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Adam Waugh

Adam Waugh

Training Coordinator - The Loop
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Adam has 6 years of experience working in fields to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drug use, with a focus on the night time economy. This has included managing event-based welfare and harm reduction services, through his role in the senior management team of PsyCare UK, and more recently, project managing services relating to vulnerability in the night time economy with Night Time Economy Solutions. Adam has a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice with distinction from Durham University where his dissertation studied harm reduction at UK music festivals. He has been involved in the Loop since 2018, and has supported the charity in areas such as harm reduction, communications and drug alerts."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Adam has 6 years of experience working in fields to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drug use, with a focus on the night time economy. This has included managing event-based welfare and harm reduction services, through his role in the senior management team of PsyCare UK, and more recently, project managing services relating to vulnerability in the night time economy with Night Time Economy Solutions. Adam has a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice with distinction from Durham University where his dissertation studied harm reduction at UK music festivals. He has been involved in the Loop since 2018, and has supported the charity in areas such as harm reduction, communications and drug alerts.</span>

Adassa Dixon

Adassa Dixon

Admin Assistant - Association of Independent Festivals
Adassa Dixon, an avid festival goer and music enthusiast, is an Admin Assistant at AIF. She has a background in research, activism, and events planning.

Alex Covell

Alex Covell

Live Events Access Manager - Attitude is Everything
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"I drive the development and implementation of the Live Events Access Charter, the industry standard for accessibility in live events. Working with venues, festivals, and grassroots industries, I implement changes to improve access provision for audiences, staff and artists. I also consult on industry projects and offer live event access training and development. \n\nIn my previous roles, I have been the access lead at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, the Without Walls Network and Greenwich Dance. This has included pioneering Easy Read resources, Chill Out spaces and integrated access performances. Prior to this I facilitated inclusive drama workshops and coordinated projects for Access All Areas theatre, and provided access support for varies organisations within applied theatre settings. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">I drive the development and implementation of the Live Events Access Charter, the industry standard for accessibility in live events. Working with venues, festivals, and grassroots industries, I implement changes to improve access provision for audiences, staff and artists. I also consult on industry projects and offer live event access training and development. In my previous roles, I have been the access lead at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, the Without Walls Network and Greenwich Dance. This has included pioneering Easy Read resources, Chill Out spaces and integrated access performances. Prior to this I facilitated inclusive drama workshops and coordinated projects for Access All Areas theatre, and provided access support for varies organisations within applied theatre settings. </span>

Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley

Innovation Manager - Cheltenham Festivals
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Andrew is Innovation Manager for Cheltenham Festivals, Senior Academic at the University of Gloucestershire, and coordinator for the Cheltenham Culture Board. He has worked for almost 30 years in cross sector roles including events, academia, politics, broadcast and innovation. Leading on research and project delivery within creative ecosystems, event sustainability, artist accessibility, mental health, and the future of cultural placemaking, he now runs a neurodivergent consultancy that specialises in intersectional, regenerative projects around the UK and beyond. He is also a trustee for Youth Music and Global Local and in his spare time performs as double bassist with Thrill Collins."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Andrew is Innovation Manager for Cheltenham Festivals, Senior Academic at the University of Gloucestershire, and coordinator for the Cheltenham Culture Board. He has worked for almost 30 years in cross sector roles including events, academia, politics, broadcast and innovation. Leading on research and project delivery within creative ecosystems, event sustainability, artist accessibility, mental health, and the future of cultural placemaking, he now runs a neurodivergent consultancy that specialises in intersectional, regenerative projects around the UK and beyond. He is also a trustee for Youth Music and Global Local and in his spare time performs as double bassist with Thrill Collins.</span>

Ben Price

Ben Price

Partnerships & Visual Arts - Team Love Festivals & Houghton Festival
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"With 12 years of experience he has worked across the breadth of festival areas. He now works mainly across partnerships and visual arts for FORWARDS, Love Saves The Day and Glastonbury through Team Love Productions while also working in the management team at Houghton Festival in Norfolk. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">With 12 years of experience he has worked across the breadth of festival areas. He now works mainly across partnerships and visual arts for FORWARDS, Love Saves The Day and Glastonbury through Team Love Productions while also working in the management team at Houghton Festival in Norfolk. </span>

Bethan Riach

Bethan Riach

Communications Manager - Event Vision: 2025 and ecolibrium
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Bethan is Communications manager at Event Vision: 2025, the not-for-profit think tank for the UK outdoor event industry driven by a steering group of outdoor events industry associations and leaders in the field of sustainability in live events and the arts. She produces Vision: 2025’s annual Sustainable Event Summit and manages the resource hub for Vision: 2025; gathering best practice guidance for event organisers and creating tools and new resources. nnBethan is also Communications Manager at ecolibrium, a charity that works with the live events industry specifically to tackle the environmental impacts of travel, reducing emissions by moving low carbon travel to the heart of live events culture and uniting the industry in environmental restoration with investment in climate solutions. Bethan presented the Future Festival Tools e-learner course and authored the Travel and Transport section of the course. nnnBethan is Communications manager at Event Vision: 2025, the not-for-profit think tank for the UK outdoor event industry driven by a steering group of outdoor events industry associations and leaders in the field of sustainability in live events and the arts. She produces Vision: 2025’s annual Sustainable Event Summit and manages the resource hub for Vision: 2025; gathering best practice guidance for event organisers and creating tools and new resources. nnBethan is also Communications Manager at ecolibrium, a charity that works with the live events industry specifically to tackle the environmental impacts of travel, reducing emissions by moving low carbon travel to the heart of live events culture and uniting the industry in environmental restoration with investment in climate solutions. Bethan presented the Future Festival Tools e-learner course and authored the Travel and Transport section of the course. nn n"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Bethan is Communications manager at Event Vision: 2025, the not-for-profit think tank for the UK outdoor event industry driven by a steering group of outdoor events industry associations and leaders in the field of sustainability in live events and the arts. She produces Vision: 2025’s annual Sustainable Event Summit and manages the resource hub for Vision: 2025; gathering best practice guidance for event organisers and creating tools and new resources.</span> Bethan is also Communications Manager at ecolibrium, a charity that works with the live events industry specifically to tackle the environmental impacts of travel, reducing emissions by moving low carbon travel to the heart of live events culture and uniting the industry in environmental restoration with investment in climate solutions. Bethan presented the Future Festival Tools e-learner course and authored the Travel and Transport section of the course. Bethan is Communications manager at Event Vision: 2025, the not-for-profit think tank for the UK outdoor event industry driven by a steering group of outdoor events industry associations and leaders in the field of sustainability in live events and the arts. She produces Vision: 2025’s annual Sustainable Event Summit and manages the resource hub for Vision: 2025; gathering best practice guidance for event organisers and creating tools and new resources. Bethan is also Communications Manager at ecolibrium, a charity that works with the live events industry specifically to tackle the environmental impacts of travel, reducing emissions by moving low carbon travel to the heart of live events culture and uniting the industry in environmental restoration with investment in climate solutions. Bethan presented the Future Festival Tools e-learner course and authored the Travel and Transport section of the course.  

Cathy Runciman

Cathy Runciman

EarthPercent

Charlotte Bevan

Charlotte Bevan

Commercial & Planning Director - One Circle
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Charlotte is the Commercial & Planning Director for One Circle bar operators."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Charlotte is the Commercial & Planning Director for One Circle bar operators.</span>

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Director - Eventwise
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Director of 'In the Loop Accounts Ltd', a professional accounting service for the events industry for over 10 years and head of finance for 25 festivals. Chris' experience inspired him to create the Eventwise platform, addressing the issues and inefficiencies of event financial management. Eventwise is an all in one financial management solution specifically for events so they can have the best chance of making a profit."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Director of 'In the Loop Accounts Ltd', a professional accounting service for the events industry for over 10 years and head of finance for 25 festivals. Chris' experience inspired him to create the Eventwise platform, addressing the issues and inefficiencies of event financial management. Eventwise is an all in one financial management solution specifically for events so they can have the best chance of making a profit.</span>

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Project Lead - Vision:2025
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Chris is a leader, activist and consultant on sustainability in the live events industry. He is co-founder and sustainability lead for Shambala festival, Trustee of ecolibrium, and Chair/project Lead of Vision:2025 - the UK's festival industry steering group for sustainability. He is dedicated to advocacy, free to access knowledge, and is fiercely optimistic. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Chris is a leader, activist and consultant on sustainability in the live events industry. He is co-founder and sustainability lead for Shambala festival, Trustee of ecolibrium, and Chair/project Lead of Vision:2025 - the UK's festival industry steering group for sustainability. He is dedicated to advocacy, free to access knowledge, and is fiercely optimistic. </span>

