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Jeremy Pritchard

A classically-trained cellist and singer, Jeremy has been involved in music since childhood and went on to form band Everything Everything with fellow University of Salford music graduates in 2007 where they were signed to Sony RCA and released four top 10 albums. Not only this, but the band won five Ivor Novello and two Mercury Music Prize nominations. Jeremy became a patron of The Music Venue Trust in 2014, more recently becoming a trustee, following his great experiences touring smaller venues. Throughout 2019 he toured internationally with Foals, on bass, vocals and keys, and following this is currently working on the fifth Everything Everything album.


One of the longest-serving linchpins of the trance scene, Genix has deep roots in the genre that have helped his production career to grow hugely since his debut release in 2003. Since then he has become a mainstay of Anjunabeats, with other releases on Armind, Vandit Records, Enhanced Records and Reset Records to name a few. DJing alongside the world’s elite along the way, he has become a huge name in his own right.

Eric Longley

Eric Longley was for a time Managing Director of Factory Records, working with New Order and Happy Mondays. He has managed indie bands such as Cud and the New Fast Automatic Daffodils, as well as boyband Spin City. Eric now works as a tax specialist for musicians, composers and others in the entertainment industry, as well as acting as the business manager for 25 Hour Convenience Store – the record label owned by Gary Powell of The Libertines.  Eric has a mountain of contacts and information to share about how to be successful in the music business, first recognise that it is the music business – two parts, music and business.

Alex McCann

Alex MacCann is a Social Media Svengali. He started out as a promoter with the band The 1975 in Manchester, before moving into the world of digital marketing, creating Altrincham HQ – a social media management and training company based in Cheshire. Over the past eight years Alex has built up an impressive client list including the BBC, NHS, University Of Manchester, Manchester Arndale and many more. A former journalist, whose blogs have been read by over half a million readers, he has also successfully ran an events company putting on 60 events a year which included a 15,000 capacity arts & music festivals in Manchester. Alex is also ranked number 1 for Social Media Marketing in the UK via independent customer reviews on Freeindex.

Alan McGee

Alan has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger. He co-founded the independent Creation Records label, running it from 1983 until its closure in 1999, since which he has set up further massively successful music labels. During his career, he has signed and worked with bands that have literally defined generations – Oasis, Primal Scream, The Hives, The Libertines and many more. His life has proved so fascinating, that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is making a film about him; filming for biopic Creation Stories began in 2019.

Seb Burnett

Seb has worked as an illustrator and character designer with international publishers such as Puffin, Usborne, Dorling Kindersly and OUP. Since setting up Rumpus Animation he has directed and designed music videos, short films and commercials with a deft humorous touch and meticulous attention to detail.

Will Becher

Will is an Animator and Director based in Bristol. He began his career with a summer work placement on Chicken Run – building ‘clay wings’ in the model-making department. Following his degree in Animation in Edinburgh, he was invited by Nick Park to join the animation team on Curse of the Were Rabbit (becoming one of Aardman’s youngest ever feature film animators). The film won the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Animation. Will has since worked as a Lead Character Animator on both The Pirates! and Shaun the Sheep Movie, as well as directing Shaun the Sheep Series 5 before taking the role of Animation Director on Early Man. Will is co-director of Bafta nominated Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon.

Tommy Draper

Tommy is a prolific screenwriter who frequently writes for European companies. His credits list is lengthy, and includes the likes of Pro Kopf – which won ‘Best Horror/Suspense’ at Comic-Con – and Der Letze Tropfen, which was commissioned by NBC Universal International (Germany). One of Tommy’s most recent credits is the BFI Network-funded Keep Breathing, which screened at the BFI London Film Festival.

Sophie Black

Sophie founded Triskelle Pictures in 2008, through which she produced the time-travel short Stop / Eject which was long-listed for ‘Best British Short’ at BAFTA in 2015, as well as directing eight short films. She won the MMBF Rising Star Award in 2017 and was accepted into the BFI Network BAFTA Crew in 2018-2020.

Rupert Lloyd Parry

Rupert is a UK-based Key Grip with a broad experience of film and TV productions including Trainspotting 2, Rush and About Time. Having started working on corporate videos and pop promos in the early 90s, he now has over twenty five years’ experience and over 50 feature film credits. Now an Advanced Level 3 Key Grip he has experience of working throughout the UK across Europe and North Africa and was described by one Producer as ‘a good Grip, a good man and a pleasure to work with’.

Lucy Cooper

Lucy Cooper spent eight years at the highly acclaimed VFX software developer Foundry where she helped grow the company from into a 330+ strong company with a £200m valuation. During her tenure, Foundry products won two Sci-Tech Awards from the Academy of Motion Arts and Science and their software was used on every film awarded the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects since 2011. Now the Managing Director at Union Visual Effects, Lucy is also a Director of Animated Women UK and ACCESS: VFX; she is passionate about encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity within the VFX industry and even completed Cranfield School of Management’s “Women as Leaders” programme.

Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell intimate stories to international audiences, whether inviting them behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop in her home town in Sound it Out, to share the extraordinary journey of a British transgender man pregnant with his child in Seahorse, or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show – Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch. Her films, although varied in subject matter, are all made with the same steel and heart, sharing an empathetic approach to bringing overlooked and untold stories to the screen.

Gerry Vasbenter

Gerry has a vast amount of experience in the camera department; his Steadicam and Camera Operator credits including Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Now working as a Director of Photography, Gerry’s credits include Waiting for Anya for director Ben Cookson with Jean Reno and Anjelica Huston, Amazon Adventure – a 3D narrative period film for IMAX for which he was awarded ‘Best Cinematography’ by the Giant Screen Cinema Association, plus many more. Gerry regularly works on commercials and music videos for companies such as MPC, Kream, Objekt and Hoi Polloi.

Bob James

Bob James is a music industry specialist, mentor, life coach and mindfulness tutor. Having worked successfully as a Music Manager for over 25 years, he understands the importance of providing artists with support not only in business but also with their mental health and personal development, and ensuring these become more of a priority within the music industry.

Phil Sales

London-based artist manager Phil started as a promoter at Ministry of Sound back in 2001, working his way up to eventually take control of all of the club’s bookings and promotions. In 2007 he launched his own artist management company ‘Sylo Management’ managing the likes of Toolroom records’ Mark Knight and Audio Bullys. In 2010, he joined forces with Three Six Zero Group to form a new joint venture, adding his artists to a roster that included Calvin Harris and deadmau5 amongst others. Phil is now Three Six Zero’s vice president of artist management.

Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell is a published author and illustrator. Her books have been translated into ten different languages and featured on BBC’s Bedtime Stories and the Governments Boys into Books list. Her clients include Harper Collins UK and US, Orchard Books, Gullane, Oxford University Press and Scholastic. Sarah has completed doctoral research in the area of book illustration, specifically focusing on the children’s book as an art form.

DJ Slipz

SLiPZ originally hails from Nottingham, and began his career as a Grime & Bassline producer, having numerous releases and chart topping success, working with various artists such as Dapz, Daddy Freddy, Aquasky and many more. He has also collaborated with and had his tracks remixed by artists such as DJ Friction and Nu Elementz, receiving support on national radio from various BBC Radio1 and 1Xtra DJ’s.

Ceri Wade

Ceri Wade is Operations Director at Arcadia Spectacular and the focal point for all logistics, operations and productions. Having studied event management and worked in a range of event environments, Ceri joined Arcadia in 2009. As Arcadia grew into a touring company with a 50 tonne Spider built from recycled materials posing huge logistical challenges, Ceri facilitated every aspect of the transition. Under Ceri’s stewardship, Arcadia were named ‘Live Production of the Year’ at the TPI Awards in 2013 and again in 2015 where she was also recognized as ‘Production Manager of the Year.


Bru-C is a 26 year old MC/Entrepreneur based in Nottingham. Founder of Krudd, 2Much & various other events/clothing brands, Bru-C knows his way around the dance, being one of the main faces for rappers in the UK Bass scene, quoted “The voice of Bassline in 2017” by UKF. High energy performances and strong collaboration tracks with the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Bassboy & Hadean make Bru-C a well-known figure in the music scene.

Tim Parry

Tim Parry has been a director of Big Life with achievements in the music industry spanning the worlds of management, recordings and publishing. Their label Big Life Records achieved over 50 top 40 UK hits. On the management side, Big Life has been behind the success of artists as diverse as Soul II Soul, The Soup Dragons, Lisa Stansfield, The Verve, Badly Drawn Boy, Snow Patrol, Klaxons, La Roux and London Grammar.

The Daydream Club

The Daydream Club are a multi-genre, award-winning husband and wife duo comprising of Adam and Paula Pickering, with one goal – to make music they’re proud of. Forging their own path from the start and founding Poco Poco Records to release music the way they wanted, the duo have built up support from the BBC, Burberry, Rolling Stone, Channel 4, the Hype Machine’s most influential music blogs, Spotify and Apple, with over 75 million streams.

