Catherine Bottrill is an expert in how businesses can reduce environmental and energy impacts. She been involved with Julie’s Bicycle since its inception. She has led strategic environmental research projects, including First Step: Carbon Footprint of the UK Music Industry, Moving Arts (music, theatre and orchestra touring), Jam Packed (festival audience travel) and Performing Arts Energy Benchmarking. Catherine has contributed to the development of the IG Tools and certification scheme – she sits on the Creative Green Advisory Group. She works on Creative Green – an environmental certification designed specifically for arts, entertainment and cultural organisations to demonstrate their commitment, understanding and improvement of environmental impacts. In addition, Catherine is CEO of Pilio, a company providing energy analytics to businesses and used by many arts organisations for building energy management.
Sholeh Johnston is an Associate of Julie’s Bicycle, where she was previously Head of Creative Programmes. She has worked with hundreds of organisations across the creative and cultural community to encourage climate action, develop sustainable ways of working and engage with environmental issues creatively in the UK and internationally.
With Julie’s Bicycle she has designed and delivered training and events, collaborative projects, research, resources and mentoring for cultural managers and artists across a variety of topics and art forms, and co-designed the first Sustainable Cultural Management intensive summer school with mitos21.
Sholeh is a coach and a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. Previously she worked with Visiting Arts providing professional development training and collaborative labs to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding between artists in the Middle East and the UK.
Chris is Co-Founder, Operations Director and Sustainability lead of Shambala Festival, spending 17 years pioneering green initiatives that tackle food sourcing, plastics, energy, travel and wider environmental impacts.
Chris is a Company Director and Senior Environmental Consultant at Kambe Events, co-founder and chair of Powerful Thinking – the UK’s think-do tank on sustainable energy, and co-founder and CEO of the Energy Revolution charity.
Regular speaker, conference program collaborator, occasional lecturer and campaigner, Chris has combined an extensive event management history, including managing events up to 80,000 capcity, with a passionate commitment and unparalleled experience of delivering sustainable initiatives at events. Chris has worked with individual clients, event agencies, as part of European projects, with local authorities and at industry scale.
Chris is also the Associate for Festivals and Events with Julie’s Bicycle.
Iphigenia Taxopoulou is a founding member and the General Secretary of the European theatre network Mitos21, representing some of the most prestigious national and public theatres in Europe.
She has served as Associate General Secretary of the International Association of Theatre Critics and has collaborated, as artistic advisor and international projects manager, with theatre festivals and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad – among which the National Theatre of Strasbourg, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden-Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival, the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki, the Athens&Epidaurus Festival. From 1995 until 2009, she was in charge of the International Relations at the National Theatre of Northern Greece, where she also worked as a dramaturg and head of the publications department. She has served as cultural advisor to the President of the Hellenic Parliament, as a Board member of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, as well as a member of the artistic committee of the Dimitria Arts Festival of Thessaloniki.
She writes regularly on international theatre and issues of cultural policy and is a member of the advisory board of the cultural review “The Books’ Journal”, published in Athens.
She holds a BA Honours degree in Philology (Faculty of Philosophy – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and an MA degree in Cultural Management, Theatre Theory and Criticism (Department of Arts Policy and Management, City University, London).