum for the Future. She then went on to the Energy Saving Trust (EST) creating tools and authoring publications on energy, carbon and climate change. During her time at EST she was seconded in to work with both Defra and DECC on various energy and carbon related projects.
In 2010 Paula set up her own sustainability agency to help businesses and organisations on the journey to improve their environmental footprints, and has a particular interest in the education and engagement of staff to promote behaviour change.
Sholeh manages the Julie's Bicycle Arts Programme, working with the arts and cultural sector to share knowledge, and scale up good ideas and sustainable solutions. She is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of our partnership projects; designing and facilitating events, workshops and networking opportunities; and developing practical resources for the sector to embed sustainable best practice.
Sholeh joined Julie's Bicycle in September 2010 following a background in producing professional development programmes and knowledge-sharing workshops on intercultural communication and collaborative practice for theatre artists in the UK and Middle East. Sholeh studied Creative Writing (BA) and Creative and Media Enterprise (MA) at Warwick University.
Chiara joined Julie's Bicycle in October 2012 and works as part of the arts team with a particular focus on getting the manifold stakeholders in the UK music industry on the same page when it comes to embedding environmental sustainability and best practice in their activities. Working on initiatives including EE MUSIC, she is reaching out to help harness the sector's collective power in effecting change.
Chiara holds a degree in Natural Sciences/History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and has various former lives in cultural PR and development, live music promotions, and festivals.
Luke joined the Environmental Sustainability Team in May 2012 to co-ordinate the implementation of Julie's Bicycle's partnership with Arts Council England, providing Arts Council England clients with environmental support to meet new funding requirements for sustainability and carbon accounting.
Previously Luke worked at an accountancy pioneering carbon auditing and energy reduction solutions for SME’s.
His educational background is in Physical Geography and has also worked within economic development as well as academic research.
Claire is an environmental management expert with 16 years’ experience helping organisations - public and private, large and small, in the EU and the UK - to understand and improve their environmental performance. She is also experienced in developing environmental guidance and tools and EU environmental funding programmes.
Over the years Claire has worked as project manager for an environmental NGO, an environmental consultant, an in-house environmental manager and as a freelance expert. Her work has included: developing guidance and training under a regional environmental business programme; providing environmental management systems support and training to organisations including the European Commission, the Belgian Ministry for Transport and Vivendi; planning, improving and reporting on environmental and energy performance as in-house Environmental Manager; and developing environmental best practice guidance for SME members of Intellect, the UK’s technology trade association.
In May 2012, Claire joined Julie's Bicycle as Environmental and Energy Director. Since then she has been working with arts and cultural organisations on understanding and improving energy and environmental performance and on sustainability management systems for events.
Claire has a European Masters in Environmental Management and is an Associate Member of the UK Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Claire is currently on maternity leave.