She Makes War

She Makes War is the solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist Laura Kidd. Blending urgent indie rock with melancholy torch songs, her latest album “Brace For Impact” was released in October 2018 and reached #15 in the Official Independent Albums Chart. 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year, featuring live appearances with The Juliana Hatfield Three, Beth Orton, Johnny Lloyd, Frank Turner, Lonely The Brave, Ferocious Dog, The Levellers and Desperate Journalist…so far!

Rusty Egan

First making a name for himself in the late 1970s as drummer for the New Wave band The Rich Kids, Rusty Egan has been one of the most renowned DJ’s in London’s boutique nightclub circuit for over 25 years. He began his DJ career at the Blitz Club, London in the early 1980s. As the club grew in popularity, Rusty was quickly recognised as an innovator within London’s night and opened the 1800 capacity Camden Palace with Steve Strange.

Dr. Rick Snoman

Dr. Rick Snoman is a producer and award-winning author of the Dance Music Manual; the industry-recognised textbook on the production of electronic music. With nearly 30 years specialising in electronic dance music production, he has remixed for many top artists and released music as Phiadra, RED 5 and, more recently, Aeon Soul. He is an iTunes certified mastering engineer, an EMTAS certified tutor, and founder of Dance Music Production.

Ben Squires

Benjamin is a composer for film, TV and video games, having had his music featured in marketing campaigns for Hollywood films, including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mary Poppins Returns and The Shape of Water. His music has also featured in trailers for AAA video games, including Assassin’s Creed, Lego The Incredibles and Just Cause 3. Ben writes music for brands, such as Xbox and Man United, and has also scored over a hundred short films.


Using unsettling noise, handmade electronics and found objects pushed through pedals, AJA’s industrial beats and distorted drone, combined with a psycho-visceral, intense performance, challenges the audience by breaking down barriers and pushing limits sonically and visually. AJA has played live on NTS Radio and after making sound scores for artist Joey Holder for Ophiux and ADCREDO, she won The Oram Award celebrating innovative music production.

John Braddock

John Paul ‘JP’ Braddock is an audio engineer focused in both analogue and digital domain mastering. He is the former Head Engineer of ‘Rubber Biscuit Studio’ where he discovered his passion for restoration mastering and spark for the creation of the ‘British Music Archive’ heritage restoration project. Delivering hundreds of albums over the last two decades spanning a wide range of genres, from work with Mercury through to Earache Records.

Tristan Benrays

Tristan is an award-winning writer and performer. His work has been performed at The Globe, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, National Theatre Studio and Southwark Playhouse. He was Writer In Residence at Dancing Ledge TV Productions, as well as a member Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group. His most recent show Old Fools premiered at Southwark Playhouse in March 2018 and was nominated for 4 Off West End Awards, including Best Play.

James Mac

James Mac is a highly experienced VFX supervisor at The Mill. Over the duration of his career he has worked on numerous TV commercials, feature films, music videos and Interactive online projects. A selection of international brand clients and campaigns James has worked with include: Audi, Amazon, Cadbury, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Adidas, Nike, BBC, ITV, UEFA, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Madonna, Paul McCartney & Kasabian.

Sophie Power

Sophie is currently Head of Creative for award-winning, Nottingham-based live music promoter DHP Family. Her department provides creative to promote tours and stand-alone shows for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and Human League. She also oversees the branding and design direction for eight venues around the UK including Rock City, Rescue Rooms and The Bodega, online ticketing platform Alt Tickets and festivals in five cities up to 25k capacity including Splendour and Dot to Dot Festival.

Chris Cook

Chris is a Lead Modeller at the multi-award winning creative studio and VFX specialist Framestore. Chris creates photoreal CG characters and environments for feature film; supporting the Director’s overall vision whilst pushing the boundaries of VFX technology. Chris launched his career in 2010 on Alfonso Cuarón’s ground-breaking film Gravity, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Throughout his career Chris has amassed an eclectic list of over 15 film credits, working on films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Beauty and the Beast and Disney’s recent critically acclaimed Christopher Robin. Chris and his team are also responsible for the creation of some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters, including Baby Groot & Winnie The Pooh. Along side his team they have accumulated an impressive 5 Academy Award VFX nominations.

