8th TiLEzone London Speaker Bios

David Camp is a Partner with D & J International Consulting.  The company specialises in providing market and financial feasibility services to the visitor attraction and real estate development sectors. D & J International Consulting provides planning and development advice for theme parks, sports venues, visitor attractions, tourism destinations, mixed-use developments, brand centres, museums and resorts. The consultancy is headed by David Camp who has 25 years of experience in providing consulting advice with Economics Research Associates, AECOM, Pannell Kerr Forster Associates and Applied Leisure Marketing. David’s experience includes advising the London Eye, VW Autostadt, Guinness Storehouse, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Brighton i360, and uShaka Marine World on business planning; assisting with the planning for the Abu Dhabi 2030 strategic plan, London Olympics legacy and development of the Berlin Olympiastadion; and  undertaking due diligence evaluations for the sale and purchase of the Tussauds Group, Parques Reunidos, and Star Parks/Six Flags, as well as the refinancing of Disneyland Paris.

James Bulley OBE, Director of Venues and Infrastructure, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). James was responsible for delivering the 120 venues and operational centres for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also responsible for venue operational planning and putting in place the venue management teams for the competition venues. At Games time, James was responsible for overseeing the operation of  the Olympic Park. James first joined the London 2012 bid team in October 2003. Prior to that he was a Partner of Drivers Jonas, a firm of independent property consultants (now part of Deloitte). He directed the strategy, feasibility and implementation of several major schemes including Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica for Euro 2004 in Portugal, the ExCeL exhibition centre in London, the Britannia Stadium in Stoke, KC Stadium in Hull and the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. James is a Chartered Surveyor with over 23 years experience in major regeneration projects and venue and infrastructure finance, design, construction and operation.  He is also a founding member of Trivandi major project consultants, providing services on infrastructure projects and major events.

Lesley Morisetti started her career in the entertainments industry 28 years ago, working for the Tussauds Group (now part of Merlin).  She gained invaluable experience there in operations, marketing and revenue management and new attraction development roles. In 2002 she moved into consultancy and became a Director of Economics Research Associates (now part of AECOM), leading projects across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, assessing the opportunity for new attraction and associated land development. In 2010 Lesley set up Morisetti Associates, to focus on advising clients on attraction and entertainment development.  Client work includes projects for major operators such as Merlin Entertainments and Universal Studios, national institutions such as the National Trust and the Natural History Museums of London and Copenhagen and brand developments such as Silverstone Race Circuits.

Peter Ed has worked with professional lighting since the early 1980s. Starting off touring large scale musicals he moved on to develop a generation of groundbreaking theatrical control and dimming equipment before taking on business development in the Themed and Cruise Ship markets. He was the first President of the European division of TEA. Peter started working with the nascent Low Resolution LED Video industry in 2001, on its introduction in Europe and North America. Seeing the need to combine designers and architects requirements for large, bold and emotional visual statements with the new technology of Low Resolution LED Video, he formed Light Emissions, to develop appropriate technology and functionality for fixed installations in architectural spaces. GE Innovation Corridor, Saudi Arabia.

Roland Hemming is a leading audio consultant and has managed the two largest audio projects in Europe. He was head of sound for the Millennium Dome the largest audio installation and audio manager for all audio except Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games – this involved over 400 PA systems, crew intercom, audio for disability and emergency sound. He has worked on a number of sports and leisure projects and works with manufacturers, installers and venue owners and provides product development, project management and compliance advice.

Jessica Allan is the Sales Manager for TAIT, working within the concert market in Europe.  A relative newcomer to TAIT, Jess had previously worked with Martin Professional for 14 years, where she had risen through Martin in roles relating to the TV, Theatre and Touring segments, before being appointed Business Area Manager for Touring and Production for Martin’s EMEA region reporting to their HQ in Denmark. Her focus at TAIT is primarily the Concert industry, taking care of both existing relationships and developing new, as well as being the interface between the client and TAIT’s internal project department.  Jess is based out of the TAIT’s UK office.  Since 1978, TAIT has been building touring systems for the top entertainment acts in the world, working with clients such as U2, Rolling Stones, Metallica and beyond. TAIT also serves as the global leader in the production of LED and scenic elements for the live event and architectural markets, as well as the provider of automation and control equipment for the theatrical, motion picture, touring production and themed attraction markets.

