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Adrian Bossey
Falmouth University

Adrian Bossey is Head of Subject at the Cornwall Business School, Falmouth University and a former artist manager whose clients included Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chumbawumba, Drugstore, My Life Story and The Senseless Things. He worked on 15 UK top forty albums and managed the main stage headline act at Glastonbury Festival (1992). As something of a serial entrepreneur, Adrian has set up or run 22 businesses in the UK and 2 in the USA, as well as mentoring over 100 student start-up businesses.

At Falmouth, Adrian was Executive Producer at AMATA for 6 years; setting up the public programme and working with artists including Cara Dillon, Belarus Free Theatre, Theo Clinkard, Forced Entertainment, Bill Drummond, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Pussy Riot and Elton John. Adrian wrote and led delivery of courses including BA(Hons) Creative Events Management. Adrian is currently responsible for all academic delivery across the School, including BSc(Hons) Business & Digital Marketing and MSc Entrepreneurship. He conceived short on-line courses for the live music industry in partnership with A Greener Festival and Attitude is Everything and oversees the delivery of two courses in partnership with the Eden Project: BA(Hons) Sustainable Tourism Management and BA(Hons) Sustainable Festival Management.

Adrian is currently Sustainability Champion for Falmouth University and Chair for the Association of Events Management Educators. Adrian is a reviewer for the International Journal of Event and Festival Management and Routledge. His research interests include potential digital futures for live performance in the staging and consumption of music festivals.


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Glenn A.J. Bowdin
Principal Lecturer in Events Management,
UK Centre for Events Management
Leeds Beckett University

Glenn Bowdin is Principal Lecturer in Events Management within the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University. He is currently pursuing a PhD, which investigates the use of quality costing as a management tool for business events.

Glenn is an Executive Committee Member, and former Chair, of AEME (Association for Events Management Education), where is currently Treasurer and AEME representative for the Business, Visits & Events Partnership. He is a Chartered Member of the International EMBOK Executive, on the Editorial Advisory Board of Event Management and on the Editorial Board of Journal of Convention and Event Tourism. Glenn co-authored Events Management (3rd edition, 2011, published by Routledge), which is currently in development for the 4th edition (due to be published in 2023), and is co-Series Editor of the Routledge Events Management Series.


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Dr Tim Brown
Programme Leader Events Management,
Chester Business School

Tim is Programme Leader for Events Management at Chester Business School and since 2009 has taught subjects ranging from events operations, logistics of events, and event fundraising. Tim is also the Senior University Teaching Fellow for Chester Business School. 

Tim has over 15 years of experience working in the events industry and continues to consult and oversee major events. During Tim’s time in the industry, he has delivered hundreds of events regionally, nationally, and internationally. The events he has been involved with range from large-scale conferences, dinners, and award ceremonies to hospitality and charitable events. Some of the biggest events he has delivered include high-profile projects such as the hospitality for the Opening of Capital of Culture, Boodles Nations Cup Tennis, Annual Tourism Awards, MIPIM in Cannes, and the corporate hospitality for 1,500 people at the Paul McCartney ‘Liverpool Sound’ Concert. 

Tim completed his PhD in 2018 and his research focused on charity fundraising events. His research areas include: Event planning; Event marketing and promotion; Charity fundraising events; Event evaluation; Event budgeting; Event safety; Event creativity; and virtual events.


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Dr Diana (Dee) Clayton
Senior Lecturer (HRM/Leadership – Hospitality, tourism & events)
Oxford Brookes University

Dee’s current responsibilities at Oxford Brookes University focus around teaching and learning in the field of people & organisations/human resource management (encompassing SHRM, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Management of Change/Culture) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dee applies this knowledge specifically in the field of Tourism, Hospitality and Events.

Dee’s field of research is knowledge management and knowledge sharing, specifically focused on the field of Event Studies and amongst volunteer resources. Dee is currently actively conducting research with Festival Event leaders to investigate how the contribution of festival volunteers can be maximised, and this is funded by an Oxford Brookes Business School (OBBS) ‘small research grant’. Dee has recently collaborated with colleagues Dr Judie Gannon and Dr Anna Klenert to produce a chapter “Mentoring Initiatives as Talent Management Innovations” in Jooss, Burbach, and Ruël’s (2021) edited book ‘Talent Management Innovations in the International Hospitality Industry’. Further, Clayton, Klenert and Gannon are currently collaborating on an edited book entitled Coaching and Mentoring in Tourism, Hospitality and Events.

