I have spent the last 12 years adventuring and exploring the world, whilst working for a potent mix of pioneering businesses. My passion lies in doing work that has the power to affect positive social and environmental change. My work has spanned organising the event experience for three consecutive 2 week "scalerator" programmes in California, NY and London, sales director and host for a popular luxury surf resort in the jungles of Costa Rica through to remotely managing a global community of individuals gifting their creative talent and doing Good For Nothing. 

I have a deep empathy for people, am a resourceful problem solver and a big believer in learning by doing. I’m imaginative, creative and appreciate clever design. I’ll bring fun, a Gyshido* attitude and a wide range of skills - all sprinkled with insights from working with some of the world’s most forward thinking companies. *Gyshido stands for get your shit done- borrowed from my friends at Unreasonable. 

Below you'll see all the companies I've worked with over the years, what my role was, links, videos and articles.

If you have any questions you can message me. 

Alternatively you can **View and Download Alice Beese's CV here**


 

Pollinate Global

April 2016 - current

Co Founder and Managing Director

 

After 10 years of working in hospitality, customer service and event production my husband Ross Beese and I have created Pollinate Global LLP, a company that specialises in organising and hosting unique events. Although Pollinate is based in Bristol in the UK we travel internationally working with clients who share our values, such as doing work that matters, being the best we can be and daring to be different.

The areas we most enjoy working in are typically social and environmental issues, education, food and wellbeing.

The events we have organised in the past include everything from 3hr global gatherings in London's finest theatres, 48hr high impact gatherings, 4 day ideas festivals, and two week long accelerator programs.

Clients we're worked for include: 

  • Unreasonable Group in partnerships with Barclays, Pearson and the US State department
  • Swarm in partnership with Mission2020 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Wild Network supported by The National Trust
  • Good For Nothing in collaboration with Boston Tea Party
  • Do Lectures - voted top 10 ideas festival by The Guardian
  • WildLabs funded by the Gulbenkian Project to run an Ocean Literacy Program 
  • Volans 

You can read more about my involvement with these projects below. 

images above by helena price, caitlin kleiboer, alice beese (me), peter castagnetti and if I've missed you please message me! 


Civic

Digital Community Manager  l   November 2017 - current

We are living in a time of immense turbulence, challenge and opportunity. That much goes without saying. From creating livelihoods for the millions without one, to the isolation and depression that impacts so many of us at some point in life, to getting to grips with the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis - change just isn’t happening well enough, or fast enough. Civic is a change accelerator. We bring together unlikely allies, people-powered ideas and shared assets to help make change happen faster, cheaper, better. We’re a fledgling, ambitious, start-up - more a movement than an organisation.
— Jonathan Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Civic

Civic have built a digital platform which is designed to be the wikipedia for social change - a place to share ideas and resources, collaborate on projects, iterate on innovative solutions to complex problems, tell stories and more. The platform Civic has built is like GitHub for the humanitarian sector. Very shortly it will be an open platform- watch this space

My role is to support and nurture the growing international community that use the Civic platform, I do that in a myriad of ways including video calls, content curation, mentor recruitment, codifying models of social change and inspiring newsletters. I also have been contributing to the the platform strategy with a focus on community growth and platform development. Here are some of the orginisations we are working with so far. 

  • The Start Network is made up of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents. Their aim is to deliver effective aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises.
  • The CDAC Network is a growing platform of more than 30 humanitarian, media development, social innovation, technology, and telecommunication organisations, dedicated to saving lives and making aid more effective through communication, information exchange and community engagement.
  • ThoughtWorks is a global technology consultancy. Their mission is to better humanity through software and help drive the creation of a socially and economically just world. They help you invent what's next, and bring it to life. 
  • Response Innovation Lab who 'exist to solve real, on-the-ground humanitarian problems.' Their aim is to complement traditional emergency response by adapting interventions and methods of relief operations to more effectively meet the needs of affected populations.
     

