Andrew TrendellNews Editor - NME
Starting out as an award-winning local journalist in Nottingham and Lincolnshire, Andrew became a champion for music at a grassroots level. He would soon go on to become Deputy Editor then Editor at Gigwise, later working as a producer and consultant with BBC 6 Music before arriving at NME as News Editor in 2016. Since then, and particularly throughout the storm of the pandemic, he’s led the NME’s coverage to fight for the survival of festivals, venues and live music – holding the powers that be to account while also rallying support among NME’s millions of readers to help keep live music alive.
Brix SmithRock Icon
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Brix Smith is one of the few true female rock icons of the indie and alternative era, an inspiration for generations of women, not just those who play music.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Singer, guitarist, songwriter, author, illustrator and actor, Brix is best known as the lead guitarist and a major songwriter for The Fall, and also her other musical endeavours -The Adult Net, and Brix & The Extricated.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently Brix is in the process of finishing her new album produced by Youth from Killing Joke and launching her new all girl band.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">She has also just taken on the Presidency role of the F-List</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">For more info </span><a href="http://www.brixsmith.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">www.brixsmith.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> " </span>
Carly HeathNight Time Economy Advisor for Bristol
<div class="project-desc"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">'Carly is the Night Time Economy Advisor for Bristol, a pivotal role between night time operatives and local government. Carly chairs the Bristol @ Night panel and is an advocate for all businesses who operate between 6pm and 6am. Working in the night-time economy for 20 years, she has promoted thousands of events from micro club nights to community festivals, working across all genres of music, arts and culture. Carly is passionate about cities after dark and works to rebuild the sector following the devastating impact of COVID-19, and to create inclusive spaces where everyone is welcome.'</span> </div>
Clare GoodchildDirector of We Organise Chaos
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Clare has delivered shows in the event industry for over 15 years. As founder and director of We Organise Chaos, Clare specialises in Operations for outdoor events, working with independent festivals including Standon Calling, Outlook, and We Out Here. Clare has worked internationally in Iceland, the Americas, Saudi Arabia, and Europe.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">With a passion for learning and a desire to deliver safe events, Clare has always endeavoured to further her education and training, and was one of the first in the country to be accepted on an MSc in Crowded Places & Public Safety Management. Clare also teaches at BIMM and Coventry universities; and contributes through panels, podcasts, articles and mentoring."</span>
David MartinCEO at Featured Artists Coalition
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"David Martin joined the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) in November 2019. The FAC is the UK trade body representing the rights and interests of a diverse, global membership of music artists at all stages of their careers. David also sits as a Director at umbrella trade bodies UK Music and LIVE.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">David has more than twenty years of experience in the music industry with a particular background in talent booking, relationship development and event brand development. Most recently he was the lead booker and Director at Dimensions Festival, where he developed the globally recognised music programme from conception, developed the label, Dimensions Recordings and led the festival’s accompanying International Series. David has a particular passion for identifying and supporting talent and has always championed the role of artists within the industry.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">David’s music industry experience comes alongside more than fourteen years working in UK central government, developing policy, and supporting and influencing some of the most senior figures of the UK’s Health Service and Members of Parliament."</span>
Emma HollingFounder & Director of Underneath the Stars
"Emma Holling is a founding director of Underneath the Stars,<span style="font-weight: 400;"> an annual music and arts festival</span><b>.</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> We endeavour to bring something truly special to our corner of Barnsley, South Yorkshire; building a festival means bringing people together to build a small community for a few special days of the summer. In addition Emma is Managing Director of Pure Records, an independent music label also based in Barnsley. Pure Records is the home of Kate Rusby, an award-winning, folk singer-songwriter."</span>
Emma ParkinsonCourse Director for Emergency Planning & Crowded Places at Coventry University
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Emma Parkinson is Course Director for Emergency Planning and Crowded Places at Coventry University, where she teaches short courses, undergraduate modules and postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and MSc programmes in Emergency Planning, and Crowded Places and Public Safety. Additionally she works as a freelance crowd safety management consultant with clients that include large-scale music and arts festivals, carnivals, protest and Premiership football. Specialisms include crowd safety management and major incident planning, organisational risk and resilience, development of command and control systems for crowded places, staffing deployment and management for crowd safety, and training and exercising."</span>
Gordon DuncanDirector at CPR Communications
Session: Crisis Communications Workshop, Studio 2, 14:45-15:30 Gordon has been a music PR for 30 years, working in-house at Arista and Polydor before setting up artist PR agency APB in 1998, where clients have included Spice Girls, Massive Attack, Snow Patrol, Ian Brown, Emeli Sandé, James Bay, Blossoms, Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Grennan and many more. As part of the Zeitgeist festival team from 2012 to 2018, he found a natural role managing the grittier end of event PR and worked closely with The Loop on their ground-breaking introduction of substance testing at UK live events. In 2018 he founded CPR Communications, helping event teams implement systems to deal with communications challenges before, during and after the show. He advised Sheffield’s Tramlines team throughout their participation in the Events Research Programme and worked with several other high-profile events to manage the intense media interest in their return last summer and autumn. He was a Music Week Awards nominee in 2020 and won the Music Industry Award at the Scottish Music Awards in 2021.
