Phil Lowles, better known online as theMountainGoat, is the Chair and Programming Director of TitanCon and also takes on the duties of webmaster. Phil works for Macmillan Publishers as a Web Developer for Nature Magazine and related titles such as the British Journal of Cancer. His web skills were put to good use creating this website for TitanCon. If you need further proof of Phil's geek-cred he worked at the Games Workshop Design Studio in Nottingham as an Assistant Games Designer for 10 months back in 1995.
Phil has been lurking around the Westeros forum for over ten years and started getting involved with BWB events after going to Worldcon 2008 in Denver. At Worldcon 2009 in Montreal he organised the first BWB AWESOME Book Raffle Prize Draw Thing which raised CA $204 for Children's literacy charity Teachers & Writers Collaborative (www.twc.org). In Melbourne Australia at Worldcon 2010 the raffle raised a staggering AUS $1144 thanks to the incredible generosity of authors who donated great prizes including rare and valuable books.
Phil organised another of these book raffles at the first Belfast Moot in 2009 raising £175 ($288). Phil took on chief organising duties for Belfast Moot 2 in 2010, this time the raffle raised another £377 which was split between charities TWC and Action Cancer Belfast. Please see our About TitanCon page for more details on the Moots.
Phil runs a youth group in Basingstoke, England which involves organising, planning and budgeting events and trips. All useful transferable skills for being involved in the organisation of TitanCon.
Amongst Phil's many website projects is a Flash based Animated Timeline Map for A Song of Ice and Fire which attempts to show the where and when of characters and events during the series. This huge project is a long way from being finished but has great potential to be an invaluable resource for fans.
Ian Lawther is the Treasurer and Operations Director of TitanCon. He was co-chair of TitanCon 2011 and took on the role of committee secretary in 2012 and 2013. Ian has been one of the cornerstones of TitanCon since the beginning and without his hard work on securing the venue, arranging funding, insurance and much more TitanCon simply wouldn't exist.
Ian has considerable experience with organising SF/F conventions and was involved with three MECONs and was the 2008 Chair. Ian runs the Belfast City Council's Learning and Development Centre were he has worked for 6 years. Ian has also spoken at several Disability events for both the Belfast City Council and Disability Action.
In his spare time Ian runs The Other Ones, a science fiction, fantasy and gaming society based in Belfast. The Other Ones are a friendly and active group of fans who meet every Wednesday evening in Bar Twelve, opposite the Empire/Botanic Train Station, Belfast. They also hold regular gaming sessions and cinema trips to see the latest SF/F releases. Anyone looking for like minded SF/F fans in Belfast is welcome to come along to any of their meetings and get involved.