GEI11 Speaker Bios2019-02-21T14:03:20+00:00

GEI11 Speaker Bios

Adrian Bossey

Adrian Bossey

Is a Head of Subject at Falmouth University and a former artist manager whose clients included Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chumbawumba, Drugstore, My Life Story and The Senseless Things. He worked on 15 UK top forty albums and has both; managed the main stage headline act at Glastonbury Festival and written a chapter for The Routledge Handbook of Festivals (2018). Adrian has worked in academia for 15 years, leading a range of successful bids, including for the RELAYS Cultural Olympiad Project, and acted as Chair of the South West Music Industry Forum. At Falmouth, Adrian was Executive Producer at AMATA for 6 years; setting up the public programme and working with artists including Cara Dillon, Belarus Free Theatre, Theo Clinkard, Forced Entertainment, Bill Drummond, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Pussy Riot and Elton John. His research interests include potential digital futures for live performance in the staging and consumption of music festivals. Adrian is currently Vice Chair for the Association of Events Management Educators, he blogs at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/futurefestivals and is a guest blogger at https://www.agreenerfestival.com/blog/

Alex Hardee

Alex Hardee

Alex Hardee is a Partner/Agent at CODA Agency in London. He first started out in the comedy business booking acts such as Eddie Izzard, Frank Skinner and Steve Coogan before moving on to the music business in the 90’s. Alex’s first taste of success came when Roni Size won the Mercury Music Prize in 1997. Since co-founding CODA Agency in 2002, Alex has won the coveted prize of Agent of the Year numerous times at the Music Week, Live UK and Festival Awards, most recently at the 2018 Music Week Awards. He’s also been instrumental in steering CODA to win the UK Festival Awards Best Agency three times, in 2013, 2016 and 2017. His current roster includes a host of global stars such as Bastille, Sia, Liam Gallagher, London Grammar, Grace Jones, Clean Bandit, and Rag’n’Bone Man.

Andrea Carr

Andrea Carr

Andrea Carr, eco-scenographer, artist and facilitator, has worked across a broad spectrum of the performing arts. Designs created from reclaimed materials include: Ionesco’s The Chairs produced by Extant, selected for World Stage Design Exhibition ’17, Taiwain (UK contingent),  Nodus Tollens for DH Ensemble,  Liberty Festival, Olympic Park, Stuck by HOAX, made from abandoned sleeping bags and tents from Reading festival,  selected for The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology. Eco – scenography in Action, workshop leader with HOAX for ONCA, Future Fictions Symposium. New public engagement Art Action Rubbing Out Fridays launched on Lost Species Day hosted by STUDIO 73, Brixton. Current:  Duende  performance piece in collaboration with Outrider Anthems, multitrack story telling exploring our relationship to the earth. Andrea is also studying Process Orientated Psychology. She works from her Peckham Studio.

Ash Perrin

Ash Perrin

Dieter Castelein

Dieter Castelein is an aerospace engineer, driven by the ambition to make the world a better place. That is why he specialised in wind energy during his master. Together with his work experience as a financial consultant, he had the right tools at hand to co-found the company Greener power solutions. Greener and Dieter have the ultimate goal to run the world on renewable energy. As of now, they are tackling the energy problem on temporary event locations, by delivering a high-power industrial battery charged with renewable energy.

Faas Moonen

Faas Moonen

Ass.prof. at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the initiator of the PowerVIBES project (subsidized by Interreg NWE) in which a ‘Hybrid Unit’ will be built that combines a wind turbine, several types of more efficient solar panels and an improved battery. In PowerVIBES, 10 international partners from renowned festivals and all required disciplines combine forces to develop a unique unit, named GEM-tower (Green Energy Mill). These most competent partners bring in the latest developments in renewable energy production, storage and distribution. The result will be an efficient and economically attractive tower to produce large amounts of power from sustainable resources only. And a tall and very colourful tower that clearly stands out from a festival too; that will help to increase awareness of the sustainability of a festival. This year GEM will be built and tested on several festivals.

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Worked as a sound engineer Fairport Convention from 1985 for a few years before chasing the cheque book like a true mercenary and touring with mainstream bands.

In 2004 Cropredy looked in danger. The organisers, FC bass player Dave Pegg and his wife Christine were getting divorced and the festival looked like it might not continue. I was asked to return to the fold and take over the helm.

The festival is now in it’s 40th year attracting 20k visitors and, although chiefly known for folk rock, we have had headliners such as  Robert Plant, Alice Cooper, Steve Winwood, UB40, Status Quo and The Divine Comedy.

These days I mix my time working on the festival with doing Advance Production Management for Andrea Bocelli. A job which mercifully keeps me out of the office for roughly a week a month.

