Ricoh Arena

Stuart Cain

Wasps has appointed Stuart Cain, a senior sports and live events industry figure, as new commercial director to help drive the club forward and increase usage of the Ricoh Arena’s event facilities.

Cain served seven years at the NEC Group (NEC; ICC; Barclaycard and Genting Arenas) as managing director.

AVT Connect

Nadine Wray

Nadine Wray has been appointment as senior account manager for AVT Connect, the live event and digital communication specialists.

Director of client services Becky Deo commented: “Nadine has deep knowledge in all aspects of event project management and planning with a particular emphasis on the international pharmaceutical industry. Her enthusiasm and dedication is obvious straight away and she has already delivered global projects to the very highest standard.”

Imago Venues

Imago Venues has chosen Keith Barber for the newly created role of Head of Venues. The appointment has been made as the conference and event arm of Loughborough University looks to align its venues more closely as it delivers a seamless customer journey.

Barber commented: “My role will allow a more strategic view of operations across the portfolio of venues going forward for a more joined up approach. There are already a number of initiatives which have been put into action and this is already creating a better team experience across the venues.”


Jamie Ades

Jamie Ades

As part of its ongoing aim to develop association business and strengthen its foothold in the market, the Barbican has contracted Jamie Ades as head of associations.

Ades brings a wealth of association knowledge to the team with past experience in association focused roles at Park Plaza Hotel Group and ExCel London. He will be working alongside head of sales, Oliver Hargreaves to deliver on the Barbican’s long term strategic goals, which include a focus on association events aligned to the venue’s ethos and principals, including the arts and culture.


Melle Pama and Philippa Fann

Melle Pama and Philippa Fann

Freeman has appointed two new directors to its agency team at FreemanXP in EMEA. Philippa Fann joins as director of client services, and Melle Pama has come onboard as creative director.

Fann brings 25 years’ event industry experience to the business, working both in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Pama specialises in creating and realising brand activation projects for top companies.