Paul Warren

Paul Warren is a sci-fi and fantasy actor often wearing heavy prosthetic makeup or creature suits. He is  known for playing Varmik in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but has also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, World War Z and Clash of the Titans.  He began his career as a body double for Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before being cast as one of the skinny Steve Rogers VFX doubles in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Marc Price

Marc Price is an award-winning writer and director, whose latest work includes the film Nightshooters – an action comedy which was nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance 2018, as well as winning Best Action Feature at Thriller-Chiller Fest. Marc’s debut feature Colin won six international film awards including Best Feature at Raindance and a nomination at the BIFA awards for the Raindance Award, as well as being screened at Cannes, Frightfest and Sitges.

Jude Christian

Jude Christian is a director and theatre maker based in Manchester. Recent work includes Dark Night of the Soul; Nanjing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, othellomacbeth (Lyric Hammersmith), Bodies, Blue, Lela & Co. (Royal Court), Trust, I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate), Parliament Square (Royal Exchange; Bush). Jude is an Artistic Associate at the Gate Theatre and Dramaturg at RWCMD.

Jennifer Wynne

Jennifer Wynne has been working as a production manager for more than 15 years. She has worked on many British independent films, such as The Woman in Black, Pride and Slumdog Millionaire and also with some of the US film studios on films, such as The Snowman and Bohemian Rhapsody. Her last project was the Amazon Studios film The Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones which is due for release late 2019.

Jack Howard

Jack Howard is an actor, writer and director, and is one half of the comedy duo Jack & Dean, which he co-founded with his long-time collaborator Dean Dobbs. Jack also co-created, wrote, directed, edited and starred in the sitcom Jack & Dean of All Trades for Full screen, for which he was nominated for a Streamy Award for Excellence in Directing. Jack has acted in commercials and TV series, recently Bulletproof for Sky and the UK version of Drunk History.

David Raper

David is Film & TV/Theatre Business Development Executive at Mandy.com. Before joining Mandy, David was living and working as a Producer in New York City for 10 years, producing non-fiction TV for multiple broadcast networks including; The Travel Channel, Discovery Networks, The History Channel and E!. David trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at The New York Film Academy.

Erol Kentli

Lead Artist at Splash Damage, Erol Kentli is a seasoned veteran of the games industry, having spent the last 20+ years leading, managing and directing art on a wide variety of games – the Conflict series, DiRT 2, Flashpoint, Crysis 3 & PlayStation VR Worlds to name a few. More recently, Erol joined Splash Damage where’s he’s been a lead on Dirty Bomb, Gears Tactics & is now working on a top secret new IP. Over the years Erol has developed a passion for visual composition & would like to share his expertise on the subject with a wider audience.

Abigail Longstaffe

Abigail originally trained at Mountview Academy, and has worked as an actor in shows around the world and in the West End. She then moved out of acting, founding and running a theatrical agency before moving to the Mandy Network and heading up the business development departments in the UK, US and Canada. She regularly gives talks to actors on the business of acting and how to promote yourself successfully within the industry.

Rachele Doimo

Art Director at Square Enix with 15 years of game development experience across different genre and platforms. Previously, Rachele worked as Art Director at Splash Damage, Art Director at DeepSilver Dambuster, Lead Artist at Crytek UK, Senior Artist ar Rockstar and Lead Artist at Milestone Milan. Video game credits include Max Payne 3, GTA V, Red Dead Redemption II for Rockstar Games, Homefront: the Revolution for Deep Silver, Dirty Bomb for Splash Damage, Life is Strange 2 and several unannounced titles for Square Enix.

Neil Gorton

Neil has had a varied career since starting out in TV, working at the BBC and various production companies before landing a role as a scriptwriter at Ginx TV. This led to producing and directing before a left turn saw a year as a freelancer and starting his own YouTube Show. During his career in the games industry, he has been a community manager for Capcom, Square Enix and Bethesda.

Justin Turford

Justin Turford has more than 25 years in the music industry as a DJ, performer, record label head and event manager. He has stage-managed some of the biggest acts in the world, and is now the Music and Sound Art Producer for UK Young Artists; a company developing artists’ practice through cross art form opportunities and celebrating creativity at national and international events.

Plates Records

Plates Records is a unique record-cutting studio based at Metronome. The studio features an incredibly rare original Scully cutting lathe where it is possible to cut one-off records – dubplates – and also master laquers, used as a basis for vinyl record production. Plates Records are one the only studios offering this service and attended sessions outside of London.

Affari Media

Nottingham-based creative marketing agency Affari Media  are a creative marketing agency made up of a team of digital content specialists including a content designer, lead and senior motion designers and a graphic designer. They offer services including immersive technology, video production and marketing design.

