Doug Scott CBE is chairman and founder of the Mountain Arts Festival. He is the operations director of Community Action Nepal, which he founded 21 years ago. Doug and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to stand on the summit of Everest over 40 years ago. This historic first ascent by the massive SW Face would become known as ‘Everest - The Hard Way’. Using a lightweight approach, Doug would go on to make over 40 first ascents in the Himalaya and Greater Ranges.
Denise Prior is co-organiser of the Mountain Arts Festival. She joined Community Action Nepal in 2014 following a 24 year long career as House Manager at the Royal Geographical Society. A large part of her role there was organising lectures, film events and exhibitions. She helped found Porters’ Progress UK in 2005, of which she was a trustee until earlier this year.
Luke M. Walker is co-organiser of the Mountain Arts Festival. A CAN volunteer and long time supporter of Nepal, he was also a Trustee at Porters Progress UK until earlier this year. He is a practising artist, interior & spatial designer and lecturer on Art & Design, as well as a climber with a keen interest in the outdoors. He was co-curator of the Mountain Arts Festival exhibition in 2015 and will be continuing in this role again this year.
Laura Onea is a marketing professional with an artistic eye and a colourful view on life. Social collaboration advocate, humanitarian, environmentalist, a curious traveller in love with the outdoors, she is assisting with the marketing of the Mountain Arts Festival in 2016.
John Innerdale is an architect, mountaineer, landscape painter and bee keeper based in the Lake District. He has climbed all over the world, many of his paintings are developed from sketches from travel journals kept during his journeys to remote places. An early passion for art was inspired by a residency at the British School in Rome. He was also a member of the Langdale and Penrith Mountain rescue teams, the Alpine Club and the Climbers Club, as well as a Trustee of the Mountain Heritage Trust.
Lucy Devenish is a Fine Artist print maker whose work deals with immersion in landscape. Undertaking wild swims round the coastlines of the British Isles, she films her experience in the water. A background in publishing means that Lucy brings editorial experience to the MAF team and she is delighted to be working on the festival for the second year running.
Dawn Robertson has put together the accompanying publication for the 2016 Mountain Arts Festival. A freelance writer, publisher and journalist, Dawn founded Hayloft Publishing Ltd in 1989, publishing books on a range of subjects including history, mountaineering, humour, memoirs, novels, poetry and rural life. Hayloft books have won several prestigious awards and Dawn was honoured to become an Associate Member of the Alpine Club for services to mountain literature in 2013.