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.
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.
Suzanne Johnson Assistant Head of Operations
Suzanne joined LHG with extensive knowledge in the events sector, working with Eve Trackway, specialising in event infrastructure. Her experience spans events like Download Festival and Badminton Horse Trials, as well as working extensively across sporting venues in the UK. Suzanne’s focus is development of infrastructure investment and delivery and her new role sees her heading up the Operations team at LHG. In her spare time, with her family, Suzanne loves nothing more than going to festivals. We’re hopeful that means she won’t be claiming any lieu days for weekend work!!!
Toby Shann 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.
Alicia Merryweather Operations Assistant
Alicia joined Liz Hobbs Group in June 2013 to assist with all general duties in the Operations team. From her first day on the yard in high heels loading a truck we knew Alicia was the girl for us and she never fails to deliver! Alicia had studied for A-levels and a Diploma in Travel/Events before joining us. Having already enjoyed a summer with the team on the road, in the forthcoming year Alicia will continue working at Liz Hobbs Group as part of the Operations team, whilst studying for her Degree in Events Management.
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.
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.
Chrissy Law Marketing Manager
Chrissy hails from a truly creative background, joining LHG from Smiffy’s Fancy Dress, where she was Marketing Executive. With over 7 years industry knowledge and experience Chrissy brings her bubbly personality, as well as a degree in Marketing and Public Relations and some extraordinary crocheting skills! As LHG’s Marketing Manager, Chrissy has been tasked with an exciting re-brand, as well as designing the company’s PR and social media strategy and directing and implementing LHG’s event marketing plans.
Sarah Tryner Marketing Coordinator
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 Eckhard Contracts & Finance Manager
Victoria joined the LHG Finance Team in February 2013. She is a graduate of Loughborough University and has worked in the Accounts Departments of SME’s for the past 7 years. She is AAT qualified and is responsible for the day to day operations of the finance department, as well as managing the finance team for our FD. Recently married, Victoria is hugely into sport, particularly diving and has visited some amazing dive sites all over the world.
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.