Simon Roberts studied photojournalism at Sheffield College. His photographs have been published and exhibited widely, as well as being represented in major collections, including the Deutsche Borse Art Collection. Simon has received several accolades, including a grant from the John Kobal Foundation (2008) and a World Press Award (2010). He has published three monographs: Motherland, We English and Pierdom to critical acclaim. He was appointed as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2012 General Election. Often employing expansive landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on important social, economic and political issues. www.simonroberts.com
Karoki Lewis studied photojournalism at the London College of Communications. He is an award winning travel and reportage photographer and his work is featured in a number of photographic books on India as well as in newspapers and magazines internationally. Since covering the Maha Kumbh Mela in India, Karoki has embarked upon a long-term project documenting the act of pilgrimage around the world using photography and audio. www.karokilewis.com
Melanie Friend worked as a photojournalist before embarking on long-term projects resulting in exhibitions & books. Her exhibition on Kosovo, Homes and Gardens: Documenting the Invisible (1996) toured for five years, including shows in USA & Sweden. Friend’s book No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo (2001) was reviewed internationally. Border Country, focusing on immigration detainees, was first shown at Belfast Exposed gallery in 2007 & toured until 2010. Her new work The Home Front, which engages with the culture of militarisation in the UK, was first shown at Impressions Gallery in 2013 & is now touring; the accompanying book was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in association with Impressions Gallery. Friend is Reader in Photography in the School of Media, Film and Music at University of Sussex. www.melaniefriend.com
Thurstan Crockett was Head of Sustainability & Environmental Policy at Brighton & Hove City Council until 2015, managing a Sustainability Team within the Council’s central Policy Unit. He lead the city’s work on sustainable development, tackling climate change and reducing its ecological footprint, as support manager for the City Sustainability Partnership which he conceived. He won the national 2007 Global to Local Foundation Award for the local authority officer doing most to place climate change at the heart of a council’s culture, policies and practices. In 2009 he was judged by his peers to be the second most influential environmentalist in Sussex, behind Caroline Lucas MP.
Prof Dominic Kniveton is a professor of climate science and society at the University of Sussex. He has extensively researched a number of environmental projects, including multi-partner initiatives on the impact of development and climate change on water and ecosystem resources in southern Africa. More recently he has researched the impact of climate change on human migration in Africa and Asia. He started his academic career with a BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia followed by a Masters in Meteorology from Reading University and then a PhD in satellite rainfall retrievals from University of Bristol. He has also been a researcher on NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth’s WetNet Project and the EU funded Landslides and Mudflows project.
Toby Buckle is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer who provides coaching and training to a number of organisations including media companies, charities and social enterprises. With a degree in management science and many years experience of managing and coaching, Toby helps organisations focus on delivering projects with a sound commercial footing and sustainability. He is founder of Hazelbranch and co-founder of Leading The Change. www.hazelbranch.co.uk www.leadingthechange.org.uk
Janie Wilson is a facilitator, coach and mentor with over 20 years consultancy experience in the UK/internationally. Particular interests are the Charity, Third and Social Enterprise sectors and the creative industries. She uses action learning, solution focused coaching, Open Space, constellations to encourage insight, focus, clarity, resilience and motivation. She is part of the Action Learning team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs and works across the eight schools developing social enterprises and entrepreneurs. She is a Professional Coach with ICF, Member of CIPD and Fellow of CMI and a member of the Executive of the International Foundation for Action. www.lepuget.com www.candoitnow.co.uk www.actionlearningcentre.co.uk