Thursday 09 November 2017
08:30 to 10:30

The British Council and University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement invite you to a special conversation and networking breakfast with Martin Green, Chief Executive, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and former Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics. 

Learn from one of the UK’s leading experts on culture and economic development.  Martin will share his experiences with the London 2012 Olympics as well as his current role as the Chief Executive for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – a unique cultural program aimed at economic regeneration within cities.  The City of Hull is experiencing a renaissance through this program. Bring your own experience and knowledge to create dialogue and generate impactful new ideas for Chicago.

About Martin Green, Chief Executive and Director, Hull: UK City of Culture 2017

Martin Green has earned an international reputation for delivering world class, large-scale events.

As Head of Events for then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, he produced more than 60 events each, including the City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. In 2007 as Director of events for AEG Live he was part of the team that opened the O2 venue – formerly the Millennium Dome – in London.

In 2008 Martin was appointed Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where he oversaw the delivery of the Welcome and Medal ceremonies, Torch relays and Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games. He recruited Danny Boyle and other artistic directors and hand-picked the artists, production and back-of-house teams that showcased the best of British culture on a global stage.

Martin masterminded the opening ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ. As Executive Producer, he worked alongside Welcome to Yorkshire to create an occasion that promoted the beauty and character of Yorkshire to audiences around the world.

His latest post as Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 sees him leading the delivery of a curated 365 day programme of transformative Culture as a major regeneration programme for Hull and the UK’s cultural quadrennial.

Martin is an inaugural member of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College London and sits on the Board of the The Space, a digital commissioning and development agency, founded by the BBC and Arts Council England.

Martin is an advisor to the ceremonies team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth games and the Executive Producer of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations 2017.