Energy Revolution is the sum of many brilliant parts – festivals, suppliers, artists – and our inspiring trustees. We are fortunate to have the guidance, support and shared experience of trustees whose personal missions in the worlds of sustainability, music and events have made them leaders in their sectors.
Christopher Johnson: Chris is Co-Founder, Operations Director and Sustainability lead of Shambala Festival. He has spent 17 years pioneering green initiatives that tackle food sourcing, plastics, energy, travel and wider environmental impacts at events. He has has written and collaborated on many resources that support festival organisers tackle their environmental impacts, and has key roles in a number of industry initiatives including: Environmental Consultant at Kambe Events, co-founder and Chair of Powerful Thinking and Associate for Festivals and Events with Julie’s Bicycle.
“After writing the Show Must Go On Report (Powerful Thinking, 2015), it was very clear that a key part of a road map for the events industry to become more environmentally sustainable was travel, it accounting for around 70%+ of the industry footprint. I co-founded Energy Revolution to provide the festival community with ways to make better choices and take action.”
Ed Gillespie is a writer, communications specialist, serial entrepreneur and futurist. He co-founded Futerra, an internationally renowned change agency that specialises in business transformation and creative campaigns – including work on award-winning corporate sustainability initiatives. Ed is a seasoned sustainable traveller – he circumnavigated the globe without getting on a plane and wrote, ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world,’ a book about his 381 day, 33 country, 45,000 mile trip. He is also, along with fellow futurist Mark Stevenson, one half of ‘The Futurenauts’ who do talks, live stage shows and a popular podcast.
“I’ve worked on climate change for the best part of two decades and I love the fact that Energy Revolution takes a really, positive and creative approach to tackling what is almost always an event’s biggest environmental impact – the travel miles generated by eager punters getting there!”
Tom Smallwood: As Director of artist booking agency ‘Diplomats of Sound’ and renowned festival venue ‘Chai Wallahs’ Tom brings a wealth of experience from the live events and music industry to the board. Having recently completed a Masters in Environmental Management, Tom is well placed to introduce Energy Revolution’s carbon balancing to artists and agencies to help artists create a positive impact from their tour travel. In October 2017, Diplomats of Sound artist, Joss Stone, balanced 2.7 million travel miles from her Total World Tour. With the carbon footprint of touring coming predominantly from travel, reducing, calculating, and accounting for these emissions is a crucial action for artists and agents who are serious about tackling their environmental impacts.
“The festival, event & music industry is generally full of people who acknowledge and care about climate change and want to do something about it; Energy Revolution provides a platform to do something concrete with that care & intention.”
Thomas Beale: Tom has supported social enterprise as a freelance consultant since 2010. At the heart of his work is supporting people to match their aspirations for social change with a business and financial strategy that supports rather than compromises their values. He aims to help make the opportunity for change genuinely financially sustainable, outside of the constantly changing tides of funding priorities or government policy. With roots in Quakerism and environmental activism, Thomas has worked extensively in charitable grant funding, homelessness and housing issues, and community energy, including co-founding the Bristol Energy Co op.
Ben Robinson: Ben is the Company Director of From the Fields. Promoters, festival organisers and creative minds behind Kendal Calling, Bluedot, Off the Record, Electric Fields & Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea. Having grown Kendal Calling from a 900 capacity conceptualisation to a 25,000 capacity multi award winning festival over the last ten years, Ben and the From the Fields team have not stopped adding to their portfolio with innovative, imaginative and ground breaking shows.
“For years I have been looking at practical and well researched ways to make a direct impact and Energy Revolution have nailed this. The team behind it have the relevant experience in the field, literally, and also the drive to create a movement for change. That’s a rare and bold thing in life.”
Alison Tickell: 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. Julie’s Bicycle works with music festivals, performing and visual arts communities, heritage and wider creative and cultural policy communities, defining the contributions the arts should be making to climate and sustainability challenges.
Originally trained as a cellist, Alison worked for many years with socially excluded young people at Creative and Cultural Skills where she established the National Skills Academy for the music industry. She is a 2012 London Leader, Advisor to Tonic Theatre, judge on Observer Ethical Awards, Royal College of Arts Sustainable Design Awards, D&AD White Pencil Awards, and a fellow of the RSA.
Chris Rutherford: Chris co-founded the award-winning Boomtown Fair, an event at the cutting edge of the festival experience, both in scale and imagination. Part festival and part ongoing immersive theatre, each year Chris and the team create a city of wonderment at Boomtown with intricate stages and streets brimming with theatre, escapism and community.
Chris is committed to making Boomtown sustainable – they have been working with Energy Revolution for the last three years to tackle audience travel emissions and they are a Vision:2025 festival – pledged to half their CO2 impacts by 2025.
“Energy Revolution provides us with the tools, confidence and communications to work with our audience and suppliers to balance travel emissions. “ Chris Rutherford, Director at Boomtown.”
Liz Warwick: Liz is the owner of Lansdowne Warwick Sustainability Consultancy. She has specialised in providing environmental and energy advice since 2008 and is passionate about promoting climate change policy and reducing impacts. Liz provides advice to events, productions, business and property owners on developing and managing programmes, monitoring and evaluation, policy advice, risk management, compliance and regulations, research and analysis and stakeholder engagement. Reductions in energy and travel emissions are of particular interest and Liz has undertaken detailed research on festival travel emissions. Liz works with clients such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Fully Charged Live and Sony Pictures Entertainment to enhance environmental performance.
“I wanted to contribute my environmental knowledge and skills to be part of this cause that includes a lot of passionate environmental advocates. Promoting sustainable transport and reducing emissions is now a top priority in the world and Energy Revolution engages, educates and connects vehicle users with the opportunity to mitigate their impacts. The reach includes a wide variety of fields in the entertainment, event and venue sectors. The balancing of travel emissions by investing in low carbon projects is a valuable contribution.”