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: technologies, statistics, methodologies, the disasters and triumphs, the histories, editorials, reports, and manifestos – in short the daily homework to stay on top.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The creative community is trailblazing the movement against climate change.
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).
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.
We've been picking up some great stories about energy use in clubs and at festivals across Europe through EE MUSIC.
Music Coordinator Chiara Badiali reflects on Vital Connections, a new report exploring the implications of a growing human population on the world around us.
On 8th December 2014, EE MUSIC and Powerful Thinking talked energy management with a group of outdoor events professionals.
Nicky joined Julie's Bicycle in August 2014 to work with the Arts Team on delivering the arts programme and resources She has a varied background in events coordination and content development and has worked in organisations such as London College of Communication, D&AD, Visual Artists Ireland and Ormond Studios. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, London and a Bachelor (Hons) in Visual Arts Practice from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. Nicky is also a visual artist and has exhibited in a variety of galleries across the UK, and Ireland.