TheTicketingBusiness Awards 2019 announce the Judging line up.

Take a look at our judges for 2019!

The Panel…

Helen Hoban, Head of Ticketing, Silverstone

Helen has proudly worked at Silverstone Circuit for the last twenty years experiencing a multitude of changes in track activity, venue configuration and Silverstone emerging into the 21st century as a world class motorsport and family leisure destination – no longer an old airfield in any shape or form!

Starting at Silverstone as a Customer Service Executive in the Contact Centre, Helen has sold tickets to a diverse range of spectator events with the current range including the World Rallycross Championship and World Endurance Championship to the pinnacles of Grand Prix – MotoGP and the Formula One Grand Prix – the biggest annual weekend ticketed sporting event in the UK.

Helen is now key to developing and launching a new booking system to enhance the customer journey, providing Silverstone with vital customer detail and marketing ability due to diversification at the venue to include a new hotel and visitor attraction.

Sian Hoggett, Head of Membership and Customer Relationship Management, British Museum

The British Museum has over 70,000 Members who enjoy a range of benefits including exhibition entry, exclusive events and regular communications.  Sian and her team work to ensure Members feel valued by the Museum, and that Members receive the same high quality experience whenever and however they join.  Sian is also involved in designing ticketing and email marketing strategies, with a view to ensuring a seamless experience for Members when they interact with the Museum.

Edwin Suk, CIO, Stadion Feijénoord

Edwin has been the Chief Information Officer of Feyenoord football club and stadium for almost four years. He helped Feyenoord transform to information driven organisation. He has always had a big interest in IT and IT has been a huge part of his job, but always from a business perspective. How does IT shape and change the world, how can we benefit from this, how can IT add value to our business and how can it be a driver for necessary change and business development. Edwin also has a masters degree in Business Economics.

Akos Remetei-Filep, Head of Sales, Sziget Cultural Management

Ákos is a member of the Sziget Cultural Management’s international relations team since 2013, currently holding the position of Head of Sales. Working on selling as many tickets as possible for Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound and VOLT Festival all over the world. Sziget Festival is one of the, if not the most international festival there is, with visitors coming from over 100 different countries and a total attendance of 565.000 over it’s 7 day period in 2018.

Georgia Bekyra, Head of Ticketing Operations, UK Athletics

Upon completion of my MSc in Marketing from the University of Leicester, my career in sport started in the Olympic and Paralympic Games “Athens 2004” in Tennis as Production Coordinator, after which I joined Panathinaikos Football Club for 7 years as Ticketing Manager, before joining UK Athletics in May 2012. In my time with UKA, as Head of Ticketing Operations, I have had the honour of organising and delivering the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships “London 2017”, the IAAF World Indoor Championships “Birmingham 2018”, as well as numerous national and international events, like the Athletics World Cup and Anniversary Games.

Tim Chambers, Manager Director, TJChambers Consultancy

Advisor, mentor and consultant.
An international ticketing specialist and senior executive with over 30 years’ experience within the live entertainment industries. Career expertise includes Start-Up’s to Public Companies, UK and pan-European M&A, and has lead a number of commercial and corporate growth initiatives.
Currently advising a number of European and US based companies, at various stages of development, seeking to transform their business operations.

Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheTicketingBusiness Awards

Ian Nuttall is the owner and founder of TheTicketingBusiness 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.

What are people saying?

The highest number of exciting conversations we've ever had at a conference!

Natalie Senyk Business Development Manager, Softjourn

The best networking place I've been to. I was able to get very high level leads and meet relevant partners. You did a great great job to gather such high level and exhaustive people!

Chloé Julien Founder & CEO, BandSquare, France

A very well organised conference and great fun too. Many exciting opportunities in the pipeline...

Lea Stiels Marketing Manager, Oxynade

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

2019 was our first year at the Forum, we are really happy and have had a lot of very exciting conversations.

Kelsey McGrath Operations Manager, PixelPin

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