Gordon Masson

Gordon Masson

A former astronaut and stunt driver, Gordon has been a journalist for nearly three decades and has specialised in the music industry for the past 18 years.

When he is not saving the Amazon rainforest or rescuing kittens from trees, Gordon spends his time as editor of IQ Magazine, the International Ticketing Yearbook and the European Arena Yearbook, as well as being on the agenda team for the International Live Music Conference.

Prior to his much-publicised barefoot ascent of Mount Everest and his epic swim across the Pacific Ocean, Gordon was the live editor at Music Week and international editor for Billboard. In addition to his various United Nations ambassadorial roles, Gordon has also undertaken a number of consultancies for record companies and other music industry organisations.

Prior to moving to London, Gordon developed ground-breaking breeding programmes for a number of endangered species. He also spent two years in Washington DC where he established publications for the space and satellite industry, while in the early 1990s he was a reporter for The Courier and Evening Telegraph newspapers, among others, in his native Scotland.

Holger Jan Schmidt GEI11

Holger Jan Schmidt | GO Group, Take A Stand,  Yourope, DE

Holger Jan Schmidt is one of Europe’s main networkers on festivals and sustainability. He is co-initiator and steering committee member of the pan-european think-tank GO Group (Green Operations Europe) and the anchorman for green issues of Yourope (the European Festival Association). Holger is one of the initiators of the international Take A Stand initiative and campaign for the (live) music sector, which was launched in 2017 to create a movement encouraging social cohesion in our society as well as promoting awareness and tolerance. He looks back at more than twenty-five years with two of Germany’s biggest festivals, RhEINKULTUR and DAS FEST. Holger wrote the „Sounds For Nature guidelines for environmentally friendly events“, is a lecturer for „Sustainable Festival & Event management“ and a performing and recording musician as well.

Ian Bates – Co-founder – Reelbrands

Ian has over 30 years’ experience at board level, working primarily in the packaging industry, specialising in sustainable packaging.

In 2005 Ian founded the specialist sustainable packaging innovations/marketing company ‘PortaBrands Ltd’, where a number of products received Starpack Innovation Awards, which are still in use today.  Today, aside from co-founding ‘Reelbrands’, (a sustainable packaging consultancy and product design company) he is also the co-owner of ‘The Delicatessen Magazine’ and an advisor to the board of the sustainable packaging start-up company ‘Transcend Packaging’ as well as an advisor to ‘APP – A Plastic Planet’.

Karin Koopmans

Karin Koopman

I’m an artist manager for clients like; Sam Feldt, Dante Klein, Cat Carpenters and Bender. In October 2018 together with my client Sam Feldt we launched a foundation where we aim to be a platform for influencers adapting a sustainable lifestyle. The foundation is structured around 4 pilars, DO – GIVE – EMPOWER – INSPIRE. After working in music for over 14years its very fulfilling to give back and make a contribution to the wellbeing of this planet and the people living on it.

Kierra Box

Kierra Box

Kierra Box currently leads the Brexit campaign at Friends of the Earth, and represents the organisation on the Greener UK and Brexit Civil Society Alliance coalitions. In recent months she has coordinated FOEs work to influence government thinking on the new environmental watchdog, feed in to the development of future UK trade policy and engaged with EU governments to lobby for a commitment to non-regression in the future UK-EU relationship. She has been a campaigner at FOE for 3 years, working additionally across food, behaviour change and trade issues.

Kierra has been campaigning for over 15 years, since co-founding Hands Up for Peace, a youth campaign against the Iraq War, in 2003. She ran youth campaign group Hands Up until 2009, for which she won the Sheila McKechnie Campaigning Award in 2006. Following this, Kierra led on the youth programme and headed up communications at voluntary sector infrastructure charity Community Matters and spent two years as a campaigner on housing and welfare issues at Citizens Advice.

Maarten Arkenbout

Maarten Arkenbout

Started in 1982 as a professional sound engineer for a theater company in the Netherlands.

Worked in the nineteens a couple of years for Pieter Smit as driver and sound engineer.

Returned in 2010 to Pieter Smit to become CEO for the Pieter Smit Group until the end of 2016.

Started in 2018 in the management team of the German branch of the Pieter Smit group.

Specialized in the development of new buildings on Pieter Smit properties in Europe.

Mark Laurie

Mark Laurie

Mark Laurie is a Director of the Nationwide Caterers Association, the trade association for Festival Caterers and Street Food. He represents the catering industry on various panels at the Food Standards Agency, BEIS/Regulatory Delivery, CIEH and EIF. He is a director of the Birmingham Food Council which speaks truth to power on food  security.

