Book now for blooloopLIVE London 2015 to hear our experts in the STRATEGY session talk about their top tips for success.
blooloopLIVE London 2015’s session on STRATEGY, sponsored by the Electrosonic, will feature:
- DOUG ALLAN, Award- winning natural history photographer
- GAY COLEY, Director of Public Programmes, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- JULIANA DELANEY, Chief Executive Continuum
In this, our final session, we talk strategy and hear from Doug Allan, award winning wildlife film maker, about the challenges, successes and strategies learned from his 30 year career filming in the harshest environments on Earth. Coming back to visitor attractions we will then hear from Gay Coley (Kew Gardens and formerly the Eden Project) and Juliana Delaney (Continuum) about their strategies and lessons learned.
DOUG ALLAN, Award- winning natural history photographer, documentary film maker, diver and author
Extraordinary Filming Challenges and Successes
Doug spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1983.
Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones and including the upper reaches of Mt Everest. In his 30 year career, he's worked for BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, on series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants and Operation Iceberg. He’s also filmed wildlife for big screen ‘experiences’ and feature films.
His photographic awards include seven Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals.
Doug established his own company Tartan Dragon Ltd in 2002. In between filming shoots he gives presentations about his work, science and the environment to schools and institutions worldwide.
In 2012 he published his book Freeze Frame – A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice.
GAY COLEY, Director of Public Programmes, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Gay Coley is the Director of Public Programmes for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This includes managing the Visitor Experience in all of its different guises. They deliver the pre visit online welcome, science interpretation, schools, community and adult education, catering, retail and events, to name just a sample. Gay leads a team of over 200 including the Library, Art and Archives; Content and Engagement; Marketing, Audiences and Communications; and Commercial and Operations teams.
Prior to joining Kew, Gay was the Executive Director of The Eden Project, leading the operations, capital development and all funding for the Millennium Landmark Project based in Cornwall from inception, for its first fifteen years.
As a former Finance Director at the University of Plymouth, with experience in the City, Gay brings not only a passion for education, engaging and inspiring the public with the importance of plants, but significant commercial expertise. Gay’s motto is “Dare to dream, organise and deliver.”
Gay will be discussing Kew’s strategy and challenges.
JULIANA DELANEY, CEO Continuum Attractions
Juliana has been at the forefront of visitor attraction success stories for the last 31 years, and was a founding member of the company.
She was instrumental in bringing all Continuum's attractions to fruition; including Portsmouth's £35m, 170m high Spinnaker Tower and most recently Coronation Street The Tour, which has attracted record visitor numbers in Manchester. She leads the Continuum portfolio of seven attractions from Edinburgh to Kent in her position as CEO. She heads a talented team of 400 – passionate about delivering uplifting experiences for all their visitors.
Juliana has been on the board of three regional tourism organisations: VisitYork, Marketing
Edinburgh and Visit Kent; is a Merchant Adventurer of the City of York; was voted into the Women 1st Top 100 Club in 2013, which recognises the most influential women in the hospitality and travel industry; was invited to join the new Tourism Council (created under a new partnership between government and the tourism and hospitality sectors) in 2014.
Continuum employs over 400 people across the UK. It operates attractions for itself and third parties.