In my first two weeks on the job they sent me to Bangalore in the heart of India to run a session to a new community we are working with in the disaster and emergency sector. You can read about that here


Good For Nothing

Crewing the Mothership  l   April - December 2017

Good For Nothing is a creative generosity network where individuals can gift their talent to help a local social change project. There are 4,500 members and 30 chapters around the world who are active in their community. Good For Nothing (GFN) has partnered with the independent ethical soul cafe Boston Tea Party (BTP) as part of their Making Things Better initiative. BTP have provided GFN with cafe spaces in Stokes Croft Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Birmingham to run Good For Nothing gigs where by the community come together to help various projects work on social issues in their city. 

My role has been a) working closely with Boston Tea Party to run the launch events in their cafes throughout June which has included everything from merchandise and design, event production, marketing and communications through to hosting the events on the night and b) making the Good For Nothing back end an effective and efficient platform and resource for new and old chapter leaders to really take this movement and run with it in their own city which has included writing, some website work, talking to the community to gather learnings and coming up with a new and simple way to make this more accessible to a wider community. 

You can get involved by joining Good For Nothing on the website. <Click here>


The Wild Network

Project Manager  l  April - July 2017

Every day we see more and more evidence that shows how important it is for children to be at their most resourceful, creative, healthy and connected to the living world. Wild Time provides all of the vital tools to prepare all children and young people be prepared for and to thrive in a world of rapid change. What’s more it’s not just kids that benefit, whole families, communities and schools are better when they are wilder.
— thewildnetwork.com

The Wild Network is an online platform providing inspiration for parents in the form of Wild Time Ideas, and for schools in the form of Wild Learning and for businesses in the form Wild Labs - all with the goal of re-wilding childhood.

My role with The Wild Network has been to help simplify the message, gather momentum, and move onto a new web platform that is more user friendly in the hope of making Wild Time accessible to more people. 

Here's a documentary that The Wild Network produced, here's a link to the Wild Time App


 

Mission2020

Swarm's 'Super Producer' (their words not mine!)  l   June - September 2017

I am helping to produce an event with Mission2020, which will be a gathering of makers, thinkers, doers and techy folk to work on a nationwide strategy for climate change over two days in July. 

The historic and legally binding Paris Agreement gave us a roadmap to address climate change once and for all. 194 nations universally adopted this agreement, committing to holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°c above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°c.

My role is to rock at everything to do with the venue, the caterers, the transport and help manage the communications in the lead up to the event. It's a tight international team and I am humbled to be a part of this crucial get together through my work at Swarm. We're also looking ahead to other events in San Francisco and New York to ensure we are capturing voices internationally and a strategy that crosses continents. 

 

Unreasonable Impact

A collaboration between Barclays and Unreasonable Group

September and November 2016  l  Experience Team for Unreasonable Group

Barclays and unreasonable group are working in partnership to run the world’s first international network of accelerators focused on scaling up entrepreneurial solutions that will help employ thousands worldwide while solving some of our most pressing societal challenges.

I worked on this partnership on the production team in the lead up to the two week accelerator program in September in the Cotswolds in the UK, and in November in New York. My role was focused on the venue, the accommodation, the food, the entertainment and the things that helped out participants feel valued and supported including gorgeous bespoke gift bags, handwritten notes and accommodating all of their requirements around sleeping arrangements, food and drink and personal schedules. I did this working remotely from West Wales - with the rest of the team being based in Boulder. We used Slack and Google Drive like you've never seen before! 


 

Project Literacy Lab

Two week event in July 2016

Experience Team for Unreasonable Group

Read more about Project Literacy Lab here... The Guardian article, Fast Co and Forbes 

My involvement in Project Literacy Lab included the pre-event planning, set up at the venue, operations and logistics behind the scene and the wrap up post event. I did everything from working with sponsors and partners on In-Kind donations, securing the entire contents and managing the set up of a tent village consisting of 34 5m bell tents to accommodate 60 people in comfort and style, scheduling daily tasks and to-do's for our team during the event, mentor and specialist airport pick ups, music and entertainment, thank you cards and more. We had the most amazing time! Click here to see a short video of the event. 

Here is an excerpt from Unreasonable.is by Brittany Lane: 

In July of 2016, sixteen high-growth, for-profit companies with operations on five continents convened in Northern California for the inaugural Project Literacy Lab. The Lab was the world’s first accelerator for entrepreneurs dedicated to closing the global literacy gap by 2030. Functional illiteracy costs the world $1.19 trillion USD per year, and it doesn’t discriminate by region or economic status. 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read, and 1 in 5 children in the UK leave primary school unable to read or write properly. India has the highest population of illiterate adults at 287 million, amounting to 37 percent of the global total. In total, 757 million people around the world can’t read this sentence—that’s a BFP* worth tackling.

To do this, Pearson, the world’s largest education company, teamed up with Unreasonable Group to launch this program as part of Project Literacy—a global movement to make significant and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy so that all people, regardless of geography, language, race, class, or gender, have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Deliberately sought out and meticulously vetted from five key geographies 16 exceptional companies lived and worked alongside over 30 mentors and specialists for two weeks.
— Brittany Lane

Unreasonable Group

April 2016 - Jan 2017

Experience Team 

Unreasonable are on a mission to drive resources to and breakdown barriers for entrepreneurs solving BFPs*. Within Unreasonable Group there are several companies including Unreasonable MediaUnreasonable Capital and Unreasonable Alchemy. There are numerous BFPs in this world and Unreasonable want to ensure the entrepreneurs who have built systems, products and services to try and solve those BFPs have all the resources they need to scale. To do this Unreasonable Alchemy partners with the Research and Development departments of major multi-nationals to get the entrepreneurs the support they need. 

*BFP is an acronym for Big Fucking Problems like the fact that 757 million people cannot read this sentence or that 250 million adolescent girls are living on less than $2 a day.

Unreasonable Goals, Unreasonable Impact, Project Literacy Lab and Girl Effect Accelerator were the programs I worked on in partnership with US State Department, Barclays, Pearson and Nike Foundation.

  • What I did at Unreasonable:

    • Ran extensive research projects to find magical venues worldwide to run our programs

    • Secured and maintained vital relationships with all in-kind sponsors and partners

    • Worked in a team of four, to deliver all pre program planning, setup and takedown

    • Space design at the venue, working closely with vendors and suppliers

    • Curated all the little details so our entrepreneurs could connect, feel at home and be their most effective and impactful selves. From birthday surprises, comfortable accommodation, handwritten notes to a wholesome food experience.


 

Finisterre

December 2015 - April 2016

Customer Services Manager 

Finisterre sell high quality surf clothing and accessories that are built to last. They aim to inspire their love of the sea through the products they sell.  

I was hired to redesign the customer service department for this pioneering cold water surf company.  In my first month I project managed the relocation of our office, including decorating and branding the new space. I advertised and recruited two new team members and together we redesigned the customer service experience. My daily responsibilities included processing online orders, troubleshooting any problems, responding to customer service issues, problem solving and processing the returns. 

 

The Scarlet Hotel

December 2014 - December 2015 

Reception and Reservations Specialist

The Scarlet is one of the UK's Top 20 Luxury Hotels. It's Gold Awards for sustainability, food, service, atmosphere and design make for a proud employee. 

I was drawn to working at The Scarlet when we moved to Cornwall at the end of 2014 because of their environmental responsibility. I love the Scarlet philosophy which is around 'Sharing Laughter', 'Daring to Be Different' and 'Beauty, Art and Design'.  

My role as Receptionist and Reservationist included handling enquiries, organizing stays, surprising and delighting guests, showing folks around the hotel, check ins, check outs, tea & coffee orders and everything in between. It was a role involving plenty of guest interaction, communicating between departments, meeting and exceeding the needs of others, all whilst maintaining the highest standards you'd expect in a four star hotel. 

 

 

The Girl Effect Accelerator

October - November 2014

 

Event Production

250 million adolescent girls live in poverty. They are the most powerful force for change on the planet. When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. But girls can't do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential. Why girls?

