Rachel Bateman, head of live engagement, Initials
Upon returning from maternity leave, Bateman was promoted to head of live engagement, helping in turn to define the agency's specialism within this field, and has motivated her team to win and deliver campaigns that the agency is incredibly proud of. For example, the likes of the new Fiat 500 Icon Remastered campaign with Ella Eyre, the Jeep Renegade Tour featuring some groundbreaking technology and the Tour de Farce, a guerrilla stunt around the Tour de France have put our Engagement offering on a very firm and credible footing.
Rebecca Kane Burton, general manager, The O2
During the past 12 months Kane Burton’s contribution to the industry has ensured the UK has held on to the world’s number one music and entertainment venue, securing its place in the global cultural hierarchy. Almost 200 events have been held in The O2 arena, numerous smaller music gigs, conferences, comedy performances and sporting fixtures have taken place at one of The O2’s many spaces and almost 200,000 people have attended the Elvis Exhibition – the first ever to be staged in Europe. She has also been recognised by influential American music industry magazine Billboard for her role in charge of the world’s top-grossing arena.
Richard Dodgson, creative director, Timebased Events
Setting up the company in 1996, Dodgson has since helped design and produce creative events for a number of brands across the UK, Europe and Asia. One of his many career highlights was being involved in the GQ Men of the Year Awards, which Timebased has worked on for the past 18 years. The agency is also involved in the Vogue Festival.
Rick Stainton, managing director, Smyle
Among his highlights for the past 12 months is Smyle having worked in San Francisco, Siberia and Turkey for the first time and all within four weeks of each other. The agency also sponsored the Beyond Sport 2015 Conference and Awards event as Production Partner – an amazingly inspirational project supporting community sporting initiatives around the globe, according to Stainton.
Quinn is managing director and founding member of brand engagement agency Purity, which was established in 2007. He has previously said the best event he has been involved in to date, was the London Olympic torch relay in 2012. The agency supported Samsung throughout the year and those ten weeks (May to July) were the highlight of his career, he said. Prior to his position at Purity Quinn was managing director of Theatre, an agency he started in 2003 as part of the Dynamo Group (now MSQ Partners).
Rob Sharp, managing director, Pulse Group Limited
Sharp joined Pulse Group to head up its events division, however in the past 12 months he has shown a position of leadership that has resulted in the Group focussing 100% of its efforts in this specialist skill. The re-structure needed to be well managed and due to his part in this Sharp was recognised by the board, as and a result promoted to managing director. He also led the pitch team that won Pulse Group the task of designing and building the hospitality experiences for all the guests of England 2015 at the Rugby World Cup.
Rory Sloan, production director, Inca Productions
Sloan’s personal highlight has been changing companies after 15 years at RPM. He said the past 10 months has seen his team deliver some fantastic events, with a fashion show it produced on Jermyn St, during London Collections: Men, a particular highlight.
Rory Steel, company director, Steely Fox
Steel founded brand communications agency Steely Fox in 2008. Prior to that he worked at a London PR agency, on accounts for some of the world’s leading brands, such as Microsoft, McDonald’s and Nike.
Rupert Pick, planning and creative director, Hot Pickle
Pick began his career at Unilever where he worked as a marketing manager before founding brand experience and licensing company Hot Pickle in 2009. The best event he has been involved in was the Magnum Pleasure Store concept, which has since gone global. He is the creator of the award winning Marmite licensing program and holds an MBA from Cambridge University.
Ruth Lawton Owen, director, The Admirable Crichton
Among Lawton Owen’s highlights over the past year was securing the catering contract for British Fashion Council’s London Fashion Week hub at the Saatchi Gallery. As the residency is in its first year it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase The Admirable Crichton’s logistical expertise as well as their style and flair. She has also been an active member of the Unique Venues of London Supplier Panel which advises the UK’s leading venue marketing consortium on supplier related issues.
Sam Gill, chief executive, Story Events
Just announced as the new chief executive of Concerto Group, Gill was formerly the agency’s marketing director and head of events (September 1986 – July 2013). He will remain as non-executive chairman at Story Events, where he has been since August 2013.
Moqbel’s role sees him work with major brands including Harrods, Twitter and Jaguar Land Rover. He has worked at Cheil since 2013, and has had previous roles at Wasserman Media Group and Generate. He has said previously that the best event he has ever worked on was the UCI BMX World Championships with British Cycling at the NIA – the last global qualifying event for the 2012 Olympics.
Samantha Galsworthy, corporate events manager, Egg Events London
The success the venue has achieved in the past 12 months has been directly attributed to Galsworthy, and the team she recruited who share the same vision, attention to detail and professional values that have made Egg LDN one of the fastest expanding event venues in London. Among her highlights over past year was Morgan Hunt’s annual summer party, which featured a summer fete theme complete with side stalls, giant games, a huge crystal ball, bespoke cocktails and a BBQ with a twist.