Jamie TaggFestival Director at Mighty Hoopla
Jamie Tagg is Festival Director of Mighty Hoopla, an annual 25,000 cap pop music festival in London's Brockwell Park. Co-Founder of Noisy Kitchen, a commercial talent agency in partnership with Fearne Cotton and a Director of Sink The Pink, the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ club night. Starting his career as a club promoter in Swansea whilst a student, Tagg went on to help transform the city's nightlife into the No.1 student ranked city in the country for entertainment. Booking the likes of Florence & The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Chase and Status and Two Door Cinema Club during his spell as the University's Ents Manager. After several years as a venue manager in Cardiff and then a talent agent in London, he joined forces with Sink The Pink to create East Creative Ltd, a LGBTQ+ creative agency that works with international brands such as YSL, Agent Provocateur, Google and has collaborated with artists including Little Mix, Sophie Ellis Bextor and P!nk. In 2016 East Creative partnered with DJ and broadcaster Fearne Cotton to set up Noisy Kitchen, a commercial talent agency that today boasts the likes of Melanie C, Reggie Yates, Kate Nash and Gok Wan on the roster. As Festival Director of Mighty Hoopla, Tagg oversees the entire festival's operations from ticketing to partnerships to talent booking. In 2019 Tagg co-founded Summer Events, which currently operates the festival programme in Brockwell Park, (South London) including Cross The Tracks and Wide Awake among others, which are set to attract over 170,000 people to the park in 2022.
Jennifer MackleyDirector of Mackley Projects and Events
"Jennifer Mackley is an experienced and well-respected events and project management consultant, with business services focused on premises licencing, event planning documentation, stakeholder engagement and bespoke projects for both event organisers and local authorities. Starting her working life as an overseas challenge event leader, Jen quickly moved into live events taking on the role of licensing co-ordinator for the Glastonbury Festival, gaining a unique insight into the operational and licensing requirements of delivering such a complex event. Subsequently spending the next seven years at Bristol City Council, Jen delivered high-profile strategic plans and major corporate projects, before establishing Mackley Projects and Events in 2013. Working now across a range of clients including Local Government and multiple major outdoor event organisers, Jen enjoys delivering the documentation and negotiations (so often the least favourite bit of event planning!) alongside a great network of contacts. Jen also co-authored the Purple Guide COVID planning guidance Interim Briefing with Emma Parkinson and supported a number of events with COVID planning and DPH negotiations through the spring and summer of 2020."
Jim MawdsleyChair, AIF and Principal Advisor Events, Culture Arts and Heritage at Newcastle City Council
Jim Mawdsley is the Principal Advisor Events, Culture Arts and Heritage @ Newcastle City Council Previous roles included a 20 year stint at Generator (the music and Creative Digital Development agency) and 12 years as CEO where Jim spent a great deal of time navigating the North East music industry through the threat of Digital Disruption. Generator realised that many of the capabilities they had developed could be transferred to the Digital Sector, to which they now provide sector specialist key support and business growth services. This work resulted in membership of various boards and bodies including the original DCMS Live Music Forum, Chair of the Music Development Association, ACE / DCMS Creative Development Fund Advisory Panel, Tech Sector Cluster Group and the NELEP Digital Strategy Advisory group. Having started life as a live music promoter in the distant 1980’s Jim has run live music events ranging from 50 capacity bar gigs to 30,000 capacity festivals and included a 12 year stint as co promoter of world renowned Dance brand Shindig and 13 years as Director of the Evolution Festival . Jim is also the Chair of the Association of Independent Festivals.
