Andy Turner is a youth and community worker with over 25 years experience of grassroots organising. He has worked with communities in north Manchester and east London, to grow self-help projects, education, training and employment programmes, advocacy and advice services, social enterprise and youth work provision, establishing charities and organisations to help tackle poverty. He is Director of Development and Funding at the Church Urban Fund, a development agency supporting churches and faith groups develop effective responses to poverty across England. He is an active board member of various civil society and anti-poverty organisations and an associate researcher at the Centre for Community Research, University of Hertfordshire. He was once a freelance cartoonist, illustrating for various local newspapers. He lives in Hackney.
I am an actor of some 18 years professional experience. I have written, directed and produced plays in London and beyond over that period. I have worked on high profile productions at The RSC, The National Theatre, The Royal Court and many other of the major theatres around the country and abroad including the US. Recent theatre has included the original cast of the global award winning War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, who has subsequently performed at the festival.
TV work has included Little Britain, Extras, Doctors and a three year stint on Bafta award winning The Bill.
I have taught playwriting, english and drama and directed plays in prison for many years and this has led to my interest in social and criminal justice which is I feel one of my areas of expertise on the board as well as my contributions to the arts programming.
Martin Wroe is being raised in Holloway, north London, makes a living as a writer and is a Trustee of the Greenbelt Festival. He is a small bookmaker with the help of lulu.com – the latest of which small books is called The Gospel According to Everyone.
Chair of Business & Finance
Proud Yorkshireman facing ongoing challenge of working out life and faith amidst 3 teenage children (plus 1 tweenager), golf, cycling , supporting Sheffield United , church, trusteeship of various great charities …and holding down the day job as Managing Partner of Smith Craven Chartered Accountants
First Greenbelt – 1981 starring U2 (not a bad start!)
Favourite Greenbelt band – fringe legends Fat & Frantic
Favourite Greenbelt Speakers – John Smith (Aus) and John Bell (Iona)
Karen was appointed Associate Dean, Advancement in November 2008. As part of the School’s leadership team, Karen oversees both the Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, Advancement Operations and Development teams and was brought on board to build and lead a world-class Advancement operation. A key focus over the coming years will be to take the School through its first ever major comprehensive £100m campaign. Karen sits on the School’s Academic Funding Priorities Committee and Executive Committee.
Having worked over many years in leading international arts and cultural organisations, prior to joining LBS, Karen was Director of Development at Southbank Centre for 10 years with responsibility for the capital and revenue fundraising across the organisation. In this role Karen was part of the Executive Committee and was responsible for the strategy and delivery of fundraising for the Centre’s £111 million Capital Campaign.The project resulted in the spectacular re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall in 2007.
Karen has volunteered with Greenbelt as a member of the Management Group, a Trustee, Chair of Planning Group and Chair of the Festival between 2003 until 2009. She is a Trustee for CASE Europe, member of the Ross Group, and is a Fellow of the RSA. Karen also sits on the Board of Trustees of Hofesh Shechter Company, a highly acclaimed international dance company and LIFT.
Dot Reid is a lecturer in law at the University of Glasgow. In a former life she was a professional musician in band Lies Damned Lies, which continues to play living rooms near you from time to time. Dot is a partner in Sticky Music, an independent record label and publisher, and in its little sister, Sticky Kids, the UK’s leading producer of music and movement for pre-school children. Passionate about the arts, a politics-junkie, and a believer in the enriching potential of temporary festival communities, Dot has been a Trustee of Greenbelt for many years and is also Vice-Chair of the fledgling Solas Festival in Scotland. Dot lives in Glasgow, with husband Charlie and two teenage children.
Paul Wilson is Chief Marketing Officer of SunGard Financial Systems – www.sungard.com/ten. Paul has fifteen years international experience in Financial Technology, and has helped to build business in established and emerging/ growth markets around the world. He specialises in communicating complex subject matter through websites, animation, film, photography, and public relations, and tracking the effectiveness of marketing programmes. He manages teams in Asia, Europe and the Americas, and is experienced in global governance of a large department in a complex organisation working in a dynamic business environment.
Before this, Paul worked as a BBC news journalist and in a variety of community projects with homeless young people and drug addicts in the UK and Hong Kong.
Paul has a BsocSc in Political Science, a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism, and an MBA.
Paul has been trustee of Greenbelt Festivals Ltd since 2002, and conceived of Trust Greenbelt – Greenbelt’s grant giving activity.
From working class roots in St Helens Lancashire. Factory Engineering Apprenticeship life moved on to working in an Approved School with Mrs Beautiful as Houseparents with Manchester young offenders – because that is where the passion was and is.
Thereafter London based with inner city Gangs, Informal Educator, CEO of a Charity, Writing, Group Worker, Trainer, publisher communication tools and always about the development of the whole person – starting with self.
Esther Baker is the Artistic Director of Synergy Theatre Project which works through theatre with prisoners and ex-prisoners. She has directed many plays in prisons and theatres. She is also a trustee of Angle Theatre.
Abi Hewitt is a strategist and event manager that has been working with a cross section of people and organizations for the last 13 years. From world renowned bands, actresses and artists to large worldwide campaigning charities, political parties and MP’s. Abi has managed the communication, logistics and administration to enable creative people to do their jobs. Most recently Abi has been the business manager for a start up art gallery and hair salon in Los Angeles. Abi became a trustee in 2010 and brings with her experience of the arts, particularly music, as well as business acumen.
In between bringing up her three children, Gaynor has been employed as a Tour & Production Manager, TV Producer and is now Financial & Company Director for an independent TV production company in Cardiff.
Ruth became Young Engineer for Britain in 2006 with her idea – the StairSteady. She set the company up in 2006, bringing the product to market in 2008 while studying A-levels. Ruth now runs StairSteady Ltd across the UK and Europe. In 2009 she became the youngest person to be on Management Today’s ‘35 Women Under 35’ and winner of the Women of the Future ‘Young Start’ award. In 2010 Ruth was recognised as the ‘Women of Achievement’ by the Women of the Year Foundation. She is the business editor of Verita Magazine, a trustee of the Sheffield Youth Theatre, an actor with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and involved with the Fair Trade Steering Group for Sheffield South Methodist District Circuit. Passionate about the arts she is currently one of the four Team Leaders of the Taxi Team at the festival.
David has worked in the arts and education for 12 years “unlocking creativity and raising aspirations in others through enquiry-based co-operative working”. Which just means I like asking lots of questions, developing new ideas, and working with people to see and do things differently. I’m married to Naomi and we appear to be raising 3 children pretty well so far. Until recently I managed the Creative Partnerships programme in Greater Manchester, planning, delivering and evaluating projects with 150 schools and a multitude of creative professionals and organisations. I’m now working freelance with a number of social enterprises and schools as consultant, trainer and facilitator, and doing postgrad research into art and social action.
Peter spent many years in senior positions with responsibilities for the governance of complex public organisations but he was heartily relieved when that all ended in 2011 and he could begin studying a full-time degree in Fine Art. In addition to his studies and the voluntary role of Company Secretary for Greenbelt, Peter divides his time between his family, art practice and birding in and around Berkshire. He is a steering committee member of arjeea21, an artist-led group promoting contemporary art in the Reading area and an associate artist at OpenHand OpenSpace studios in Reading. He describes his relationship with faith as ‘complicated’. His favourite Greenbelt moments include the night The Unthanks played a King Crimson song, Terry Callier’s performance in Centaur and the generous wisdom of so many of our diverse contributors.
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