Former Bournemouth 7s Festival MD Craig Mathie has founded a new company focused on event planning, project management and live event delivery.

Mathie said his new Project 30 operation has been launched with the aim of supporting existing events teams or offering a comprehensive full-service approach for events of all types and sizes. He said it already involves a “host of event industry heavyweights” and will specialise in bringing together experts from across the industry.

The experienced events professional is involved in cross-industry initiatives including the South Coast Events Forum, which he founded. Mathie is also an advisor to the Association of Festival Organisers and a steering group member for Vision:2025. Previously the VP of NOEA, Mathie also chairs the Destination Management Board for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Prior to launching Project 30, Craig spent 11 years at Bournemouth 7s Festival with the past six as managing director.

He said, “I’ve been blown away by the response to Project 30. Even in these challenging times, it’s clear that events which bring people together are more important than ever. I’m delighted to be able to use my knowledge and experience to support event owners, promoters and other producers in delivering engaging, and safe, experiences.

“The events industry faces a host of urgent and important challenges over the coming months and years, but it remains an incredibly exciting space to work within. Audiences are still looking for outstanding experiences and we are looking forward to playing our part in bringing these to life.”