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Our Booking Agents
With decades of collective knowhow and the vigour of youth, our team have a great balance of perspectives that never fail to deliver insight and inspiration.
Group Sales Director
Roxanna Hayes - Operations Director
Role: I work directly under the CEO and Managing Director, working on a variety of projects. I also manage Champions' recruitment and HR whilst running the internal operations of Champions (UK) plc.
Fun Work Fact: Just call me 118!!
Fun Non-Work Fact: I laugh like a hyena! Can't bake cakes to save my life….
Director - CSR
Louisa Hayes - Director - CSR
Role: I’m in charge of all purchasing and selling of sporting, music and film memorabilia and experiences to companies and raising money for charities through the main and silent auctions run at events. From designing the brochure of what is to be on offer at each event, to processing payments and stock auditing. Aside from this I set up and oversee the running of events as a whole. As well as the events and charity side I am in charge of making sure the CEO is where he should be at the time he should be…. The hardest job in the business!!!
Fun Work Fact: Meeting celebrities for memorabilia signings.
Fun Non-Work Fact: I play indoor cricket for England Women!
Music & Entertainment Manager
After dinner sales executive
After Dinner Administrator
Charlotte Fox - After Dinner Administrator
Role: My main duties are to assist Jack, the Celebrity Manager for Champions. Administering and supporting the department along with maintaining records, sending out contracts and invoicing.
Fun Work Fact: I only started in Jan 2015, a little too early to have one. I will come back to you!
Fun Non-Work Fact: I got proposed to with a padlock instead of ring!
Senior Talent Executive
Amelia Neate - Senior Talent Executive
Role: I work in the Celebrity Management department helping to manage a number of celebrities we look after, such as Neil Back MBE, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Gail Emms. This involves booking and overseeing various media, event and brand ambassadorial engagements.
Fun Work Fact: Work is serious, not fun, unless you sit next to Lloyd Bailey!!
Fun Non-Work Fact: My two loves in life are playing lacrosse and visiting America.
Lauren Gwynne - Events Executive
Role: Working within the events team to help co-ordinate and deliver all the events on the yearly calendar ranging from regional award ceremonies and charity dinners to national golf tournaments.
Likes: Baileys, running, holidays and going out for food/drinks (if I could eat oriental food or sushi every night…I would!)
Dislikes: Laziness, being late and spiders!
Fun Work Fact: I am a returnee to the Champions team as I did my university work placement with the company 3 years ago.
Fun Non-Work Fact: I have just moved back from living in sunny Cyprus for the past 2 years as my other half is in the military – I loved every second of it!
Events Sales Executive
Jo Baxter - Events Sales Executive
Role: Selling B2B sponsorship packages to sports, celebrity and business based companies across the UK
Likes: Beautiful dresses and a fabulous high heel!
Dislikes: Rice pudding!
Fun Work Fact: Love the thrill of making the sale you thought you’d never get!
Fun Non-Work Fact: It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
Jo Foster - Celebrity Administrator
Role: I work in the Celebrity team organising contracts, logistics and practicalities of events, for example travel and accommodation.
Likes: The Nottingham Panthers, Prosecco, Fruity Green Teas, Gin and Lemonade and Chocolate
Dislikes: Slow Walkers, Tonic and Coffee.
Fun Work Fact: I once individually raised £12,000 for Charity.
Most Likely to be Found: In the Gym/Running or in the Swimming Pool.
Social Media Apprentice
Georgia Haslam - Social Media Apprentice
Likes: I like to go and see live music, cooking and spending time with my family and friends, Mangos
Dislikes: Getting up early on the weekends is something I certainly avoid
Fun Work Fact: The first time I made a cup of coffee was for a colleague, as I had never made it before I used 4 heaped teaspoons of instant coffee thinking it looked the right amount. It definitely wasn’t...
Fun Non-Work Fact: I have a very big family which includes 11 aunties
Director of Sport
Tim Munton - Director of Sport
Role: Develop clarity and focus around the sporting events and relationships within The Champions business. Create a dedicated channel – Champions Sport.
Likes: Sport ? Travel and Wine….
Dislikes: Playing golf in the rain.
