Meet the Champions Team

Meet Champions (UK) plc

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. 

Combining the expertise from ten in-house departments, we form a unique family that specialise in a wide range of fields. From digital marketing, to event management, we create a talented team that cover all your branding needs. 

John Hayes

John Hayes

CEO

Role: I’m a huge memorabilia enthusiast, with pieces spanning everything from sport, entertainment and music.

Fun work fact: I once sponsored Johnny Herbert’s F1 car at the British Grand Prix.

Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes

Managing Director

Fun work fact: I am the current reigning champion of krumping at Champions Speakers

Fun non work fact: My chosen karaoke song is Angels, by Robbie Williams

David Simms

David Simms

Group Sales Director

Role: To lead the generation of profitable revenue

Dislikes: Procrastinators

Fun work fact: The weirdest ideas can sometimes be the best

Fun non work fact: I don’t really drink wine!!

Sophia Hayes

Sophia Hayes

Sales Director

Role: I manage the sales side of the business from magazine adverts, table sales and awards Sponsorship.

Fun work fact: The best day of my working life was when I found out the Co-op sold Sushi!

Fun non work fact: I ♥ Ronan Keating

Roxanna Hayes

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….

Jack Hayes

Jack Hayes

Celebrity Manager

Role: Overseeing the after dinner department and recruiting new celebrity personalities to our portfolio.

Fun work fact: Playing imaginary golf at the BP3

Fun non work fact: I can breakdance.

Louisa Hayes

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!

Emma Rumsey

Emma Rumsey

Videographer

Role: I film whatever champions needs me to film J

Dislikes: Frogs

Fun work fact: I Have been a part of the Champions team for three weeks now, however I’ve only spent 3 days in the office so far

Fun non work fact: I’ve broken my ankle 8 times

Ellie Norton

Ellie Norton

Business Development Executive

Role: Finding new business opportunities!

Dislikes: Freezers!!

Fun work fact: This is my first job post-graduation

Fun non work fact: I use to be a model for New Look and Benefit Cosmetics!

Kirsty West

Kirsty West

Events Executive

Role: Assisting for Events

Dislikes: Slow walkers, spiders and feet!

Fun work fact: I’ve spent the past two summers working at a sleepaway camp in America that is identical to the camp in Parent Trap.

Fun non work fact: I danced competitively for over 10 years!

Lucy Berry

Lucy Berry

After dinner sales executive

Role: Matching clients with great speakers

Dislikes: Courgette

Fun work fact: Have served cocktails to Paul Rudd, Samantha Mumba and Gordon Darcy while working in Dublin

Fun non work fact: Played netball for Ireland

Lauren

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.

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!

Lisa Hook

Lisa Hook

Celebrity Brand Partnership Executive

Role: I work in the Celebrity department where we manage various talent from TV personalities, Olympians, comedians and other media personalities.

Dislikes: Spiders, Humidity, Avocado’s

Fun work fact: I used to be a chocolate events taster all over London, with events such as the London Eye every weekend and at bafta nominee parties in a diamond vault!

Fun non work fact: I speak REALLY fast now, as I over came a stammer growing up that prevented me from speaking for years when I was very small! But it means I have to think twice as fast as other people!

Matt Holmes

Matt Holmes

After Dinner Sales Executive

Dislikes: Seagulls!

Fun work fact: Worked alongside Cardiac Risk in the Young, raising over £90,000 to give young adults the opportunity to be screened.

Fun non work fact: As a youngster played football for Manchester United, Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale

Chris Tompkins

Chris Tompkins

After Dinner Speakers Executive

Dislikes: Drama, Mess

Fun work fact: I have previously been called a ‘robot’ due to my constant work ethic

Fun non work fact: I ‘try’ to coach my son’s under 8’s football team 😊

Francesca Federici

Francesca Federici

Account Executive

Dislikes: Mice!!

Fun work fact: Prior to Champions I used to travel the world as Cabin Crew

Fun non work fact: I spent four of my summers working at a children’s sleep away camp in America

Megan Lupton

Megan Lupton

Digital Copywriter

Role: Write and edit and write and edit... and write and edit.

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.

Beth White

Beth White

Project Executive

Role: Organising awards that Champions host throughout the year.

Dislikes: Coffee and anything coffee related.

Fun non work fact: I have watched Gossip Girl all the way through 3 times.

Alicia Snow-Simpson

Alicia Snow-Simpson

SEO Apprentice

Role: Assisting the SEO team to improve traffic and rankings across all of the Champions websites.

Dislikes: British weather, slow walkers and arrogance

Fun work fact: I love to organise my work

Fun non work fact: Lived in Bangkok for the first 3 years of my life

Kira Richards

Kira Richards

Editor

Role: I work as part of the media team assembling and editing footage.

Dislikes: Snakes

Fun work fact: I enjoy working in creative environment.

Fun non work fact: Recently travelled across America, seeking out film locations.

Kathryn Fox

Kathryn Fox

Executive Assistant/PA

Role: PA support to Matthew, Chris, David and Tim

Dislikes: Driving, sitting in traffic and curry!

Fun work fact: make to do lists all the time

Fun non work fact: am renovating dolls house and love my cat Henry as much as my children

Ivo Almeida

Ivo Almeida

UX/UI Designer

Dislikes: Rude Unicorns

Fun work fact: I have brought an Espresso Machine to work because I drink 100 coffees a day

Fun non work fact: When I say my name properly, people thinks that I’m saying Evil

Jack Hickey

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.

Dislikes: Dementors

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

Milo Joseph McMahon-Marsden

Milo Joseph McMahon-Marsden

Keynote Speaker & Celebrity Entertainment Executive

Role: Recommending the perfect celebrity, speaker, influencer or music act for your event.

Dislikes: You know when popcorn kernels get stuck in between your teeth. Yeah, not good.

Fun work fact: I am now the proud owner of the cd “Granny Rapper & The Prodigal Son”.

Fun non work fact: I’m an ex-professional Esports player.

Shirlene Campbell Ritchie

Shirlene Campbell Ritchie

PR Account Executive

Role: I provide strategic input into the development of clients’ PR accounts and ensure the successful management and implementation of PR campaigns

Dislikes: Chaos

Fun work fact: I enjoy heading up strategic projects which involve communications and engagement

Fun non work fact: I was the 800m champion at school and I won the Mums Race’ at my daughter’s pre-school!

Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

Golf Operations Manager

Role: Anything golf related!

Dislikes: Rude people, wasps!

Fun work fact: Like playing silly practical jokes on people

Fun non work fact: Beat Steve Davis at pool once

Olivia Shaw

Olivia Shaw

Music and Entertainment Executive

Role: Booking a variety of acts within the music and entertainment industry for events worldwide

Dislikes: Spiders, loud eaters and anchovies

Fun work fact: I once got on stage and sang Build me up buttercup with Elon Musks mother in law at a networking event

Fun non work fact: I have an extensive range of one liner jokes

Satwant Dhillon

Satwant Dhillon

Financial Controller

Role: Compiling the management accounts for the business, managing the balance sheet, providing information to the management team on profitability.

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

Katie Ford

Katie Ford

PR Account Executive

Role: All things PR!

Dislikes: Anything slimy

Fun work fact: Prior to working at Champions I headed up the PR & Marketing department at greeting card & stationery brand Ohh Deer.

Fun non work fact: I have dog called Pippa

Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Office Manager

Role: Manage the office and PA to the CEO.

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.

Monica Krychowska

Monica Krychowska

Music and Entertainment Sales Executive

Dislikes: insects, slow drivers & especially wasps!

Fun non work fact: I am polish

Jenny Roote

Jenny Roote

Head of Leisure, Entertainment and Music.

Role: My aim is to grow the Music and Entertainment side of the business with new clients and new artistes.

Dislikes: Cheese, litter, bad manners (not the band!)

Fun work fact: I always like a fun atmosphere to work in.

Fun non work fact: I won a competition with Capital Radio in 1990 to meet New Kids On The Block in Toronto, Canada with DJ Pat Sharp. It was an amazing 5*trip.

Moin Malek

Moin Malek

Magento Developer

Role: Create and Maintain Magento Extensions, Magento Websites and Design and Develop new websites.

Dislikes: Rain, Fish

Fun work fact: I speak to myself while doing coding.

Fun non work fact: I got 99 out of 100 in Mathematics in Year 10 final exam. (India Secondary Education Board Exam)

Jess Jones

Jess Jones

Events Executive

Role: Help run and organise the many events we do throughout the year.