Dee supervises a range of students’ research projects up to and including doctoral level (PhD and Doctorate of Coaching and Mentoring (DEM)). In addition, Dee currently holds several management roles including undergraduate’ hospitality and tourism Programmes’ Subject Coordinator, OBBS-wide undergraduate (academic) Induction Coordinator and joint TEF Subject coordinator.


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Dr. Karen Davies
Welsh Centre for Tourism Research
Cardiff School of Management
Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Karen is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the BA Events Management course at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  With a background working in events for Swansea Council Events team, she has experience mainly in outdoor events. Since obtaining her current position, Karen has developed a keen interest in research related to social inclusion.  Karen’s PhD explored intercultural communication and exchange at cultural events, using the case study of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The study involved a variety of methods for investigation, including the use of photo elicitation which led to her further interest in visual methodologies. Kare is currently exploring the issue of accessibility to UK festivals for people that are living in poverty and is keen to develop this strand of research further by doing some ‘action research’ with families to understand the barriers but also the opportunities and benefits of attendance in terms of wellbeing and quality of life.


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Dr. Mary Beth Gouthro
Department of Sport & Event Management
Faculty of Management
Bournemouth University, UK

Mary Beth is a Senior Academic in the Department of Sport & Event Management in the Faculty of Management at Bournemouth University. Her main research interests span event and festival experiences via qualitative methods of research in both events & leisure contexts. Mary Beth also has a growing interest in sustainability agenda as it applies to the events sector. She currently teaches events management on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Mary Beth is an executive member of AEME (Association for Event Management Educators), a member of the LSA (Leisure Studies Association) as well as a member of Bournemouth University’s Sustainable Academic Network (SAN).


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Dr Alex W. Grebenar
University of Central Lancashire, UK

Alex loves music and loves events. Combining the two as Lecturer in Event Management at the University of Central Lancashire and active in music events research, Alex has a lived passion for the unique experience of the individual within the eventscape. Alex has also written in the field of dark tourism, and teaches on a variety of visitor economy modules. Alex is a former ski seasonnaire, a sometime event planner, a long-time musician and forever lost in music.


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Meg Hibbins
Management Department
UTS Business School
University of Technology Sydney

Meg Hibbins is an event educator with over 12 years experience in Australian higher education. She came to Academia after an extensive career in business events and maintains strong networks allowing her to share industry insights with student cohorts. Currently, Meg is in the final stages of her Ph.D. studies, exploring the trust relationships in Australian Music Festivals.


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Dr. Dewi Jaimangal-Jones
Welsh Centre for Tourism Research
Cardiff School of Management
Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Dewi is a Principal Lecturer in Events Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests largely relate to the social construction of events and their symbolic nature and significance.  Much of his published work in this area has been related to dance music culture events, participants and surrounding discourse. Dewi has also researched around event impacts specifically the economic impacts of large-scale sports events and has a keen passion in maximising the sustainability of events from a triple bottom line perspective.


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Jonathan Sibley
Senior Lecturer in Events Management
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Jonathan is an experienced academic with a history of working in the global education industry, delivering courses in Qatar and Barcelona as well as lecturing in Vienna and Romania.   As a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, he is responsible for the Event Operations/ Production theme, which runs through the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Jonathan’s publications range from Futsal to CSR in the meetings industry and he has also undertaken research into the Street Child Cricket World Cup and Community Sport Trusts. As an event professional he has experience of delivering sport/community events as well as festivals and exhibitions.


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Founder & Group Executive Director – Smyle Group
Founder – The Power of Events (formerly OIOV)

Rick, 48, oversees the growth strategy of Smyle Group. It owns leading creative agency Smyle, that delivers live, hybrid and virtual experiences for some of the top global brands. It has won UK Event Agency of the Year award a record 7 times in the last 13 years – at the Campaign Experience, DRUM, Conference News, EVCOM and C&IT awards – a first for any agency.

