Here at Liz Hobbs Group, we're a team of passionate and creative individuals who, by utilising the right attitude, skills and knowledge, work hard to ensure exceptional delivery.
We are exceedingly proud of what we've already accomplished and believe our continued success is attributable to the ambition and enthusiasm of our staff.
Liz Hobbs MBE
Liz Hobbs MBE is probably the UK’s best-known female water-skier of all time. By the age of 15, her passion and natural ability for competitive water-skiing took her to international level where Liz was offered full sponsorship to train full time and represent Great Britain.
She became British Champion 7 times and took the European Water-Ski Racing title before her 18th birthday, a title she made her own 4 times. Liz went on to become World Water-Ski Racing Champion at 21 years old and successfully retained the title, a feat never done before or since! Liz broke the British European and World Speed Records and retired undefeated champion of the world!
Rupert Doogan-Hobbs Operations Director
Rupert joined Liz Hobbs Group in June 2005 to work alongside the CEO in business development. With a background, training & extensive knowledge in both engineering & racecourse management he quickly identified potential development of the production side of the business, through custom build stages and fully bespoke designs, to suit the group's unique event style.
With the ability to identify the specific needs of the customer together with site and production constraints, Rupert has been instrumental in rapidly expanding the production division; in terms of both staffing and equipment and has recently re-designed mobile staging units to cater for a niche market within the group.
Rupert was appointed Operations Director for the group in June 2007 and continues to develop and enhance event production and deliver excellence through improved logistics, production and management.
Andy Cleary Director of Business Development
Andy’s first job in the music industry was as managing director of Profile records, where he worked with Paul Oakenfold and Run DMC. He also ran Edel Records where he had a number one hit with Prince and then his own label, the Jammin’ Music Group, where he picked up two Mobo awards.
In 2002, Andy founded Spin Music where he created some of the most innovative relationships seen between brands and the music industry. Coca Cola was one of his clients and, in 2003, launched the download store www.mycokemusic.com which had an 85 per cent download market share prior to iTunes launching in the UK.
Andy introduced Liz Hobbs Group to Tesco in 2011, which resulted in Tesco selling concert tickets for the first time ever and exclusively for LHG events. He is now on the LHG board and is looking forward to breaking more new ground with the LHG team and making an impact in the live music world in the same way he has in recording music.
Michael Reeder FCMA Financial Director
Michael joined the Group in 2011 after spending the previous 21 years as Financial Director in a variety of entrepreneurial SME’s. Combining his abiding passion for music with broad financial and commercial experience makes him well-suited to help guide the group through a period of growth into new and exciting areas.
Michael’s most recent role before joining LHG was with a major sports and exhibition venue where he was a client of the Liz Hobbs Group and experienced first hand the benefits of working alongside the company to create commercially successful music events. With a deep understanding of the commercial drivers behind such events he is helping the Group ensure we deliver a strongly commercial offer to our clients. He is also closely involved in planning the longer –term future for the Group and evaluating the many opportunities for growth that are currently presenting themselves.
Samantha Harms Executive Assistant
Samantha’s main responsibility is to work with the Directors to keep LHG at the forefront of its field with procedures, process & policy, strategy, HR, business growth and planning. Before joining LHG Samantha worked for a FTSE 50 company within an HR role – concentrating on people development. She also has events experience, having worked for a variety of charity events for previous companies.
Tony Gardner Head of Production
Over 27 years Tony has worked in many areas of events production. He has worked in roles from stage crew to production management. He launched NASS which grew to become a national and internationally recognised festival with global participation from the world of action sports and music, a perfect fit for LHG! Following a brief spell in LA, Tony returned to the UK to consult and produce, working freelance before joining LHG as Head of Production. Tony works with the Operations Director to ensure compliance for all our venues and first class delivery of our production and event operations services.
Toby Shann Event Operations Manager
Toby joined Liz Hobbs Group in August 2009 to co-ordinate all aspects of production both in the office and on site. With a background in events, Toby has worked for a Yorkshire based Marquee Company with a national reputation for excellence and strong links with horse racing, the music industry and numerous other prestigious locations and clients.
Paul Joyce Production Manager
Paul joined Liz Hobbs Group back in 08/09 working as the company's sound engineer to manage onsite audio production. He has international sound engineering experience with a variety of high profile artists and national theatre tours. Alongside his professional experience, he holds a BSc (Hons) in Music Technology, majoring in studio and venue acoustics. Paul now manages LHG's inhouse production and works with the production and logistics team to advance event production.
Richard Moitie Production Manager
Richard worked in the music Industry as a full time musician and producer of radio jingles for commercial radio during the early 80s and the live events industry since 1984 having studied media design and event management. Richard has provided high-end technical production to both corporate and live music events in venues from arena and stadiums to grade 1 listed heritage venues across the UK and in Europe.