Sara Donaldson OBE, founder and executive producer, Donaldson Creative
Donaldson has been involved in a number of high profile events over the past 12 months, including sitting on the board for the inaugural Invictus Games. As the Director of Ceremonies, she was personally entrusted by HRH Prince Harry to delivery a fantastic spectrum of events. At the same time as setting up her own agency, Donaldson Creative, she also undertook the role of executive producer for the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup.
Sarah-Jane Benham, managing director, Kru Live & Kru Talent
Benham moved from brand ambassador to MD of a leading UK agency in the space of four years. She has seen the agency implement an internship programme which has seen four interns graduate with 1st class honours, and return to work for the agency after their studies. She has developed and secured large scale activity with Bright partnerships / DHL at both Formula E in London and the Rugby World Cup.
One of Richey’s personal highlights has been Because’ on-going work for Public Health England, with the agency’s dedicated ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ roadshows helping to save lives through humanising campaign messages.
Other standout campaigns have been the agency’s campaign for malt Scotch whisky brand Macallan. London’s Two Temple Place was transformed into The Macallan Residence, a ticketed sensory tour through the Macallan 1824 series. Richey also played a key role in the agency’s rebrand this summer, and continues to mentor emerging experiential entrepreneurs. In September she was named as Role Model of the Year in the Women in Business Awards (SME) for business women across the South of the UK.
Sian has worked for TRO since 1998 when she joined as an account manager responsible for delivering events for brands such as Honda and Volvo. In December 2011 Sian was promoted to client services director, responsible for large events for TRO in the UK, and given a place on the TRO board. She oversees many global blue-chip clients all of which have accounted for more than $25 million in the last 12 months.
Simon Burton, managing director, Exposure Communications
Simon Burton has been a figure on the UK and international event scene for nearly 20 years. In that time his Exposure Communications business has worked with many of the biggest names in the industry and helped make some of the least known become the biggest. One particular event highlight in the past 12 months was the International Special Events Society (ISES) Accelerate conference. It was held at the Emirates Stadium, and brought together international ISES members ahead of IMEX Frankfurt.
Simon Hambley, director of live, Crown
Hambley’s one is an all-encompassing one that involves sales, client services, project direction and agency management. He has worked at Crown since 2010, when the events and communications company Acclaim, set up by Hambley and two colleagues in 1992, was bought by Crown.
Siobhan Payne, festival director, London Cocktail Week - DrinkUp London
Payne has worked as festival director for London Cocktail Week since early 2014. She previously worked in marketing and communications at Odd Firm of Sin, and was part of the two-person team which ran Cocktail Week. The first event was held in 2010 for trade press and has grown each year. It has also spawned a range of new events, all of which now belong to London & Partners’ Drink Up London brand.
Stephen Brown, managing director, England Rugby 2015
Brown took up the reins as MD of England Rugby in March 2015, following the departure of Debbie Jevans, in what was a big year for the sport. He has previously been acting chief executive of the Rugby Football Union in 2011.
Steve Blyth, founder and group chief executive, Engage Works
Blyth became group CEO of Engage Works in April this year, and heads up the company's direction and growth strategy. In the same month, Engage Works announced a series of new technology partnerships during a launch event at its Flux LDN space.
Steve Smith, chief executive, Ear To The Ground
Smith has been chief executive officer of agency Ear To The Ground since 2003. The firm works with brands and rights holders such as Samsung, Santander and Red Bull, to help them get more from their sport and music assets. He was previously a founder and investor in Music Festival Properties.
Stuart Bradbury, managing director, Avantgarde London
Bradbury started Avantgarde UK in 2009, following nine years spent working for above-the-line and below-the-line agencies. He has grown the agency year-on-year, and it has reported a 20% increase of growth profit in the last 12 months.
The agency has worked on events including the Olympic Torch relay for client Samsung, international car launches for Mini and the international motor show stand for Honda, which attracted 192,000 visitors during its initial reveal in Frankfurt.
Earlier this year Avantgarde unveiled a new corporate brand identity in a bid to position itself as an international business and strengthen its position in the market.
Knight joined the agency back in 2009, following a six-year period as co-founder of Xtaster. Whynot works with brands such as Strongbow and Anchor, and Knight has previously cited the Strongbow Tree which popped up at UK festivals this summer as one of the most enjoyable events to work on. Malaysia Night at Trafalgar Square is another of his favourites.
Terrence Woodward, managing director, N2O
Woodward has worked with N2O on a range of activations this year, including Evian’s first London pop-up over the summer, Ben & Jerry's pedal-powered Big Ice Screening and Dove’s recent #BeRealTour, presiding over another year of significant growth for the brand activation agency.