Adam Wildi is currently Project Director for the Overlay & Projects Division of Arena Group having completed his responsibilities as Arena Group Project Director for the London 2012 Olympic Infrastructure on Horse Guard and the Mall. In 2008 Adam was the Project Director for the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion tour of the World, designed by Zaha Hadid. Since, he has led the team on the Visa 2012 Party on the Mall, celebrating the handover of the Olympics from Beijing to London. Adam Wildi’s 35 year career encompasses a wide range of experience with a host of International clients, including leading agencies such as Imagination, Jack Worldwide, AEG, DAE and Atelier Markraft. In 2005, Adam was Project Director for the three day launch event programme for the Doha ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence, the largest indoor sports dome in the world.

Ben Morris is an architect, designer and ‘maker of things’.  He studied at Hornsey College of Art and various schools of architecture.  Ben Morris is an owner and joint CEO of the Vector Foiltec Group and has been responsible for many of the key designs and technical innovations in ETFE. He attributes his life-long passion for sailing as being instrumental in developing technical solutions for ETFE foil systems. As a keen sailor, Ben has tested many key structural principles first at sea.  

Juliana Delaney has a twenty-eight year track-record in the international tourism industry creating, developing, operating and marketing cultural projects and commercial heritage visitor attractions. Juliana was involved in the set-up, launch and marketing of the innovative Jorvik Viking Centre in 1984 and then went al to build a company which has worked across the world on consultancy and design of culturally accessible attractions; previously in Malta, the Middle east, Europe, Hong Kong, Phuket and Gibraltar and Turkey – the latter looking at world heritage sites; most recently, the iconic £35m Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth; the internationally famous Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh; The Canterbury Tales, Oxford Castle; The Museum of Kent Life and York’s newest attraction CHOCOLATE – York’s Sweet Story. Together they attract just over 1,000,000m visitors a year. As Continuum’s CEO, Juliana is proud to be providing the front of house services London’s Emirates Airline, a new iconic viewing cable way across the river Thames in London, which opened to the public in July 2012.

Peter Karn joined MET Studio in 2003 after working on commercial exhibitions for a number of blue chip clients such as Orange, MG Rover and Atari. Since joining, Peter has developed a strong level of expertise in designing complex and cutting edge interactive experiences both for international museums and commercial clients. These have included FusionWorld in Singapore, The Manchester United Experience in Macau and the EDF Pavilion for the London 2012 Games, all of which had a strong emphasis on hands on, human interaction to convey bold messages and put the visitor and their activities at the core of the experience. Recently Peter has adopted the role of Design Director at MET Studio in order to continue their legacy of creating unique, groundbreaking and award winning interactive experiences.

Sarah Punshon initiated and has just finished curating a one year pilot programme of family arts-science events at the Natural History Museum London.  Her freelance directing career has so far spanned television drama such as Shameless and EastEnders, and theatre productions for regional theatres including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and the New Vic Theatre.  In 2006 she won one of eight places on the BBC Drama Directors Academy and has since directed more than 21 hours of popular television drama.  Her short film, This Way Up, a UK Film Council / Screen Yorkshire commission, received its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2009.  In 2010 she was selected as a 2010/11 Clore Leadership Fellow, during which she was seconded to the Natural History Museum as a performance consultant. Her post at the NHM has brought together her interests in public engagement in science and innovative collaborative arts practice.  Upcoming projects include a Late at the Wellcome Collection, and Story Hunt, a theatrical walking tour as part of the Festival of the North East 2013.  