After working for NCASS to support Greenpeace on the Glastonbury Green Traders Awards he partnered with the SRA to develop the first online sustainability training course for festival caterers.

He co-founded the original 8th Plate scheme alongside A Greener Festival and Fareshare SW which salvaged over 27 tonnes of food from 7 festivals. In 2018 AGF & NCASS trialled a more streamlined version of the scheme salvaging nearly 10 tonnes at just 3 events. The target is now to salvage 100 tonnes of food from festivals and 400 tonnes of CO2 by 2020.

Megan Jones

Meegan Jones

Meegan Jones is an event sustainability professional focussing her efforts on using the power of events for positive action while also ensuring that events themselves are produced sustainably.

She provides advice, tools, systems support, training and practical solutions to the event, screen, and sport sectors. Credits include Sustainability Manager for Festival Republic (Glastonbury, Reading, Latitude Festivals, UK), Live Earth Greening Guidelines, project consultant for the UNEP Music & Environment Initiative, sustainability strategy for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, and external assessment of ISO 20121 for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She consulted to Volvo Ocean Race 17/18 and their award winning Clean Seas programme.

The third edition of her book Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide was published in Dec 2017 by Taylor & Francis and is an adopted text for many university degrees in event management. In 2018 Meegan authored the guide to avoiding single-use plastics at sporting events. She has also contributed the sustainability chapters to books Routledge Handbook of Festivals and Festival and Special Event Management.

She was a sector expert in the global working groups developing the GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement and ISO 20121. She is founder and chair of the Sustainable Event Alliance and has trained more than 1000 events organisers in sustainable event management through 40 local governments.

Nika Brunet

Nika Brunet

Project & event manager by title, with wide experience from music industry business, social sciences, marketing and communication, IT and even aeronautical science, today responsible for organization and promotion of 4 biggest music festivals in Slovenia: MetalDays, Bluesland, Winter Days of Metal and Overjam Reggae festival. Vegan by heart, photographer by quest.

Passionate about ecology, sustainability, and environmental science, with a mission to create a sustainable, low carbon footprint, zero waste large-scale event (like a music festival 🙂 ) in the very near future.

www.mymusicholiday.com
www.metaldays.net

Paul Denney

Paul Denney

Paul Denney is a self-confessed geek with a passion for knowledge and a love of all things environmental. Over the years he has worked in R&D for the likes of Hewlett Packard, Dyson and ZF. His current role as head of research for Snow Business allows him to design winter special effects for the planet’s greatest sporting events and biggest block buster movies. Snow Business trades in 37 countries around the world and its work has been seen by most of the planet. Increasingly however what Snow Business sells is coming under close scrutiny as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of the purchasing choices they make. As Paul says “As head of R&D It’s my responsibility to ensure that our fake snow falls as lightly on the planet as the real thing. Sustainability isn’t a nice to have for us it’s our future because without it we haven’t got one”.

Stephen Budd

Stephen Budd

Is a veteran British music industry executive and music manager based in London.

He is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Music Ltd, the OneFest Festival, of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project and is the co-founder of the NH7 Weekender festivals in India and an advisor to DMZ Peace Train Festival in Korea. He is a recognised TV commentator on music industry issues, regularly appearing on a variety of British TV news shows. In June 2017 he completed his 3-year term as co-chairman of the MMF (Music Managers Forum). He is a co-executive producer of Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds‘ ‘Give A Home’ global concert series and created WarChild’s “Passport Back To The Bars” concert series.

Teresa Moore GEI11

Teresa Moore – Director, A Greener Festival.

Teresa is Director of A Greener Festival, and co-founder of the European sustainability think tank GO Europe. She is a writer, speaker and researcher on sustainability and event management

Formerly Head of Music and Event Management at Bucks New University, Teresa has undertaken many pieces of research into sustainability, live music and events. She recently co- authored “A Case Study of the A Greener Festival Initiative” (2018) a qualitative assessment of the impact of A Greener Festival on festivals efforts to reduce their environmental impact. Previously she has published the findings of a Live Music Census of the City of Bristol, UK (March 2016) with UK Music highlighting the economic and social contribution of grassroots music venues to local the economy.  She has carried out a series of festival surveys focusing on audience attitudes to environmental issues at music events including Campsite Waste (2013, 2012 and 2008) with A Greener Festival

Teresa is currently undertaking a PhD in sustainability and event management focusing on pro environmental behaviour change.

Xander Kotvis GEI11

Xander Kotvis

Xander is Revolution Manager at the Revolution Foundation, which makes him responsible for sustainability strategies of festivals such DGTL. The Revolution Foundation provides sustainable and circular systems for festivals and events. The foundation works together closely with events, companies and governments to design and implement circular blueprints, accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy.