Paul Gudgin has been involved with the festival industry for 30 years working on a wide range of leading events including the Aldeburgh Festival, City of London Festival, Durham International Brass Festival and he spent 8 years as the Director of the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This was an exciting period that saw the Fringe double in scale hosting an incredible 12,000 performances and selling over 8 million tickets. Paul was the first recipient of the Arts and Business (Scotland) Award for Leadership and awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Edinburgh. He has become widely regarded as a leading expert in the field of festival and event management being appointed Visiting Professor of Festivals and Events for the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University. Paul has been engaged to deliver training by many organisations including the British Council, Events Tasmania, Festivals and Events Ontario, Rotterdam Festivals, the Australian Centre for Event Management and the National Arts Council of Korea.