Fun work fact: I used to play regional and national league basketball even though I’m 5’2

Fun non work fact: Eating!!

Laurence Levy

Laurence (aka 'Laurie') Dominic Levy

SEO Executive

Role: Together with my colleagues in the digital team, working to improve rankings and increase traffic & leads through some of Champions’ core websites.

Dislikes: Slow cars hogging the outside lane!!!

Fun work fact: a bit random and showing my age a bit, but I once attended a work-related conference at the NEC Birmingham and sat next to John Craven. What a legend!

Fun non work fact: I have been a tennis coach and once cooked a Moroccan tagine for over 400 people. Note to self for 2019 - more tennis, less tagine!

Eleanor Cairns

Eleanor Cairns

Events Executive

Role: Helping the Event team

Dislikes: PIGEONS

Fun work fact: I joined Champions on the same week as my 18th birthday

Fun non work fact: I am a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing

Harriet Taylor

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.

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!

Georgie Edwards

Georgie Edwards

Celebrity and Entertainment Administrator

Role: I work in the Celebrity team organising contracts, logistics and practicalities of events.

Dislikes: Any and all creepy crawlies!

Fun non work fact: I’ve watched every episode of FRIENDS at least 5 times.

Kate Nicklinson

Kate Nicklinson

Business Development

Dislikes: Spicy Food

Fun work fact: I worked and lived in Jersey for a year.

Fun non work fact: I’ve been on an episode of First dates as a background couple with my boyfriend!

Milan Odedara

Milan Odedara

SEO Executive

Role: Assisting the SEO team to improve keyword rankings and traffic for all of the Champions websites.

Dislikes: Rain

Fun non work fact: I’m a diehard Liverpool football fan.

Roxana Humelnicu

Roxana Humelnicu

Digital Marketing and Content Executive

Role: Content audits, content writing, content strategy, email marketing, asset creation

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.

Dav Nash

Dav Nash

SEO/Digital Marketing Executive

Role: Putting websites in the top spots on the search engines!

Dislikes: Hamster fajitas

Fun work fact: I accidentally set fire to a canteen microwave, stinking out HSBC for 2 days

Fun non work fact: I moonlight as a jazz pianist

Sivaganesh Kannan

Sivaganesh Kannan

Head of Web Development

Role: Build and manage websites.

Dislikes: Fish

Fun work fact: Have more than 20 tabs open at any point.

Fun non work fact: Have been awake continuously for 48 hours in a hackathon event.

Nick Edge

Nick Edge

After Dinner Speakers

Role: Keynote Speaker Executive

Dislikes: Sambuca, drizzle & My car

Fun work fact: Fastest dialler in the East Midlands *self-proclaimed

Fun non work fact: I have done the 2nd highest Skydive in the world *at the time

Shermeen Ahmed

Shermeen Ahmed

Graphic Designer

Role: Creating magazine layouts, proposals and promotional material for multiple clients and Champions

Dislikes: Patronising people and frogs

Billie Airey

Billie Airey

Project Executive

Role: To help the awards team prepare for regional sports, business and music award ceremonies

Dislikes: Tea and Coffee

Fun work fact: I have recently finished a work-based degree where I worked as a placement student for one of our clients ‘Pattonair’

Fun non work fact: I love travelling and have decided to try and only visit new places around the world instead of returning to places I have already been

Tanaka Kadete

Tanaka Kadete

Celebrity Brand and Partnership Executive

Role: I work in the Celebrity and Talent Department, working with celebrities and brands to create successful partnerships for media work, personal appearances, endorsement deals and PR campaigns. I also work with brands to outsource celebrity talent and support with Champions Celebrity Social media pages

Dislikes: Being hungry!

Fun work fact: In my previous role I managed wedding shows across the South East

Fun non work fact: I’m from Zimbabwe but my name is Japanese!

Hugh Cafferky

Hugh Cafferky

Account Executive

Role: Selling B2B sponsorship packages to sports, celebrity and business based companies across the UK.

Dislikes: Wasting time.

Fun work fact: It is all about working up to those champagne moments!

Fun non work fact: Coaching tennis to my son. He laughs. I love it. He now makes me run a lot more. He laughs more. Sometimes simple is perfect.

