Sustainability, Accessibility & Efficiency in Arts Centres and Theatre

Join a host of arts centre and theatre managers at the Sheffield Theatres for an afternoon of knowledge sharing and best practice

- sponsored by Yesplan.

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An Afternoon Seminar at Sheffield Theatres


The challenges facing today’s arts centres are considerable. 

Striving for greater accessibility and inclusion, coupled with the need for efficiency savings, as well as environmental and business sustainability to name but a few. 

During this free to attend session you’ll hear from expert speakers on not just these challenges but also some of the solutions venues such as Sheffield Theatres and others have found.

In addition to hearing from industry figures, you’ll also be able to see behind the scenes at Sheffield Theatres on some of their improvements, to their physical and technical infrastructure. 

What can you expect? 

1:00 PM  Coffee and Networking 

1:30 PM  Welcome to the Sheffield Theatres and set the scene

1:40 PM  21st Century Challenges to Cultural Centres - Keynote Speaker Roger Tomlinson

2:10 PM  Integrated & Efficient Systems, The Way Forward? - Speaker Patrick Morsman 

2:30 PM  Venue Tour

3:00 PM  Are European Venues Ahead of UK? - Speaker Wouter Vermeylen 

3:20 PM  Lessons on Sustainability, Accessibility & Efficiency: What the Data Tells Us - Speaker Liv Nilssen 

3:50 PM  Delivering an Accessible Digital Strategy - Speaker James Coleman

4:10 PM  Panel Discussion

4:30 PM  Drinks/ Mingle


Meet our expert speakers! 

Keynote Speaker Roger Tomlinson 


Roger will map out what he sees as the biggest threats and greatest opportunities for Arts Centres and Theatres in the coming years. 


Now "mostly retired" Roger has over 45 years experience of the arts and entertainment industry, starting out as an arts marketer and then a CEO and producer, before an international career as an arts management consultant. He formed TheTicketingInstitute.com and the Functionality Builder to enable more rigorous procurement practices. 

Roger is particularly interested in the way digital technologies are changing the ways people can relate to arts organisations and how they can develop audiences and increase attendances. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on integrated ticketing solutions, helping design and develop or on procuring on-line technologies for ticketing and marketing, working internationally. He's been rewarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award from INTIX. 

Nowadays, Roger chairs the Centre for Performance Research and is a Board member of The Audience Agency. 


- Twitter: @BrandinyourHand and @TicketingInst. 





Wouter Vermeylen  CEO Yesplan 

Wouter Vermeylen is co-founder and director of Yesplan, a SaaS planning tool for cultural venues. In 2004 Wouter initiated from within Arts Centre Vooruit the ambitious Arts Center of the Future, a project in which an innovative vision was created about the influences of digitization within the cultural sector. These efforts were rewarded when he became IT manager of the year in 2006. 

A year after Yesplan was founded in 2011, Wouter received the Flemish Culture Prize for Cultural Management for the launch of the company as a spin-off from Vooruit.


James Coleman  Director Supercool 

James founded Supercool in 2004 and has since worked with arts and cultural organisations to communicate clearly through digital media. 


As a user experience designer, he’s created websites such as Bristol Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre and Sheffield Theatres. 




Liv Nilssen   Sector Strategy Lead at Spektrix

Liv brings 15 years’ experience in performing arts management and fundraising in both the US and the UK to the global Spektrix team. Her role is to ensure that we have the biggest impact on the arts and cultural sector as possible.

She is the Co-author of our Boldy Compliant - GDPR series and is always looking to further understand the world from our clients’ perspective, share learnings and make connections that help realise and even grow their ambitions. 


Patrick Morsman   Sales Manager Yesplan

Patrick Morsman has been in and around arts organisations for 25 years. From a humble position as a box office assistant with the Hallé Orchestra, he became fascinated with computerised systems to help manage arts organisations. Having worked with multiple ticketing and venue management systems, he remains passionate about driving efficiencies in arts organisations.





Btw... Have you already checked out the Aftermovie of our previous event
at the MAC in Birmingham






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