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.
The EU referendum: what might it mean for the environment and how might that affect the arts and creative sector?
The Paris Accord commits us to climate change action, Creative Green is showing how creative organisations are systematically achieving real reductions is greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with the Paris Account to keep global temperatures below a 2 degree raise.
Something unprecedented happened in Paris on Saturday 12th December 2015. Governments from all over the world agreed to limit global warming and address the effects of climate change.
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).
Demystifying the environmental impact of your electricity consumption and 'green' tariff electricity.
Five years ago, the Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) was in urgent need of a 21st Century upgrade. The theatre reopened in July 2014 following the capital project RENEW. Read their story.
The vision of the new Tate Modern is to redefine the museum for the twenty first century, integrating learning, display and social functions and strengthening links between the museum, its community and the City.
Laura has over 10 years’ experience in the production of international live music events. She was the Sustainability Manager at Festival Republic from 2011 to 2015 where her main focus was to embed sustainable practice and systems into Latitude, Electric Picnic Reading and Leeds festivals. Laura's expertise lays in organisational change, staff, contractors and audience’s engagement, carbon reduction strategies (including sustainable travel and energy and waste management). She achieved important carbon reductions and largely improved the company’s environmental performance across the board, which won Festival Republic several accolades, including 3 IG star rating across all criteria for Reading festival from 2012 to 2014 and Leeds festival in 2013 and 2014. Laura has also led funded research projects focused on behavioural change and business circularity.
Laura joined Julie's Bicycle in 2016 and holds an overview of the Arts Council Environmental Programme, focused in working with cultural organisations on how to understand and improve their environmental performance and to share knowledge and best practice around sustainable solutions. She manages the strategic development of this partnership and is involved in the delivery workshop sessions and networking opportunities as well as the development of practical resources and tools for the sector to implement environmental sustainability. She also supports the overall strategy and delivery of Julie's Bicycle's consultancy portfolio and Julie’s Bicycle’s operations.
Sylvia joined Julie's Bicycle in 2015 as Finance Manager.
Sylvia is a qualified accountant who gained experience in Italy, France and since 2001 in the UK across a variety of business sectors: manufacturing, retail, and utilities within a variety of companies as well as some major PLC’s, before moving to the charity sector.
Sylvia’s increasing interest in not-for-profit organisations is rooted in her belief that the sector is full of talent, dedication and drive. Her goal is to use her business strategy skills to support organisations to achieve change management and attain measurable improvements in organisational performance. Sylvia has a personal aspiration to be more connected to the community.
Hannah Van Den Bergh
Hannah is a project manager at Julie's Bicycle. She supports the development of policy relationships/projects and delivers the fundraising strategy. She manages the Creative Europe-funded project, Creative Climate Leadership.
Hannah worked as an independent consultant supporting creative and cultural organisations with fundraising, strategic development and research. She wrote the IETM Fresh Perspectives report for COAL for ARTCOP21 and advised numerous organisations nationally and internationally. Previously Hannah managed the European portfolio at Wales Arts International, Arts Council Wales, which included advising Cardiff Council on a European Capital of Culture application, advising the Welsh Government on the creation of European Ambassadors, pitching to the Council on the development of new European projects and drafting proposals. Hannah also worked at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, developing the idea of a storytelling season, which took place in 2016-17. Hannah led the ground campaign for Wales Stronger In Europe (the EU referendum "REMAIN" campaign) and helped kickstart the Women's Equality Party in Wales, fielding 4 candidates for the NAW16 elections.
In her spare time, Hannah has setup an international theatre company, managed and grown an independent arts venue, managed a local radio channel, written editorial content and reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was selected as an emerging artist for a residency programme run by National Theatre Wales.
Catherine Bottrill is an expert in how businesses can reduce environmental and energy impacts. She been involved with Julie's Bicycle since its inception. She has led strategic environmental research projects, including: First Step: Carbon Footprint of the UK Music Industry, Moving Arts (music, theatre and orchestra touring), Jam Packed (festival audience travel) and Performing Arts Energy Benchmarking. Catherine has contributed to the development of the IG Tools and certification scheme - she sits on the Creative Green Advisory Group. She is leading Creative Green - an environmental certification designed specifically for arts, entertainment and cultural organisations to demonstrate their commitment, understanding and improvement of environmental impacts. In addition, Catherine is CEO of Pilio (www.piliogroup.com) - a company providing energy analytics to businesses and used by many arts organisations for building energy management.
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.
Massive congratulations to Hull Truck Theatre for achieving a fantastic 3 stars in its first ever Creative Green certification.
Excellent work by Donmar Warehouse for achieving their first 4 star Creative Green certification
Huge congratulations to Almeida Theatre for achieving their first 4 Star Creative Green certification.
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.
Jon More and Matt Black – aka Coldcut – are back! The grandmasters of UK cut ‘n’ paste and founders of the Ninja Tune rebel alliance return with a new cocktail of music, words and images that Black describes as “dissentertainment”.
Returning for its fourth edition on 19th October, the conference will once again take over De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam for a day of creativity, practical workshops on sustainability, technological showcases and stories of change from across the music event industry.
Independent record label Ninja Tune works on sustainability across its day-to-day operations, with a particular focus on helping to power the clean energy transition, and developing broader advocacy and activism.
Farah joined Julie's Bicycle in September 2016, as the company administrator. She supports the team with financial tasks, marketing, and ensuring the smooth running of day to day operations.
Farah studied Fashion Design in Birmingham and worked for designer Jacob Kimmie before moving to London and into restaurant and events management. She has curated events in some of the UK's most important cultural institutions (Westminster Abbey, the Wellcome Collection, and the British Film Institute). She nurtures her creative spirit as a festival face painter a freelance henna artist.