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 00’s 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:
A prominent figure within the festivals industry worldwide, since her time at AUB Jo Vidler has made a huge impact
Robin’s career has seen him producing the infamous huge stages and sets for Boomtown
"I had a phone call from Michael to ask me if I would come back and run a field for him"
Lucy’s dynamic role at the Natural History Museum has included the creation of a four-month leaving party for Dippy the Diplodocus
Andrew’s work placement on the course at AUB was a gateway into the world of stage production and talent management.
Lauren’s commitment to engaging all communities in the arts and increasing diversity in the creative workforce
Executive Director, In Between Time (live arts company)
Senior Events Officer, Arts and Events, Bristol City Council
Senior Lecturer and course director for BA (Hons) Illustration and Graphics, Coventry University.
MA Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition student at National Film and Television School.
Music Programme Coordinator, Boomtown Fair.
Student Union President, Arts University Bournemouth.
Founding Director and Promoter, Red Rooster Festival; General Manager and Production Manager, Neverworld Festival;
Project Manager, ITV experiences
Artist, Art Director, Creative Production Manager, Creative brand consultant. Designing shows such as Lovebox, Boomtown, Secret Garden party
Senior Gallery Officer/Curator, The Gallery Arts University Bournemouth.
Programme Manager, Cause 4
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, graduated from what was then BA (Hons) Arts and Events Management, in 2005.
Rosie Leo is the marketing & events co-ordinator t Krwji, Cornwall's creative hub.
Ruth Newman worked on the opening ceremony for the new louvre in Abu Dhabi
Beth Neale is the account executive for the exposure promotions, one of the UK's leading pr companies.