Paul Quin

Entertainment lawyer to the stars, Paul spent many years as a professional drummer and remains active in the music industry.  Acting as a music business consultant, he assists artists in developing and charting their career and making sure their interests are best protected.  Paul remains an active musician and producer working in a variety of musical genres.

Dom Famularo

One of the world’s best-respected solo drum artists, Dom has built a career solely upon his unique skills as a talented artist, educator, author and motivational speaker. He currently teaches in excess of 2,000 students from over 30 countries at his WizDom Drumshed studio in New York – part of a wider franchise he oversees in USA, France and Italy.     

Christine Ohlman

Long-time Saturday Night Live Band’s vocalist (since 1992), and renowned musicologist, Christine’s legendary voice and stage presence – known as “The Beehive Queen” for her towering blonde hairdo – have gained her worldwide fame within the industry. She has performed on the likes of the Jimmy Fallon show and at the Carnegie Hall during her staggering career.

Carlos Guzman

Tour manager for Barry Gibb, Carlos has a long and successful career managing tours and production for a number of huge names in the music industry. He has worked not only for Barry Gibb, but for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross; and all after initially pursuing a career in the police force. A true testament to pursuing one’s dreams, Carlos is set to deliver a great talk!

Henry Normal

Originally hailing from Nottingham, writer, poet, comedian and television producer Henry Normal co-wrote and script-edited the first series of The Royle Family. He worked alongside Steve Coogan to co-write the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, plus many other productions. He set up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999, producing and script-editing shows and films including Gavin and Stacey, Philomena and The Mighty Boosh, amongst others. In June 2017 after 30 years in TV, he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.

Natalie Owen

Head Designer at LeftLion Magazine Natalie Owen has been working for LeftLion for 4 years. Originally from Nottingham, she worked at the Nottingham Trent Students’ Union as part of their design team. Her work at LeftLion includes the design and overall look and layout of the magazine, as well as design, filming and photography work for other clients through LeftLion Extended.

Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts is a live sound engineer. Over the last 25 years he has mixed his way through the entire alphabet of bands (except x), mixing bands at a number of festivals including Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Download, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Y Not, Truck, Rock am Ring, Pinkpop, Benecassim, Roskilde, Rock en Seine and many more. During this time he has worked with musicians such as the Sherlocks and Liam Gallagher, to name just a couple.

Taylor – Markstrom

Taylor is a full-time streamer in North Carolina working for Markstrom TV, whose main game is Escape From Tarkov by Battlestate Games, but has also streamed DayZ, CS:GO, Star Citizen, Scum, Dark Souls, The Last of Us, Miscreated and Sea of Thieves. A variety broadcaster, he primarily enjoys survival shooters, and is part of a ‘Stream Team’ called The Marksmen (Markstrom, Peebro, Kotton, Deadlyslob, MonsterDFace). Taylor also works with GamersOutreach Foundation Charity.

Loic Gaillard

Loïc Gaillard is the in-house engineer at The Motor Museum. Originally from Switzerland, he moved to the UK to pursue a career in the recording industry, and in 2017 was awarded the Music Producers Guild Prize to recognise his achievements. Being a multi-instrumentalist gives Loïc a very musical approach to recording, and he is comfortable working in a wide variety of genres.

Machine Woman

Anastasia Vtorova records gritty experimental techno, lacing minimal rhythms with distortion and unexpected turns. Her music is reflective of the ecstasy of nightlife as well as the loneliness of spending nights in solitude. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, she attended university in London and played in various punk and noise groups. Eventually she started making solo electronic music, but maintained a rebellious, convention-defying spirit with her work.

Adrian Reynolds

Adrian Reynolds started out as an advertising agency copywriter before his first writing for film, based on his first play, made an impact on Four Weddings And A Funeral producer Tim Bevan. He’s written BBC TV drama, scripted a short film (White Lily) that as well as winning awards can be seen on Amazon Prime and has over 700,000 YouTube views, and is getting interest in animation and film projects. Comics in all forms are a lifelong passion of his.

Carin Abdulá

Carin Abdulá is the Head Agent of OUTER, the agency branch of Berlin Atonal – one of Europe’s most renowned advanced music festivals. Carefully curating a roster of singular talent from electronic music giants such as Moritz Von Oswald and DBridge to rising names like Ziúr, Machine Woman and Jensen Interceptor, Carin’s career and vision is set on a deep passion for boundary pushing sounds, explorations of art’s various mediums and a strong community ethos.

