We are delighted to be working with our 2017 Judging Panel, spanning theatre, arts, opera, marketing and more… and we thought you might also like the chance to find out a little more about these industry experts who will be considering the hundreds of nominations we’ve been receiving.

A very warm welcome to…

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Tim Chambers, Managing Director, TJChambers Consultancy, UK

An international ticketing specialist and senior executive with over 20 years’ experience within the live entertainment industries. Career expertise includes direct knowledge of Start-Up’s, UK and pan-European M&A including geographical roll-ups, operational consolidation, definition of cost-savings and synergies, and leading corporate growth initiatives. Currently advising a number of European and US-based companies, at various stages of corporate development, which are seeking to transform their business operations.

 

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James Charrington, CEO, Dewynters, UK

James Charrington began his career in arts marketing at Dewynters in 1989. In 2002, he started the advertising agency Koenig Englaender in Hamburg, turning the city’s riverboats and harbour front yellow for The Lion King, as well as working with theatres and visitor attractions across Germany. In 2006, he took responsibility at Stage Entertainment for commercial expansion across Europe. In 2014, he set up Jampot Consulting, working with, amongst others, the National Theatre and Sonia Friedman on ticketing and marketing strategies. James returned to Dewynters as CEO in April 2016.

 

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Jasper Hope, Chief Executive, Dubai Opera, UAE
Renowned in the industry as a creative, commercial and resourceful leader, Jasper has proven experience in successfully delivering a programme of change for the venues he leads in addition to conceptualising and executing a diverse range of notable events in unique venues. Prior to his role as Chief Executive at Dubai Opera – the city’s first purpose built multi-format performing arts theatre, set to be the definitive destination for quality entertainment productions and performances – Jasper held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall in London. As one of the world’s leading cultural and entertainment destinations, Jasper was responsible for the successful implementation of all operational management criteria and the leadership of the day-to-day business of the Hall. Under his leadership, the prestigious venue achieved close to 400 events each year, making it one of the busiest and most successful venues in the world.

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Sita McIntosh, COO, WhatsOnStage, UK

Prior to her appointment as Chief Operating Officer at WhatsOnStage in 2014, Sita worked at Ticketmaster, where she headed up the Theatre Division. She began her career in theatre and the arts in 1988 at Mentor Advertising working on accounts including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and English National Opera. Since then she has held key roles at Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Stoll Moss Theatres amongst others, gathering over twenty years experience in sales, marketing and ticketing. Sita is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for Tonic Theatre and recently joined the Development Advisory Board of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

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Ian Nuttall, Founder / CEO, Ticketing Technology Forum / Ticketing Technology Awards, UK

Ian Nuttall is the owner and founder of Ticketing Technology Forum, presented by his Xperiology events business. His working life began in sports hospitality events management (including Formula 1, horse racing and Wimbledon) before pursuing an award-winning career in B2B magazine publishing. He has co-launched and edited numerous business titles (ranging from energy and industrial processes through to airport design and Intelligent Transportation Systems). He has also founded many of the sports sector’s most respected publications and news sources. In addition to his ongoing commitments as a sports business writer and speaker, Ian provides highly-valued, specialist consultancy to the sports and entertainment venue sector. Xperiology also owns and organises the industry’s much respected TheStadiumBusiness Summit, Fan Experience Forum, Premium Seat Seminar, Nordic Venue Forum and The LEVEL Summit meetings.

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Carolyn Sims, Marketing Director, ENO English National Opera, UK

Carolyn Sims is a highly respected, hands-on, marketing strategist who has worked in a range of entertainment and retail organisations in her career including Ticketmaster, Really Useful, Live Nation Entertainment and Time Out. Carolyn’s innate ability to be able to put the customer first means that she has forged and shared her skills across a range of customer channels in digital marketing, CRM, audience development and marketing strategies that enable organisations to become profitably customer centric. Carolyn is an experienced professional in developing and implementing innovative growth strategies through the delivery of customer focused ticketing and commercial excellence. Her passion is for new technologies that provide a great experience for customers to be able to get to and buy the ticket they want.

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Kyle Wright, Interactive Marketing & Analytics Manager, Shubert Ticketing, US

Working at the intersection of data acquisition and digital marketing, Kyle has spent the last four years developing an integrated data marketing platform which leverages the power of the venue data to better mine audiences and increase ticketing conversion. Integrations with more traditional marketing channels – email, social, and retargeting/re-engagement – provide additional fuel and added value to the platform.  Prior to The Shubert Organization Kyle managed marketing for an entertainment marketing startup – Plum Benefits – which provides online access to live entertainment discounts to employees as a corporate benefit through HR departments.

Nominations close Friday 25 November with public voting to open in the new year. Submit your nomination now to get your team recognised.

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Chloé Julien Founder & CEO, BandSquare, France

CIOs, CTO,s Chief Execs... all those people turn up at this event. it’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with them

Rick Jurkiewicz Head of Ticketing, The Rugby Football League, UK

This is the focal point of the ticketing industry in Europe, where the decision makers meet and exchange ideas

Niels Henrik Sodemann Managing Partner/CEO, Queue-it, Denmark

At the Forum we made concrete progress with regards to selecting a new ticketing provider. I would be happy to recommend the Forum to other venues in the future.

Martin O'Donoghue Business Development Manager, Cork Opera House, Ireland

If you’re curious about the future, if you want to see how things are developing, if you wanna get to know your peers... you need to be at the Forum.

James Charrington CEO, Dewynters, UK