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David McLean

Managing Director

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David McLean is Managing Director of News Live, News UK's Event business. David set up News Live in 2021 taking News UK’s event team and portfolio of successful events and transforming them into an event business. News Live’s mission is to deliver world class and innovative events that compliment the News UK brands. David has worked at News UK for 15 years in the commercial, technology and operations departments.

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Natasha Banjo

Director of Operations

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Natasha has been with News UK for over 12 years having previously worked for The Independent and The Telegraph. She is passionate about news, our brands and has always enjoyed exploring how we can make our content work harder by engaging with live audiences and commercial partners. Natasha comes from a marketing background and has worked in various roles across the business that have focused around events, sponsorship, promotions and partnerships.

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James Hawker

Commercial Director

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James is responsible for developing brand extensions for The Times, The Sunday Times, and Times Radio. His role focuses on leading innovation and creating new brand opportunities around events, content & partnerships. Leading the delivery of The Times CEO Summit, Style Magazine Beauty Awards and developing new event opportunities across our brands.

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Daisy Jeffries

Executive & PA to MD

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Daisy is the PA to David McLean, providing support to the News Live executive team as well as leading on the processes and business systems throughout the department to manage the business efficiently and effectively. Daisy works department-wide focussing on driving culture, creating team communications and inputting into our management decision processes. Funfact - She will be running the London Marathon this year!

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Jelena Panza

Head of Business Development and Partnerships

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Jelena is the Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at New Live (maternity cover), looking after the different partnerships across our events portfolio. She has over 16 years of experience working in and for cultural institutions on projects in the UK, US, Europe and Asia. Jelena thrives on developing and delivering creative events as well as managing key relationships. She is also a history geek and have a rather bizarre rubber duck collection (around 60 now and counting).

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Neil Worral

Sales Manager

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Neil is our Sales Manager for News Live working across all of our events brands. He has over 15 years of experience in the events and media industry helping to deliver many exciting brand partnerships. Neil loves his sport so when he's not working he is either running, playing golf, working on his fantasy football team, or spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

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Sara Rhodes

Events Consultant

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Sara oversees the curation, strategy and operations for The Times & Sunday Times courses - a programme of immersive masterclasses and seminars from experts in their fields. She has worked in media for over 20 years, previously heading up the events department at Guardian News & Media, and at News UK. Claim to fame: Sara's name is on a work of art created by Grayson Perry.

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Emily Jewell

Head of Events

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Emily Jewell is Head of Events (maternity cover) for News Live, where she oversees the event delivery team and daily operations. Emily joined the team in 2016 and has produced hundreds of editorial and commercial events for The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and Wireless brands. When she’s not working, you’ll find Emily in the countryside downing tea at the local farmyard, soft play or John Lewis cafe with her young daughter, Mabel.

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Victoria Scott

Head of Conferencing

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Victoria heads up News Live Conferences and oversees the strategic direction, propositions and portfolio of our impactful events for B2B and incremental audiences. She has over 20 years of experience working for global brands across a variety of industries, in senior event and marketing roles. Victoria is a champion of the charity Bliss and has been involved with the London NHS Neonatal Network to help improve care and support for other families.

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Lucy Phillips

Head of Event Programming

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Lucy has over 5 years experience at News UK providing a creative and intellectual articulation of TNL brands through live and online events specifically for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times for the Times+ loyalty programme. As Head of event programming, Lucy ensures that we successfully draw on our resources and deliver an editorial approach to content through event programming. Making sure to capture the imagination of our audiences by covering relevant themes, using fresh and inspirational talent and remaining true to the brands.

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Megan Johnstone-Mackie

Marketing Lead

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Megan's core focus is delivering audiences to the incredible and varied roster of events for News Live. With over 10 years working in the live events industry, she has extensive experience in conferences, B2B UK and overseas exhibitions, music festivals, wellness events and much more.

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Francesca Perkins

Senior Event Producer

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Francesca is a Senior Events Producer at News Live, heading up the summits and some of the larger events for the team. As part of her role she works closely with the commercial teams to develop event concepts and assist with revenue targets. Some fun facts about Francesca is she loves Sushi, trying new restaurants, travelling and holidays – her favourite place being Thailand.

