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DHP Family makes three promotions

DHP Family has made three internal promotions, appointing a new head of marketing, marketing manager and head of creative.

Kelly Bennaton, who joined the UK promoter/venue owner from the Association of Independent Music (AIM) three years ago, becomes head of marketing, overseeing marketing for more than 1,600 shows annually, as well as DHP’s festival business and its corporate marketing strategy.

Sophie Power is the company’s new head of creative, tasked with developing its creative output and overseeing visual communications at its venues, festivals and concerts, while Anwyn Williams becomes marketing manager, delivering campaigns for some of DHP’s biggest shows and tours and its multi-venue Dot to Dot festival.

Power joined DHP eight years ago, initially as marketing and design assistant, while Anwyn, like Bennaton, came on board in 2014. DHP Family managing director George Akins says he is “delighted that we have been able to turn to the talent we have working within the company to fill these three roles”.

“I’m delighted that we have been able to turn to the talent we have working within the company to fill these three roles”

“I’ve been lucky enough to have some fantastic female mentors: Lara Baker and Alison Wenham at AIM and Lauren Barley and Allison Schnackenberg at Southern Records,” says Bennaton. “They were always hugely encouraging and that made the sexism I came across in the wider industry” – as recently highlighted by IQ – “much easier to deal with. DHP have also been very supportive; it’s great to have a boss that recognises the importance of equality in the workplace.”

Williams adds: “I’m looking forward to helping develop the amazing marketing team we have at DHP Family and the work we do, and very excited to be contributing myself to loads more of the great shows and festivals we’ll be putting on.

“It’s good to see that ‘women in the music industry’ is becoming a topic that’s talked and cared about a lot more, and it’s definitely inspiring to see more women working in music and being recognised for their achievements, especially with getting to work alongside so many here at DHP.”


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