Chris Short

Chris Short

Senior Partnerships Manager - Togather Live
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Worked in festivals and live events for the last 8 years across ticketing and now F&B. Currently Senior Partnerships Manager at Togather Live. We curate, book and manage suppliers at festivals with a sole purpose of elevating food and drink line ups and maximising revenue. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Worked in festivals and live events for the last 8 years across ticketing and now F&B. Currently Senior Partnerships Manager at Togather Live. We curate, book and manage suppliers at festivals with a sole purpose of elevating food and drink line ups and maximising revenue. </span>

Clare Goodchild

Clare Goodchild

Director - We Organise Chaos
Clare has delivered shows in the event industry for over 15 years. As founder and director of We Organise Chaos, Clare specialises in Operations for outdoor events, working with independent festivals including Standon Calling, the Brockwell Live Series, and We Out Here. Clare has worked internationally in Iceland, the Americas, Saudi Arabia, and Europe. With a passion for learning and a desire to deliver safe events, Clare has always endeavoured to further her education and training, and is studying an MSc in Crowded Places & Public Safety Management. Aside from live events, Clare has also taught event students at BIMM and Coventry universities; and as a strong believer in mentoring and coaching, she supports the mentoring programmes at The Cat's Mother and NOWIE.

Craig Pryde

Craig Pryde

CEO - Different Breed ®
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Former award-winning software engineer turned startup founder. Using my own struggle growing up with a stammer as fuel to improve the accessibility of event ticketing for people with disabilities."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Former award-winning software engineer turned startup founder. Using my own struggle growing up with a stammer as fuel to improve the accessibility of event ticketing for people with disabilities.</span>

Dan Kanabar

Dan Kanabar

Admin Assistant - Association of Independent Festivals
Alongside his role as an admin assistant with AIF, Dan is a Masters student studying Event Management. He also has a degree in Digital Photography and Radio Production. Dan's passion is Raves and Festivals - he has attended many and even organised his own Raves in Leeds.

Elaine Allan

Elaine Allan

Head of Strategic Partnerships - PRS for Music

Elle McMahon

Elle McMahon

Founder and Strategist - The Ticket Crowd
Elle is the Founder and Lead Strategist for festival and event marketing agency, The Ticket Crowd. Having lead ticket sales strategies for 40 events, generated over £2.8 million in tracked ticket sales revenue in 2023 and averages an 8x return on ad spend, she knows a thing or two about crafting digital marketing campaigns that create crowds, build buzz and ultimately sell more tickets. Campaign highlights include selling an additional 11,000 tickets for an international 100,000 capacity event, grew ticket sale revenue by 131% from the previous year at a 30,000 capacity music festival and lead Greta Thunberg's global book launch on behalf of Penguin Books.

Hannah Cox

Hannah Cox

Director - betternotstop
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Runs a Impact and Audience Behaviour change Agency that helps businesses and live events increase their positive impact on people and planet"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Runs a Impact and Audience Behaviour change Agency that helps businesses and live events increase their positive impact on people and planet</span>

Harad Smith

Harad Smith

Festival Manager - ValleyFest / AIF Board Member
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Harad has been the Festival Manager for Valley Fest since 2020 and joined the AIF Board in November 2023. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Harad has been the Festival Manager for Valley Fest since 2020 and joined the AIF Board in November 2023. </span>

Ian Edgley

Ian Edgley

Senior Relationship Manager – Live Music at PRS

Jo Åström

Jo Åström

Fleet River Music

John Rostron

John Rostron

CEO - Association of Independent Festivals
John is responsible for managing the UK’s leading festival representative body. He leads on lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the independent festival sector. He oversees all AIF campaigns, communications, partnerships, events and development of strategy to support member festivals. He manages day-to-day operations of the Association and also curates the conference programme at Festival Congress, AIF’s annual flagship conference for the festival sector. Prior to joining AIF John spent several years working as a freelance bid writer for music and arts organisations. During that time he also co-founded the Association of Independent Promoters, which he lead as Chair until his appointment here. Previously John was an independent concert and festival promoter, developing acts from grassroots music venues to Arenas, and co-founded the Welsh Music Prize, celebrating and championing the best new music from Wales.

Judy Bec

Judy Bec

Operations Director - Boomtown Fair
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Having worked in the festival and events industry for over 20 years, Judy has a broad range of experience across all operational and public facing aspects of events. She has been working directly for Boomtown since 2017, heading up their operations team and overall festival delivery, and in addition, continues to work in Event Control, crowd management and Incident response roles on other large scale events."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Having worked in the festival and events industry for over 20 years, Judy has a broad range of experience across all operational and public facing aspects of events. She has been working directly for Boomtown since 2017, heading up their operations team and overall festival delivery, and in addition, continues to work in Event Control, crowd management and Incident response roles on other large scale events.</span>

Karina Gaertner

Karina Gaertner

Legal Consultant - Azorra

Kate Osler

Kate Osler

Director - El Dorado Festival
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Kate Osler is a senior marcom specialist and live consultant, with worldwide experience across the festivals and live event sector including the GlobalGathering festivals and Godskitchen events, as well the Tao Group Portfolio (previously Hakkasan Group) of nightclubs, day clubs and hospitality venues in Las Vegas.\n\nKate is currently working with AEI Music/Ventures as Festival Director for El Dorado, a Board Director for The Collab, an independent creative partnerships and activations agency, and Non-Exec Board Member for the AIF."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Kate Osler is a senior marcom specialist and live consultant, with worldwide experience across the festivals and live event sector including the GlobalGathering festivals and Godskitchen events, as well the Tao Group Portfolio (previously Hakkasan Group) of nightclubs, day clubs and hospitality venues in Las Vegas. Kate is currently working with AEI Music/Ventures as Festival Director for El Dorado, a Board Director for The Collab, an independent creative partnerships and activations agency, and Non-Exec Board Member for the AIF.</span>

Lucy Tamboura

Lucy Tamboura

PRS for Music

Lynne Maltman

Lynne Maltman

Senior Marketing and Events Specialist - Music Support
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Lynne spent 20 years working in Marketing and Events within the music industry from travelling the world as part of the Comms team at MTV to working with festivals across the UK to create award-winning experiences for brands including Persil and Nando’s and even organising her own music festival in Belfast in 2010. In 2018, she followed a long-held dream of moving into the charity sector by working for Children with Cancer UK, raising funds and the charity’s profile through unique events and celebrity partnerships with the likes of Boy George, Snow Patrol and Liam Payne.nnIn July of that same year, she embarked upon a 90-day alcohol free challenge with the aim of improving her mental and physical health. It had such a positive impact on her life that she is yet to start drinking again and has become passionate about raising awareness of the benefits of taking a break from alcohol, acting as a mentor to many peers along the way through their own alcohol-free challenges. Lynne has been working for Music Support since December 2020 and is proud to bring her experience of the many challenges of working within music and events to this essential charity."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Lynne spent 20 years working in Marketing and Events within the music industry from travelling the world as part of the Comms team at MTV to working with festivals across the UK to create award-winning experiences for brands including Persil and Nando’s and even organising her own music festival in Belfast in 2010. In 2018, she followed a long-held dream of moving into the charity sector by working for Children with Cancer UK, raising funds and the charity’s profile through unique events and celebrity partnerships with the likes of Boy George, Snow Patrol and Liam Payne.</span> In July of that same year, she embarked upon a 90-day alcohol free challenge with the aim of improving her mental and physical health. It had such a positive impact on her life that she is yet to start drinking again and has become passionate about raising awareness of the benefits of taking a break from alcohol, acting as a mentor to many peers along the way through their own alcohol-free challenges. Lynne has been working for Music Support since December 2020 and is proud to bring her experience of the many challenges of working within music and events to this essential charity.

