People moves at White Light, The O2, VisitScotland and more…

White Light

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White Light has taken on Tom Wilkes as business development manager to support the company’s growth. Wilkes joins from Vision SL, a technical production company that he founded in 2009. The company will now become part of White Light. Wilkes will be responsible for managing the hire aspects of the various markets in which White Light works, including theatre, awards, broadcast and exhibitions.

The O2

SECC Live Events Team John Langford, Director of Live Events Credit : Marc Turner

John Langford has been appointed VP and general manager of The O2, replacing Rebecca Kane Burton, who moved to Really Useful Theatres on 1 September. Langford, who is leaving the SECC following three years as director of live entertainment, will be responsible for the overall operational management, commercial delivery, event booking and content creation at The O2. He joins the London venue on 1 November.



Lucy Bates has joined VisitScotland as its new marketing and communications manager in its Business Events division. Bates will support the wider marketing team to deliver branding, digital marketing collateral and public relations, promoting Scotland’s hotels, venues, universities and event organisers.



WRG has made its first senior placement since Russ Lidstone joined the company as CEO earlier this year. Maddy Allen has been promoted to client director, having worked her way through the ranks since joining as project co-ordinator in 2009. Allen will be initially tasked with building on the existing integrated capabilities of WRG and capitalizing on organic growth opportunities within the healthcare industry.


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GES has appointed Matt Coyne as technology engagement architect for the EMEA region, with immediate effect. Coyne is charged with promoting and developing the company’s extensive technology portfolio whilst bringing together its data assets to deliver greater insight into visitor and exhibitor engagement.


The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has appointed Dani Bull as membership executive, supporting the association director, Rachel Parker, and association manager Kim Miles. Bull joins from EPS-Bucks County Council, where she worked as project manager.