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Theme: “Light Up the Future”

This event occurred on
September 29, 2018
1:00pm - 5:30pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Bath, Somerset
United Kingdom

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Bath Abbey
11a York Street
Bath, Somerset, BA1 1NG
United Kingdom
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Adam Reynolds

Chair of Cycle Bath/Transport Policy Advisor
Adam Reynolds has been chair of Cycle Bath for almost 5 years and has become a champion for accessible inclusive public realm and creating equitable roads where separate space is provided for driving, walking, and cycling. Using his life long career as a software engineer he has leveraged his skills to become a transport data geek with a deep understanding of transport systems. Adam is a student of urban design and transport systems, particularly focused on best practice transport policies throughout the world. Combining this with his work with various accessibility groups he now also advises on transport policy with a focus on creating liveable car-less cities. Unfortunately for his long suffering wife, he really does like talking about solving Bath's transport problems rather a lot.

Andrew Grant

Founder and Director of Grant Associates
Andrew is a Landscape Architect who formed Grant Associates in 1997 to test the creative possibilities of sustainable landscape architecture and ecological placemaking. In 2012 he was awarded the title of RSA Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his pioneering global work in landscape architecture. He is a Visiting Professor for the Department of Landscape, Sheffield University, and an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA reflecting his work on key architectural projects such as the 2008 Stirling Prize winning Accordia. Andrew led the multi-disciplinary design team on the £500 million Gardens by the Bay project at Bay South in Singapore. This 54 hectare public park has won multiple international design awards including the Building Project of the year at the 2012 World Architecture Festival and featured in David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 2. He is a co-founder of the Forest of Imagination project in Bath and Chair of the Bathscape Landscape Partnership.

Claire Henwood

MakeLunch (Bath) co-founder and coordinator
Claire co-founded and coordinates MakeLunch Bath, running holiday clubs twice weekly in school holidays in two different locations, drawing on her experience from within industry managing projects and organising events. Claire is passionate about delivering well-run, well-resourced volunteer projects that support and engage local communities. She has built up a network of partnerships with organisations across the city to create a programme of enrichment activities to develop health, fitness and cookery skills. Claire speaks regularly on the work MakeLunch are doing, and was interviewed by the BBC for a feature on holiday hunger in the local area. Claire is Chair of Governors at a local school, and so has seen the direct impact hunger can have on a child's ability to learn, and the limiting effect poverty can have.

Dominique Thompson

GP and Director of Buzz Consulting
Dominique is an award winning GP, and former Director of the University of Bristol Students' Health Service. She is a national student mental health expert and has a particular interest in eating disorders. After 17 years (and approx 78,000 consultations!) looking after university students, Dominique decided to set up her own consultancy, supporting universities and other organisations to improve their student support. She is also currently writing several books to support student mental health, and to help parents of students, at what can be a challenging time.

Dr Rob Wortham

Teaching Fellow, University of Bath
Rob is a Teaching Fellow in Robotics and Autonomous Systems within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Bath. He recently completed a PhD in Computer Science at Bath. He investigates how human natural intelligence (NI) interacts with AI, and how engineers and designers can make the behaviour of AI systems more understandable through transparency. Rob studies both the risks and benefits of AI, and how we can maximise the benefits of autonomous intelligent systems, whilst minimising the risks. Previously Founder and CFO of RWA Ltd, a major international company developing IT systems for the leisure travel industry, Rob is a proven leader in the analysis, design and delivery of large and complex systems. Rob is also a Director and Treasurer of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB). He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Jake Curtis

Director of Programmes and Operations, Jamie’s Farm
Jake studied History at Cambridge University, before returning to his Birmingham roots to teach just up the road from where he grew up, as part of Teach First. He has also enjoyed teaching overseas, in Palestine and Ghana, and gained a distinction in his Masters on Educational Leadership from Warwick University. As Director of Programmes and Operations at Jamie’s Farm, Jake ensures that as many children as possible benefit as much as possible from our unique provision of Farming, Family and Therapy, across our five farms. Jake also ensures that the central machine at Jamie’s Farm is well-run, enabling our programme to be effectively delivered. Jake is never averse to a spot of river jumping with visiting children; an unbeatable reminder of what time at Jamie’s Farm is all about! Jake is also Chair of Oasis John Williams, a fantastic secondary school serving the community of South Bristol.

