Who better to set the tone for the 10th Green Events & Innovations Conference than Bob Wilson, a man who has spent the last three decades running Greenpeace UK’s event team, and the Greenpeace area at Glastonbury Festival.
Bob was at the first ever Glastonbury in 1970 (or at least he thinks he was – ‘if you can remember it, you weren’t there’ someone famous once said), along with many other legendary festivals that have taken place since.
Having sat atop lighting towers listening to the likes of Hendrix and The Grateful Dead, he managed to make it out of the 70s alive, carving out a career for himself at Time Out Magazine, which included stints as the managing editor and marketing director. It was in the latter role that he ran the sponsorship programme and began to get involved with Greenpeace, who he described as the only organisation that he came across actually doing something to “stop the rot.”
In 1991, Bob joined Greenpeace UK, the same year that Michael Eavis invited them to take part in Glastonbury Festival, and these days he heads up the events team.
Bob originally joined Greenpeace in order to help them set-up their network of active supporters that now exists all across the UK. Encouraging the festival community to get involved with the work of Greenpeace all around the world remains his key mission.
GEI10 delegates can look forward to hearing about some of the amazing experiences Bob’s had whilst attending and being involved with festivals, since the concept of music festivals began, along with his enthralling journey as an activist. He will also discuss some of Greenpeace UK’s latest campaigns.
You can catch Bob at GEI10 on Tuesday 6 March in London – the day before ILMC 30 commences.
The Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI) is A Greener Festival’s annual flagship event delivered in partnership with the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). Tuesday 6 March 2018, The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High St, London.