Powerful Thinking, the outdoor event industry’s sustainable energy working group, has restructured to provide specialist sustainable energy advice to live events, appointing Tim Benson (pictured) as chair and project lead.

Benson will head up a new-look board, which includes Shaun Pearce (MD of Pearce Hire), Tom Wild (MD of Project Power), Neil Fenwick (MD of Illumin8), George Nairn (senior project manager and chief engineer at Flying Hire Events); Kate Read (project engineer at Konik); Graham MacVoy (MD at GMC Events); Steve Heap (chair of EIF and AFO); Vikki Chapman (sustainability manager at Festival Republic); Kevin Moore (festival director at Vision Nine and board member of AIF); Holly Howey (event manager and sustainability lead at The Great Run Company); Mark Denbigh (head of production and programme at Norfolk and Norwich Festival); and Megan Best (MD of Native Events Ireland).

Powerful Thinking is a not-for-profit working group and its’ mission is to provide the outdoor events industry with inspiration, resources and technical support to enable a transition from carbon intensive temporary power provision to lower impact solutions.

Benson, also founder of Smart Power and technical director at ZAP Concepts, said of the new appointment: “I am delighted to be working with this diverse team of industry experts. We are going to focus on driving significant reductions in carbon emissions at events, producing a comprehensive library of resources to support the differing needs of all levels of organisers and suppliers.”

These resources will include ‘How to’ guides, energy monitoring tool kits and advice on how to get the most from your power contractor. The group will also continue to profile power contractors with a proven track record in delivering emissions reductions, share features on fresh and innovative clean tech solutions and maintain a case study resource bank for inspiration.

The new board will support the outdoor events industry’s ambitions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Vision: 2025 pledge by focusing on energy, the impact most directly under the organiser’s control.

Powerful Thinking’s resources will be accessible through the working group’s website and updates shared through the monthly Vision: 2025 newsletter.