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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationBristol, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsEvent Manager - Studio Manager - Project Manager


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About me

Sarah Keates is an accomplished event organiser and part-time creative technologist, working in a number of fields including music festivals and science and technology events. Her years of experience in science communication, creative technology, and festivals and events has led her to become an excellent event director, an advocate of Bristol and the creative tech hub here, and recognise the importance of events to enable business growth, learning and development. Over 15 years of managing projects and supporting crew and volunteers in these fields means she consistently delivers a very high standard of event coupled with helping people develop useful skills and assisting meaningful networking to further their careers. Currently working on some exciting projects including VR World Congress, the Uk's largest conference for VR and one of the most creative and useful for networking, a 4000 capacity music and arts festival, Balter Festival, The Asbo Disco venue for Boomtown, decor and wedding management for a couple of clients and is helping to set up a virtual reality lab for Bristol alongside Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol University and UWE. Certificates: FAW (3 day) March 2018 / IOSH (CRISP) Health and Safety January 2018 / IPAF (3a, 3b) September 2019 / PASMA October 2019

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  • Creative Arts
  • Microsoft
  • Administraton
  • Scheduling
  • Live Events
  • Corporate Events
  • Festival Director
  • Festival Design

Work history


Event Manager


May 2017
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Taking the lead on the overall event schedule for TechSpark, directing operations on regular TechSPARK and BathSPARK events., ensuring consistent and excellent delivery throughout. TechSPARK is the information hub for all things tech in Bristol, Bath and the West of England region. Our mission is to shine a light on tech innovation and celebrate the brilliant people that power the companies and products based in our part of the world. We aim to connect and inform all of those who work in tech in the region by providing news, profiles and resources like events calendars, jobs boards and a lot more. These events aim to create opportunity, encourage diversity and spark new ventures. Coder meet Creative. Creative meet entrepeneur. Entrepreneur meet talented graduate. This is social networking (for real) with local digital people enjoying a drink, and talking about what they love. BathSPARK events are held in Bath and TechSPARK events in Bristol, but we also hope to encourage collaboration between tech companies in both towns.


Festival Manager

Balter Festival Ltd

May 2015
  • Chepstow, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Work alongside the Event Producers to implement and manage their 4000 capacity green-field music and arts festival including; festival management procedures and advising on their event management plan, hiring department managers, run the event production office and other operational offices on site and act as one part of the Event Liaison Team in an emergency.


Operations Director

VR World Congress

Jan 2015
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Direct operations for all events for the Opposable Group, (Opposable Games and Opposable VR) including the UK's largest virtual reality conference; VR World Congress. Design and operate this seminal and leading event in the VR industry. Create the event management plan and ensure all departments, venues and contractors are in agreement with and follow it. This includes creating and implementing all health and safety and working practices, reviewing regularly to ensure everyone is compliant. Provide staff and volunteer training, communicating regularly to keep crew motivated and productive. Ensure financial targets are met while reviewing sales and spending alongside the creative director. Ensure the event operates within the company's mission statement and working closely with the creative director to produce an event that is on brand and message. Manage assets, reviewing and approving any equipment needs.


Studio Manager

Opposable VR

May 2016 - May 2017
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Manage the studio for a mid-weight gaming and VR company. This includes HR, finance, asset management, team management and managing the admin for the studio and associated projects, such as the Adventure Time VR game released last winter. The creative activity for this company is wrapping up and so I am looking for other employment.



BA(Hons) Interdisciplinary Design

University of the West of England

Aug 2007 - Jun 2010
  • Bristol, United Kingdom



'Totally Killing It' Award - Winner


  • This award recognises the company that the judges believe really made the most of the last 12 months, increasing turnover, expanding, making an impact and capitalising on their successes, both in the region and where relevant, further afield. Shortlisted alongside Ultrahaptics, Roketmakers and Keymailer.