Chloe Ireland

Chloe Ireland

Account Executive

Role: Helping the team with account management tasks – liaising with clients, sourcing print quotes, and keeping up to date with invoicing.

Dislikes: When people spit on the floor.

Fun work fact: During my 4 years at Costa Coffee I severed the Leicester Tigers Team and Reggie Yates on multiple occasions.

Fun non work fact: I once stole my phone back off a pickpocket in London.

Gage Holland

Gage Holland

Web Developer

Role: Building, maintaining and upgrading client websites

Dislikes: Putting the milk in before hot water when making a cup of tea.

Fun work fact: I have my own stash of Yorkshire Tea, arguably the best tea.

Fun non work fact: I love mango!

Jo Foster

Jo Foster

Celebrity Administrator

Role: I work in the Celebrity team organising contracts, logistics and practicalities of events, for example travel and accommodation.

Dislikes: Slow Walkers, Tonic and Coffee.

Fun work fact: I once individually raised £12,000 for Charity.

Fun non work fact: In the Gym/Running or in the Swimming Pool.

Kinjal Tandel

Kinjal Tandel

Accounts Intern

Role: To work with the MD (Matthew Hayes) and Satwant Dhillon on various projects

Dislikes: White Chocolate

Fun work fact: The only way to do great work is to love what you do

Fun non work fact: Smiling ?

Chris Darlington

Chris Darlington

Commercial Director

Role: All sorts …… but mainly generating new business opportunities

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 ! )

Tayte McCarthy

Tayte McCarthy

Trainee Finance Assistant

Dislikes: Messy Rooms, Anything that stings and Bad driving

Fun work fact: I use my own computer peripherals.

Fun non work fact: I have built multiple computers

Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Communications Director

Role: Communications Director

Dislikes: Lateness, vagueness

Fun work fact: I once ended up head first in a waste paper basket!

Fun non work fact: I was a black belt kick-boxer

Sophia Jelaca

Sophia Jelaca

Account Executive

Role: Selling B2B sponsorship packages to sports, celebrity and business-based companies across the UK

Dislikes: Spiders, insects & feeling cold

Fun work fact: Prior to working at Champions I worked in construction sales

Fun non work fact: I love watching crime & investigation and plastic surgery documentaries

Monique Turi-Vincent

Monique Turi-Vincent

Accounts Assistant

Role: To assist Satwant

Dislikes: Cricket / Golf / Loud noise at work

Fun work fact: Boring to some, but challenges

Fun non work fact: In a playground with my daughter

Marta Serafin

Marta Serafin

Business Administrator Apprentice

Role: I am a part of the administration team within the Celebrity department organising contracts, logistics and practicalities of events.

Dislikes: Healthy lifestyle and unnecessary extra physical activity/ sports.

Fun work fact: I make horrendous tea (Tip: don’t take me up on my offer to make you one).

Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones

Celebrity Talent Executive

Role: Maintaining TV celebrity links and managing their TV appearances whilst building new relationships.

Dislikes: People who sneeze without covering their mouth.

Fun work fact: I’ve worked on scripted and factual TV production for 10 years and most recently filmed in Russia with Guy Martin for Channel 4.

Fun non work fact: I’m a qualified drone pilot.

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Becky Haggerty

Becky Haggerty (Bex)

Magazine Account Executive

Role: Aspirational / Inspirational Magazine

Dislikes: I love going on holiday but hate flying!, being cold, egg (couldn’t pay me to eat it) and wasps

Fun work fact: I worked on several fishing and classic car magazines in Peterborough where I’m from before joining Champions

Fun non work fact: I used to be a goth.. and I still like rock/metal/punk bands and still go to gigs!

Megan Bland

Megan Bland

SEO Apprentice

Role: Helping the SEO team to improve traffic and rankings of the Champions websites.

Dislikes: Tomatoes, slow walkers and being late

Fun work fact: Wherever I go, my planner comes with me

Fun non work fact: I love photography and all things social media

Megan Mosley

Megan Mosley

Digital Copywriter

Role: Working with the digital team to create content and copy for the Influencer website, internal projects and clients.

Dislikes: Coffee.

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.

Jim Little

Jim Little

Media

Role: Editor

Dislikes: Sports (not actively dislike, more that I don’t care for)

Fun work fact: My bus is always late on my way home

Fun non work fact: I take part in 12th Century Norman Historical Re-enactment for English Heritage.

