Calum Brown

Venue Development

EXPERIENCE
Experience working across a range of Venue & Events projects including Aston Villa FC’s stadium redevelopment, Eden Project’s international portfolio as well as worldwide events including the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan and Expo 23 in Qatar.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Part of the Trivandi Moonshot team to help safely bring University students back home for Christmas & Easter amidst the Covid-19 pandemic by facilitating over 950,000 lateral-flow tests.

PERSONAL BEST
Running fanatic with an 18 minute 5k PB. Currently on the road to run all 6 of the World Marathon Majors by the time I’m 30.

Laura Pope

People

EXPERIENCE
A proud People professional with 15+ years’ experience supporting organisations to create great experiences for their teams.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Seeing the Trivandi team double in my first year and helping to develop our fantastic culture.

PERSONAL BEST
Taking a leading role in an amateur comedy play & (almost) remembering all my lines!

James Bulley

CEO

EXPERIENCE
Senior executive providing advice to Heads of State, Cabinet Ministers and C-Suite on strategy, governance, budgets and roadmaps for the successful delivery of mega projects.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Member of the Senior Leadership Team of the London 2012 Bid and LOCOG, responsible for the venue masterplan, design, delivery and operation of the London Olympic and Paralympic venues and Olympic Park.

PERSONAL BEST
Triathlon nut with a couple of World Champs, competing for Great Britain, under my belt at Age Group level, desperately seeking to qualify again…watch this space.

Patrick Skingley

Design

EXPERIENCE
Over 15 years experience of designing and delivering world class buildings from glass biomes and iconic train stations to state-of-the-art venues and stadiums.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working cosely with Premier League football clubs to help them deliver world class facilities for their staff to operate and fans to experience.

PERSONAL BEST
A very keen cook, I love to entertain family and friends and was very close to switching career from drawing board to chopping board, many years ago!

Harriet Dunn

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
10 years experience working within an industry I love delivering commercial, operations and design advice on stadia and venues to international organisations including City Football Group, Rugby Football Union and Aston Villa FC.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Watching each organisation i’ve ever worked with compete live in their sport.

PERSONAL BEST
Staying up later than 10pm on a weekday.

Jordan Halliday

Design

EXPERIENCE
Experience in the architectural design of internationally renowned sports and event venues. Recent experience has included working closely with Aston Villa Football Club on a series of upgrades to Villa Park.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Receiving nominations for multiple national student design awards for my Masters thesis, which researched the integration of hybrid typologies within urban sports stadia.

PERSONAL BEST
Successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate (RIBA Part 3 course) alongside raising a young child and a full-time role at Trivandi.

Nicola Milan

Marketing

EXPERIENCE
MarComms, Experience and Project Management across complex high profile projects, including London 2012 Games, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and multiple World Championships.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Winning the bid to host London 2012 in 2005, which kickstarted a dream career in sport.

PERSONAL BEST
Holding a handstand on a floating paddleboard without face planting.

Paul May

Executive Director

EXPERIENCE
Senior leader with 30+ years’ experience in the planning, delivery and operation of major venues and mega events projects.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Part of the senior management team within the London 2012 Organising Committee, responsible for the planning and delivery of all Games venues….in my home town of London!

PERSONAL BEST
I have played bass guitar in various bands throughout my life and still have delusions of being a rock star one day – I can’t do the knee slides any more though!

Sasha Potgieter

Business Operations

EXPERIENCE
2 years at Trivandi working in business administration and marketing, with previous experience in styling, illustration, content curation and small scale event production.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Being behind the scenes at my first editorial campagin shoot where one of my garments was used – watching something I created come to life was immense.

PERSONAL BEST
When I’m not sewing, I’m throwing pottery.

Mark Lawrie

Chief Strategy Officer & Saudi Arabia Office Leader

EXPERIENCE
Major Events and Sports Industry Thought Leader. An Accountant and MBA with 18 years as a Partner in Deloitte Consulting where he led practices in London, Qatar and Dubai. As Chief Strategy Officer he is leading the next phase of growth and innovation in Trivandi’s development.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Entrusted by the Board of the Premier League to review and redesign the governance model that defined the relationship between the 20 competing Clubs and the most valuable football league in the world.

PERSONAL BEST
Demolishing our house and spending two years designing, procuring, managing and then applying myself to virtually every aspect of replacing it with a new one.