Joy Nazzari

Founding Director, dn&co
Joy has a natural curiosity for places and place identity. Born in Rio and educated in San Francisco, she has called London her home for 20 years and compulsively travels at every opportunity. Joy is the founder of dn&co, a brand consultancy inspired by culture and place, and the team behind the reinvention of some of London’s most remarkable areas — St James’s, Broadgate, Television Centre, and Ilford Town. Joy has collaborated with government, architects, developers and businesses to create meaningful destinations in workplaces, residential, retail, restaurants — through to entire neighbourhoods and towns. Last year Joy co-founded Place Press, an independent publisher that explores the intersection between people, places and culture. Her recent book, Know Your Place, talks about the need to go beyond placemaking and create places with purpose.

Penny Hay

Director of Research, 5x5x5=creativity, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University
Penny Hay is an artist and educator, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University and Director of Research, 5x5x5 equals creativity. Signature projects include School Without Walls, House of Imagination and Forest of Imagination. A member of the Creativity in Education Research Group, Research Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Bath Spa University, RSA Innovative Education Network, Crafts Council Learning Advisory Group and Visiting Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art. Previously Penny was a primary teacher, arts advisory teacher, lecturer in arts education at Goldsmiths College, Institute of Education, University of London, Roehampton Institute and University of the West of England. She co-designed the NSEAD Artist Teacher Scheme with Arts Council England and Tate Modern. Penny’s doctoral research focused on how we support children’s identity as artists. Penny is an RSA Fellow with an award from Action for Children’s Arts for her contribution to arts education.

Philip Raby

Creative Director, FilmBath
Philip has lived in Bath for over 40 years. He spent 8 years at Harvest Wholefoods, turning it from a failing business into a successful cooperative. He owned and managed On The Video Front for 25 years. He wrote film reviews for The Evening Chronicle. He managed Oscar Windebanks (in Box) for 2 years. For the last 28 years he has been a key part of FilmBath (now Bath Film Festival) from its very beginnings through to today; as programmer, fundraiser, enthusiast, speaker and builder of relationships. He is a passionate believer in the idea that there is always a better way of doing and being, and that you should never stop aiming to improve. He believes in friendship as an active ingredient of both professional and personal life.

Piers Taylor

Piers Taylor is an architect & founder of architects Invisible Studio. He has held a number of academic posts & now is exploring methods of teaching outside of conventional academic institutions. He was a unit master at the Univ. of Cambridge before being a unit master on the Architectural Association program ‘Design & Make' where students spend 16 months designing & constructing buildings at the AA’s Hooke Park campus. Taylor founded ‘Studio in the Woods’ in 2005 where students test ideas through making at 1:1 & is now part of the global free unit network. Invisible Studio won a National RIBA Award for the Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt Arboretum which also won 3 regional RIBA Awards & was shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize & was constructed entirely with material grown on site. He lives in a self built house that won the AJ Small Project Award & works out of a studio constructed with no drawings using only local amateur labour.

Prof Andrew Brewerton

Principal & Chief Executive, Plymouth College of Art
Andrew Brewerton is Principal & Chief Executive of Plymouth College of Art and founding Chair of Governors & Director of Trustees of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts at The Red House. He is a Distinguished Professor of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Advisory Board member of the Shanghai International Art City Research Institute, and advisory group member for the Cultural Learning Alliance and the Crafts Council. Andrew has served formerly on the UK Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation and as a Council member of Arts Council England. An English graduate of Cambridge University, as a poet and writer his publications include Via (2010), Raag Leaves for Paresh Chakraborty (2008) and numerous essays on contemporary art.

William Heath

Part-owner, Kelston Roundhill near Bath. Co-founder Ctrl-Shift Ltd, The Bell Inn (Bath) IPS, Big Bath City Bid and Bath City FC CBS. Working with others to try to preserve Fairfield House Bath and honour the legacy of H.I.M Heile Selassie I. Part time day jobs for ARCWorld & Senzing Inc. Dissatisfied with the state of UK government and almost all public services and online services. Nearly lost in a world of "wouldn't it be better if..."

Organizing team


Bath , United Kingdom
  • Benn Blackburn
  • Claire Butler
  • Francesca Hall
  • Geoff Rich
  • Hamish Inglis
  • James Sibson
  • Nick Forsberg