Judy BecHead of Operations at Boomtown Fair
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Judy is the Head of operations at Boomtown and has been active in the UK and international events industry since 2003. Having started her events career engaged a volunteer Steward for Oxfam on the entry gates at Glastonbury Festival in 1995, Judy has since worked across a range of operational roles within the Festival and Events Industry. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Judy spent 7 years as the Manager of Oxfam’s Festival Team, setting up their stewarding team and overseeing and delivering the staffing recruitment, deployment and operations of over 6,500 volunteers across over 25 green field music festivals. In 2011, she decided to broaden her roles, and left Oxfam to become freelance. Her first role was Event Services Venue Manager for the Beach Volleyball competition at the Horse Guards Parade for the London 2012 Olympics. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Since 2012, Judy’s operational roles have spanned health & safety, crowd management, campsite management, gates management, evictions, security operations, Event Control, and operations management. These have been delivered across 90 shows, with regular clients including Glastonbury Festival, Love Saves the Day, Shambala Festival, Bestival, WOMAD, St Paul’s Carnival, Boomtown. From 2016 to present, Judy has been a member of the core management team for Boomtown Festival (77,000 cap) in Winchester, working initially as Security Operations Manager and now as Head of Operations. She continues to also operate in a freelance capacity, primarily offering Event Control services for large one day and multi-day camping music festivals.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the course of the Covid pandemic, Judy used her unexpected free time to co-establish an organisation to challenge the issues of diversity and inclusion within the UK festival industry. As a part of this she has worked on several anti-harassment campaigns including Halt Harassment, a Bristol based initiative for the night-time economy, and MDLBEAST in Saudi Arabia to deliver a bold, ground-breaking anti-harassment campaign and operation at Soundstorm 2021. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Judy has also been an active member of the DCMS/Festivals and Outdoor events working group over 2020/21 working with industry members and the government on developing Covid guidance, and event industry strategies for managing Covid, local authorities and navigating government legislation and guidance." </span>
Laura SnapesDeputy Music Editor at The Guardian
<div class="project-desc"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">"Laura Snapes is deputy music editor of the Guardian. Prior to joining the paper in 2018, she held editorial positions at Pitchfork and NME and was a contributing editor at Q. She has written for many publications including British Vogue, the New York Times, NPR, Mojo, Uncut and the Financial Times. She is the author of Phoenix: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, an oral history of the French pop group published by Rizzoli.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Snapes has produced a newspaper in real time over the course of a Berlin festival thrown by members of Bon Iver and the National, made regular appearances on BBC radio including presenting two documentaries for Radio 4, and delivered a presentation at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture Pop Conference on the role of Cornish mythology in the music of Aphex Twin. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Born and raised in Cornwall, she studied at Bristol university for two years before moving to London to work at NME. She lives in Letchworth Garden City with her partner and a garden full of well fed squirrels." </span> </div>
Liz MaddenDirector of NoNonsense Group
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Liz Madden is co-founder of innovative, award winning staging and temporary structures company NoNonsense Group. A well-known figure in the live events industry who has more than 30 years’ experience developing relationships with clients and brands whilst ensuring the smooth delivery of projects from the initial concept discussions, tenders, bids and contract negotiations through delivery and to the final sign off of the project. Her hands-on approach has ensured a good working knowledge of many aspects of the industry. Her attention to detail has proved invaluable when working on complex projects including festivals, global roadshows, international product launches, venue management, glittering award ceremonies, sporting events and bespoke structure builds. A previous long-time board member of the International Live Events Association and currently sits on the Production Services Association Council."</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span>
Lucy StoneDirector at No Stone Unturned Fundraising
<p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Lucy Stone (She/Her) is a fundraiser who has worked in the Charity sector for over 20 years and has supported organisations to raise £97 million. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Lucy specialises in supporting arts and culture sector organisations, and grassroots community organisations. She helps them raise more through trusts and foundations, diversifying their income and making better connections with funders and supporters. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Through her consultancy No Stone Unturned Fundraising, Lucy is currently supporting Music Venue Trust, LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment), Pelican Parcels, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Arts By The Sea, WOLO (We Only Live Once) and Voices Foundation. Last year she also worked with FFT (Friends, Families, Travellers), Soundcastle, Association of Independent Festivals and others. </span></p> Lucy recently established The Arts Fundraisers with two wonderful fundraisers experienced in the full range of fundraising (capital, individual giving, major donors, digital, trusts, statutory and community), and our clients include The Lowry, Triple A Entertainment, Future Yard, SpyMonkey, Arcade Talent and Sisters Grimm. <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">She recently joined Community Works as a Trustee.</span></p>
Lynsey WollastonManaging Director at Vision Nine Group
Lynsey is Managing Director of Vision Nine Group, organiser of large-scale music and action sports festivals, such as NASS and Boardmasters, with audiences of 105,000 and 220,000 festival goers respectively. Lynsey’s experience spans 15 years in the industry, across a range of festivals and events in the UK and globally, including significant spells in senior operations roles at IMG and the Royal Horticultural Society.
