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Meet the Symposium Organisers


The Glastonbury Symposium was founded in 1991 by Roland Pargeter, who ran it for nine years. In 1999 the event was handed over to Sheila Martin, Andy Thomas and Karen Douglas.

Karen moved on in the winter of 2004, and Andy and Sheila were then joined by Debbie Parkes. In 2008, Debbie was replaced by Di Brown to form our current organisational team.

During the weekend itself, Andy and Sheila share the MC role. There's also a remarkable support team who make sure the Symposium runs smoothly in all possible ways.

Sheila Martin   

Sheila MartinSheila has been involved with the Symposium since 1993 when she moved to Glastonbury – "The only place I don’t feel eccentric".  She’s been one of the main organisers since 1999. Sheila had her first spiritual experience when she was eight – a sudden, inspirational insight that we are all one – but hadn’t a clue what to do with it. Her school RE teacher was constantly frustrated by her questioning of ‘received wisdom’ and religious orthodoxy – "You…. you’re just a little revolutionary, that’s what you are!".

It wasn’t until she was in her late twenties, discovering the works of Carl Jung and the personal growth movement, that she was able to find tools to articulate and develop her understanding of what life is really all about. Her happiest times are when she’s involved with transformation, be it in education, the theatre, or just with friends and colleagues for whom a penny drops and they see something differently and more joyously. She loves the Symposium, describing it as ‘soul food for the year’.

Andy ThomasAndy Thomas

Andy is a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and is the author of the acclaimed The Truth Agenda, which explores paranormal phenomena, global cover-ups and prophecies, and Conspiracies, widely praised for providing real insights into classic conspiracy theories. His many other books include Vital Signs and An Introduction to Crop Circles, seen as definitive guides to the circle phenomenon. Andy is founder of Changing Times, which holds events on mysteries and truth issues, and he also runs Vital Signs Publishing.

Andy is one of Britain’s most prolific lecturers and speaks in many other countries too. He has made numerous radio and TV appearances. An annual speaker at the Glastonbury Symposium since 1994, Andy’s presentations at the event are now renowned. He became co-MC in 1999, a role he continues to this day, and he is one of the core administrators for the Symposium.

Di BrownDi Brown

Di has been involved with the Symposium since 1995 where she helped on a casual basis with door and desk duty. She's also been part of Andy Thomas's talks in a theatrical sense playing characters as diverse as the Queen, an acolyte and a fluffy bunny, to name a few!

In 2005 she moved from Brighton to the Glastonbury area and joined the front of house team. In 2008 she became one of the administrators for the Symposium and is the main contact for bookings.

The Crew

We wish also to express appreciation to our illustrious team of Glastonbury volunteers and professionals who help out at the weekend of the Symposium. These include the people who staff the doors and the cafe, who work the sound, lights, audio and video recording, and help with get-in and get-out. Some of them have been with us for years, others come in and out each year, and the team works really well. Without them, the Symposium wouldn't be what it is. A good team makes it look easy to run something like this, but don't be deceived!

Here's the technical crew, rather shyly receiving
accolades from the audience at the end of the Symposium!

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