Blair Parkin has been involved in the long-term building of many of the world’s most exciting public places and is a technologist with extensive experience of the audio-visual, visualization, presentation and computing markets.  During his career, Blair has built two successful UK businesses and brings considerable value to the UK economy. In his current role as the Managing Director and Founder of Visual Acuity Limited, Blair works closely with clients and sustainable development including financial and operational sustainability, social responsibility and leadership in energy and environmental design is an area that Blair is acknowledged as an international expert. His role as lead consultant is to facilitate the requirements of many different stakeholder needs including politicians, heads of state, government officials, scientists, domain experts, high net worth individuals, architects, designers, constructors and technologists. His recent projects in South Africa and the US have also had very wide public consultation.

Damian Andrews’ industry experience dates back to the 1990s when, while studying for a Diploma in Audio Visual Design, he worked in the technical department of Middlesbrough Theatre. He subsequently studied Electrical Engineering for Theatre, before embarking on a large-scale tour as production electrician and working as Company Stage Manager for the Carl Rosa Opera. Several years travelling the world as a technical manager in the cruise industry culminated in the appointment as Senior Production Manager on the Queen Mary 2 overseeing the operation of multiple entertainment spaces. He subsequently worked on other planetarium projects globally, including the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Prior to joining Visual Acuity he worked in Australia for Staging Connections, an event services company, where he was Operations Manager. Prior to that, he was Technical Director and at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

Kevin Murphy – A veteran technologist and business developer having worked in the museum and attractions market for over 33 years, starting at the Natural History Museum in London and working through the pioneering display years up to 1987. He then joined Electrosonic where he held a number of roles at Board level, and was involved in hundreds of attractions and museum projects worldwide as well as taking responsibility for many product developments. He joined Event Communications where he is involved in business development and applying technology in design within one of Europe’s largest and most experienced design companies.

Adrian Ellis founded AEA Consulting in 1990. With offices in New York and London, the company specializes in strategic and operational planning for cultural organisations and cultural planning for public agencies. AEA has worked with many leading arts organisations from the British Museum to New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The company is currently working on large scale cultural planning projects for cultural districts in China, Australia, the United States. Adrian began his career as a civil servant in HM Treasury, and left AEA for five years – 2007 – 2012 – to run Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

After completing a degree in linguistics, Richard Parry embarked on a short career as a freelance writer, contributing to a variety of titles including Business Traveller, The Dallas Morning News, numerous in-flight magazines and Judy.  On the advice of his increasingly hungry cat, he took up a short term posting in the Civil Service – many, many years later, he’s still there. Richard has worked in export promotion throughout his “career”. Highlights include masterminding the UK’s unsuccessful bid to build an underground railway in Guangzhou; seven years heading the DTI team responsible for trade with the Gulf; being – ironically – responsible for UKTI’s engagement with the education sector and, now, being the only person in Whitehall with the word “attractions industry” on his business card.

Poh Chi Chuan assumed the position of Director, Cultural Precincts and Tourism Concept Development Division in August 2012, after serving as Deputy Director of Tourism Concept Development from 2010. In his current role, Chi Chuan plays an integral part in shaping the Singapore Tourist Board’s strategy in developing Singapore as a destination, with special focus on the development of new and existing precincts. Prior to his existing appointment, Chi Chuan served as Area Director in Western China, and Assistant Directors of Destination Marketing and Greater China & North Asia separately.  Chi Chuan graduated from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering in 1999.

Karen Cheng is the creative industries sector lead for China at UK Trade&Investment in British Embassy, Beijing. She led China creative team and has delivered many high profile creative events in China. For example, the high profile UK creative mission to Beijing Design week in 2011 led by Sir John Sorrell and the first UKTI mega mission led by Lord Green, Minister for UK Trade&Investment to China Service Trade Fair in May 2012.  She has a broad and solid experience in helping UK companies in creative sector to develop business in China. Karen Cheng has worked for UKTI since 2002. Previous to that, she worked with Marconi Communication Ltd both in UK and China, and in China Communication Construction Group in China and Kenya. She is a MBA graduate of Leicester University.