David Camp (Chairman, 9th TiLEzone London) 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.
As Project Manager at HiT Entertainment, June Kirkwood has been responsible for Thomas & Friends, the No. 1 pre-school toy brand, across Live Events and Attractions. Central to this role has been the management of HiT’s relationship with Drayton Manor Park, the home of Thomas Land, including the introduction and implementation of new initiatives across all aspects of the business. Other areas of focus include strategy and planning in relation to new commercial opportunities for Thomas & Friends and development of cross brand initiatives to enhance the impact of HiT’s brands in a ‘live’ environment. Prior to working at HiT, June has pursued a career in Licensing, with roles at ITV Studios, BBC Worldwide and Action Performance, a motorsports licensee. Other Live Events experience has included a period at IMG, working with internationally acclaimed artists at indoor and open air concerts, at venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to the grounds of Castle Howard.
Rick Matthews is a founder member of RMA which became a limited company in 1993. He had studied Architecture at Brighton and went on to study Environmental Design at the Royal College of Art obtaining a Masters Degree. His first work found him designing Hotels in the Caribbean and the Bahamas islands before venturing into the leisure business by designing the Jorvik Viking Centre in 1979. Further leisure projects were undertaken and the chance to go it alone came in 1989 when the fledgling RMA was set up. RMA have recently specialised in the design and construction of branded IP’s in Theme parks, attractions and Shopping Malls. They have produced varied projects for clients including Cadbury World, Thomas the Tank engine, Peppa-pig World, Hello Kitty and Ben Ten.
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.
Maxwell Luthy is a Trend Strategist at trendwatching.com, where he has been part of the London team for over 2 years – before that he worked for an advertising agency and Cannes Lions. He is the Director of Happy Spotting, trendwatching.com’s global network of over 2,500 innovation spotters. Max has presented on consumer trends throughout Europe, including in London, Paris and Amsterdam. He has also hosted consumer trend meetups in various cities, including New York, Istanbul and Johannesburg. Max has been quoted in Dots Digital Arts Magazine, the Financial Times, and the Sunday Times.
Emma Titchener’s long career in marketing has spanned both client and agency worlds. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Emma gained experience in a variety of exciting marketing roles across an eclectic mix of industries including transport, fmcg, leisure and pharmaceuticals. She also spent four years with an innovation and branding agency in Manchester. Based in rural Cheshire, Emma is now a freelance marketing consultant, using her extensive experience to help companies such as Heineken, AstraZeneca and Merlin with branding, insight, positioning and communications challenges.
Ellie Manwell is Head of Communications at Dulwich Picture Gallery overseeing the Gallery’s press, marketing and digital functions. Prior to this her background has been in theatre communications including work with the Hackney Empire and the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.
Alan Wilkinson is a well known figure in the world of audio visual and special effects. Currently business development manager and lead European consultant for an international audio visual company specializing in high end museum and theme-park technology. Alan has also worked on the operations and creative design sides of the industry and has been involved in the business for more years than he will admit to.
Chris Walker is a founding director of Bright White Ltd, a UK-based interpretation design and build company. After gaining a degree in design, he joined the museum interpretation industry in 1995. By 2004, he had co-founded Bright White Ltd, whose mission is to ‘engage the next generation with the riches of the past, to help them live and learn’. He leads multi-disciplinary and cross-sector design teams in the concept and development of a variety of virtual learning-led experiences. He is the lead designer for the Battle of Bannockburn project.
Paul Mowbray is the Head of NSC Creative, an award winning computer animation studio based at the National Space Centre, UK that specialises in immersive films. He has won awards for immersive design and worked on some of the world’s most well-known and respected Fulldome shows including ASTRONAUT, WE ARE ASTRONOMERS and STARS. Paul has a BA (Hons) degree in Computer Animation & Visualisation from Bournemouth University and has over 11 years’ experience of animating, writing, directing and producing for the dome. Paul has credits on over 15 Fulldome films which have been distributed and screened worldwide in over 30 countries. Paul is a passionate advocate for Fulldome with the necessary creative, technology and business experience to push the format forward and smash audience expectations.
