People on the move: EventScotland, San Diego MLS and more…

We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…

Rebecca Edser has been named as head of EventScotland, the body that seeks to support and develop the country’s events industry.

Edser, who will commence her new role in September, joins Scotland’s national event organisation from her current position as senior major events consultant at UK Sport. With over 13 years’ experience at UK Sport, Edser has experience of bidding and supporting the staging of major events, as well as managing strategic partnerships across a range of organisations.

Prior to her role at UK Sport, Rebecca held roles at London 2012 and Scottish Rugby Union.

Edser succeeds current post holder Robbie Clyde who will take up a new role as chief executive of Scottish Golf.

She said: “It is an exciting time to re-join the organisation as we look to review and refresh Scotland’s National Events Strategy, Scotland the Perfect Stage, and I very much look forward to establishing partnerships and relationships across Scotland, not only to deliver the new strategy but to ensure that this is a sector that continues to thrive.”

Jen Bower has been named as executive vice president, partnerships, premium and ticketing at Legends for San Diego MLS.

Bower spent over a decade with the San Diego Chargers and Fox Sports then joined Legends in 2019. She played a role over the last three years in exceeding revenue goals and securing naming rights and founding partnerships as vice president, stadium partnerships at Legends for Snapdragon Stadium, the new home of San Diego MLS.

The organisation also announced that Mark Morris will be senior vice president of global partnerships for both San Diego MLS and Right to Dream properties.

“Jen and Mark are proven leaders with long histories of accelerating growth and developing valuable and meaningful partnerships for their clients and communities,” said Tom Penn, chief executive of San Diego MLS. “Both have close ties to San Diego and will help galvanise the business community and passionate soccer fanbase throughout San Diego.”

Joanna Wales is to take up a new role at London Marathon Events (LME) as event experience director.

Wales, previously Ascot Racecourse’s head of venue operations, will head the event experience team, which is moving from a strict operational function to focus on event experience, looking to deliver individual experiences in a mass participation sport.

Danielle Buckley is to depart her role as senior manager – event programming at Emirates Stadium.

The home of Arsenal FC recently hosted three sold-out Arctic Monkeys concerts.

Buckley moved to Arsenal in 2022 after five years as head of events and head of business development at London Stadium.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Buckley is “exploring new opportunities, new events, and next steps in my career”.

Michael Gilbert has been named the director of ticket operations for Western Carolina Athletics.

Gilbert has spent the past year as the marketing and ticketing assistant within Catamount Athletics.

Chad Gerrety, WCU associate athletics director for external affairs, said: “His attention to customer service and providing a steady presence within our ticket office made him the right choice for our department.”

The Loop, the charity that offers drug checking services at UK festivals, has appointed Adam Waugh as its first training coordinator after benefitting from an Events Industry Forum (EIF) grant.

The Loop said that following Waugh’s appointment, eight new trainers have already been recruited and are ready to assist with work across the UK.

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