Driving Efficiency and Working Smarter in Arts Centres and Theatres - Manchester

Join an exclusive gathering of arts leaders at HOME, for an afternoon of knowledge sharing and best practice

- sponsored by Yesplan.

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An afternoon Seminar at HOME (Manchester)

The challenges facing today’s arts centres are considerable. 

As venues are challenged by funding cuts and the draw of an ever widening variety of entertainment platforms to attract people’s discretionary spend, we look at how efficiency can help you to free up more time to be creative and drive additional revenue. During this free to attend session you’ll hear from expert speakers on these challenges and how arts organisations are working to address them with practical solutions. 

Places are strictly limited to 30 people so make sure you book early. 

What can you expect

12.30 PM  Coffee and Networking 

1.00 PM  Welcome to HOME Manchester and set the scene 

1.10 PM  The importance of Strategic Branding for Arts Organisations - Keynote Speaker Rob Macpherson 

1.40 PM  What can we learn from Airlines? - Speaker Andrew Thomas 

2.10 PM  Short break 

2.30 PM  Instinct vs Insight: Working towards a Data Driven Culture - Speaker Ellie Griffiths 

3.00 PM  Case Study: Transitioning to Yesplan at Midlands Arts Centre - Speaker Damien Vincent 

3.30 PM  Q&A 

4.00 PM  Drinks and Networking  

Meet our expert speakers! 

Keynote speaker Rob Macpherson

Rob will discuss the importance of strategic branding for arts organisations. 

Rob Macpherson spent over 15 years at Birmingham Hippodrome running brand, marketing, sales, PR and fundraising, with a 30-strong team helping it grow into one of the most successful unsubsidised and award-winning cultural institutions in the UK with a turnover of up to £30m. In 2018/19 nearly 600,000 enjoyed musicals, opera and ballet, contemporary dance, comedy and drama, and pantomime; with a further 250,000 engaging with free festivals and community programmes. 

He held previous roles at Warwick Arts Centre, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra following a music degree and one miserable year with PwC. 

In April 2019 Rob set up Impakt, as a new consultancy in association with Substrakt, a digital agency based in Birmingham. Impakt advises arts organisations, other charities and HE institutions on strategic brand development, corporate communications and creative thinking. 

- Twitter: @robmacpherson and @creatingimpakt 

Ellie Griffiths     Business Development Manager & Application Consultant for Tessitura Network 

An experienced fundraiser, Ellie connected individuals and corporates to a range of causes, including medical charities, higher education and the arts. Ellie is also chair of Women & Theatre, a Birmingham-based theatre company that addresses contemporary issues through performance. 

Ellie will share her own experiences of working towards a data driven culture in cultural organisations

Andrew Thomas     Principal Ynys Consulting Ltd 

A lot of people often say Andrew does not have a proper job. He agrees with that, he says has about six of them. Therapist, lawyer, wrestling referee, nursery school teacher and wild west sheriff are just some of the ways he describes consulting and working with major sports and entertainment franchises around the world wrangling with technology and data to work smarter not harder. 

His current client list includes Premier League football clubs, major festivals and some of the UK's most iconic arts venues. As well as leading Europe’s Ticketing Professionals organisation he sits as one of the International representatives on the board of INTIX

Damien Vincent     Head of Customer Services, MAC Birmingham

Damien has worked in the arts and event industry for over 15 years in Birmingham in theatre and cultural settings. Following the re-opening of MAC in 2010 after a £14 million redevelopment, he has established and shaped the commercial activities and is now managing the ticketing and commercial teams. 

With a keen interest in technology and IT Damien has been leading the Yesplan project team and the implementation and he will share his thoughts and experiences.


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

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