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Brundle was voted in unanimously at the organisation's recent AGM meeting and takes over from Adrian Sanders, who is retiring after two years in the role
By Molly Long on 16 Jul 2018
The Society of Ticketing Agents and Retailers (STAR) has announced the appointment of Richard Brundle as its new chairman. The decision, voted for at STAR’s most recent AGM, was a unanimous agreement among members.
This new role will not be the first time Brundle has worked with the ticketing organisation. As managing director of ticketing agency Edwards and Edwards, Brundle was part of the team that established STAR in the mid 1990s. He went on to serve as a council member from 1997 to 2001.
Outside of his previous work with the industry body, Brundle has focused his work on the theatre, entertainment and hospitality industries. Through his consultancy business, RCNA Partnership, he has had opportunity to support clients including the Society of London Theatres (SOLT).
“We need to bring together as many parties as possible to make tickets available to all, including those with access issues.”
At the AGM that saw him elected, Brundle addressed STAR members. He put forward his immediate aim to meet the demands of event goers with disabilities and different access requirements. By working towards the challenges set out in Attitude is Everything‘s recent State of Access report, he hopes STAR may lead the way. He says: “We need to bring together as many parties as possible to make tickets available to all, including those with access issues.
“Great strides have started on that and one of my goals is bring an industry wide standard in this area.”
Beyond this, Brundle spoke of wanting to unify the ticketing industry, saying the organisation, “needs to unify where it can, lead the ticketing charter, and to make a difference in how people choose to buy their tickets.
“STAR’s role must be to help to ensure that the public are well informed and clear before they purchase a ticket. ”
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