Martin Green C.B.E

Martin has masterminded some of Britain’s most significant major cultural events including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Unboxed; Creativity in the UK and most recently the ceremonies and cultural programmes for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. In 2023 he led Eurovision in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine. In January 2024 he was appointed Vice President of Global Live events at Tait, leading producing for the internationally renowned entertainment company.

Such success has earned Martin an international reputation. He was an advisor to the Japan 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Dubai Expo 2020. In 2018 He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull and made CBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Dr Teresa Moore – Director, A Greener Future

As well as being Director of AGF and Co-founder of GEI Teresa is an internationally recognised industry speaker, consultant, researcher, and author.

She leads on education, training, and research at A Greener Future and created AGF’s online Assessor Training and Development programme and short course portfolio. She also delivers in-house workshops on sustainable event management for organisations such as the British Council, Manchester City Council, Royal Horticultural Society, Royal Parks, Without Walls Arts Association, and Mela Partnership.

Teresa undertakes event and arena audits for AGF and has advised on a diverse range of organisations such as Greenpeace and Download Festival, Queens Jubilee Pageant, British Council Mexico, and Great Run Company.

Her doctoral thesis is about Sustainable Event Management and Behavioral Change, and she has an MA in Learning and Teaching.

Teresa has published a number of works and frequently writes articles for industry.

Published work includes: –

Co-Author – Accessibility and Sustainability Toolkit for Events (2024)

Co-Author – Cultura Circular Sustainability Toolkit for Festivals (2022)

Author “Greening the Live Industry” chapter in “Present and Future of Music Law” (2021)

Co-authored “A Case Study of the A Greener Festival Initiative” (2019).

Author – Live Music Census of Bristol, UK. Presented findings to UK Parliamentary Committee for Music (2016).

Professor Jane Ali-Knight

Dr Jane Ali-Knight is a Professor in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University and is a Visiting Professor at Curtin University, Australia. She is Programme Director of the award winning ‘Destination Leadership Programme’; leads the Festival and Events discipline; lectures at universities internationally and facilitates training and development in the field.

A recognised academic, she has presented at major international and national conferences, and has published widely in the areas of wine tourism and regional development; destination marketing and management; festival and event marketing and management, accessibility, and well-being. She has also edited seminal texts in Festival and Event Management. Jane has extensive experience in planning, designing, and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional courses and consultancy projects in tourism, festival, and event management both in the UK and overseas.

Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Higher Education Academy and a Trustee of Women in Tourism; British Arts Festivals Association; Without Walls: Innovators in Outdoor Arts and Hidden Door Festival

Dr. Louise Platt – Senior Lecturer in Festival Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-editor of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management.

Dr. Louise Platt holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Festival Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the co-editor of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management, in addition to serving on the editorial boards of both the World Leisure Journal and Leisure Studies. Her editorial contributions extend to numerous collections of books centered on events and festivals. Louise’s scholarly publications predominantly explore the theme of place experiences, a broad area that encompasses various aspects of how places are experienced through leisure practices. Internationally, she has been involved in the examination of doctoral theses that investigate the intersections of festivity and the sense of place. Her expertise and contributions to the field are recognised through her fellowship at the Institute of Place Management. 

Dr. Mike Duignan – Director of Research, Intelligence and Education, Trivandi The Sorbonne, University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne), and Editor-in-Chief of Event Management.

Dr. Mike Duignan is the Director of Research, Intelligence and Education, Trivandi The Sorbonne, University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal for the study and analysis of events and festivals: Event Management. Formerly, Mike was a Reader and Head of Department at the Department for Events in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey in the UK, where he was also the Director of the Observatory of Human Rights and Major Events – the UK’s official Olympic Studies Centre supported by the International Olympic Committee and TeamGB. 

Dr John Dunning – Principal Lecturer – Sheffield Hallam University

Dr John Dunning – EdD., PG Cert, BA (Hons), Cert. Ed., HND, DipWSET, FWS, SWS, SFHEA, FHEA, FIH.

Dr John Dunning is Principal Lecturer, Hospitality Management and Business Engagement, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University. John has previously worked in 5- star/quality operations, such as Claridge’s and the Savoy in London, properties in France, Switzerland (Hotel des Bergues, Geneva), Monaco/Monte Carlo and Jersey, Channel Islands in a range of roles, including food and beverage and front of house.

John was also the Training Manager for the Gordon Ramsay Group for over three years, where he was responsible for training and development of all personnel, across a range of restaurants, including 3 Michelin stars. Whilst at the Gordon Ramsay Group John also engaged in consultancy work, for a range of businesses, including Blue Chip companies.

John teaches hospitality management, tourism, and events related subjects. John is a Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma in Wines and Spirits; the French Wine Scholar (FWS) and Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) Diplomas. He has a range of research interests, including professionalism and people development/teaching and learning; customer/guest service; restaurants and dining; food and beverage management; wine, and other subjects.

John has presented at many research conferences, in various countries, including at the recent EDUTech conference in Amsterdam. Other research activities include journal papers; book chapters; research conferences; business reports; symposia and other outputs.

In the capacity of his business engagement and research activities at Sheffield Business School, John also engages with other education institutions and industry, including such roles as being on the Academic Board at HRC Culinary Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria; External Examiner, Plumpton Wine School, University of Greenwich; Non-Executive Director, Trading and Enterprise Board, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH).