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Ex-Global pair join women’s collective AllBright

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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Global poaches LN’s Ward for brand partnerships

The battle for UK festival dominance is heating up.

Fresh from last week’s acquisition of Victorious and Hideout Festivals, London-headquartered Global Entertainment has appointed a seven-strong commercial team to develop brand partnerships for its growing portfolio of 17 festivals in the UK, Europe and Canada.

Overseeing the new division is Debbie Ward, formerly vice-president of marketing partnerships at Live Nation. She joined MAMA Festivals – acquired by Live Nation in August 2015 – in 2008 as head of brand partnerships, where she brokered commercial partnerships between festivals including Lovebox and Wilderness and brands such as Mulberry, Laurent-Perrier, Corona, Jack Daniels and HTC.

Other new hires are brand partnership directors Wayne Mensah, who moved from youth entertainment channel The Hook, and Amy Oldham, who also joins from Live Nation. The team will also include a brand manager and three account managers.

“In just 12 months, Global has become the second-biggest player in the UK festival market, which is why we needed to find the best commercial talent to support our investment in this sector”

Live Nation – the UK’s biggest festival promoter, leading second-placed Global – itself recently acquired a majority interest in Isle of Wight Festival, bringing its total to 85+ events internationally.

Global chief commercial officer Mike Gordon comments: “In just 12 months, Global has become the second-biggest player in the UK festival market, which is why we needed to find the best commercial talent to support our investment in this sector. I’m delighted that Debbie has joined Global, given her very impressive industry credentials, having created some of the most talked-about festival partnerships.

“With an enviable portfolio of festivals, access to Global’s talent management and events expertise and, of course, an audience of 30 million people every week through our media brands, our festival offering is truly unique.”

Ward adds: “The opportunity to join Global and lead the commercial side of their festivals business is incredibly exciting. We are perfectly placed to deliver some of the world’s most exciting campaigns for brands, and I’m looking forward to working with new clients to build some memorable experiences at our festivals.”

 


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