James Bentley

James has a background in composition having studied with James Dillon, Mike Vaughan and Jonty Harrison during undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Birmingham. He holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham and was a member of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). At Confetti, he teaches on Higher Education courses within music technology and performance at as well as having some input on the postgraduate courses and involvement in research.

Tom Wood

Tom began studying Technical Events at Confetti in 2014, before securing his first technician job in an independent venue in 2015. After this, Tom continued his studies with the Live and Technical Events Degree at Confetti, shortly after which he began working for DHP Family in Stealth and Rescue, before being moved over to Rock City after a year and a half where he now works as a live sound engineer.

Chris Cooke

Chris is an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. He keeps very busy as the publisher of CMU, ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, as well as founding and co-owning 3CM UnLimited; a group of companies that includes publisher UnLimited Media, education business UnLimited Learning, and music and media consultancy UnLimited Insights. Chris also works on Brighton Festival The Great Escape and with the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to encourage ethnic minority groups to pursue roles within the communications sector.

Gordon Charlton

Music producer Gordon Charlton first found success in signing Sade for CBS Records in London early on in his career. Since this, he has worked alongside and signed the likes of acts including Bono, Travis and Daniel Bedingfield – to name just a few. He is now the Managing Director at the extremely successful After Life record label.

Ajay Henry

Hailing from East Midlands, UK – Ajay Henry is a soul/R&B singer and songwriter with similar vibes to RAY BLK, Frank Ocean and Elli Ingram. After releasing his 2017 single Danger Love, he moved swiftly on to launch his Forgive Me EP in June 2018. Leading up to this launch, Ajay released singles each month through various digital platforms including BBC Introducing & Kemet FM, receiving great reviews from the likes of Dean Jackson. He’s been featured on Nusic’s Top 3 Gigs, has been invited to play Nottingham’s Hockley Hustle four times, and Dot to Dot Festival twice, as well as performing at shows alongside NYC-based Jesse Ruben amongst others.

The Oliver Twins

The Oliver Twins are a video game-designing twin brother duo. The pair began professionally developing computer games at a young age, contributing their debut type-in game to Computer and Video Games Magazine in 1983. Following this, they worked with Codemasters for a number of years, before founding Interactive Studios (later, Blitz Games Studios) and Radiant Worlds. To this day, both brothers take an active supportive role within the UK games industry.

Callum Hancock

Callum studied the Games Tech course at Confetti, and graduated in 2018 having spent the majority of his course working on personal projects, eventually using that portfolio to get a job with Cloud Imperium where he now works as a designer and games developer. He’s currently working on Star Citizen/Squadron 42, whilst also keeping up work on his personal project Mice on Venus which he’s showing at a variety of Indie Festivals and showcases.

Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey grew up in a musical family in east London, and soon became aware of her strong singing voice. Shortly after moving to Nottingham, while working at a children’s charity by day, Lacey built up a repertoire and a following within the music scene. Performing at a night organised by Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings brought her to the attention of Future Bubblers, the label’s talent discovery scheme, and she was accepted on to the year-long development programme.

Tony Bates

Passionate about Nottingham for many years Tony led a campaign which saw Nottingham become the first city to trend worldwide on Twitter, using the hashtag NottinghamRocks. His passion for the city was recognised by local radio station 97.5 Kemet FM who invited him to join the breakfast show to promote local events and interview those involved. Tony is also Managing Director at Fast Graphics Limited.

Hannah Storm

Hannah Storm studied on the first year of the Technical Events Production Level 3 course at confetti before moving to study Arts and Festival Management at De Montfort University. While studying, Hannah worked as a steward at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, an on-site coordinator for See Tickets and as an Events Assistant at the Motorpoint Arena, giving a wide range of industry experience while studying. After graduation, Hannah joined the events team at the arena full time, now working as an Event Manager on large scale events in the 10,000 capacity venue.

George Patchett

After studying the FdSc Music Technology at Confetti, followed by a BSc at De Montfort University, George has had a fantastic career to date. Following a six-month internship at Notts TV, he began freelancing for ESL UK – UK and Ireland’s Premier Esports company – working on a variety of games in the ESports sphere. Two years on, and he is Head of Sound their headquarters in Leicester.

Anna Griffin

Anna is an independent producer working in both documentary and fiction with Wellington Films and her own newly formed, Griffin Pictures. With Wellington, Anna Co-Produced Hope Dickson Leach’s debut feature, The Levelling and most recently produced Highlands set thriller Calibre alongside Alastair Clark, written & directed by Matt Palmer, supported by Creative England and Scotland with global distribution from Netflix.  In 2017 Anna set up her own production company, Griffin Pictures, and is developing The TunnelL, written & directed by BAFTA nominated Arash Ashtiani, supported by the BFI. Anna is a 2018 Screen Star of Tomorrow and the recipient of the inaugural Simon Relph Memorial Bursary.

Al Clark

Alastair Clark founded Wellington Films in 2000 with producing partner Rachel Robey. In 2018 it was cited by Screen International as one of the top fifty British independent film production companies in their BRIT 50 list. Their BAFTA nominated debut feature, LONDON TO BRIGHTON earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards was released to widespread critical acclaim by Vertigo Films and has since been named by TimeOut London as one of the top 100 British films of all time.

Gaz Frost (Congi)

One half of production duo ‘Congi’, Gaz Frost studied a BSc in Audio & Recording Science at Confetti. Gaz is not only a music producer, but also co-manager of record label ‘Chord Marauders’, where his role is focused largely on handling physical distribution with A&R. With a background in DJing, live performance and production, he now teaches music production in Nottingham.

Jason Hart

Jason Hart is a musician, producer and artist manager originating from Nottingham. He has been a session guitarist for bands such as Spiritualized and The La’s. Having been involved in the making of a number of albums and working with Grammy award producers such as Ken Nelson (Coldplay), Chris Potter (The Verve) , Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) he became interested in record production and secured his first recording studio in Nottingham in 1998. He manages Jake Bugg, along with a roster of other artists including Georgie, San Junipero and Fletcher Jackson. Alongside management, Jason runs his own record label, publishing company and recording studio from his base in Nottingham.

Dan Jackson

Dan landed a job at ITV back in 2004 and spent the first few years of his career making documentaries on The South Bank Show. Dan then went on to work on Coronation Street and Emmerdale where he was the senior strategist involved in the move to the brand new Media City UK site in Trafford. Dan now works as a writer and producer with tv and radio credits on Coronation Street and a podcast series that depicts the world through its use of language.

Jermaine Edwards

Jermaine studied a BA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, where he first found filmmaking and his place as behind the camera. He began in his vocation camera assisting in feature films, television and commercials. He then undertook a Masters in Cinematography at the National Film & Television School and is currently lighting drama and music videos. His IMDb credits include Pride, Top Boy and Delirium.

Deborah Haywood

Following Deborah’s first short film LADY MARGARET, Deborah was selected for Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2007. Several more award winning short films followed, most notably BIFA nominated SIS (2010). Deborah recently received a nomination for Breakthrough Filmmaker at the London Critic’s Circle Awards and she was named as one of the Biggest Breakout Female Filmmakers by Harper’s Bazaar.

Chris Seed

Award winning animator Chris Seed studied animation at Dundee University, where he first started his career as a digital colourist on a 2D animated Sylvain Chomet film The Illusionist. With a career spanning 10 years, Chris’s credits include Planet Dinosaur, Wolfblood, Floogals and the sloth fronted Sofaworks advert. Joining Jellyfish Pictures in 2010, Chris has held multiple roles from lead rigger to storyboard artist and eventually Head of Animation VFX. Integral to the team’s Emmy win for its work on Your Inner Fish, Chris brings versatility of skills and creative genius to every project he touches.  Chris is now leading a team of animators on pre-school animated TV hit Floogals, as well as working on his own animation series.

Jess Parry

Jess Parry is an established freelance artist, Confetti graduate and a postgraduate student currently studying on the MA Creative Technologies here at Confetti. She has as broad range of technical and artistic skills which include 2D and 3D asset creation and animation. Her professional experience spans escape room development, teaching games art, and working for the National Videogame Arcade.

Chris Bateman

Award-winning game designer Chris Bateman has been writing and designing games since the 16-bit consoles and has now worked on over fifty published games. His first game as lead designer and writer was Discworld Noir, and his most recent titles are the PlayStation VR game The Persistence, Shadows: Awakening, and the forthcoming strategy title Tropico 6. The founder of Develop Award Nominee International Hobo Ltd, Chris won the IGDA’s MVP Award for his work founding and running the organisation’s highly successful Game Writers Special Interest Group.

Alex Traska

Entering the design industry in 2003, Alex juggled freelance design work with projects in the fledgling field of internet streaming audio. His work was featured by Channel 4 and the BBC, and precipitated international appearances, including a guest lecture at Germany’s legendary Bauhaus Institute. Since 2011, Alex has lead a team at Makermet Creative; a brand consultancy and strategic marketing agency. Alex is also Creative Director at Pebble magazine – a sustainability, green-living and eco-lifestyle content platform and community.

Lee Byatt

From growing up in a small northern town, Lee has accrued over 20 years’ experience on the frontline of new, currently at the BBC. As a shoot/edit and SNG engineer there isn’t much that he hasn’t experienced in the news and sport world – from sports, to riots, to ‘fluffy rabbits’ and everything in between.

Aria Shahrokhshahi

Aria Shahrokhshahi is a Nottingham-born documentary photographer and videographer working nationally and internationally on a variety of exciting, often sensitive photography projects. His work focuses on topics surrounding social issues, anthropology, subculture, and social and cultural practices. Perhaps his most noteworthy project to date is his striking work on the ‘Jungle’ in Calais – ‘Calais burning’.

Rob Green

Nottingham-based singer songwriter Rob Green’s first EP debuted in the Top 40 of iTunes Album Chart in its first week, and was number three in iTunes RnB Chart. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, the self-taught guitarist performed over 100 fixtures around the UK including; Y Not Festival, Victorious Festival and many more. 2017 saw the release of BELIEF – Rob’s latest single – which immediately gained the attention of various radio broadcasters at the BBC. In summer 2018 Rob announced he would be supporting legendary pop/soul group EARTH WIND & FIRE on their UK Arena Tour, and later joined them for a bonus date in Paris.

Chris Wyatt

Chris Wyatt is a film editor who has worked with an eclectic mix of acclaimed British film directors from Peter Greenaway to Shane Meadows. Spanning a career of more than forty years, credits include ‘The Pillow Book’, ‘This is England’ and ‘Dreams of a Life’.  Recent credits include ‘God’s Own Country’ with Francis Lee and ‘Calibre’ with Matt Palmer. Chris has spent the last two years working in the US with long term collaborator Yann Demange on ‘White Boy Rick’ for Studio 8 and the pilot episode of ‘Lovecraft Country’ for HBO.

Stephen Austin

Games design graduate, experienced QA across multiple games companies (Sony, Travellers Tales, Ubisoft, Cloud Imperium Games), former games lecturer and industry speaker, Stephen Austin is a force to be reckoned with. He is currently working in animation and motion capture production at Cloud Imperium Games.

Ben Parbury

Ben Parbury is a Programmer at Team 17 collaborating with fellow developers around the globe to bring their games to fruition. He’s spent the last decade working in the games industry on a variety of titles such as the multi-million selling Crysis Series and triple BAFTA winning Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

Unequalled Media

Unequalled Media is a Production Company that specialises in E-Sports Live Event Production and Tournament Organization. Their speaker – Jamar – has over 5 year of experience in the field of Live Events and Television Production working with various international broadcasting companies and organisations, including ITV United Kingdom, Sky News, Al Jazeera Sport and more recently CONCACAF as an assistant producer for Broadcasting and Production.

Joe Tyas

Joe graduated from Confetti in 2013, and has since gone on to finish university and enter into industry as an environment artist. Being relatively fresh to the industry he knows and understands the current climate of recruitment for recent graduates and students – and is coming back home to Nottingham to explain how he went from Gears of War Fan Art to Game Art on Gears of War 4: DLC.

Courtney Nettleford

Courtney joined Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) in 2018 as a Production Assistant. During her time at DSP Courtney has worked across both Development and Production; on titles such as Made in Great Britain (BBC) and Project Interiors (BBC/Netflix). Courtney previously worked as an Office Assistant for BBC Sunday Politics and a freelance content creator primarily working with theatre companies in the East Midlands. She also worked as a Producer at Nonsuch Theatre on Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Partnership initiative in The East Midlands.

Tori Aspinall

At Confetti, Tori studied a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in VFX and Animation, before moving to London and securing a role at Pinewood Studios where she worked as an On-set and Production VFX PA on the final episode of the Star Wars series. Following this, she moved into a Next Gen VFX Apprenticeship, and now works as a Junior 2D Artist at major VFX company, DNEG.

Damien Ebanks

Damien is a Junior Editor for the development team at Plum Pictures, cutting together taster tapes and short pilots daily while filming on locations, as well as cutting down rough scenes for Editors and helping out on various productions. Having studied at Confetti, he worked his way through a number of Runner roles, working on shows like ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘George Clarks Shed of The Year’. Following this, he progressed from Runner to Researcher, before gaining his current editing role.