Michael Soro - Director & Founder
Since working as an Head Gardener and educator at Sonairte eco-centre and gardens, Michael has sustained an interest in developing and promoting organic and ecologically sustainable practices. From providing sound system for festivals and music events, managing and headlining his reggae stage at festivals, and charitably providing technical support for emerging cultural events in Ireland, Michael has been an engaged member of the events community in Ireland for the last 20 years. Currently Site Manager for Body&Soul, Knockanstockan, and Townlands festivals, Creative Director for Life Festival, and Build Co-ordinator for Shambala Festival in the UK, Michael is also currently working as Creative Climate Leader with Julie's Bicycle. Michael strives to connect Ireland to an international network whose aim is to address sustainability issues in contemporary society and has presented his innovative work and current projects in development at the X conference in London in 2017.
Megan Best – Senior Consultant
Megan holds a BSc in Forestry and Conservation, has years of operational management experience in event production, and now lectures in outdoor event management.
Michael Reddy - Senior Consultant
Michael was involved in a number of F & B start up’s and cultural projects with particular focus on sustainable growth, circular economy model generation and revenue stream creation.
Deirdre Caulfeild - Creative Director
Immersed in the art world from a young age, Deirdre brings her creative background to the events industry. Following her MA in International Festival & Event Management in Edinburgh, she was employed with H&G Creations, working her way up to becoming the Creative Lead for the company. Dierdre’s client-focused approach and ability to deliver make her an ideal addition to the Native Events team.
Jill Abbott - Production Manager
Having worked for independent festivals such as Body&Soul, Knockanstockan, Solas, Townlands, Life festival and many more, Jill Abbott brings years of experience in Event Operations and Site Administration to Native Events. With a background in design, Jill is an NCAD graduate with a post-grad in Event Management. Alongside this, she has experience in corporate conferencing within Ireland and abroad. She is responsible for planning the technical and logistical elements of all Native Events projects.
Alex Forte - Site Manager
From hosting small outdoor festivals and free parties with friends to site management for commercial festivals, Alex Forte has been an active member within Ireland’s festival scene for many years. With decades of professional experience in the events industry, Alex has worked with Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan, Townlands Carnival, Body&Soul, Boomtown, Life Festival and many more. Firmly committed to providing sustainable alternatives when managing a site, Alex has been working as a site manager for Native Events since 2017.
Nikita Coulter - Environmental Specialist
Nikita is qualified in Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Risk Management. Nikita provides advice on sustainable event management, with particular focus on waste management, biodiversity and environmental impact assessment.
Sarah Quinn - Creative Producer
Sarah has worked with cultural institutions, social enterprises and charities on their strategy, business development, communications and creative programming. She is currently the Partnership Manager for CoderDojo Foundation as well as collaborating with a number of like-minded enterprises such as Native Events. She is passionate about sustainability and strongly believes in circular economy systems thinking. She's an excellent networker and loves spotting ways to connect different communities in holistic ways that are environmentally and socially aware i.e. bringing cool projects to life!
Tommie Soro - Content Editor
Tommie Soro is an Irish artist whose work explores contemporary art as a mode of public discourse and challenges the tradition of institutional critique. His work has been exhibited in a number of institutions; most notably, in the Van Abbe Museum and at the Research Pavilion of the Venice Biennale. Having received his BFA from the Dublin Institute of Technology and his MFA from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, Tommie is currently a PhD fellow with GradCAM at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Alongside his background in Critical Theory and Contemporary Art, Tommie brings years of experience in academic writing and thesis supervision to his role as Content Editor for Native Events.