The Team

Our Venue Experts

Dannie Brown - Venue Expert Dannie Brown

From the land of concrete cows and roundabouts, Dannie grew up in Milton Keynes. After graduating from the University of Greenwich with an Events Management degree she has continuously pursued various jobs within the events industry from hospitality to event production. Out of work she will be found drinking across various bars in London or having a mega netflix binge.

Jake Lewis - Venue Expert Jake Lewis

Jake loves to cook, initially working as a chef in a Michelin starred restaurant. He recently returned from Whistler, Canada; when he wasn’t working he could be found jumping out of a helicopter to find the best snow! Go-to Karaoke song: A Little Respect by Erasure

Joe Harry - Venue Expert Joe Harry

Joe has moved to the Hire Space office from sunny Brighton. His main passion is live music events, having worked for a number of festivals around Europe. One of his goals is to eat at every curry house in Brick Lane but the problem is he can never remember which ones he's been to.

Joe Summerhayes - Venue Expert Joe Summerhayes

After recently graduating with a psychology degree in Sheffield Joe has moved back down South to indulge in the London life. Out of the office he can be found perfecting his beer-pong trick shot, or tweaking his fantasy football team formula.

Lilla Madacsi - Venue Expert Lilla Madacsi

After graduating from The University of Derby, Lilla moved to London to experience the 'big city life'. She worked in events sales at a private members' club before joining Hirespace. When not working, she is explaining to people that although she is from Transylvania, she is not a vampire.

Nathan Marks - Venue Expert Nathan Marks

After graduating from York University Nathan moved to London from Merseyside in 2012 and worked in recruitment sales for 3 years before joining Hire Space. He spends his time outside of work going to gigs, and claiming that this season is finally Arsenal's season.

Olivia Johnston - Venue Expert Olivia Johnston

Born in Suffolk, Olivia is a real country bumpkin. After finishing her degree in Graphic Design she became a lettings agent but then found her true calling at Hire Space! Olivia's main loves are Romeo, her ginger tom cat and Molly, her cavapoo.

The Team Behind the Scenes

Amy Stroud - Senior Content Executive Amy Stroud Senior Content Executive

Amy graduated with an MA in International PR from Cardiff in 2013 then worked in agency PR in hospitality and food & drink before joining Hire Space. Amy loves cats, travelling far and wide and drinking margaritas in various bars across London.

Cicely Lawson - Operations Associate Cicely Lawson Operations Associate

Hailed from the land of Scot, Cicely traveled far and wide across the Pacific and Indian seas before settling down in London. When she's not giving it chat, she busies herself with thinking about marathons she would one day like to run. Like most Scots, she is usually seen with a drink in hand.

Ed Dobson - Account Specialist Ed Dobson Account Specialist

Born in Manchester, Ed grew up (mostly) in the countryside. After graduating university, he decided to book a 12 month trip to go travelling with his best mate. He's now moved to London to explore what the big city has to offer. Outside of work you'll find him planning his next trip or obsessively watching a Netflix series.

Edward Poland - Co-founder and COO Edward Poland Co-founder and COO

Ed worked on the General Election campaign in 2010 and as a speechwriter at UNESCO before starting Hire Space. He has a BA in English and an MA in Diplomacy, and spends his spare time defending Arsenal FC's managerial strategy.

Felicity Cator - EventLAB Producer Felicity Cator EventLAB Producer

Felicity moved to London from the southern seaside in 2012. She had a fun first glimpse of London life coordinating events for a record label. Before joining Hire Space, she was producing conferences and trade shows. She loves live music, art exhibits, good food, and discovering the city by bicycle.

George Barker - Digital Content Executive George Barker Digital Content Executive

"I never could get the hang of thursdays"

Jess Lane - Head of Product Jess Lane Head of Product

Jess joined Hire Space in 2013 after graduating from Cambridge. She's incredibly pleased to be putting her English Literature degree and knowledge of Shakespeare to good use as part of the tech team. Jess spends any spare cash on gigs, unnecessary gadgets and (often unnecessary) gin.

Julie Woestelandt - Data Engineer Julie Woestelandt Data Engineer

Originally from France, Julie graduated university with a Marketing degree and has taken on various roles in marketing and data engineering since then. She enjoys frolicking around the globe, exploring new countries and cultures, trying new food, and attempting to become a master sushi chef and wine connoisseur.

Kier Kemp - Accounts Assistant Kier Kemp Accounts Assistant

Kier has spent the last year trying to rebel against the fact the he is obviously a Hipster. Originally hailing from Beccles, Suffolk he now likes Gin, Yoga, Avocados and Wham!

Kim Meier - Client Relationship Manager Kim Meier Client Relationship Manager

Coming from the land down under, Kim ventured to London from sunny Queensland to be rudely awakened by the UK's harsh winter. With a background in Marketing, Fashion and Events, she joined Hire Space in May 2017. She spends her spare time trying to soak up as much of the London life as possible (one bar at a time), regaling others with stories from Oz land, and dreaming of a sunny beach.

Mr Schnitzel von Krumm - Canine Development Officer Mr Schnitzel von Krumm Canine Development Officer

As one of the last remaining descendants of the Austrian 'Von Krumm' dynasty, Mister Schnitzel has traveled far from home to lend a hand to the Hire Space office. As a connoisseur of good taste and the finer things in life he is acting cultural attache, always on hand to help the team understand what it means to 'keep it classy'.

Paul Seamons - PPC Specialist Paul Seamons PPC Specialist

Originally from the sunny south coast of Sussex, Paul worked for many years in digital marketing. Outside of work if he’s not supporting the Saints or following the test, he will be enjoying Radio4, The Archers, growing cabbages, or listening to drum and bass and live music.

Paul Somers - Software Engineer Paul Somers Software Engineer

After graduating with a BSc in Mathematics, Paul expanded his programming skill set by helping others solve problems and now applies this knowledge at Hire Space. His spare time is spent trying to prove rocket science isn't so hard by landing little green people on other planets.

Perry Tiu - Software Engineer Perry Tiu Software Engineer

Proud camp counsellor, fourth wall breaker, broken refrigerator (no chill), Perry moved to London from Montreal after graduating in Software Engineering. Perry would now like you to stop reading, stand up, stretch and go get some water 'cause he's 1000% sure you haven't left your desk in a while.

Riemy Wan - Senior Community Manager Riemy Wan Senior Community Manager

Honing five years' experience in the creative and music scene in China, Riemy rooted herself in London in 2013 and has since become an avid venue explorer in the city and beyond. She spends her idle hours on design projects, sampling hoppy bevies and making exercise contraptions for her hamster.

Thomas Owers - Software Engineer Thomas Owers Software Engineer

Tom is currently on placement at Hire Space from King's College London where he is currently in his third year studying for a bachelors degree in Computer Science. When he's not hacking the web, you can usually find him in close proximity to a gin bar around central London.

Tom Moffat - Community Support Tom Moffat Community Support

Tom spent several years drawing animals in clothes after graduating with a degree in illustration from Manchester. Realising the financial reward wasn't necessarily going to sustain an uncontrollable passion for spending money, he decided to move to Hamburg for a year, happily returning in 2016 for an opportunity to be part of the delightful Hire Space team.

Will Swannell - Co-founder and CEO Will Swannell Co-founder and CEO

Before co-founding Hire Space, he worked both as a strategy consultant with LEK and a Maths teacher at Paddington Academy having studied Theoretical Physics and then Finance at Cambridge. Outside the office, Will is enthusiastically proficient at 5-a-side and triathlon and has a keen interest in education.