Meet the team

Scott Barton

Managing Director

Scott has over 20 years experience of organising events & festivals and has been the driving force behind the company from the outset. Prior to working in events Scott worked in the TV & Film industry on productions including the BAFTA Award Winning A Very British Coup (C4), Jack The Ripper (ITV/Lorimer), Venus Peter (Film Four) and the Neil Jordan film High Spirits (Palace Pictures). Scott has also been a Conference Marketing Director and managed a number of fundraising projects including working with Singer/Songwiter Joan Armatrading to produce a fundraising CD for Paces, a charity working with children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families. In 1996 Scott was responsible for staging the first After Dark event and went on to establish Mayfest, Fright Night, Grin Up North and StreetLife festivals.

Jill Phillips


Jill was a Commercial Lawyer for over 14 years at one of the UK’s top ten law firms and went on to specialise in Licensing & Gaming Law at a leading niche practice and was there throughout the introduction of the new Licensing Act in 2005. Jill also has experience of working for the corporate legal department of a local authority and along with Scott founded the Company.

Catherine Lawry

Events and Marketing Manager

Catherine has worked in the training sector since graduating from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with a BA in History in 2009. Last working at a charity training centre for the blind, she has experience of centre-based events, assisting in organisational re-branding and coordinating facilities staff and volunteers. After working for the company on a freelance basis Catherine joined as a full time member of staff as Events and Marketing Manager.

The Rest of the Team

We have spent many years establishing a strong network of talented freelancers and trusted suppliers, many of whom have worked with us every year since 1996. By working in this way we can control costs and bring in the very best talent when and where needed.

If you would like to enquire about adding your details to our database of freelancers or about volunteering at our events please contact