Julia is an experienced chairperson for many of the best festivals in the UK and abroad. She has chaired events at The British Library and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, and hosts online discussions for UK and international audiences.
Julia worked for the BBC for 15 years including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent between 2000 and 2010. She is published in The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Economist and works as a freelance journalist and writer.
Judith Baker has been a journalist and award winning writer for over 30 years, contributing to several UK and international publications including The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Mail, City AM, Huffington Post and a number of consumer magazines. She has travelled extensively, writing about travel, property and culture, and is considered to be an expert in travel and tourism throughout the Caribbean.
Judith began her writing career in the technical press but quickly moved on to work for and edit a range of trade and consumer magazines such as Arabel, London Portrait, Real Travel, and Caribbean World. In the course of her career in journalism Judith has interviewed politicians and presidents, chefs and cricketers, dancers and diplomats.
Judith has three sons and lives in Chiswick, West London with her husband and two tortoise.
Mark is a highly skilled, graphic and web designer with more than 30 years professional experience covering branding, advertising, print and merchandising, through to award winning online virtual events.
He has previously worked with many brands, companies and institutions including; Pernod Ricard, L’Oréal, Wine Australia, Visit Wales, Southampton University, Canal & River Trust and Dorling Kindersley.
With his constant commitment in helping to deliver their visions, he has a loyal following of long standing delighted clients.
Richie works across the arts, higher education and the public sectors specialising in entrepreneurship, innovation and equality and diversity. Currently based at the University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he is also an arts and business consultant; with clients including the Arts Council’s of England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland, the BFI, National Museums Wales and the Royal College of Organists.
He has recently been appointed by the Welsh Government as a Non-Exec Director of its Creative Wales Board (overseeing the film, TV, live events, music, publishing, games and digital industries).
Jamie is our newest member of the team and luckily for us pretty multi-skilled. He has degrees in media production and games design and also can put his hand to web design and a bit of coding. He is our lead an videographer and video editor, as well as being the technical support for live events.
He is a co-founder of a VR games startup – Astralless Interactive - based in the University of South Wales Startup Stiwdio incubator and one of the weekly editors of Love Reading LitFest's digital interviews.
Away from work Jamie is an amateur MMA fighter and climber!
Master of Ceremonies, Voice of God, public speaking coach.
An experienced MC, Roddy has for six years presided at the Stanfords Travel Writers’ Festival, inspiring him to journey to Jordan, China, and Rick Stein’s restaurant.
Quick to gauge tone, Roddy has a confident charm and thrives under pressure at exhibitions and charity galas. He puts his oratorical and speedy sight-reading skills to further use coaching private and corporate speakers.
Based in London, Roddy likes the arts, cycling and those little umbrellas you get in cocktails.
Lucy specialises in setting up and delivering international creative initiatives and producing live events. She is founder and director of Untold, a development programme for writers in areas of conflict and post-conflict, whose current project is Write Afghanistan. She produces Your Local Arena, with Speaking Volumes – an Arts Council England-funded series of live literature events in collaboration with literary festivals across the UK.
She founded and led Commonwealth Writers, and she established BBC Writer’s Room. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London; a Director of the BOCAS LitFest in Trinidad and a trustee of Vital Xposure Theatre.
With over 20 years working in the events industry Georgie also successfully Produced some very large automotive training events for Toyota as well as delivering events for 7 consecutive years in Trafalgar Square, London, including on The Mall and in Royal Parks.
Georgie spent 5 years working for award winning experiential agency RPM on a number of road shows and brand activations, including delivering a 4 year campaign for Sky Arts, and projects for other leading brands at some of the UK’s largest festivals. Georgie has also produced private events for clients including James Dyson, Zoe Ball and Chris Evans.
Experienced Director of Development and Festival Producer capable of securing strategic investment from private, public and third sector organisations.
Successfully managing complex projects and building strong relationships. Innovative and creative problem solving in challenging situations with calm determination.
Leading and managing teams to achieve successful outcomes in the UK and overseas.