Fun Work Fact: The week I spent driving a Nissan Micra courtesy car…
Fun Non-Work Fact: When I met my wife she had a dog called DENNIS and a horse called LILLEY and she didn’t like cricket!
Megan Lupton - Digital Copywriter
Role: Write and edit and write and edit... and write and edit.
Likes: Walking my dog, spending time with family/friends and writing Science Fiction!
Dislikes: My alarm clock. We aren't friends.
Fun Work Fact: Prior to working at Champions, I did a Masters in Creative Writing.
Fun Non-Work Fact: I collect house plants at an embarrassing rate.
Business Development Executive
Jack Hickey - Business Development Executive
Role: Work alongside a range of businesses to help them achieve their full potential. A critical and loyal friend along for the journey.
Likes: Innovation and a sublime novel
Fun Work Fact: A coat must always be kept within reach to combat the arctic blast from the evil air conditioning unit. You have been warned
Fun Non-Work Fact: I am on the Prime Ministers Christmas card list
Satwant Dhillon - Financial Controller
Role: Compiling the management accounts for the business, managing the balance sheet, providing information to the management team on profitability.
Likes: Biscuits! Travelling to far flung places and Musicals
Dislikes: Reality Shows, Creepy Crawlies
Fun Work Fact: Never far from the biscuit tin…..
Fun Non-Work Fact: Once stalked David Beckham round Singapore, also love superhero movies
Celebrity and Entertainment Administrator
Georgie Edwards - Celebrity and Entertainment Administrator
Role: I work in the Celebrity team organising contracts, logistics and practicalities of events.
Likes: Reading, cute dogs, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, pizza and pink Gin!
Dislikes: Any and all creepy crawlies!
Fun Non-Work Fact: I’ve watched every episode of FRIENDS at least 5 times.
Trainee Finance Assistant
Claire Murphy - Office Manager
Role: Manage the office and PA to the CEO.
Likes: Everything entertainment, live theatre, live music and dancing but also organising.
Dislikes: Meat as I’m a veggie!
Fun Work Fact: I danced professionally at The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool twice. Or I was Jim Davidson’s choreographer.
Fun Non-Work Fact: Last year I overcame my phobia of snakes and held one numerous times. Now I can comfortably watch I’m a Celebrity without having to turn away from the screen.
Sharon Sparano - Accounts Manager
Role: I oversee the Accounts department at Champions Speakers. This is split between Champions Accounts and Celebrity Client Accounts.
Fun Work Fact: I enjoy working in a lively always changing Company, and the variety this gives my role.
Fun Non-Work Fact: I enjoy going on Holiday to Zante where I would love to buy a house in the future.
Business PR Account Executive
Scott Giles - Business PR Account Executive
Role: Liaising with clients, copywriting, pitching in news stories to journalists, all round media relations!
Likes: Manchester United, cinema, whisky, being sarcastic
Dislikes: Slow moving people
Fun Work Fact: Once dressed as a stormtrooper at a client event
Fun Non-Work Fact: Trekked the Grand Canyon
Chris Darlington - Commercial Director
Role: All sorts …… but mainly generating new business opportunities
Likes: Rugby , cricket , claret and Royal Blood
Dislikes: People without a sense of humour
Fun Work Fact: Was once ( briefly ! ) a male model
Fun Non-Work Fact: Was once mistaken for Justin Timberlake ( honest ! )
Megan Mosley - Digital Copywriter
Role: Working with the digital team to create content and copy for the Influencer website, internal projects and clients.
Likes: Holidays, makeup, skincare, pizza and a good book.
Fun Work Fact: I graduated from the University of Derby with a first-class honours’ degree in Journalism.
Fun Non-Work Fact: I have my own beauty and lifestyle blog and I can recite every episode of Friends.
Brand Strategy Executive
Harriet Taylor - Brand Strategy Executive
Role: As a strategist, I across all departments here at Champions, to find innovative ways to enhance and improve a business’s 360 brand.
Likes: Good Coffee
Dislikes: Bad Coffee
Fun Work Fact: I have a degree in Fashion Communication and Promotion and was shortlisted for the Graduate Fashion Week Marketing Award 2019
Fun Non-Work Fact: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson is the best book I have ever read!
PR account executive
Fran Prince - PR account executive
Role: Gaining press coverage for clients.