Dr Kieran Delaney is the Research & Development Manager and Co-Founder of the newly formed Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research, based in Cork Institute of Technology. The Centre, which has over 70 researchers and state-of-the-art facilities for networked embedded systems research, is focused upon delivering whole-systems solutions and highly industry-relevant research. Dr Delaney received B.E. (Elec.) and PhD. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland in 1992 and 1997, respectively. He joined the NMRC (now Tyndall National Institute) in 1996 as a Research Scientist and founded the Ambient Electronics Systems (AES) Team. In March 2005, he joined Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) as Research Coordinator for the Department of Electronic Engineering. In June 2006, he co-founded the Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) Centre in CIT, with the support of Enterprise Ireland, and was appointed to the role of Centre Manager where in four year period he grew the Centre to over thirty staff and students and completed over sixty industry contracted projects. In 2010, he was appointed to his current role in the Nimbus Centre.
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.
Prof Miklós Persányi studied at Hungarian and American Universities, including ELTE Budapest and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and holds degrees in Biology, Education and Environmental Engineering, he is PhD in Political Science specialising in environmentalism and environmental policy. He started his carrier teaching biology in high schools, later he was civil servant for government and senior environmental specialist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He directed Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden between 1994-2003, and have directed it since 2007 again. Between 2003 and 2007 he served as Minister for Environment and Water of Hungary and in this capacity he was the President of the COP 9 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2003/2004 and sat on the EU Environmental Ministers’ Council. He served as elected chairman of the 300 member strong European Association of Zoos and Aquariums for 3 years. He is Honorary Professor in environmental sciences at the St. Stephan University, Godollo, and member of the Environmental Commission of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Currently working as a consultant to UKTI, Jonathan Robson has a background in project and production management that includes Explore@Bristol Science Centre, Ocean Park (HK) Inca Experience, The Shanghai Arts Festival, Hong Kong Ballet Company, Beijing Aquarium Rainforest Experience, Moscow State Circus and Magna Science Centre. Most recently he established and managed the China office of Theatre Projects Consultants Ltd.
Steven Spalding brings substantial experience from the industrial manufacturing and trading sectors. An experienced Regional Managing Director, Steven also brings corporate experience as a Global HR Director and a Global Director of Organisational Development with a Dutch Multinational to the role, and Chairman of subsidiary HVO’s. During a period of 19 years based in Asia, including 12 as Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Region, Steven was responsible for his company’s transition from export sales via agents to local production with a supply chain through a network of wholly owned sales offices. He introduced a regional management and financial reporting structure with local employees. Steven has managed joint ventures and alliances and has gained extensive knowledge of supplying goods and services to the food, feed, paper, adhesives and textiles industries. As a UK Trade & Investment Business Specialist, Steven is working on a number of HVO projects in Asia and South America. Steven has a BSc from Nottingham University and is a Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Business School, College of Business Law and Social Sciences and a guest lecturer at Nottingham University Business School.
Stephen Richards has been working in the Museum and Heritage sector for over 25 years and is currently Head of Development for Paragon Creative. Throughout his career, Stephen has been engaged in a variety of roles, all with differing perspectives. He started working as part of a National Museum client team, then within an international design agency and now for a design and build contractor. His roles as Project Director, Middle East for Haley Sharpe, Head of Creative Development at the National Railway Museum and prior to that, as a project manager, exhibition designer and museum content developer for two other National museums; have all contributed to a broad experience within the sector. Stephen has just completed a detailed scoping mission to both Malaysia and Singapore on behalf of UKTI. During this trip he met with government agencies, regional development authorities, attraction developers, local tourist boards, attraction operators, and heritage authorities to assess the latest developments in both countries.
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.
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.