Matthew Philip

Matthew Philip

CEO - Carnival Village Trust
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Matthew Phillip is the CEO of Carnival Village Trust, London's leading carnival development agency which is dedicated to supporting and delivering an integrated programme of carnival arts. In addition to this Phillip is the CEO of Notting HIll Carnival Ltd, the organisation that manages Europe’s largest street event: Notting Hill Carnival. Finally, Phillip is the Managing Director of Mangrove Carnival Arts CIC, encompassing one of the oldest steelbands in the UK and Mangrove Mas band."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Matthew Phillip is the CEO of Carnival Village Trust, London's leading carnival development agency which is dedicated to supporting and delivering an integrated programme of carnival arts. In addition to this Phillip is the CEO of Notting HIll Carnival Ltd, the organisation that manages Europe’s largest street event: Notting Hill Carnival. Finally, Phillip is the Managing Director of Mangrove Carnival Arts CIC, encompassing one of the oldest steelbands in the UK and Mangrove Mas band.</span>

Millie Devereux

Millie Devereux

Production Director - We Are The Fair
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"As Production Director at award-winning festival production company, The Fair, Millie oversees all aspects of production for a wide range of live events - from procurement, scheduling and CAD design to site management, technical production and managing our Safety Advisory Groups.\n\nLast year, Millie oversaw the production and operations of events, including El Dorado Festival, Eastern Electrics, Boiler Room: London, NTS and Rally, to London’s ‘fastest growing’ food festival, Savour. And, with over a decade of experience under her belt, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding budget management up to £2.5mil. \n\nMillie heads up The Fair’s festival team and reviews budgets for all of The Fair's shows. Ensuring the Production Managers are effectively negotiating rates with suppliers as well as finding clever but practical ways to reduce spec without risking the success of the event. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">As Production Director at award-winning festival production company, The Fair, Millie oversees all aspects of production for a wide range of live events - from procurement, scheduling and CAD design to site management, technical production and managing our Safety Advisory Groups. Last year, Millie oversaw the production and operations of events, including El Dorado Festival, Eastern Electrics, Boiler Room: London, NTS and Rally, to London’s ‘fastest growing’ food festival, Savour. And, with over a decade of experience under her belt, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding budget management up to £2.5mil. Millie heads up The Fair’s festival team and reviews budgets for all of The Fair's shows. Ensuring the Production Managers are effectively negotiating rates with suppliers as well as finding clever but practical ways to reduce spec without risking the success of the event. </span>

Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford

Partner - Edition Capital
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Paul has spent the last 40 years working in a broad range of roles across the leisure and entertainment sectors"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Paul has spent the last 40 years working in a broad range of roles across the leisure and entertainment sectors</span>

Phil Hayes

Phil Hayes

CEO - TicketSellers / Eventree
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Phil is CEO of TicketSellers and Eventree. TicketSellers is one of the best known ticket agents servicing independent festivals. Eventree is the industry leading accreditation and event management system used by almost every festival in the UK. Before taking the reins at TicketSellers, Phil was their CTO and helped engineer their highly scalable ticketing platform. Phil has 10 years experience in ticketing, having previously worked in software engineering and private equity across a wide range of industries."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Phil is CEO of TicketSellers and Eventree. TicketSellers is one of the best known ticket agents servicing independent festivals. Eventree is the industry leading accreditation and event management system used by almost every festival in the UK. Before taking the reins at TicketSellers, Phil was their CTO and helped engineer their highly scalable ticketing platform. Phil has 10 years experience in ticketing, having previously worked in software engineering and private equity across a wide range of industries.</span>

Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips

Climate Change Specialist for Music - Julie's Bicycle
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Richard is a Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist for music at Julie's Bicycle. His projects span the live and recorded sides of the sector, working with festival and outdoor events networks, record label industry bodies, venues, artists and beyond.\n\nHe recently supported the development of the Europe-wide Future Festival Tools, equipping events professionals with key skills to take meaningful action to reduce environmental impacts. Richard is also involved with Vision:2025, a network of over 500 UK outdoor events and businesses taking climate action. This involves work on a number of projects, including embedding minimum standards for sustainability at events across the UK and developing a toolkit of resources around sustainable festival waste management.\n \nA common theme across all his projects is helping the creative industries to inspire societal change toward a more sustainable society."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Richard is a Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist for music at Julie's Bicycle. His projects span the live and recorded sides of the sector, working with festival and outdoor events networks, record label industry bodies, venues, artists and beyond. He recently supported the development of the Europe-wide Future Festival Tools, equipping events professionals with key skills to take meaningful action to reduce environmental impacts. Richard is also involved with Vision:2025, a network of over 500 UK outdoor events and businesses taking climate action. This involves work on a number of projects, including embedding minimum standards for sustainability at events across the UK and developing a toolkit of resources around sustainable festival waste management. A common theme across all his projects is helping the creative industries to inspire societal change toward a more sustainable society.</span>