Fran Prince

Fran Prince

PR account executive

Role: Gaining press coverage for clients.

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.

Elyssia Gill

Elyssia Gill

Celebrity and Brand Partnership Executive

Role: I work in the Celebrity and Talent Department, working with celebrities and brands to create successful partnerships for media work, personal appearances, endorsement deals and PR campaigns. I also work with brands to outsource celebrity talent and support with Champions Celebrity Social media pages.

Dislikes: Rain and not having a morning coffee.

Fun work fact: I have degree in International Fashion Business and had the opportunity to attend CIFF Trade Show in Copenhagen.

Fun non work fact: I love going to Barcelona every year for endless tapas and sun. However, my Spanish is a work in progress.

Tim Munton

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.

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 Whittaker

Megan Whittaker

Project Executive

Role: Organising awards that Champions host throughout the year

Dislikes: Early mornings, spiders & moths

Fun work fact: I worked in a restaurant for 4 years, so this is my first proper office job

Fun non work fact: I danced for 13 years when I was younger

Izzy Bexon

Izzy Bexon

SEO Apprentice

Dislikes: Ignorant people, tomatoes & being the first person to go home

Fun non work fact: I’ve played tennis with Alesha Dixon & Tim Henman

Scott Giles

Scott Giles

Business PR Account Executive

Role: Liaising with clients, copywriting, pitching in news stories to journalists, all round media relations!

Dislikes: Slow moving people

Fun work fact: Once dressed as a stormtrooper at a client event

Fun non work fact: Trekked the Grand Canyon

Hollie Felstead

Hollie Felstead

Graphic Designer

Role: I work as part of the Creative Team working on a variety of projects including brochures, logos and proposals.

Dislikes: Feeling cold and being late.

Fun work fact: In a previous job role, I got to design artwork for DJ Lisa Lashes.

Fun non work fact: In my spare time, I love going out to different music events and festivals.

Lewis Ray

Lewis Ray

After Dinner Sales Executive

Role: Recommending the perfect speaker for client's events.

Dislikes: Hot dogs & Horror films.

Fun work fact: I choreographed a successful world record attempt on an event I worked on.

Fun non work fact: I only lost the 2017 London Marathon by 1 hour and 46 minutes…

Nick Darby

Nick Darby

Music And Entertainment Sales Executive

Role: Booking all types of different acts for all kinds of occasions.

Dislikes: I am petrified of all birds and I hate mustard.

Fun work fact: Prior to working at champions I travelled the world working on cruise ships.

Fun non work fact: I once beat Olympic swimmer Mark Foster at a game of basketball.

Ashish Patil

Ashish Patil

PPC Executive

Dislikes: Cats (dog enemies)

Fun work fact: I like having coffee to keep me full but my stomach hates and roars each time I drink it.

Fun non work fact: I ended up in a police van when I was 16.

Harleen Dorka

Harleen Dorka

Digital Copywriter

Role: Digital Copywriter

Dislikes: Snakes!!

Fun non work fact: I have a black belt in karate

Jo Baxter

Jo Baxter

Events Sales Executive

Role: Selling B2B sponsorship packages to sports, celebrity and business based companies across the UK

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

Amber hardy

Amber hardy

Social Media Apprentice

Role: Creating and sharing content for both internal and external social media accounts

Dislikes: Bananas, spiders and chocolate cake

Fun work fact: Before Champions, I worked part-time at Tesco for 3 years!

Fun non work fact: I gained a black belt in Tae-Kwon Do when I was 13, but I stopped training after that!!

Mollie Evans

Mollie Evans

Account Executive (Awards Sponsorship)

Dislikes: Insects & untidiness!

Fun work fact: I had to visit Romania on my own for 2 weeks to train a team when I was just 21 (not very fun, sorry!!)

Fun non work fact: I am obsessed with Afternoon tea and have been to 5 different places already this year.

Georgia Haslam

Georgia Haslam

Social Media Apprentice

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

Cameron Hefter

Cameron Hefter

SEO Apprentice

Role: Using SEO strategies to manage and improve brand awareness

Dislikes: Derby County, Aubergines and Buses

Fun work fact: I accidentally spilt a tray of drinks over a best man!