Ava Pevsner

Design

EXPERIENCE
2 years at Trivandi working on a variety of venues, including Aston Villa FC’s stadium redevelopment, before transitioning into graphic design and supporting Trivandi with design services across all business units.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Winner of the Best Undergraduate Poster Summary and Best Undergraduate Webinar Presentation for my university disseration.

PERSONAL BEST
Holding a 4 and a half minute plank.

James Tibbetts

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
20 years in sport, leisure and entertainment projects including Tour de France, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, multiple F1 Grand Prix’s, several years at IMG and many other professional cycle races and mass participation events with hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Leading the operations of the 2014 Grand Depart, with 3.5m spectators watching at the roadside and 3.5bn watching on TV with over 2,500 staff and 17,000 volunteers.

PERSONAL BEST
Shooting 78 around the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates the week before the Race to Dubai final… those greens were fast!

Phylicia Bastian

Finance

EXPERIENCE
Big 4 trained Chartered Accountant, with over a decade of finance experience, spanning multiple countries and diverse sectors. I bring a wealth of knowledge, and a global perspective to the table.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working in the vaults of the U.S Federal Reserve Bank was such an amazing experience.

PERSONAL BEST
Having the amazing opportunity to have lived in 5 different countries across 3 continents.

Peter Docwra

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
Priviliged to have held senior levels positions to plan and deliver three G20 Leaders’ Summits and other high profile events in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Australia.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Leading the planning for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia, which included pivoting from physical to virtual meetings literally overnight becuase of COVID 19.

PERSONAL BEST
Completed a 100 km Ultra and seven marathons with legs, knees, ligaments (and sanity) intact.

Kate Mills

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
Event volunteer experience including ParalympicsGB Tokyo 2020, World Gymnastics Championships 2022 & Netball Superleague while studying at Loughborough University, followed by projects such as Rugby League World Cup 2021 and FIFA World Cup 2022 at Trivandi.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Joining Trivandi in my first full-time role!

PERSONAL BEST
Achieved British/English/BUCS national medals and competed at Olympic/World/Commonwealth trials in swimming.

Aloysius Rosario

Business Operations

EXPERIENCE
3 years experience in project co-ordination, operations and business administration, with prior expertise in engineering and delivery of automation. I have had the opportunity to work on high-profile projects, including New Zealand at Expo 2020 and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Having completed my post-graduation, numerous doors opened for me, presenting various career paths and opportunities. However, joining Trivandi and starting my journey in Business Operations has proven to be the best decision to embark on a continuous learning curve, guided by exceptional leaders

PERSONAL BEST
Being elected as the Regional Youth President back home in Mangalore, India for the year 2017-2018 and contributing to the society in every possible way.

Tom Doubleday

Venue Development

EXPERIENCE
Experienced project and development manager, specialising in the delivery of major projects across various sectors in both a consultancy and client capacity including the multi award-winning Person-Environment-Activity Research Lab (PEARL) for UCL, Aston Villa Football Club and Urban Legacies’ international portfolio.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Supporting the refurbishment of a live Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a major London NHS Hospital. It was so rewarding to witness the impact of the work on the staff and families.

PERSONAL BEST
Forever striving to row a sub 7min 2km (current PB of 7:04).

Peter Griffin

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
Extensive experience providing strategic, economic, financial and operational advice to public and private sector clients on the planning, delivery and development of sports and entertainment venues and events in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Advising the Hong Kong Government over 5 years on the planning, design, funding and procurement of Kai Tak Sports Park – the world’s most expensive publicly funded sports and entertainment project at £3.2bn.

PERSONAL BEST
Completing various Olympic Triathlons – even when sea swim training included accidentally initating the Royal National Lifeboat Institution into a missing person search!

Sergio Raventos

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
20+ years experience in venue and organisational development for high-profile projects, including London 2012, Expo 2020, NEOM and UAE government organizations. Expert in strategic advisory, venue operations, PMO development, and operational models.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Seeing first hand how a determined athlete was able to hear for the first time thanks to a hearing device implanted as part of the Athletes Support programme at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

PERSONAL BEST
Completing Half Ironman with my mates. What a great day and incredible 12 months journey to get there!

Cormac Rabl

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
Strategic planning, organisation and delivery of major events across Europe, Middle East and Australiasia. 12+ years direct industry experience both embedded within organising committees and providing strategic consultancy.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
I was Venue Manager for the Clash on the Dunes Heavyweight World Title fight (Joshua v Ruiz) as part of Diriyah Season 2019 in Riyadh, KSA. The event involved the construction of a temporary 15,000 stadium and 3-story VIP space, and was a significant milestone as part of KSA’s Vision 2030.