Rick founded the One Industry One Voice coalition in August 2020 that aimed to deliver cross representation and collaboration across all the core sectors of the events industry, for the first time. It gained the support of all the main industry associations and businesses of all sizes and sector and delivered the #WeCreateExperiences campaign in 2021. This positive messaging campaign aimed to remind and inspire the business event decision makers, public and national media about the power of events and their true value to society, our well being and the wider economy.  It delivered over 150 PR broadcast/print pieces across the Four Nations, and the campaign videos have received 1 million views and over 3.5 social media impressions to date.

This mission and clear mandate from across the industry has evolved into a not-for-profit organisation, The Power of Events, in April 2022, with a more formal structure, model, strategy and long term plan. It aims to launch a comms hub to effectively deliver a map of the industry to benefit all current and future event professionals, profiling the assocations, support organisations, universities and trade press as well as leading industry research projects so as to appropriately Showcase, Respect and Value the UK Events Industry. – see www.thepowerofevents.org.


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Jane Tattersall
Principal Lecturer, Subject Group Leader for Events Management
Sheffield Business School
Sheffield Hallam University

Principal Lecturer and Subject Group Leader for Events Management at Sheffield Business School, with over 20 years’ prior industry experience in conferences, charity events, adventure activities and consultancy in public, private and non-profit sectors. Jane has been delivering events management education at Sheffield Hallam University since 2004, specialising in event design, strategy and risk management and for the last 12 years has led student live event projects, reflecting her MSc in Organisational Development and Consultancy, taking an entrepreneurial approach to teaching in higher education. Jane continues industry work with events and festivals throughout the year, is completing a professional doctorate research into tacit knowledge management in independent music festivals and is a member of the AEME Executive Committee.


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Dalia Youssef
Phd candidate – Avignon University, France
Senghor University, Egypt

Dalia Youssef is a second-year doctoral student in management sciences at Avignon University, France and at Senghor University, Egypt. She holds a Masters in Development – Management of Cultural Industries from Senghor University, Egypt. Master in Management and License in Economics and Management both from IAE Poitier, France. The working title of her thesis is “The brand as territorial added value. Case study of the Avignon Festival in France and the Alexandria Short Film Festival in Egypt”. Her doctoral work explores the sources of the brand equity value of a festival from the brand assets approach and the stakeholders approach.


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Kevin Wallace
PhD Candidate
University of Technology Sydney

Kevin Wallace is a practitioner-researcher currently studying for a PhD in Events Management at University of Technology Sydney. He completed his Master’s in Event Management at University of Derby in 2017 whilst working as Arts and Events Officer at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Focusing on stakeholders in events, his dissertation comprised of a case-study of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire in Barnsley developing a new conceptual model ‘The Stakeholder Sandwich’ which was published in Event Management Journal in 2019. Subsequent longitudinal follow up with the 2018 event enabled the model to be developed with a second paper ready for publication in 2022 – ‘Stakeholder requirements and value co-creation in events’.

Kevin has continued his interest in stakeholder management for his PhD, in particular, the challenges of varying timelines and trajectories of stakeholders and how event managers address them. ‘The Role of Kairos in Managing the Complexities of Event Project Stakeholders’ explores notions of time, timing and timeliness in the context of festivals and events.


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Dr. Dan Woodason
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader for Events Management
Sheffield Business School
Sheffield Hallam University

Having had a broad, rewarding and challenging 20 years in and around the world of events, Dan returned to education to study my Masters in International Event Management at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in 2009. He has spent the last 13+ years embedding myself in the academic realm of the Sheffield Business School (SBS) here at SHU becoming Course Leader in 2015.  This has been the fruition of a diverse and successful career in campaign/marketing/brand and ‘pure’ Event Management, which has included strategic, creative, stakeholder, communications, and PR roles & responsibilities. Dan has a wealth of experience gained in different sectors, from a self-employed entrepreneur, via an internationally renowned events organisation, brand-licensing company, a national communications agency and onto a complex public sector organisation. Dan is still actively involved in the Deer Shed festival alongside his SBS day roles and has recently completed his Doctorate relating to consumers, values, marketing, and CSR.