Paul learned his negotiation skills working in the contracts department for National Power in the 1980s, before trying his luck at full-time artistry, touring extensively in the UK and Europe with his independent band in the 1990s.
In the late 1990s he worked for a church, pioneering new forms of meeting for 20- and 30-somethings, before studying for a part-time theology research degree. To fund his studies, he worked as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant, something he still does when time allows.
When Greenbelt moved to Cheltenham in 1999, he began to serve as the ‘local rep’ for the festival, becoming a Trustee in 2002, before managing the festival in 2004 to cover the then-Director’s maternity leave. He stayed on as staff, managing Greenbelt’s marketing and partnerships until 2008, when he left to help more at home with four small boys. At the start of 2011, he returned to the staff team as the Head of Content for one year and he now works as Greenbelt Director.
Lynne has been working in finance for around twenty years with a few career breaks to follow other avenues and travel. Her most recent experience was working for the Arts Council England and also the Arts Council London for the past five years. This gave her in-depth experience not only in Finance and the Grants system but also in the arts sector. She also runs regular drama workshops for children.
Box Office Manager
Peter looks after the ticket sales throughout the year, dealing with the needs of the paying public. At the festival he oversees the work of the Box Office and the Information Booth. His working life includes working within the NHS for 17 years in various parts of London, followed by work for several health-related charities. Peter is married with three sons, all of whom have helped out with Greenbelt in some shape or form in the past. He’s training to be a lay reader, and the local church and gardening take up the rest of his spare time.
Eleanor joined the Greenbelt team in February 2011. Eleanor has worked in the arts for over seven years for organisations including Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Bournemouth Borough Council, Phoenix Arts Centre Leicester and De Montfort Hall. Having graduated with a first class degree in Arts and Event Management from The Arts Univeristy College at Bournemouth, Eleanor worked as Marketing Manager at Bridport Arts Centre and as Marketing and Events Guide for young people’s initiative Spark Dorset, prior to joining Greenbelt Festival.
Eleanor has led stewarding and campaigning operations for Oxfam at Latitude, Leeds, Camp Bestival and Summer Sundae festival, and has worked at End of the Road Festival as Night Stewards Manager.
She can regularly be found enjoying the cultural delights of London, usually the cinema or the theatre, or at the weekends, exploring the different corners of the UK on foot.
Music and organising have always been some of Anke’s passions. The latter is probably not surprising for a German. After having volunteered at a Danish rock festival in the very north of Germany, running the backstage area and recruiting sponsors, Anke moved to Berlin to become a professional event manager and booking agent. She also toured the country as a freelance tour manager and worked as a freelance production manager at several festivals.
Having worked in a world-music and jazz agency in Berlin she then lost her heart to an English tour manager and moved to London in July 2007. Before joining Greenbelt she worked for almost 4.5 years as an agent with CODA Music Agency, representing artists of various different musical genres such as Radical Face, Beth Jeans Houghton and Yasmin Levy.
Office & Volunteers Coordinator
Linda manages our team of 1600 or so volunteers. She has a degree in Theology and Sociology, and has worked mainly in charities (Scripture Union, Luton daycare centre for homeless people, the National Gallery, Feed the Minds, and the United Reformed Church) in a variety of roles.
Communications & Advertising Coordinator
Since graduating from the University of Exeter, Tom has split his time between administrative roles and creative pursuits – finding Greenbelt to be the perfect combination of both. He took administrative roles at Ernst & Young (financial services) and 3i (private equity), as well as work undertaken for independent television companies and an online video firm. Creatively, he produced three Edinburgh fringe shows with his own comedy company Pegabovine, including all marketing, PR and communications. He has also performed with Marcus Brigstocke, Sanjeev Bhaskar and the Penny Dreadfuls, and has had his writing work broadcast on BBC Radio 4, BBC7 and Channel 4.
Youth Participation Coordinator
Becky began working as Greenbelt’s Youth Participation Co-ordinator in August 2011. Having graduated with a first class degree in Drama and Psychology from the University of the West of England, Becky worked for C&T Theatre Company as a Drama Animateur. This role involved working with young people and teachers, in schools and in the community to increase participation and engagement.
Prior to this Becky volunteered for six months at the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam in Tamil Nadu, India. This school works to build a new generation of well-trained and well-educated performers as well as opening the art form to girls.
Becky’s passion has always been in creating opportunities for young people to engage. As part of this she has served on a number of boards as a representative for young people, including as a Youth Council member of the National Arts Council England Young People’s Participatory Theatre (YPPT) project.
Page last updated 27 Apr 2013