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.
Tony Wadsworth CBE was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008.
In a 26 year career with the UK based company, he held many roles including Managing Director of the Parlophone label, a label which he relaunched in the 1990's achieving sustained hits with artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner and Queen.
His subsequent move to running all of EMI's UK labels saw a period of global success with artists such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen,Gorillaz ,the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and many others.
Prior to joining EMI, Tony gained a degree in Economics from Newcastle University and spent the following 3 years playing in a band with his college friends. He later worked for various record labels before joining EMI.
In December 2014 , Tony stepped down as Chairman of the BPI, the representative body of the UK recorded music industry and Chairman of BRIT Awards Ltd but remains a Trustee of the BRIT Trust charity and Governor of the Brit School .
He is also Chairman of Julie's Bicycle, the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries .
He is a Trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation, a charity devoted to improving young people's access to music education and a Trustee of the EMI Archive Trust.
He is a non-executive board director of BIMM, the market leader in popular music higher education , and has commercial interests ranging from ethical ticketing to a vinyl record store .
Tony has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Gloucestershire and holds the post of Visiting Professor in the music and business schools of the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
In March 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Music Week Strat award for outstanding contribution to the UK music industry and in 2009 was awarded the Scott Piering Award by the Radio Academy to recognise outstanding contribution to music radio.
In June 2011, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the UK music industry.
Phil is a sustainable business professional with over 17 years multi-sector experience of working around the world supporting a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations. Phil developed and managed the delivery of the award-winning sustainability strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, widely regarded as the most sustainable Games in modern Olympic history and heavily influenced the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020. More recently, Phil has been supporting some of the world’s best-known companies, such as Kingfisher plc and Marks and Spencer plc, to create more business value through sustainability.
Acting in a non-executive capacity, Phil also sits on the board of Resource Futures an employee-owned, non-profit with a 25-year heritage of promoting sustainable resource management. He is an Associate Lecturer with Birkbirk College, University London, is a member of IEMA’s Strategic Advisory Council and chairs BSI’s Sustainable Resource Management Committee (SDS/1/10) which is currently overseeing the development of BS 8001 a pioneering new circular economy business standard. Phil was also one of the authors of ISO 20121 the international event sustainability standard.
Melvin Benn is a music promoter and Managing Director of Festival Republic, the company behind UK and overseas festivals including Latitude, Reading & Leeds and Electric Picnic and the production of live music events including the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park events Proms in the Park and Festival in a Day and Longitude, Summer Nights at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and the Marlay Park Concerts in Ireland.
Benn created The Festival Office Ltd in 1989 to produce festivals for the Mean Fiddler Music Group, with Mean Fiddler taking over Reading Festival in the same year. In 1996 he took ‘The Festival Office’ to be part of the Mean Fiddler Music Group and became Managing Director of the Group. In 1999 he became CEO of the group, taking Mean Fiddler and its associated companies into a PLC structure and making Mean Fiddler the first publicly quoted music company on the UK Stock Exchange. In August 2007 Benn sold the majority of the Mean Fiddler Music Group venues and the Mean Fiddler Music Group name to MAMA Group PLC, maintaining control of the full festival portfolio under the new name of Festival Republic. Since then Festival Republic has welcomed several additions to this impressive portfolio, including international festivals Hove Festival and Berlin Festival, and the opening of a Dublin office in 2013.
With vast experience of staging the best in entertainment events, Benn also held the licence and operational control of Glastonbury Festival from 2002 until 2012. Benn was influential in re-writing the Guide to Health and Safety at Outdoor Events (‘the Pop Code’), is the licensee for all Finsbury Park outdoor shows, and sits as a representative on the Concert Promoters Association (CPA). He joined the Wembley Stadium Board in July 2008 and was appointed Chairman in May 2011.
Sian is an independent consultant in the arts sector. From 2011 - 2014 she was Executive Director of the Bush Theatre and from 2010 - 2013 she was Associate Director, Theatre for Julie’s Bicycle. She was Head of Theatre for Arts Council England, London for ten years until February 2010.
