Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events said it has appointed an additional director and filled three further positions to support the company’s growth across its venue, events and consultancy business.
The multi-service operation, including event promotion and venue management arms, was recently awarded £384,000 through the final round of the Cultural Recovery Fund.
Gemma Shamah (pictured, top left) has been promoted to operations director following two years with the company as its head of operations.
Director of events Richard Maides said, “Gemma has been integral to the growth of the business since joining us in 2019 and due to her wide and varied experience in the industry is ideally placed to become our operations director.”
Shamah’s past positions include management of both The Forum and The Garage in London, operations and event manager at the classic rock festival Ramblin’ Man Fair and Southern operations manager overseeing ULU and Norwich UEA LCR along with large scale outdoor events across the UK.
Since joining Ghostwriter Shamah has been responsible for operations at Ghostwriter partner venues and leading outdoor projects such as 5 on the Farm festival produced with Viacom CBS / Channel 5 and Royal Holloway Summer Celebrations.
Former Liverpool Sound City head booker Craig McVeigh (pictured, top right) joins the company’s promoting department moving across from I Love Live Events. He has played a role in the development of artists such as Catfish & The Bottlemen, booking them for two sold‐out nights at the M&S Bank Arena (cap. 11,000) in Liverpool. He also worked on KSI’s sold-out show at Liverpool’s Mountford Hall (2,500).
Ghostwriter commercial director Carl Bathgate said, “I look forward to working closely with Craig to deliver our Live After Racing events, stand‐alone outdoor shows and concerts both within our partner venue estate and beyond.”
Lee Welsh (pictured, bottom left) has been appointed as venues operations manager with responsibility for Marble Factory (1,350) in Bristol and The Point (1,250) in Sunderland.
Welsh’s past positions include venues manager for London ULU (828), Exeter Lemon Grove (1,000) and entertainments and events manager at The Forum University of Hertfordshire Students Union (1,100 / 2,250). He has also previously worked as site manager for Slam Dunk Festival and health and safety advisor for Back of Beyond Festival.
Molly Doyle (pictured, bottom right) joins the company full time as ticketing and promoters assistant. Ghostwriter said the new role will be key in supporting the company’s growing ticketing operation which has exceeded 100,000 matured sales over the last 12 months.
Ghostwriter’s promoted shows for this year include Peter Hook & The Light at O2 Academy Birmingham and The LCR Norwich, as well as shows from artists such as Kaiser Chiefs, The Human League and James Bay at several racecourses across the country.