Ollie Hester


London, United Kingdom
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About me

I am an experienced producer with over ten years working knowledge of the arts, entertainment and events industries. In 2016, I joined 59 Productions, having previously led the team at Underbelly for over five years. Prior to working at 59, I broadened my experience further by conceiving, delivering and selling my own content-driven event in Brighton. I am an ideas-driven, strategic manager with a strong track record in producing complex projects for high-profile clients and events. I specialise in rigorous budget management, engaging with people at all levels, precise logistical planning and delivering to tight deadlines.


  • Events
  • Creative Event
  • Festival
  • Live Event
  • Outdoor Event
  • Budgeting
  • Event Planner
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Coordination
  • Event Execution
  • Event Organisation
  • Event Planning
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Theatre
  • Producing Theatre
  • Producer Theatre
  • Theatre Producing
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatrical Production
  • Film/tv/theatre Production
  • Theater

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • 59 Productions

    59 Productions

    • Arts and Culture
  • U


    • R

      Republic Brighton

      Work history


      Jan 2017
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Producer for a cross-disciplinary company of artists, combining technology and art to tell amazing stories. Key responsibilities: - Project budget creation and management - Negotiating client contracts - Managing project scheduling, logistics, staffing, and production - Analysis of past, current and potential future projects to inform company-wide planning - Working to identify funding opportunities and potential clients - Leading tender applications - Working with the Creative Lead on projects to set deadlines and deliverables for the in-house creative team and freelance project team - Managing relationships with 59’s freelance collaborators - Keeping abreast of PR requirements and working with 59’s PR to help maintain and expand 59’s press profile - Management of third party rights for licensed and rights controlled material (music, film footage, stock imagery etc)


      May 2016 - May 2016
      • Brighton, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Co-creator and Director of Republic Brighton, the biggest venue at Brighton Fringe 2016, England's largest open access arts festival. Key responsibilities: - Raised investment - Curated a programme of international acts scouted from across the globe, contracting performers and productions - Compilation of all event documentation from event, noise, crowd and wind management plans to licence applications, tenders, risk assessments and debrief documents - Delivered programme of engagement with local residents, businesses and stakeholders - Procuring, negotiating and contracting event suppliers, freelancers and contractors as well as management team.


      Events Project Manager


      Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Leading the team at Underbelly on each event, including: - Pride in London - Christmas in Leicester Square - Udderbelly and London Wonderground festivals on London’s South Bank - Udderbelly Festival Hong Kong - Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations - West End Live in Trafalgar Square - a 16-venue operation (ranging from 40 to 1000 seats) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Key responsibilities: - Strategic planning and logistical scheduling of each festival within the portfolio - Establishing and maintaining relationships with a variety of agencies, authorities, landlords, partners and other stakeholders, including leading SAG, LOSPG and other multi-agency fora - End-to end management of each project from conception, budgeting and planning to implementation, delivery and evaluation - Creation of budgets, financial management through P&L forecasts and scrutinising expenditure - Writing all reports from event, noise, crowd and wind management plans to licence applications, tenders, risk assessments and debrief documents - Selecting, negotiating and contracting event suppliers, freelancers and contractors - Recruiting large teams of temporary staff - Managing needs and expectations of sponsors, partners and funders