What a Wonderful World
Liz Anderson Co-Director and Trustee was Groups Director and Public Relations Director of Shelter and a fundraising consultant for arts and other charities for over 20 years.
Alistair Anderson - Co-Director and Trustee, brings his experience as Founder of Folkworks, a Board member of Sage Gateshead and a professional musician to the festival.
Lisa Bellamy has been a long-time environmental activist and represents Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth on What a Wonderful World
Roșie Bush is Lead Practitioner for Community, Culture and Heritage at The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick. She oversees the student Climate Club and has collaborated with artists and local environmental groups to provide opportunities for young people to learn about and begin to tackle the climate crisis.
As well as being a volunteer co-organiser of the What a Wonderful World Festival, representing Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth Sue is also a Youth and Community Development Worker for Gallery Youth, a small independent youth organisation in Alnwick which supports young people aged 13+.
Working alongside young people has made me more aware of their needs and the challenges they face living in a rural Town and an understanding of some of the issues that they are now facing in a rapidly changing environment.
I have lived in the North East since 2013, having come to Northumbria University to undertake a PhD. I originally trained as a Registered Nurse and I have worked in both clinical settings and academia.
The impact of human activity at a global and local level has always been an interest and a concern. Activities such as my sea swimming bring into sharp focus the detrimental effects of policy on the quality of our outdoor spaces. I work hard to tread lightly on this wonderful earth and now have a little more time to dedicate to these issues.
Chris Algar, Chair of Trustees of What a Wonderful World, is a retired IT project manager living near Belford, now putting her efforts into Net Zero projects. Next year she and husband Mac will embark on a deep retrofit of a 1980s timber-framed bungalow in Alnwick to create an eco- and age-friendly home. They aim to share their learning about this complex and ever-evolving subject with others both online and in person.
Liz Anderson is a retired arts fundraising consultant. She was inspired to set up What a Wonderful World Trust with husband Alistair after hearing Mike Berners-Lee talk about his book ‘There is no Planet B’. They hope that through the WaWW Festival, the talents of writers, musicians and visual artists as well as scientists and natural world activists can be enlisted to help us all imagine a sustainable future on this planet for our children and grandchildren and take action to achieve it. Liz and Alistair have lived in rural Northumberland for over 40 years their favourite pastimes are walking in the hills, swimming, gardening, reading and playing music.
Tom Burston works for the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, developing practical policy recommendations that respond to the urgent and interconnected challenges of our climate, nature and health crises. Tom previously worked with development agencies around the world, embracing different perspectives in order to find shared interest and common cause.
When Tom is not working, you will find him in the Northumbrian hills with his wife and their two children. A huge fan of Northumberland, Tom farms Alwinton farm with his brother and is vice Chair of Alwinton Border Shepherds’ Show, the north of England’s premier hill-farming show.
Rosemary Hartill is an award- winning former BBC radio news correspondent and independent broadcaster, author, and non-executive director (for the NHS, criminal justice and a cooperative lending society). During lockdown, she and some member of the Barter Books bookgroups, which she facilitated for 19 years, followed together online materials for the citizens’ assembly on climate change https://www.climateassembly.uk/about/index.html This was life-changing, she ‘got’ the urgency of addressing climate change and saw it was inseparable from international racial and economic justice.