Say hi to our very own BLT (That’s Banana Leadership Team!)

We’ve made some changes to the team here at Top Banana with the introduction of our very own Banana Leadership Team (yes – that really is a BLT!).

We made the changes to take advantage of all the skills and expertise we’ve got in the team and deliver faster decision making to support our growth plans.

Co-founder and MD Nick Terry said: “Rich and I have been driving the business together for 18 years. Our Finance Director joined the board back in 2013, but this is the next generation of leaders, so it’s important to get their view and make sure our leadership team reflects the organisation as a whole.”

Creative director and co-founder Richard Bridge added: “We’ve brought in some real talent through our recent recruitment, so it’s great to tap into that talent to help us move the business forward. We’re still looking to take on account managers in both offices, so if you’re a top notch production supremo, we’d love to hear from you!”

Nick and Richard are joined on the new leadership team by Client Services Directors (CSDs) Jemma Peers, Jez Audus, Jade Ball and Jill McKinnon together with Client Engagement Director Huw Wigley and Financial Director Jane Bradley. Also joining the team is brand new recruit, Louise Goalen who’s just joined us as Head of Venues.

Jade Ball has been with Top Banana for nine years and knows the business inside out. Her numerous roles include CSD, Head of Production and Head of Venues so she’s a very busy lady. Jade has a talent for getting things done in double quick time. She is creative in her thinking, authentic in all her dealings and always steps up to take responsibility for everything she does. Clients like Bentley and Hospira love her energy and her unfailing ability to challenge their thinking and deliver ever more effective events.

Jill McKinnon is another long-standing Banana who has a whole raft of experience to add to the newly created Banana Leadership Team. Jill enjoys excellent relationships with her clients, built around trust, developed over many years and sealed through the delivery of events that bring measurable ROI.

Jemma Peers joined us in April 2016 as an Account Director. Recently promoted to the role of CSD, Jemma has bags of event experience gained from her 17 years in the industry. Her first ambition was to organise the Brit Awards but despite not having achieved that (yet!), Jemma has an unfaltering passion for creating incredible live event experiences … evoking emotions and embracing all things new. Jemma works with several clients in the hospitality, direct selling, retail and banking industries.

Jez Audus joined Top Banana as a CSD in December 2016 and heads up our London office where he leads a number of client accounts across the financial services, automotive and construction sectors. He’s spent 13 years in the events industry, building close working relationships throughout his career. He cited the strength and duration of Top Banana’s existing client relationships as one of the reasons he wanted to join the team.

Louise Goalen is our newest recruit joining as Head of Venues. Louise has worked on both the agency and venue side so has a unique perspective to bring to the team. In her role as Chair of the HBAA Louise is responsible for helping agencies and venues work together for the benefit of all parties; she sees building new partnerships and developing existing ones as an important element in her new role at Top Banana.

Jane Bradley has been with Top Banana since 2010 and a member of the senior leadership team since 2013. Her role as Finance Director is to keep the financial wheels running smoothly and to oversee the complex areas of risk compliance and IT.

Huw Wigley is our Client Engagement Director. He joined the business back in 2014 and brings a unique brand of insight and relationship building to his role. His experience in client liaison will add another dimension to the BLT.

Success story

Alex Hatton, who originally spent a year at Top Banana as part of his university degree, rejoined us after graduating and has now been promoted to Account Executive – another great Top Banana career success story.

We’ve also made some promotions in the team …

Jade Langston and Mark Barton have both been promoted to Account Director, Megan Grant becomes a Senior Account Manager and Charlotte Mackie is now Account Manager.