PERSONAL BEST
Completing the Auckland Marathon in 2016 while working on the World Masters Games in NZ.

Laura Mason

Business Operations

EXPERIENCE
Passionate Business Operations professional with a strong background and expertise in scale up, fast growth environments, noteably with Wework and OnePeloton. Previous Chair of Women of Wework International and current Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Trivandi.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Led the Expansions team at OnePeloton through high sales and rapid growth amidst the Covid pandemic.

PERSONAL BEST
My 108kg Deadlift

Marcus Carling

Venue Development

EXPERIENCE
25+ years in venue operations and events, venue consultancy and construction delivery in a number of international markets. Have held senior positions with Wembley Plc, The Walt Disney Company and Turner & Townsend in managing sport and entertainment venue operations and delivering major infrastructure programmes in the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Leading the planning for the operational opening of the new Hong Kong National Stadium to ensure it was ready to host an opening ceremony and a 40,000 capacity audience.

PERSONAL BEST
Cycling 800kms across the Pyrenees from Barcelona to Biarritz in 7 days as part of the Haute Route event series.

James Webster

Design

EXPERIENCE
Former Director and founding partner of an award-winning architectural creative agency, having begun career at Foster and Partners. Notable clients and projects include Conde Nast, Hearst Media, Mindshare, Resorts World, Wembley Stadium in London and The Elephant House in Copenhagen Zoo.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Tiny Tempah going into one of my projects for his C4 show, ‘Extroadinary Extensions’ and being interviewed for and having a project featured on an episode of Sarah Beeny’s C4 show ‘Little House Big Plans’.

PERSONAL BEST
Being good enough at football, to be told by a top flight Premier League club, that I wasn’t good enough.

James Fyvie

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
Over 10 years experience working on major events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Formula 1, Expo and European Games. Officer in the British Army for over seven years.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Providing security support to the Afghan people in Kandahar and Helmand so they could go to school, the shops or the doctors with relative freedom.

PERSONAL BEST
Still being able to compete with the youngsters at any distance above 10km.

Jess Gilbert

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
Over 14+ years delivering projects of Major International Sporting Events, Conferences, Workshops and Award Evenings, across many different areas including operations, fan and visitor experience, commercial and sponsorship planning and delivery.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Led a team of 60 to deliver match day experience for an international cricket Tournament in 2017.

PERSONAL BEST
Band member of the year for flute in grade 6. I peaked early!

Andrew O'Connor

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
13 years experience in Venues and Events across New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Leading the operations of my home country, NZ, at Dubai Expo 2020.

PERSONAL BEST
Driving to the green on a 290 metre Par 4 (followed up by a 3 putt).

Alison Giles

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
17+ years working in major events including Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and World Cups, Championships and Expos. Expertise in operational delivery, project management, and guest experience. Passionate about bringing people together for memorable events.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Volunteering on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games was a pivotal moment and initiated my professional career in major events which has taken me all over the world.

PERSONAL BEST
My tap solo dressed as Paddington Bear.

Anna Mitrova

Venue Development

EXPERIENCE
Experience in the sport and lesuire industry, alongside knowledge of financial principles and project management fundamentals.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Joining the Venue Development team at Trivandi

PERSONAL BEST
Dancing and performing with the Royal Academy of Dance

Grace Kemble

Finance

EXPERIENCE
With over 15 years of diverse experience in the finance sector, I have successfully navigated various industries, including collaborations with Music Festivals, Exhibitions, and Events.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working in the Buckingham Palace Gardens during the Queen’s Coronation Festival was an incredible experience.

PERSONAL BEST
Back to back sky dive & bungee jump in one morning

Firuza Yuananova

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
3 years experience in Strategic Policy Development and Commercial Planning. Economics of Infrastructure and FDI enthusiast, passionate about helping communities to build long-term development.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Receiving honorary award from U.S. Ambassador in Baku, Azerbaijan for my work for Education USA advisory.

PERSONAL BEST
Climbing to one of the highest peaks in Caucasus during winter: 4191 metres.

Fergus Adam-Smith

Design

EXPERIENCE
2 years at Trivandi working on a selection of international venues, with previous practice at university level exploring interventions to support the experience economy.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Winner of The Make Architects Prize 2021 for recognition of consistent excellence throughout undergraduate level.