Paul ReedChief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Festivals
As CEO of AIF, Paul leads the organisation alongside day-to-day operations, implements strategic development and growth, and oversees partnerships, events, communications, and membership development. AIF is the UK’s leading national trade association representing 90+ UK festivals who entertain over one million fans every year. Paul has an extensive background in the live music industry having started as an independent gig promoter alongside working at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and was previously Head of Operations at The Conservatoire and Operations Manager at The Event Umbrella, managing the office and events team contracted to produce events across the London Borough of Ealing.
Richard PhillipsJulie's Bicycle
Richard is a Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist for Julie’s Bicycle, a pioneering not-for-profit mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis. Before Julie's Bicycle, Richard was a Sustainability Consultant at Corporate Citizenship, delivering impactful projects in the areas of community investment, environment and strategy for multinational companies across a range of sectors. He also has in-house experience within the retail industry, helping to establish environmental charity partnerships and deliver emissions reductions in the supply chain through circular economy initiatives. Richard began his journey in sustainability studying human responses to environmental risk as part of his BA in Geography at the University of Cambridge. He is motivated by collaborative action on the climate crisis and unlocking the potential of the creative industries to inspire societal change.
Rob WilkinsonDirector of My Cause UK
<span style="font-weight: 400;">For over a decade, Rob Wilkinson has been involved in leadership, recruitment & training of thousands of staff and volunteers with clients including some of the UK’s highest profile events, festivals, and charities.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">As the founder and Managing Director of </span><a href="http://www.mycauseuk.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">My Cause UK</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">; one of the UK’s leading festival volunteering organisations and </span><a href="http://www.ethicalstaff.co.uk/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ethical Staffing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">; an organisation focused on offering ethical, high impact temporary staffing solutions, Rob is a prominent advocate for best practice in event staffing. Both companies are founded on the principles of understanding what motivates a diverse team, and ensuring that staff and volunteers feel not only like valued team members but VIPs to ensure the best experience for customers and crew alike.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Having pivoted staffing businesses to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, Rob offers insight into how to identify and overcome both the “old”, and “new” challenges facing the event industry across key areas of frontline staffing.”</span>
Roger WilsonCo-founder of Black Lives in Music
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Roger Wilson is co-founder of Black Lives in Music, an initiative dedicated to addressing the lack of diversity in jazz and classical music. He has many years of experience on both sides of the stage as musician, educator, tour manager and administrator. Conservatoire trained, he has worked extensively in the commercial, jazz and classical sector with a wide range of artists from Lesley Garett and Bryn Terfel to James Brown and Quincey Jones. He has also played in some of London’s most successful music theatre productions. As an instrumental teacher and lecturer, Roger has worked throughout the UK music education sector at all levels. In recent years, he has been dedicated to the professional development of aspiring young musicians."</span>
Roxy BentleyHead of Marketing, Communications & Partnerships, NCASS
Roxy heads up Marketing & partnerships for NCASS and has worked in the events and festival industry for the past 10 years, she has supported many businesses in their growth and focuses largely on business development, Marketing and Project Management.