Felicity Bound Event Operations Manager
Felicity has worked in the events industry for 7 years on a variety of scaled live events including Events Coordinator for the Olympic Park where she project managed high profile events for London 2012 Olympics. She was lead Operations Manager for the Paralympics, including delivery of victory ceremonies. Prior to working for LOCOG Felicity was Events Manager at Lincoln Castle and Gainsborough Old Hall, dealing with events from licensing to delivery.
Jordan Kimbley Production Assistant
Jordan joined Liz Hobbs Group in May 2012 as part of his placement year, to gain experience towards his BA(Hons) in Events Management. As Production Assistant Jordan works in both the yard and the office, assisting with both the planning and execution of shows. Before attending University, Jordan gained experience in the industry by organising and promoting his own
local concerts around Nottinghamshire.
Caroline Sheppard Head of Events
Caroline rejoined Liz Hobbs Group in January 2012 having previously worked for the company in 2007/08 – she just couldn’t keep away!
With a wealth of experience in event creation & management and a long, successful sales career for a luxury hotel chain, Caroline’s main goal is to continually exceed client expectations and deliver award-winning/ memorable concerts & events.
Barbara Birkett Events Office Manager
Barbara joined Liz Hobbs Group in August 2006 and works within the Executive Office as Group Administration Manager.
The direct conduit/filter for the Head of the Executive Office instructions, Barbara's main responsibility is the delegation workload to other team members, driving instructions through to completion. PA to both Directors’ as well as effective communication of daily business and gathering of key information relating to the performance of the business.
Chloe Brentnall Events Executive
Chloe joined Liz Hobbs Group in November 2012. Chloe graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA Honour in Event Management and a strong sales and event experience from working within the hotel industry. She has previous knowledge gained from a diverse range of events from music festivals, gala dinners, ticket and product launches, award shows, and weddings.
Naomi Black Artist Booking Co-ordinator
Naomi joined Liz Hobbs Group in May 2010 to assist in many aspects of administration within the LHG team as part of the Executive Office. With a background in events, Naomi graduated in Leisure Events Management and has worked for a festival Marquee Company, where she worked for many large scale music events including Glastonbury & Leeds Festival. In February 2011 she moved from the Executive Office to the events team as Artist Booking Co-ordinator, which involves researching and booking artists and Artist Liaison at our events.
Sarah Cross Events Assistant
Sarah graduated from Buckinghamshire New University in 2012 with a degree in Music and Live Events Management. She has worked at and organised a number of events ranging from conventions, acoustic nights, craft fairs and student nights. Sarah has also worked at music festivals- T in the park and at Wychwood festival. Sarah has great passion for music and attending concerts and looks forward to organising a number of events in the future.
Svetlana Scheck-Ramzy Head of Marketing
Svetlana Scheck-Ramzy joined LHG from AEG Live!, where as Marketing Director, she was instrumental in setting up the marketing team, as well as being an integral part of the company’s growth and success. Svetlana is now responsible for setting up and managing marketing budgets and promotion of all LHG events. She brings with her extensive, respected industry knowledge and a unique style that has enabled her to work with artists including, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and The Black Eyed Peas.
Luke Dennis Creative Manager
Award winning Graphic and Film designer, Luke joined LHG in June 2009 as Operations Manager. He brings significant experience in production areas along with an eye for design and is responsible for maintenance of the company brand and image, alongside print and internet communications.
Chrissy Law Marketing Manager
Dan Woodhouse Marketing and Creative Co-ordinator
Dan joined LHG in 2012 with an honours degree in management and marketing from the Lincoln Business School. Dan brings with him new and innovative marketing skills, having previously worked for a leading international sports retailer where he analysed and co-ordinated advertising and branding, together with digital development and company sponsorship. Dan will be working as part of the dynamic marketing team to develop our branding, promote our events and liaise with all our ticketing outlets.
Sarah Tryner Marketing Co-ordinator
Sarah completed a degree in Events Management with Business Studies in 2009 and has subsequently gained experience working in Marketing & PR, Events and Customer Liaison providing vital communication between clients, hosts and agencies. She joins us from Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, with exceptional organisational skills, where through events and accounts she supported the whole centre with everything from corporate events to weddings to ensuring an exclusive customer experience.
Victoria Wood Contracts & Finance Manager
Shelley MacPherson Contracts & Finance Executive
Shelley joined LHG in April 2012. Having worked in Practice, commerce and Industry, she has a varied accounts background with strong attention to detail and accuracy. Shelley will be working closely with the head of finance to ensure the smooth running of the finance department.