Teresa-Anne Dunleavy-Bell, chief executive, Concerto Group
It was announced this week that Dunleavy-Bell had stepped down from her role as chief executive of Concerto Group, following three years in the role. Concerto recently reported an increase of 123% in profit before tax in the period ending February 2014, under her leadership, with Dunleavy-Bell ranking fourth in last year’s Event 100 Club.
Tim Cobbold, chief executive, UBM
Cobbold has been joined UBM in May 2014. He was previously chief executive at De La Rue - the world's largest commercial banknote printer and passport manufacturer. Cobbold has also worked at UK engineering group TI Group and Chloride Group plc, where he became Chief Executive in 2008.
Tom Burch, managing director, Projection Artworks
Burch launched Projection Artworks - previously named Projection Advertising - in 2005. He has spent the past 10 years producing a wide variety of immersive digital experiences and events. The company recently worked on the Rugby World Cup projection on the roof of The O2, which remained throughout the duration of the tournament.
Tom Johnson, head of events and experiential, M&C Saatchi
Following a five-year stint at agency Beatwax, Johnson moved to M&C Saatchi in 2013 to launch its events and experiential department in London. The agency works with brands such as Peroni, Warner Bros, Spotify and Reebok.
Tom Kerry, event director, Limelight Sports
In the past 12 months, Kerry has led the Limelight Sports’ Event and Participant Experience team to deliver over 30 events for national and international brands, such as Nike, Beats, the Great Ormond Street Hospital and Marie Curie.
Two projects that specifically stand out for Kerry are the Nike Women’s 10k and Royal Parks Foundation half marathon, which featured a new route due to London road works.
Tom Rutter, managing director and production lead, Slice
Rutter is one of the two managing directors at Slice, and also hold the role of production lead. When he took over the agency in 2012 Rutter immediately overhauled the delivery team, repositioned the agency’s entire approach and launched a new brand identity and website.
Rutter’s highlights over the past 12 months include a successful pitch he led for Twitter’s ambitious series of experiences at the Cannes Lions Festival 2015, which involved another five global brand experience agencies.
Tracey Halliwell, director of business tourism & major events, London & Partners
Halliwell was awarded an MBE for Services to Business Tourism in 2014. She has overseen the delivery of a number of events that London & Partners has been involved with, including the European Society of Cardiology’s London heart trail and city welcome at Excel London, as well as London Technology Week, which saw 43,000 attendees across 228 events.
Halliwell has also been involved in getting events onto the government’s agenda through her work with the BVEP.
Victoria Archbold, head of events and sponsorship, Hearst Media
Archbold has held the head of events and sponsorship role at Hearst Magazines since March 2012. She works across the Cosmopolitan, Company, Prima, Red and Zest titles to develop commercial partnerships and sponsorship activity that drives revenue and customer retention. She previously worked as group events and sponsorship manager at The National Magazine Company.
Will Glynn-Jones, director of experience, The Moment
Glynn-Jones has been director of experience at The Moment since July 2015, joining from Arc Worldwide where he was client services director. Glynn-Jones is responsible for developing The Moment’s content-led brand experience proposition for existing as well as new clients. The Moment rebranded from One Two Four earlier this year.
Mould co-founded the business with Paul Stanway in late 2012, following 10 years of working together at agency Slice. XYZ works with brands including Nike, Costa and Land Rover.
Mould cites Nike Fuelfest at Battersea Power Station as one of his moment memorable events. It involved a two-week build, which culminated in an event experience for 2,500 guests - it was the final piece in a huge 'pre-Olympic jigsaw' for the brand.
Will Parkinson, founding partner/experiential director, Inkling
Parkinson founded Inkling with two colleagues in January 2011 after working at agency Cake for three years, where he rose to the role of UK event director. Prior to Cake he worked as senior account manager at Jack Liberties, after a brief stint as a financial advisor.
Will Poole, events and compliance manager, Troxy
Welcoming the Rays of Sunshine charity back to the Troxy after a four-year break was a key personal highlight for Poole over the past 12 months. He worked closely with the organisers and security teams to host the prestigious annual dinner, which welcomed artists such as Take That and raised over £600,000 in one night for the charity.
Poole has also secured events with some of the world’s leading brands including Lloyds Bank, Playstation, HP and Willis, bringing a new audience to Troxy and increasing both the day-time, as well as evening uptake.
Zanine Adams, head of events and business development UK, London & Partners
Adams lead’s London & Partners' work across multiple B2B event projects, helping to curate, build, launch and grow new city-wide event activity. Recent projects include partnering with Excel London and UBM to deliver the second London Technology Week - a week-long celebration of the capital’s tech sector, London Book & Screen Week, Advertising Week Europe, London Mobile Games Week & Soho Create.
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