PERSONAL BEST
Knock-knock jokes.

Evie Hodgkin

Venue Development

EXPERIENCE
A variety of experience within real estate, including five years working in development in Westminster, London focusing on the delivery of affordable homes and community regeneration schemes.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Getting unanimous approval at Westminster’s Planning Committee for the regeneration of Church Street, delivering 1100 new homes and loads of benefits for the local community.

PERSONAL BEST
Spending three months living and working in the middle of nowhere in Botswana, learning the basics of safari guiding.

Carla Glossip

Business Operations

EXPERIENCE
3 years+ experience working on sports and entertainment mega-events throughout the MENA Region.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working as part of the successful team at the inaugural F1 Grand Prix in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was both an honour and a remarkable experience

PERSONAL BEST
Chosen to expand my horizon in Germany during my university days. Also triumphed in securing the German A1 certification!

Sara Abbas

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
Previous experience in advisory services before discovering the events world. 3 years of event operations and planning experience.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Definitely the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022! Was an incredible learning experience.

PERSONAL BEST
Paint on Canvas!

Pamela Russel-Smith

People

EXPERIENCE

Over 10 years experience in the events industry covering HR and workforce mobilisation for London 2012, Baku 2015 European Games, England Rugby 2015, Ashgabat 2017 AIMAG, Expo 2020 Dubai, and COP28 UAE.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
5 years with the Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Learnt from the best and made some amazing, lifelong friends!

PERSONAL BEST
Making fruit and vegetables taste great in cakes; lemon drizzle cake, banana bread and carrot cake!

Mark Smith

Operations & Delivery

EXPERIENCE
Over 20 years experience working on some of the world’s largest ceremonies, prestigious live events, global spectaculars, and mega projects.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Proud to have dedicated 7 years to the planning, implementation, and successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

PERSONAL BEST
Ran marathons on road, trail, cliff tops, beach, 400m athletics track (105 laps), and even a treadmill.

Sinead Austin

CEO's Office

EXPERIENCE
Almost 20 years of EA experience, expanding across the UK and the Middle East. From banking, marketing, automotive, management consulting, executive search and now events – I’ve been there and done that!

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Grateful for the chance to move to Dubai back in 2010 where my career went from strength to strength over the 7 years I was here and now being back in the region again!

PERSONAL BEST
A skydive in Dubai, a Personal Training Course in the UK, hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town and my favourite – my horse Billie (who I have sadly had to leave behind with the lush UK grass).

Holly Joint

COO

EXPERIENCE
Entrepreneurial and strategic leader with 25 years experience launching, transforming and growing businesses across the GCC and UK, enabled by innovative ways of working and disruptive technologies.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Launching and running a business in Qatar for Peter Jones of Dragon’s Den fame.

PERSONAL BEST
Being awarded a blue Top Voice badge by LinkedIn for my thought leadership around responsible AI, leadership, and women in technology.

Moayad Al Sabr

Business Operations

EXPERIENCE
A strong track record of leading public relations, communication, training, and consulting projects. The founder and co-founder of several Saudi companies. Abilities in planning, project management, team leadership, efficiency enhancement, and effective communication.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
After being a computer geek and a tech enthusiast, then AI came along, and now I’m officially ‘captivated’!

PERSONAL BEST
After being a computer geek and a tech enthusiast, then AI came along, and now I’m officially ‘captivated’!

Sarah Thomas

Marketing

EXPERIENCE
Passionate marketing and communications expert with 16+ years’ experience in the UK and Middle East across Health & Wellness, Fintech, Consultancy, Education, Retail, and most recently, the Events industry.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Being part of the team to launch one of the first Ladies only gyms in Saudi Arabia.

PERSONAL BEST
Mastering the best (and most calorific) brownie receipe that is a fail safe at winning over hearts and minds.

Khalid Ayofe

Strategy and Commercial Advisory

EXPERIENCE
A Chartered Manager with 7 years of experience working in consulting firms within the Big 4, He has developed a career focusing on strategy, growth, innovation and management consulting projects across a wide variety of industries, most notably in the Media and Entertainment space.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working with a Social Entriprise in Nigeria to raise funding for farmers to upskill and access western markets and/or working Pro-bono with organisations in the UK to launch corporate internships targetting those with challenging socio-economic backgrounds.

PERSONAL BEST
Climbing Akchour falls in Morroco!