Likes: Reviewing and photographing gigs, painting, interior design and chatting… a lot.
Dislikes: When you feel like you’re pulling teeth trying to talk to someone.
Fun Work Fact: I once had a life-sized face lollipop of Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby featured on ITV This Morning.
Fun Non-Work Fact: Greg James once re-tweeted me.
Ewen Lewis - Senior Designer
Role: I'm part of the Creative Team at Champions (UK) plc, working closely with Sarah Pearson, the Marketing Manager. I am responsible for developing creative ideas, seeing them from conception to completion.
Fun Work Fact: I joined Champions on Valentine’s Day!
Fun Non-Work Fact: I started playing drums at the age of 7½! With over 30 years’ experience, I have played for many local Leicester bands and Orchestras.
Frankie Arnold - Marketing Manager
Role: Assisting the team on all account management tasks, anything from gaining print quotes from suppliers, liaising with clients, reviewing suppliers and maintaining quality control to keeping on top of the invoicing.
Fun Non-Work Fact: I’ve got two budgies called Eric and Ernie who I’m trying to teach how to speak!
Lauren Perkins - SEO Apprentice
Role: Helping the SEO team to improve traffic and rankings of Champions Websites
Likes: Shopping and any kind of fruity Gin
Dislikes: Vinegar, loud eaters and rain
Fun Work Fact: I am very organised, my desk is always neat and tidy
Fun Non-Work Fact: I have an extensive shoe and handbag collection that is ever expanding!
Brand Strategy Manager
Sinead Stroud - Brand Strategy Manager
Role: Creating bespoke brand strategies for our clients to help them achieve their business goals.
Likes: Travelling, languages, lots of food and interior design
Dislikes: Wasps, fishy fish and having to sit through Match of the Day
Fun Work Fact: I studied Journalism at University so my ability to write shorthand sometimes comes in handy!
Fun Non-Work Fact: I have been known to Irish Dance to C’est la Vie by B*Witched at various social occasions
Digital Marketing and Content Executive
Roxana Humelnicu - Digital Marketing and Content Executive
Role: Content audits, content writing, content strategy, email marketing, asset creation
Likes: Cooking, Pilates, travelling, TV show Friends, cats
Dislikes: Bugs especially spiders, people chewing with their mouth open
Fun Work Fact: Not sure if it counts as “work” but I took part in a charity sleepover with my colleagues at the Justice Museum in Nottingham which is supposed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the UK
Fun Non-Work Fact: More interesting than fun - I was questioned by the Israeli border police at the airport in Tel Aviv. For some reason I looked suspicious ? And then my friends got questioned because of me.
After Dinner Speakers Executive
Lisa Brakewell - Account Manager
Role: Strategy Consultation, Client Support and Process Management
Likes: Musicals and the theatre, Yoga, Pilates and walking my dog
Dislikes: Bad parking, rudeness generally but especially in restaurants
Fun Non-Work Fact: I ran my first Robin Hood half marathon this year
Digital Marketing and Content Executive
Lauren Thomas - Digital Marketing and Content Executive
Role: Creating onsite and offsite content for clients, as well as performing general digital marketing tasks
Likes: Dogs, dancing, ASOS and wine
Dislikes: Courgettes, slow walkers and complicated roundabouts
Fun Work Fact: I have visited Facebook's London office
Fun Non-Work Fact: I have danced in the O2 arena in London, as well as The Royal Albert Hall and Her Majesty's Theatre!
Music & Entertainment Executive
Joe Burton - Music & Entertainment Executive
Role: Since joining the Champions Music & Entertainment team in 2021, Joseph Burton has established himself as our all-around music expert, thanks to his eclectic taste. Joe regularly supplies his expertise on musical acts and entertainers for clients, having studied Theatre Arts at Nottingham Trent University.
For several years, Joe travelled the world as a Production Manager on cruise ships. The experience sharpened his organisational skills and spurred Joe’s passion for entertainment. Today, such skills benefit his clients, as Joe expertly coordinates talent of all genres and forms for their events.
When Joe is not connecting globally renowned acts for largescale and intimate events, he plays the guitar. Regularly jamming with his fellow musicians, he lives, eats and breathes music; Joe is committed to his craft. Discover a selection of Joe’s articles below, which showcase his expertise.