Fun non work fact: Once played cricket against Saqlain Mushtaq

Benny Lawrence

Benny Lawrence

Senior Talent Manager

Role: I work in the Celebrity PR department. As part of my role, I manage the Celebrity PR team and look after a number of celebrity clients. This work involves sourcing new brand relationships with my celebrities as well as relevant media profile work.

Fun work fact: When working at the British Par 3 Championship I got Peter Schmeichel to call my Dad (who is a life long Manchester United fan) at 2am in the morning to wish him a Happy Birthday, now that’s a what I call a good birthday wake up call!

Fun non work fact: I’m half French and can speak the language fluently.

Claire Catlow

Claire Catlow

Head of PR

Dislikes: Dark winter mornings, grumpy people (though my husband might say I am one…)

Fun work fact: I’ve met David Hasselhoff, Ringo Starr and Prince Charles – but not all at the same time!

Fun non work fact: Supporting my family through the tribulations of being Nottingham Forest fans.

Amelia Neate

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.

Ewen Lewis

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.

Emma Richardson

Emma Richardson

Celebrity Social Media Apprentice

Role: Working with and assisting Amy.

Dislikes: Being cold and housework.

Fun work fact: I have just finished working at Birds Bakery, after two years, to come and work here!!

Fun non work fact: I spend a lot of my free time on social media, as I love celebrity gossip

rebecca edwards

Rebecca Edwards

Digital Marketing Executive

Role: To assist the SEO team in optimizing websites to improve traffic levels, rankings and the overall user experience. I also produce optimized copy for the digital team.

Dislikes: Pigeons.

Fun work fact: I can take shorthand notes at 100wpm.

Fun non work fact: I once interviewed Sandi Toksvig and John McCarthy.

Tatenda Chuma

Tatenda Chuma

Web and Mobile Developer

Amy Coleman

Amy Coleman

Digital Communications Manager

Role: I’m currently working across the social media platforms that Champions Speakers runs, as well as various other corporate/consumer clients.

Fun work fact: I have most recently changed careers, from working at a pharmacy to digital marketing & social media.

Fun non work fact: I write my very own beauty blog, where I constantly display stunning pictures of my nails!

Frankie Sparano

Frankie Sparano

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!

Victoria Marconetto-Tyson

Victoria Marconetto-Tyson

Senior Talent Manager

Role: I manage the Celebrity Management department as a whole and represent a number of our sole managed clients. This includes securing them work within the media, personal appearances, brand work and looking after their PR.

Fun work fact: I started the entire PR department from scratch, with MD, Matt when I joined in 2009.

Fun non work fact: I once gatecrashed Snoop Dogg’s after party and managed to steal a bottle of vintage Dom P which is still in my cupboard at home..!

Terri Burton

Terri Burton

Senior Creative Designer

Role: Working with the Creative Team on various Graphic Design projects for Champions Speakers and their clients.

Fun work fact: My first week at Champions I got to meet Peter Shilton and Bill Roache. Ekk ?

Fun non work fact: I love canvas painting, crafting, illustrating and keeping fit.

Ashleigh Kerr

Ashleigh Kerr

Senior Events & Golf Manager

Role: I work in the events department. I help to organise and set up the events, dealing with all aspects including guest communication and admin.

Fun work fact: I joined the company the week of my hen do, and my birthday was the week after!

Fun non work fact: I enjoy a bit of dancing in the kitchen on a Friday night.

Annie Taylor

Annie Taylor

Graphic Designer

Dislikes: Spiders

Grace Golden

Grace Golden

Business Development Executive

Role: Generating new business leads with a focus on digital marketing. My role includes informing new and existing clients about the key areas at Champions UK plc.

Dislikes: Rain and coat-hangers

Fun work fact: I enjoy arranging cakes sales or events to help raise money for charity

Fun non work fact: I’m going to be my brother’s best man at his wedding this year!

Scott Skerritt

Scott Skerritt

SEO Executive

Role: Working with the SEO team to improve traffic and rankings across all of the Champions websites.

Dislikes: Cold weather and traffic.

Fun work fact: I once did a typing speed test and managed to get 118 words per minute.

Fun non work fact: My birthday is on Star Wars day (May the 4th be with you).