Tiff Shaw

Executive Office

EXPERIENCE
15 years’ experience in Business Support roles across the UK and the Middle East, spanning various sectors including Banking, Retail, and Management Consulting.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Being part of the Worker Welfare Team at Expo 2020.

PERSONAL BEST
Moving to Dubai in 2016.

Sam Spittle

Operations and Delivery

EXPERIENCE
Strategic, planning and delivery roles across multiple major events across the UK and the Middle East. 14+ years of industry experience across sport, leisure and entertainment and government summit projects including, Commonwealth Games 2014, Scottish Rugby, Rugby World Cup 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup 2017 & 19, Expo 2020 Dubai and COP28 UAE.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
I had the privilege of contributing to the conversion and facilitation of Rugby matches at both Aston Villa and Leicester City Football stadiums during the Rugby World Cup 2015. Oh, and the unforgettable experience of escorting Diego Maradona to a hospitality box during his surprise visit to support the Pumas.

PERSONAL BEST
Captaining club, regional and district Rugby teams as I was growing up…wish my hamstrings had held out!!

Mike Duignan

Academy

EXPERIENCE
Senior academic with 10+ years experience teaching, researching, and writing on managing major events and the economics and social impacts of them on the people and places that host. Prior to becoming Trivandi’s Director of Research, Intelligence and Education, Mike was a tenured professor, Department Chair, and Director of the UK’s Olympic Studies Centre. Alongside his role, Mike is currently a Professeur at the Sorbonne, University of Paris 1 and Editor-in-Chief of #1 international peer-reviewed journal for the study of events: Event Management Journal.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Joining Trivandi, with the aim to transform the way we think about and do major events, and to help professionalise the industry.

PERSONAL BEST
Underpoaching an apple and calling baby spinach rocket in front of circa 2.2m viewers on UK Masterchef.

Kate Davies

Venue Delivery

EXPERIENCE
An RICS chartered surveyor with over 6 years Consultancy experience delivering projects across a variety of sectors including residential, commercial, infrastructure and data centres.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working as part of the team developing the “Value Toolkit” which has now become a BSI Flex standard to define how value-based procurement decisions can be made in the public sector.

PERSONAL BEST
Running a 4h marathon after 8 months training, having never run further than 3km previously. My toenails have never recovered!

Matt PerRin

Operations and Delivery

EXPERIENCE
20+ years in major event operations, working through roles from front line security and crowd safety to safety director and operations director in some of the most recognisable and high profile festivals and sporting events globally.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Winning ‘Best Person in a Crisis’ award at the Middle East Event Awards for my work leading an exceptional team to deliver the 2020 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 safely at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

PERSONAL BEST
Completing my first triathlon during ITU 2019 without training and with enough energy left to continue delivering the event as operations lead.

Paul Kerby

Operations and Delivery

EXPERIENCE
12 years experience of programme management and operations events that started with London 2012 and has continued with the Baku 2015 European Games, Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Lima 2019 Pan American Games, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and COP28 UAE.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Leading the programme delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and ultimately watching it come to life

PERSONAL BEST
Always challenging myself – this year I learned to sail!

Fiona Baxter

Design

EXPERIENCE
10 years’ experience in the construction industry working on the design and delivery of a wide range of scale and use projects in both the UK and Scandinavia. Experience covers high-end residential, commercial and experiential design, with a focus on the refurbishment of existing buildings.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Working alongside divers and conservationists in the design and delivery of The Mary Rose Museum – a museum showcasing King Henry VIII’s Tudor warship, The Mary Rose, which sunk in 1545. Getting to see the thousands of artefacts recovered from the seabed was incredible!

PERSONAL BEST
Setting up a new Basketball club with a group of friends for the London Metropolitan Basketball League. Designing the kit for the men’s and women’s teams and proudly wearing it whilst playing across the UK and France.

SAM LAY

Business Operations

EXPERIENCE
Experience in major events operations at venues across Europe, from the British Grand Prix to Harry Styles’ concert in Vienna, to helping manage operations at the Rolling Stones concert in Munich. Management assistant experience at Enterprise, running daily operations and carrying out admin tasks along with marketing and business development. Degree in Sports Business obtained at Bournemouth University.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Managing operations of the Smithfields site for the 2022 Commonwealth games, which played host to the 3 vs 3 Basketball and Beach Volleyaball Events.

PERSONAL BEST
Working a full time events job with the occasional 26 hour shift while doing my dissertation and still coming out of university with a degree.