The range and prominence of the careers of BA (Hons) Creative Events Management graduates were recently celebrated as part of the course’s 25th birthday year.
From the founding of genre changing festivals to helping deliver international events of global significance, AUB Creative Events Management alumni have reached some exciting and pivotal places within the contemporary events industry.
At the 25th anniversary party, alumna Jo Vidler, now Creative Director of elrowFamily in Barcelona was the keynote speaker, reflecting on her time at AUB and highlights from her successful career in directing festivals since.
The BA (hons) course has equipped graduates with the skills to prosper in a variety of fields and career pathways: Lauren Townsend, 2014 graduate, says, ‘this course gives you a well-rounded and fully stocked arsenal of transferable skills.’
Some of the 25 alumni celebrated include Poppy Handy (2003) – Managing Director of Port Eliot Festival, Lucy Woodbridge (2010) – Head of Visitor Events at the Natural History Museum, Natalie Davies (2015) – Project Manager organising events globally for broadcaster ITV, alongside an array of programmers, producers and event managers making their mark at some of the UK’s most vibrant cultural destinations.
By extension, the creative entrepreneurship element of the degree programme has instilled in our graduates an aptitude for entrepreneurial activity in establishing successful events and companies within the creative industries. From many graduates’ involvement in the '00s with Secret Garden Party festival and subsequent founding of Secret Productions, to Jimmy’s Iced Coffee and talent management and production companies.
Alumni gathered on 19th January 2019 to celebrate 25 years of the course. Remembering their time at AUB, graduates have been assessing how the course prepared them for their careers.
Nicholas Bartlett (2006) commented: ‘The network you get through the course is incredible, my career would have been impossible without it.’ Andrew Spackman (1995) reflected: ‘The course both allowed me to pursue my creative ideas and passions, whilst wrapping a professional framework and process around it.’
Below is just a few of our celebrated graduates, click 'read more' under each profile to find out about their journeys since graduating AUB:
Creative Events Management Graduate: Jo Vidler
A prominent figure within the festival industry worldwide, since her time at AUB Jo Vidler has made a huge impact...
Creative Events Management Graduate: Robin Collings
Robin’s career has seen him producing the infamous huge stages and sets for Boomtown
Creative Events Management Graduate: Poppy Handy
"I had a phone call from Michael to ask me if I would come back and run a field for him"
Creative Events Management Graduate: Lucy Woodbridge
Lucy’s dynamic role at the Natural History Museum has included the creation of a four-month leaving party for Dippy the Diplodocus
Creative Events Management Graduate: Andrew Harding
Andrew’s work placement on the course at AUB was a gateway into the world of stage production and talent management.
Creative Events Management Graduate: Lauren Townsend
Lauren’s commitment to engaging all communities in the arts and increasing diversity in the creative workforce
Creative Events Management Graduate: Vashti Waite
Executive Director, In Between Time (live arts company)
Creative Events Management Graduate: Melissa Inman
Senior Events Officer, Arts and Events, Bristol City Council
Creative Events Management Graduate: Andrew Spackman
Senior Lecturer and course director for BA (Hons) Illustration and Graphics, Coventry University.
Creative Events Management Graduate: Louise Giadom
MA Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition student at National Film and Television School.
Creative Events Management Graduate: Giorgia Garancini
Student Union President, Arts University Bournemouth.
Creative Events Management Graduate: James Brennan
Founding Director and Promoter, Red Rooster Festival; General Manager and Production Manager, Neverworld Festival;
Creative events management graduate: Nicholas Bartlett
Artist, art director, creative production manager, creative brand consultant. Designing shows such as Lovebox, Boomtown...
Creative Events Management Graduate: Violet McClean
Senior Gallery Officer/Curator, The Gallery Arts University Bournemouth.
AUB alumnus Jim Cregan: Entrepreneur
Jim Cregan discovered ready-to-drink iced coffee during a year travelling around Australia and decided to bring the product back to the UK
Suzi Dent, Creative Events Management Graduate, Speaks About her Course Experiences
Suzi Dent, graduated from what was then BA (Hons) Arts and Events Management, in 2005.
Beth Neale is the account executive for the exposure promotions, one of the UK's leading pr companies.