Ali Owen-Thomas

Production Manager

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  • LocationBrighton, United Kingdom

About me

 

I create, I build, I work long hours because I love being part of the illusion. Events have the ability to transport us all from busy lives where we are distracted from the magic and enchantment our younger selves saw in the everyday. Each festival, party and gathering has the potential to create indelible moments that are recalled joyfully. Vibrant and multi-coloured they can spark excitement with the vaguest reference. These shared moments bring people together and I relish the challenge of building the complex systems and infrastructure that allows them to appear as if effortlessly. Whether leading or being part of a team, I love each day that I work, because there is nothing more fulfilling than being part of making a show go live!

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Corporate
  • Exhibition
  • Festival
  • Live Event
  • Music Event
  • Outdoor Event
  • Account Management
  • Budgeting
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Event Organisation
  • Event Planning
  • Word
  • Chaos Diffuser
  • Adaptive Communication

Work history

Currently

Project Production Manager

Freelance

Apr 2013
  • I am a freelance project manager/producer from Brighton, specialising in live events. With over a decade of experience I create, plan and build magical moments and happenings and work with small companies through to global brands. Engaging, astute and with extensive onsite experience I like to roll up my sleeves and thrive in those pressure cooker situations that some run a mile from! Happiest and at home in professional settings that include: product launches, exhibitions, road shows, global conferences, large-scale outdoor events and music festivals - I work to a simple philosophy: Give me six hours to cut down a tree and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.

2016

Senior Production Manager

Event Innovations Ltd

Apr 2014 - Apr 2016
  • In this client facing role I was responsible for the delivery of events for Ei's key account (Harley Davidson Motorcycles Company). Managing each step along the project journey I ensure key deadlines are hit along each step from initial brief meetings, through to onsite construction, event management and post event review. Recent Projects: 94th European Motor Show - 400sqm exhibition stand. Running over 12 days including a press day and late night VIP event, Le Salon welcomed 585,000 visitors to view exhibits from the automotive world's top marques. EMEA Project LiveWire Tour - European launch of Harley-Davidson 'Project Livewire'. High profile, 4 date, European leg of global tour with 1000, invitation only, riders taking part. (Project LiveWire - the first electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle - toured the world with events in eight countries on three continents.)

2013

Project Manager

Firefly Clean Energy

Mar 2011 - May 2013
  • Responsible for the management and production of live events and the management of complex design and build projects. Specialising in the sustainable technical production of events and the use of sustainable generators for the provision of onsite power (Hybrid generators, Solar generators, Bio-diesel generators and kinetic energy)

2011

Project Manager

West End Studios

Sep 2010 - Apr 2011
  • Management design and delivery of multiple projects including: global sales conferences, product launch events, production of various film and animation projects, team building experiences, manufacture of exhibition stands along with various print and large format print projects. Management of all staff relating to the delivery of projects. Client relationship generation and management. Creation and delivery of proposal and pitch to global clients to maintain preferred supplier status.

2010

Project Coordinator

West End Studios

Aug 2007 - Oct 2010
  • Management of multiple projects, from design through to delivery - including: global sales conferences, product launch events, production of film and animation projects, team building experiences, manufacture of exhibition stands along with various print and large format print projects, management of staff required for delivery of projects, client relationship generation and management and creation and delivery of proposal/pitch to global clients to maintain preferred supplier status.

Education

2007

Music Production

University of Brighton

Aug 2005 - Apr 2007

    2001

    Maritime Leisure Management

    Southampton Solent University

    Aug 1998 - Apr 2001