Ricky Oscroft

Ricky Oscroft

Co-Founder & Director - The Collab Agency
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Ricky started his brand partnerships journey at MAMA Festivals 12 years ago, working with boutique festivals such as Wilderness, The Great Escape, Lovebox and Citadel, before moving via an acquisition into the Live Nation Partnerships team. Here he gained experience with the larger-scale, portfolio partnership model and more corporate brand world, working across a significant number of the UK's largest festivals and AMG's Venue network. In 2018, Ricky became the Head of Brand Partnerships for Global Media and Broadwick Live's new festival group, managing a team that helped bring to life a variety of sponsorship activations and commercial deals on Lost Village, Festival No. 6, Field Day and Printworks. The Collab Agency was finally born at the end of 2019, where Ricky teamed up with colleague Michael Heaven, to set up their own specialist Brand Partnerships Agency, focused on 'doing things differently' and servicing the incredibly important independent sector of festivals, events and entertainment venues that exist in the UK."}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">Ricky started his brand partnerships journey at MAMA Festivals 12 years ago, working with boutique festivals such as Wilderness, The Great Escape, Lovebox and Citadel, before moving via an acquisition into the Live Nation Partnerships team. Here he gained experience with the larger-scale, portfolio partnership model and more corporate brand world, working across a significant number of the UK's largest festivals and AMG's Venue network. In 2018, Ricky became the Head of Brand Partnerships for Global Media and Broadwick Live's new festival group, managing a team that helped bring to life a variety of sponsorship activations and commercial deals on Lost Village, Festival No. 6, Field Day and Printworks. The Collab Agency was finally born at the end of 2019, where Ricky teamed up with colleague Michael Heaven, to set up their own specialist Brand Partnerships Agency, focused on 'doing things differently' and servicing the incredibly important independent sector of festivals, events and entertainment venues that exist in the UK.</span>

Rob Silver

Rob Silver

Consultant - (currently Commercial Director - UEFA Champions League Final)
<span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"I trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London after graduating. After qualifying, I spent a couple of years leading the audit of clients such as Harvey Nichols and French Connection. I then joined Tesco Plc, initially as Supply Chain Business Analyst, before joining the fast growing Tesco.com tram and finally moving to the Corporate Strategy team where I was part of the M&A team looking at opportunities for Tesco to scale internationally. \n\nAfter a serendipitous introduction to Tom Findlay and Andy Cato of Groove Armada, I took over running Lovebox Festival in 2007, which I thought I would do for a few months while I worked on a long term career. That in fact led me to a 13 year career at MAMA Festivals, where I became Festival Director for shows such as Lovebox, Wilderness, The Great Escape, Citadel and Global Gathering. After a brief hiatus during Covid, where I undertook a short term B2B role as Group Events Director for Retail Week Live and the World Retail Congress, I joined Vision Nine as CFO in February 2022 working on two editions of Boardmasters and Nass Festivals. I left Vision Nine in October 2023 and am currently freelancing, working on a contract basis as Commercial Director for the UEFA Champions League Final in London 2024. "}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":513,"3":{"1":0},"12":0}">I trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London after graduating. After qualifying, I spent a couple of years leading the audit of clients such as Harvey Nichols and French Connection. I then joined Tesco Plc, initially as Supply Chain Business Analyst, before joining the fast growing Tesco.com tram and finally moving to the Corporate Strategy team where I was part of the M&A team looking at opportunities for Tesco to scale internationally. After a serendipitous introduction to Tom Findlay and Andy Cato of Groove Armada, I took over running Lovebox Festival in 2007, which I thought I would do for a few months while I worked on a long term career. That in fact led me to a 13 year career at MAMA Festivals, where I became Festival Director for shows such as Lovebox, Wilderness, The Great Escape, Citadel and Global Gathering. After a brief hiatus during Covid, where I undertook a short term B2B role as Group Events Director for Retail Week Live and the World Retail Congress, I joined Vision Nine as CFO in February 2022 working on two editions of Boardmasters and Nass Festivals. I left Vision Nine in October 2023 and am currently freelancing, working on a contract basis as Commercial Director for the UEFA Champions League Final in London 2024. </span>

Tim Rudland

Tim Rudland

Client Director - Tysers Live

Tim Thornhill

Tim Thornhill

Director - Tysers Live

Will Holdoway

Will Holdoway

Director - METHOD