Sian BennettStrategy Director, Mustard Media; Host & Programmer, Business Keeps on Dancing
Sian is Strategy Director at Mustard Media, Europe’s leading marketing agency for festivals & events. Sian has over a decade of experience in marketing events and has directed marketing campaigns for sell-out events including Parklife Festival, The Warehouse Project, Afro Nation, elrow, Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found, Rolling Loud, Drumcode Festival, The BPM Festival, Camp Bestival, The Yacht Week and many more across the globe. Sian is also a host and programmer for Business Keeps on Dancing, an events industry platform bringing thought leaders together to discuss their secrets to success. Sian has hosted panels with speakers from fabric, Facebook, Twitch, Ibiza Rocks, Secret Cinema, Hideout Festival, Printworks, Anjunabeats and many more across the industry.
Steven CampbellCEO at ESKIMO DANCE
"Steven Cheeky Cee - The man behind popular rave brands Eskimo Dance, Audiowhore, Siesta, Malia Live with a global audience of over 100,000 ravers per year. DJ and producer with the latest in underground tech house music."
Teresa MooreDirector, A Greener Festival (AGF) and Co-Founder of the annual Green Events and Innovations Conference (GEI)
<div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">Teresa leads on training and research at A Greener Festival and developed the AGF online Assessor Training with partners Falmouth University. She also delivers inhouse workshops for events organisations on sustainable event management including the National Arenas Association (NAA) Royal Parks and Without Walls Arts Association.</span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">She is a consultant, author, speaker and researcher on sustainability and event management. Recent clients include, Greenpeace, RHS, and Great Run Company.</span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">Teresa had a successful academic career before moving back into industry and has undertaken many pieces of research into sustainability, live music and events. </span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">Author “Greening the Live Industry” chapter in Present and Future of Music Law (2021)</span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">Co- authored “A Case Study of the A Greener Festival Initiative” (2019). </span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">Researched and presented findings of Live Music Census of the City of Bristol, UK to the </span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">All -Party Parliamentary Committee for Music. UK Music (2016).</span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">She is Editor and contributor to the new Purple Guide for Event Organisers (2014). </span></p> </div> <div> <p class="bodytext"><span lang="EN-US">Teresa is in the final stages of a PhD in sustainability and event management focusing on pro environmental behaviour change.</span></p> </div>
Tim RudlandClient Director at Tysers
Tim Rudland is a Client Director at Tysers, an insurance broker that specialises in music and live events. A well-known figure in the live events industry, Tim prides himself on looking after a wide range of clients; from insuring fire breathing spiders, to some of the biggest acts, and UK festivals. This experience in the industry, and his clients always wanting to push the boundaries of what’s possible, means there is unlikely to be a scenario he has not encountered and found a solution for…famous last words!
Tim ThornhillDirector at Tysers
Tim joined Tysers in January 2018 having worked as Commercial Director at The Ardonagh Group's Towergate Insurance brand for nearly six years. After graduating with a degree in Management from The University of Nottingham he became Managing Director of a Tour Operator and Event Management company between 2007 and 2012. In this role he took around 15,000 clients each year to the French and Austrian Alps, arranging all elements of their trip. His clients included the British Championships, The Royal Navy amongst other festivals. He now leads sales and international development for Tysers, specifically in the Media, Entertainment and Events sectors. Tim has focussed on the development of products and solutions for festival clients, including those relating to COVID understanding the broader requirements of the festival industry and its supply chain.
Vick BainFounder of The F-List
<span style="font-weight: 400;">"Vick Bain is the former CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and a Henley Business School MBA graduate and has over 25 years experience in music and the creative industries. Vick is author of Counting the Music Industry and Founder of The F-List for Music CIC, a not-for-profit campaigning on behalf of female musicians.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently:</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Trustee of Parents & Carers in Performing Arts</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Board director of Delic</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">PhD researcher of women's careers in music at Queen Mary University</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Consulting clients have recently included Attitude is Everything, the Max Steiner Orchestra in Vienna & CounterCulture. EDI Trainer for numerous music companies including IMPALA and the Beggars Group.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Also freelance music industry lecturer at Universities across the UK. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Enrolled into the Music Week Women in Music Awards Roll Of Honour </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Featured in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Music Powerlist"</span>