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Ex-Global pair join women’s collective AllBright

Debbie Ward and Amy Oldham have exited the UK's second-largest festival operator to take up new roles at AllBright and its FoundHER festivals

By IQ on 27 Jun 2018

Debbie Ward, AllBright

Debbie Ward

AllBright, a networking and events collective for women co-founded by ex-Hearst CEO Anna Jones, has hired Debbie Ward and Amy Oldham, both formerly of Global, as CCO and head of partnerships and live, respectively.

Ward and Oldham joined Global’s then-17-strong festival division from Live Nation in March 2017 to oversee commercial partnerships. They join AllBright alongside new head of marketing Claudia Collins, formerly of Ascential and News UK.

AllBright comprises female-only members’ clubs, networking scheme AllBright Academy, an investment platform and pitch days for female entrepreneurs, and a programme of live events, including a festival for working women, FoundHER, in July. FoundHER 2018 guests include journalist Cathy Newman, TV presenter Trinny Woodall, Cefinn founder (and wife of ex-PM David) Samantha Cameron and anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller.

“We are focusing on growing the business in the live events and partnerships space”

Commenting on the new hires, Jones says: “With our upcoming festival FoundHER, we are focusing on growing the business in the live events and partnerships space. For this reason we needed to appoint the best commercial talent to support our business growth.”

Adds Ward: “AllBright is at such an exciting growth phase and I’m excited to be joining an organisation that is driven by a mission and a purpose to help make the UK a better place to be a working woman. Amy and I are passionate about the content Allbright curates, from the AllBright Academy to festivals, workshops, talks and debates – content that educates, builds confidence and creates communities. So spearheading brand collaboration in this space is truly exciting.”

At press time, it is unclear who will replace the pair at Global; IQ has contacted the company for comment.


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