Business Development Manager
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Followspotting at my local theatre in 1986
Account managing, developing new business, supporting existing business and creating lasting relationships.
It gives a supportive step into the industry. When I was a student, I remember making contacts being invaluable. I was never taught how to interact with suppliers. We want to help create those relationships and offer an extension to the great work the schools and colleges give their students. Especially given that a small number of suppliers hold the majority of the kit, it’s important that those relationships are rock solid.
Get stuck in! Ask questions and bring doughnuts if you're late…
Who knows? Building trade? Photographer?
Card games and photography.
That’s a hard one… Something rock n roll like touring with Iron Maiden?
Phew, big question……. I have been lucky to have a few. Growing The Big Chill from sub 5k audience & 3 stages to 40k and 13 stages? Being involved in the original AMP Swan Lake? Marrying one of the principals!! Being a Dad! Turning Riverside Studios back into a good place to produce work? Heading up production within one of the biggest proponents of the world’s largest Arts festival?
When the iron stayed in at the interval of the inaugural opening concert of the WMC, liaising with the BBC whilst we rearranged satellite links, an edited ending and then having to go live mid performance when the iron eventually went out (then after the tabs also got stuck!!!!) … long story. The very next production, the grand opening with full Royal turnout didn’t have the iron in…