Beth

Beth Smithard

Celebrity Executive

Role: I work in the Celebrity and Talent management department at Champions, working with brands and our celebrities to create successful partnerships for media work, endorsement deals, PR campaigns and personal appearances. I also work with brands to outsource celebrity talent and social media influencers using our vast database of contacts and networking!

Dislikes: People who cook their cats

Fun work fact: I occasionally burst into song and I am not a talented singer

Fun non work fact: I’m a Channel 4’s Couple Come Dine with Me Winner and named my courses after celebrities

Geoff Sanders

Geoff Sanders

Becky Hales

Becky Hales

Talent Executive Copywriter

Role: I produce a variety of content for online websites, brochures, articles and blogs. A lot of proof reading is involved too!

Fun work fact: Champions was my first job after graduating from University.

Fun non work fact: I am often at vintage car events, racing against others up muddy hills in cars from the 1920s.

Izzy

Isabelle Lee

After Dinner Sales Executive

Role: Recommending the perfect speaker for a client’s event.

Dislikes: Bad weather and having to wear high heels.

Fun work fact: Prior to working at Champions I have worked as a Thomson holiday rep.

Fun non work fact: I’ve played every sport you can think of from cricket to volleyball

Joris Girdzijauskas

Joris Girdzijauskas

Web Developer

Role: Making websites - the way they're structured, the way they function and the way they look. Also the odd bit of techy problem solving anywhere in the office.

Dislikes: Disorganisation and crowded places, unless there's awesome music I love on

Fun work fact: Someone put my surname twice in my work e-mail... Also, you can find me by following the sound of the sneeze.

Fun non work fact: Anytime someone says a math question out loud and I hear it, I have to solve it in my head

Alan Warner

Alan Warner

Music & Entertainment Manager

Fun work fact: Joined a company where we are all under 35 ………………… ish

Fun non work fact: The Champion of Table Tennis in my house, beating all Grand-Kids under 10 and Oldies over 60

Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton

SEO Copywriter

Role: Writing copy for the music and entertainment sector of the Champions brand.

Dislikes: When the maintenance lights come on in my car.

Fun work fact: I once to crossed the river in my kayak to cut twenty minutes from my work commute.

Luke Vials

Luke Vials

Copywriter

Role: I hosted a weekly sports radio show for a year.

Dislikes: Controversial but snow and sand!

Fun work fact: This is my first job since graduating from the University of Lincoln with a Journalism degree.

Richard Padmore

Richard Padmore

Senior Copywriter

Role: Massively varied and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Concept and brand creation, sport, politics and finance ghost-writing, thought pieces on pretty much anything, editorial, advertorial, digital, TV, radio and video. You name it. Oh, and I’m heavily involved in our own business development efforts. Which is nice.

Dislikes: Plasticine, Clarkson, the majority of cheeses and unnecessary fuss.

Fun work fact: I’m functionally illiterate but nobody’s quite clocked on to it yet. Mum’s the word, eh . . . . .

Fun non work fact: My scrambled eggs are better than yours.

Rachel Roarke

Rachel Roarke

Music & Entertainment Sales Executive

Role: I book celebrity acts and speakers from the world of sports, music and entertainment for a variety of events whether it be corporate, civic, charitable or private.

Fun work fact: Offers entertainment and humour along with daily duties.

Fun non work fact: I eat all things chocolate except if it’s covering nuts. Is nuts…

Cat Mitchell

Cat Mitchell

Celebrity Sales Manager

Role: I book celebrity speakers for a variety of events including Sports Dinners, Awards Ceremonies, Schools and Charity Events. I’m always on the phone talking to different celebrities and clients every day!

Fun work fact: I feel like Britney Spears when I have my headset on…and I love it!

Fun non work fact: When I was younger I played Cossette in the West End musical Les Miserables and have loved watching and being in Musical Theatre ever since!

Charlotte Davie

Charlotte Davie

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 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!

Peter Baker

Peter Baker

Sports Management

Sunita Mistry

Sunita Mistry

Celebrity Bookkeeper

Role: I work on the accounts of some of our celebrities.

Fun work fact: My desk may look cluttered to everyone else but it is order to me.

Fun non work fact: I dressed up as Minnie Mouse for a hen party one night. I cannot remember anything about the night apart from waking up the next day without a tail on my outfit??

Sharon Sparano

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.