Meet the Team

 

Jo Kidd is our lead organiser. Jo is a lifelong community activist and has been vegan since 2003 and was veggie for 21 years before that.

Jo set up Canterbury Vegans and Kent Vegan Parenting.

Jo and her husband, Terry, are the founders of the Abbot’s Mill Project in Canterbury and previously co-founded Skillnet Group, both social enterprises.

They have a 6 year old daughter. The whole family is vegan and they co-house with fellow vegans just outside Canterbury 🙂

 

Brian Male is also part of our core organising team.

Brian has been vegan since 1984 and brings a wealth of experience in frontline animal rights campaigning to the team.

He also organises regular vegan outreach socials and co-founded East Kent Vegan Adventures.

 

Jules Madjar is our sound engineer.  Jules co-ordinated the music for the first two festivals in 2015 and 2016.

Jules is a freelance musician, events organiser and sound technician, organising various events and gigs, also playing in bars and with bands in Canterbury and the local area.

He has been vegan since 2001 and vegetarian since 1996.  He has been involved in various forms of animal rights activism; such as demonstrations, hunt saboteuring and fundraisers but is now currently more engaged in vegan outreach, soon to be starting a Canterbury vegan potluck open to non-vegans with the aim of making vegan food more approachable and accessible.

 

Terry Conrad Thompson is our Site Manager and Lead Technician.  Terry is a co-founder (along with his wife, Jo Kidd) and the Technical Director of the Abbot’s Mill Project.

Terry has been vegan since 2003. He was raised on a small-holding so has seen first-hand how animals are treated by the meat and dairy industries.

Terry is passionate about all elements of sustainability, including non-centralised, renewable energy, eco-building and sustainable transport and has initiated several local projects to further these areas.

 

Felicity Stone is one of the organisers for the Children’s Activity Area.

Like last year, Felicity and her vegan family (partner, sister, brother-in-law and niece) will be at the festival this year playing games and reading animal-friendly story books with visiting parents and their children.

Felicity has been a vegetarian since she was a young child and vegan since 2013 after watching the film Earthlings.

Along with her sister, Katherine Stone, and a group of their vegan friends, Felicity organised Maidstone’s first ever vegan festival in 2016: www.maidstoneveganfestival.co.uk

 

Victoria Cork is also a children’s area organiser. Victoria will be coordinating the children’s area in the back marquee this year and is also our safeguarding officer.

 

 

 

 

Teresa Sinclair is our main stallholder liaison person and is helping with admin. Teresa has been vegan for 31 years, has many years’ experience campaigning on animal rights issues and is passionate about the environment and the plight of our native butterflies and bees – reflected in her having had a wildflower nursery for a number of years.

She now runs an eco-friendly wedding business and works with businesses who want wildflower seed-related products for their promotional events.  https://wildflower-favours.co.uk

 

Helen Long is our social media coordinator and is taking a lead on Twitter. Helen has coordinated the social justice/intersectionality stall and run children’s activities at the festival.

Helen will also be our volunteer coordinator this year.

Helen has been vegan since 2005 and works in education.

 

 

Jo Cole is part of the Facebook team.

Jo has been vegan for 13 years, initially because of animal cruelty, and then for all the benefits, including environmental and health.

 

 

Hollie Lois Lemin is part of our social media team. Hollie has been vegan since 2015. Passion for animals has always been inside Hollie from a very young age. She remembers shouting at a local hunt at the age of 10 as they passed through the farm land she lived on.

Hollie says that making the transition to veganism has been the best thing she has ever done.

 

Isabelle Rineau has helped with our admin.

Georgia Abbott has helped with Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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