Prior to joining the Arts Council Sian worked for a range of performing arts companies, producing and touring theatre and contemporary dance throughout the UK and overseas. She was Executive Director of Siobhan Davies Dance Company; Manager for Michael Clark Company, Aletta Collins Dance Company and Laurie Booth
John is a Partner at pioneering law firm Olswang, in the Commercial Group in the UK. John is an expert in all forms of digital media and is Head of Music.
John provides commercial, regulatory and copyright law advice to clients active in all aspects of the media and communications business, particularly those offering music and audiovisual content via digital platforms. He has been at the forefront of new media developments for nearly 20 years, assisting clients to launch new and innovative services across a range of technologies, delivering originally to TV sets and latterly to PCs, mobile devices, tablets and all other forms of connected device.
His clients include broadcasters and other content aggregators and distributors, record companies, pure-play digital content businesses and mobile operators as well as companies that invest in the sector.
John writes and speaks regularly on a range of topics relating to interactive media and with Matthew Phillips has been the co-author of Olswang's annual convergence report since its inception in 2005.
Olswang has a strong commitment to reducing its environmental impact and has been carbon neutral since 2009. Its urban bee colonies have featured in national and international press and on TV.
Wren brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing and sustainability strategy and communications, working on behalf of sustainability leaders and some of the world’s most successful bands and brands. She’s helped members of the entertainment industry in her native US and across the world reduce their impact and mobilize millions of fans to join their efforts.
David Joseph is the Chairman and ceo of Universal Music UK, the UK’s leading music company and one of the most successful units in Universal Music Group's worldwide business.
Joseph oversees all divisions of Universal Music UK including the labels Island, Polydor, Capitol, Decca and Virgin EMI alongside the world’s most famous record studios, Abbey Road.
Universal Music UK is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including The Rolling Stones, U2, Take That, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Elbow, Emeli Sandé and Lana Del Rey. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Eminem as well as repertoire from the number one classical label in the world.
Joseph joined Universal Music UK in August 1998 as general manager of the company's Polydor label before moving up in February 2002 to become managing director and later co-President of Polydor. In March 2008, he was promoted to Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK.
Prior to joining Universal Music in 1998, Joseph was at RCA where he was head of artist development working with artists including Take That, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox.
In 2005 Joseph became a member of the BPI Council and for three years was Chairman of the Brits Committee, which oversees the Brit Awards. In 2013 Joseph worked with Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to gather music industry support for Unity, the O2 concert marking the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder. In September 2013 he was appointed as a member of the council of Arts Council England.
Diana Liverman is the co-director of the Institute of the Environment at The University of Arizona and a Regents Professor in the School of Geography and Development. She is also visiting professor at Oxford University where she is the former director of the Environmental Change Institute. Her research focuses on the human and social dimensions of environmental issues including vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, environmental change and food security, environment and the arts, and international climate and environmental policy.
She has authored or edited seven books, more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and has supervised more than 60 postgraduate students. She has served as an author and committee member for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the US National Climate Assessment, the international design committee for ICSU's Future Earth initiative, and the US National Research Council. She is the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Founders Gold Medal and the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Association of American Geographers for her contributions to understanding the human dimensions of global environmental change.
Neil Johnston has worked in creative and regeneration industries in the UK, US , Africa and Europe all his life. Now Chief Executive of Paddington Development Trust he works in creative regeneration in some of the poorest UK neighbourhoods. He is chairman of Sulgrave Village Shop and is involved in a number of charitable and business initiatives in the UK. He operates an organic smallholding from his home in Northamptonshire and grows thirteen varieties of English apple, as well as plums, pears, quince and French walnuts.
Chris Cotton is Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall. He is Chairman of Jerwood Space, renowned rehearsal facilities for theatre, opera and dance, and Chairs the Exhibition Road Cultural Group which represents and champions the collective view of the 16 national and international cultural and educational organisations around South Kensington. Chris is also a supporter and member of the Advisory Board of Tickets for Troops.
Originally from Edinburgh, Chris enjoys all forms of live performance and is a keen sailor particularly, on the west coast of Scotland.