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Russ Spollin

Russ Spollin

South West, UK

Project Manager specialising in sustainability management 

‚ÄčDetails of experience: 

Russ Spollin has a passion for events and sustainability, working with festivals and community events to help improve their sustainability performance. His sustainability journey began in the early 2000's as a workplace union environment representative and has taken him many wonderful places, including deep down compost toilets and high atop mountains of recycling. Currently he is a project professional at the UK Environment Agency, supporting organisations across Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). His previous projects involve sustainability management at festivals and community events.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • IEMA Sustainability Practitioner Membership
  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification
  • PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate
  • Permaculture Design Course Certificate

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Environment Agency - Project Professional
  • Pigpen Radio CIC - Director and Curator - social enterprise radio station - www.pigpenradio.org
  • Redfest Bristol CIC - Director and Sustainability Manager - community arts festival - www.redfestbristol.co.uk
  • International Permaculture Convergence India - Waste Management Project Lead
  • Department for Transport - Union Environment Representative
  •  Glastonbury, BoomTown Fair, Shambala and other UK festivals - recycling and compost toilets

Benjamin Eddie

Benjamin Eddie

Leeds, Uk 

Event Producer with Sustainability Expertise


Details of experience:
I have been passionate about reducing, reusing, and recycling in the home since my youth. It has been a natural progression that as my involvement within the events industry increased (alongside my knowledge of sustainability) that I would apply the same principles to my professional life.

As event organiser you are in a unique position to promote a positive message to your audience, contractors, and suppliers; through sustainability in action, education, and sharing best practice in a setting where people may be more receptive than in day-to-day life, with a hope that you can affect wider change and demonstrate alternative possibilities.

From a business perspective, it is increasingly apparent that the strategic case for embedding sustainable practices is gaining momentum; early adopters can achieve competitive advantage ahead of inevitable legislation.

My own experience rests on a long held passion for organising and attending festivals and live entertainment, and in environmental sustainability.

I am a great believer in lifelong learning, personal, and professional development; and I'm excited to pursue a career in such an innovative, creative industry with a very real capacity to make a difference.

I have faced barriers when looking to implement sustainable practices where there has been limited focus before, and realise the importance of having a clear direction from the outset.

Events sustainability is ongoing, with unique challenges to overcome; it is not an end in itself, rather an approach and a commitment to do more.

As the festival season here in the UK comes to a close for the year, I will focus on my postgraduate research over the winter, furthering previous work on the development of competitive advantage through sustainable event management.

I look forward to a number of opportunities heading in to 2013, including developing a live EDM event here in the UK, continued involvement in a local festival, pursuing freelance and permanent positions, and to conduct further environmental assessments on behalf of A Greener Festival.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • 2012, Leeds Metropolitan University: MSc International Event Management, UK Centre for Events Management, (graduation 01/13)
  • 2012, Institute of Leadership and Management (Level 5 Award)
  • 2012, Association of Independent Festivals: Green Events & Innovations Conference
  • 2007, Leeds Metropolitan University: Second Class Hons (1st Division) BSc Psychology

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Hyde Park Unity Day 2011
  • Hyde Park Unity Day 2012
  • A Greener Festival- AGF Award Environmental Assessor
  • Saltaire Festival- Event Fundraiser