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Alison Tickell
Alison Tickell
Founder and CEO

Alison Tickell

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.

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  • 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.
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Julia Johnston
Julia Johnston
Director of Operations

Julia Johnston

Julia is responsible for managing operations and supporting the CEO in the strategic management of Julie’s Bicycle.

Julia joined JB in January 2015 following a background working in arts management and government administration in Australia. She has worked at the Sydney Festival, Australia Council for the Arts and City of Melbourne’s Arts and Culture Branch.

Julia is currently studying Social Enterprise (MA) at Goldsmiths University. She also holds degrees in Curatorship (MA) from University of Melbourne and Fine Arts (BA) from COFA, University of New South Wales.

Claire Buckley
Claire Buckley
Environmental Sustainability Director

Claire Buckley

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).

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  • 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.
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Sholeh Johnston
Sholeh Johnston
Head of Creative Programmes

Sholeh Johnston

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.

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Giulia Crossley
Giulia Crossley
Communications Manager

Giulia Crossley

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.

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Sylvia Cantino
Sylvia Cantino
Finance Manager

Sylvia Cantino

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.

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Lucy Latham
Lucy Latham
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Lucy Latham

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.

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Teresa Agudo
Teresa Agudo
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Teresa Agudo

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 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).

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Chiara Badiali
Chiara Badiali
Programme Coordinator (Music)

Chiara Badiali

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.

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  • The EU referendum: what might it mean for the environment and how might that affect the arts and creative sector?
  • Powerful Thinking presents The Show Must Go On: a comprehensive 48 page environmental impact report and call to action for the UK music festival industry.
  • This year's ADE Green programme is full of inspirational talks and practical panels and workshops to help the electronic music industry go greener. JB will be part of the action in Amsterdam on 14th October, curating a panel on energy and a workshop on communicating sustainability.
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Boran Li
Boran Li
Environmental Data Analyst

Boran Li

Boran is a sustainability enthusiast who joined Julie's Bicycle in November 2015. He is responsible for providing quantitative analyses for various projects and managing the Creative Industry Green Tools.

Boran studied BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management at Cass Business School before he decided to change his career from finance to environmental sustainability. Boran joined the team after he finished MSc Economics and Policy for Energy and Environment at University College London. Boran has previous work experience in economic think tanks and renewable energy companies.

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Lauren Davies
Lauren Davies
Programme Coordinator

Lauren Davies

Lauren joined Julie’s Bicycle in October 2015 as Programme Coordinator in the arts team. Working across art forms and organisation types Lauren supports the design and coordination of the Julie’s Bicycle annual arts programme.

Previously Lauren spent 5 years providing arts project and events management services to the UK arts and culture sector as Director of Red Lantern, a company she founded in 2010. Clients included artist led gallery spaces, writers and literature festivals, youth theatre productions and those involved with public art commissioning. She most recently worked as Manager of Onca Arts and Ecology, an arts charity and venue based in Brighton inspiring creativity and positive action in the face of environmental change.

Lauren’s professional background is in arts administration, marketing and communications, project design and development and events management. Lauren holds a BA degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent.

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Sophie Marszal
Sophie Marszal
Executive PA and Administrator

Sophie Marszal

Sophie joined Julie's Bicycle in February 2014 with a background in administration for arts organisations. Her role includes overseeing the smooth-running of the office as well as managing Alison's diary.

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