Meet the Team 1
ALL WIGHT NOW Mission Statement: All Wight Now educates, inspires and entertains the widest possible audience and preserves the musical and cultural legacy of the historic 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight festivals.
John medland (chairman)
John Medland MSc Econ: a repeatedly published Iocal historian with 30 years’ experience in community development projects and programme management at local, national and international levels including 10 years with the United Nations Association of Wales and three years working in the UNESCO secretariat. From 1999 to 2009 he developed an Isle of Wight-wide free monthly door-to-door monthly community development magazine increasing circulation from 3,500 to 63,000. Since 2013 he has been twice elected as one of the 40 County Councillors of the Isle of Wight Council.
Jonathan, a lifelong festival enthusiast, has a high public profile on the Island. He has several businesses and worked for 20 years as a barrister and law Lecturer before becoming a local councillor and spending two years as the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council. He currently works in Event Management as well as being a trustee of a number of local charities and chair of the Island Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is involved in the current campaigns to make the Isle of Wight a UNESCO Biosphere and to gain International Dark Sky status. He has long had a fascination and interest in music of all kinds.
Dr Brian Hinton MBE
Dr Brian Hinton MBE: read English at Magdalen College Oxford 1and has published many books of poetry and rock music history, including guides to both the original IoW Festivals and the new events hosted by Solo. Owns one of the biggest archives of records, books, posters and magazines of the counter culture of the late 1960s, and its heritage. Many broadcasts on radio and TV, often as a "double act" with Roger Simmonds. Chairman of the Julia Margaret Trust, and awarded an MBE for services to the arts.
Roger Simmonds MIMS: Now retired, formerly an influential senior Public Sector professional, skilled in project management, organisational development, and human resources management. Now a trustee and company secretary at the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust in West Wight and custodian of the original festivals archive held there. His lifelong interest in music and connection to the current Island festival led to his conducting media interviews on behalf of the promoters, Solo. His other interest - in railways - manifested itself as an author of a number of publications.
Andy Knight BSc Hons, PGCE: a lifelong music fan and veteran of the 1970 IW Festival, now retired and living in the West Wight. From organising (and playing in bands at) innumerable music events while at University College London and subsequently throughout the 1970s, he has had spells in the record business and several years broadcasting on IW community radio. In 2017, he proposed 'Afton50' - a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary 1970 IW Festival...this evolved into 'All Wight Now’, commemorating the music, memories and legacy of all three original IW Festivals. Andy was the founding chair of All Wight Now.