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Elizabeth Pether

Senior Event Producer

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Elizabeth is a Senior Event Producer working across a range of campaign led, brand led & new landmark events with a focus on the flagship award events including The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year and Style's Beauty Awards. She works with various teams to support on pitches and generate additional event revenue. Interesting fact, she wrote an episode of Grange Hill after winning a Blue Peter competition.

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Ailsa Mealings

Event Producer

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Ailsa is an Event Producer at News Live and has been at News UK since the beginning of 2019. Ailsa started her career at News UK focusing on Times+ events for subscribers of The Times and The Sunday Times and now works across all brands and type of events. Outside of work she loves to cook, practice yoga and ski as often as she can.

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Joe McLean

Event Producer

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Joe is an Event Producer at News Live with a background in B2B event programming. A large part of Joe's role is utilising his research and commercial skills to create bespoke event solutions for our clients. Day-to-day, Joe co-leads the production of Times+ events, while also working across all other News UK brands. In his spare time, he loves to read, dissect the latest prestige TV drama, and fail miserably at running.

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Charlotte Caidan

Marketing Manager

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As Marketing Manager for News Live, Charlotte collaborates with event managers and producers to market a diverse range of events through various marketing initiatives. These include building awareness and delivering key audiences for these incredible events. Charlotte is passionate about Sport and the Arts with a love for all things Marketing and is always searching for the next adventure! Claim to fame: Ian Mckellan served her ice cream.

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Stephanie D’Souza

Commercial Finance Manager

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Stephanie is the Commercial Finance Manager at News Live. She looks after new business cases, forecasting, budgets and all things numbers! Outside of work Stephanie loves travelling to new countries, reading and exploring all the brunch spots in London.

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Hannah Rees

Event Manager

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Hannah works as the Event Manager at News UK, where she oversees a variety of events ranging from summits to beauty awards. She enjoys travelling, cycling, and walking her dog, Dylan, in her spare time. Hannah regularly practises yoga and one day dreams of gaining her teachers qualification. She has a criminology degree, which comes in handy when it comes to solving all of Netflix's crime dramas by episode 2!

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Celia Harvey

Event Manager

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Celia is an event manager at News Live, working across a variety of events, both internally and externally. She manages the production of all Times+ courses, liaising with tutors and learning along the way about everything from wine-tasting to novel-writing. In her spare time she is a keen walker having just done the Yorkshire Three Peaks, she plans to do the National Three Peaks later this year.

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Charlotte Biddle

Event Manager

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Charlotte joined the team in September 2021 and manages the event delivery for the News Live programme across virtual, hybrid and live events! Outside of work you’ll most likely find Charlotte watching live music, at the theatre or planning a trip to a far flung country and before moving to London, she trained as a classical violinist.

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Shayma Tai

Event Manager

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Shayma is an Event Manager in the News Live team working on a huge variety of events. Her passion is travelling, I love experiencing new cultures and food! Shayma is also an adrenaline junkie and love skydiving, bungee jumping and cliff diving!

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Georgia Bloomer

Sales Executive

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Georgia works as the Senior Sales Executive for RunfestRun, booking brands to join our shopping village and delivering brand partnerships. Georgia is enthusiastic about the outdoors and ensuring that we leave it cleaner than when we arrived. Claim to fame: Kate Moss assisted her after she stumbled on the plane.

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Emily Iannello-Tovar

Event Coordinator

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Emily is an Event Coordinator at News Live, supporting the team where needed as well as managing bookings and events on our 17th floor event space. Fun facts about Emily: She loves travelling and skydiving, she can speak 4 languages fluently, and has once served tea to Bill Nighy.

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George Stewart

Event Apprentice

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As our new Events Apprentice, George supports all teams within Newslive, and has a keen eye for social media marketing and video editing. Fun Fact about George is that he once appeared on BBC Radio Three playing guitar alongside the BBC Orchestra

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