Some people call him brave, some call him mad. To face the thin air at high altitude takes both but to Nigel Vardy, there is nothing like being on a vast mountain. Losing limbs to severe frostbite would put off all but the few, but for Nigel it was the springboard to climb, achieve and conquer.
Over the past 20 years, he has climbed across the world, set mountaineering records and spoken at schools and businesses across Europe. He continues on life's adventure, forcing new boundaries and new experiences every day of his life. As Nigel says: “I don't want to die in an unused body… ”
Pranali Parikh is an urban designer with experience of shaping the built environment. Across two continents, her work has ranged from interior design to urban regeneration. She is passionate about the socio-cultural dimension of spatial expression, human behaviour and placemaking.
Natalie is an architecture student in her final year of a degree in Architectural Venue Design at the University of Derby. She will be talking about about her final year project based on the ideas of ‘Tactical Place Making' and how it can be used in Derby.
Natalie has a passion for temporary structures and anything that bridges or blurs the gap between art and design. She keen on collaboration and feels that cross pollination of sectors enhances creativity. This has led her to be involved in multidisciplinary projects such as the Dance, Architecture, and Spatiality Erasmus in Athens.
Jim has worked in the countryside for 30 years, as a research biologist and then with the RSPB, English Nature and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2003 he was appointed chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority. He has been lead officer for the 15 UK National Parks for four years and has developed partnerships with brands such as Reckitt Benckiser. He is currently leading the UK Countryside is GREAT partnership with Visit Britain, a flagship government campaign showcasing the British countryside to overseas visitors. He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and a school governor.
Philip Moriarty is a Professor of Physics at the University of Nottingham, where his research focuses on nanoscale science. He is a member of the Science Board of the Institute of Physics and was Chair of the Institute of Physics Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group committee from 2009 until December last year. He has participated in a number of research council-funded public engagement projects, including Giants of the Infinitesimal, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Council for the Defence of British Universities. He is also a regular contributor to Nottingham’s Sixty Symbols video series.
Gavin is true hippy at heart with the environment always at the forefront of his working life. From a furniture design student, Gavin spent a period of time at a design agency in London. After a spell hating his day-to-day life, he rebelled against the business suits and travelled to California to build straw bale and eco-houses before taking on gardening for several years. Having always had a passion for combining geometry and nature, Gavin found his inspiration for Full Grown in driftwood while wandering a beach in California. After ending up back in England accidentally, his friends encouraged him to take his passion one step further and today, he can be found in his field of growing furniture.
Pete writes and blogs extensively about the business of creativity - drawing on thirty years of experience of working as a freelancer in the sector. He is business editor/expert for craft&design magazine, and creates content for a wide range of magazines and blogs in the UK and overseas.
He delivers talks, training events, seminars and professional development programmes for universities, colleges, businesses and arts organisations across the UK. His latest book – Make Your Creativity Pay, was published in July 2011.
Simon works for a local support charity in Derby that helps other charities to form and grow. He delivers training, workshops and talks in schools and out in the community about volunteering and he also manages a community reporting project. Since Annabel’s passing, Simon has established Annabel’s Angels in her name. They aim to raise funds to support the delivery of cancer support services at Royal Derby Hospital, develop support services for patients and families affected by cancer and to reduce isolation experienced by cancer patients and carers locally.