The Girl Effect Accelerator was the worlds first accelerator dedicated to lifting millions of adolescent girls out of poverty.  2 weeks. 20 entrepreneurs. 20 mentors. 10 specialists. 5 of us. 

My role ranged from designing the space, driving lorries up the 101, creating partnerships with sponsors, operations and logistics to hospitality. The two weeks here were a whirl wind and will never be forgotten. It was so humbling to be surrounded by people doing such powerful work in their communities.
 

 

 

The DO Lectures USA

August 2013 - and current

Volunteer, Speaker and Co - Producer 

The Do Lectures is an intimate annual gathering where the Doers of the world come together to inspire the rest of us to go and do too. It all started in Wales in 2008, and has since been the catalyst for countless dreams being realized, projects launches, relationships developed.

My Dad, Andy Middleton is one of the Do Lectures founding partners and facilitates the event in Wales, so it was only natural that I jumped at the chance to get involved. 

In 2009, a speaker called Duke Stump came from California to tell his story. He felt such affinity with the event that he and his friend Anna of Campovida decided to start Do Lectures USA.

Naturally when my husband Ross and I were cycling down the coast of California (see below) we offered to volunteer at the event over the pond. Little did we know we would later be invited to speak(!), and go on to produce the event in 2014 and 2015. 

4 days, 3 nights, 80 tickets, 15 speakers, 7 of us. Ideas + Energy = Change.

To find out more about the US event click here: dolecturesusa.com

To see the archive of talks from Do Wales, Do Australia and Do USA, click here: dolectures.com

 

 

In Pursuit of Outstanding

May 2013 - November 2014

Cyclist + Writer

The chickens clucked in the backyard, we cycled to work at the family business in the mornings, ran on the coast path in the evenings, rented a lovely little bungalow, wrote for a surf mag, volunteered for an environmental charity and were surrounded by friends and family and still something was missing.

On our one year wedding anniversary in May 2013 Ross and I decided that life was getting a little bit too comfortable. 

There was a red wine meeting at my parents house. It was a discussion where we pondered who in the world was being really effective at making a positive change. TYF after all, where we worked is one of the UK's leading adventure centers pioneering outdoor learning and sustainability.  This urged us to go and discover who else was having an impact whether that be in education, food, transport, healthcare or tourism. 

We went by bike and cycled from Canada to Mexico. We blogged about it along the way and called our journey In Pursuit of Outstanding.

inpursuitofoutstanding.wordpress.com

 

 

Surf Simply Surf Coaching Resort

November 2013 - July 2014

Director of Sales

Ross was offered a job surf coaching in Nosara, Costa Rica at one of the world's best surf coaching resorts called Surf Simply. So we finished our 2,500 mile bike ride and moved to Central America. 

To begin with I spent most of my days surfing, volunteering an injured monkey sanctuary and teaching English to the locals and worked at Marlin Bills Restaurant & Bar. Soon enough though I joined the Surf Simply team as the Assistant Resort Manager. Before too long I was also assisting Chef Sarah with the guests meals at the Resort three times a week. Come February I was promoted and now the Director of Sales.

The sales came in on their own, thanks to the online surfing tutorials and weekly videos. My job was handling the wave of enquiries and constant stream of bookings. With only space for 12 people per week and an increasing number of returning guests the resort was booked out 6 months in advance. 

I learnt about "attention to detail" here, so much than I could have ever imagined. Ru Hill, the visionary owner of Surf Simply has a clear cut way of how things should be done, so I soaked up vast amounts of information in the 8 months I worked along side him.

My role here was entirely digital, so long as I had internet I could work where I wanted, when I wanted. There was a very efficient system in place and I learnt a lot from the booking and communication processes we used.  Here's my reference from Ru.  
 

 

 

The TYF Group Ltd

Summer 2008 - April 2013

Booking Office Manager

Growing up working in our successful and fairly radical family business was a bit of a no brainer. 

The company is in it's 28th year and offers carbon neutral adventure packages, good for life retail, sustainable development and a whole lot of fun. It's location is in the heart of my home town, St Davids and my Dad is still the founding director. Not only was I working for my Dad, but I ended up marrying my boss. So everything was pretty rosy here! 

One of my first jobs at TYF was at at the age of 2 helping our accountant Marion count the coppers. Fast forward 20 years and I was managing the high street office and reservations team of six. With over 12,000 adventurers through the doors every year I learnt quickly about customer services, logistics and communication. 

TYF run educational adventure programs for residential groups, have a Good For Life shop selling eco-goods, and a sustainable development consultancy business. 

tyf.com

 

 

Surfers Against Sewage

Spring 2008 - May 2013

Regional Representative for West Wales

I spent my childhood on the beaches of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park it didn't take long for me to develop a life long respect for the great outdoors and I don't just mean it's immense power and ability to surprise, but also the pure beauty and design of it all. My idyllic childhood was spent building driftwood huts, painting rocks, camping on remote coves and fishing for mackerel from our kayaks.

In my late teens I became a member of Surfers Against Sewage, one of the UK's leading environmental charities. In Spring 2008 they selected Ross and me to become their two representatives in West Wales. We spent the following four years campaigning, educating and legislating on the following issues: water quality, marine litter, protecting waves, climate change, toxic chemicals and shipping. 

Our weekends were made up of beach cleans, community fundraisers, talking about SAS in the media, attending local meetings about the water quality and state of our beaches, recruiting members at festivals and engaging people in the work SAS do. I'm still super passionate about the work and now live within 1 mile of their Headquarters so am regularly involved with their latest projects. 

Related links:

http://www.flowindsurfing.com/node/566

http://www.surfgirlmag.com/author/alice-middleton/

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/4547206.TYF_adventurers_join_SAS/

 

 

Wavelength Surf Magazine 

2012 - 2013 

Contributing columnist

Working at TYF and volunteering for SAS put me in a good spot to be invited to write a monthly article for the UK's oldest and most widely sold surf magazine called Wavelength. Ross had always wanted to get into writing about surfing (which is why it's warming to know it's now his full time gig at Finisterre), so I asked if he'd like to alternate each month with me. 

For about a year we wrote a double page spread each month about the latest 'Green thing' in Surfing. It could be new 'eco products' the latest Surfers Against Sewage Campaign or a sustainable lifestyle piece.

 

 
 

 My other work experience includes:

Age 2: Counting cash at TYF

Age 6 - 26: Babysitter

Age 15: Jones Cafe

Age 16: Waitressing and Maitre'D at Lawtons @ N0.16, St Davids

Age 16: Running the takeaway food truck at Pencarnan Campsite

Age 17: Beach Lifeguard in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Age 24: Barmaid at Marlin Bills, Costa Rica

Age 24: Internship at Surfrider Foundation HQ, San Clemente, CA

Age 24: Working on Organic Farms in BC, Canada

Age 25: Volunteering at a monkey rescue centre in Nosara, Costa Rica

Qualifications/Awards/Achievements

  • Ironman Cozumel November 2015 Finisher + Ironman Wales September 2017 In Training

  • ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills September 2015 

  • Level 5 Diploma in Management through local Learning Centre in 2012 

  • Four A Levels (Grades: A, A, B, C). English, Geography, French and Religious Education. 

  • Best Educator Award from Surfers Against Sewage x 2

  • National Aquatic Rescue Standard Beach Lifeguard 2005 - 2008 and 2011 - 2014 

  • REC Basic First Aid 2009 

  • ASI Level 1 Surf Instructor 

  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI): Open Water Certification 2008 

  • CEVAS certification – Learning From The Land 2010 

  • Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards achieved over the course of three years. (FYI for international readers, The Duke of Edinburgh Award is aimed at young people in the UK age 14-24. You select and set objectives in four areas (volunteer, physical, skills and expedition). In my Gold Award I volunteered for the local CSA, went to swimming sessions, did art - all for a year, and then went on a 5 day 4 night expedition in the wilderness of Ireland with four other individuals.)