People on the move: AXS and more…

Featured Image: Andrew Shepherd/Ali McCloud

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

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival chief executive Andrew Comben is set to step down after 16 years at the helm. 

Comben will next take on the role of CEO of Britten Pears Arts from September, succeeding veteran music administrator Roger Wright, who is stepping down after 10 years.

Joining Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival in 2008, Comben has expanded the operations of music eduction hub Create Music. He also oversaw the redevelopment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre in the UK city. 

Elsewhere, Ali McCloud (pictured right) has taken on the role of vice-president of business development at ticketing company, AXS.

McCloud has made the move from Dice, where she was vice-president, live music partnerships (North America) and vice-president of partner relations. She has also previously held roles with Tixr and Eventbrite. 

From July 1, Queen’s Theatre in the London borough of Hornchurch will have a new chief executive in the form of Andrew Shepherd (pictured right).

Shepherd was previously the executive director of Selladoor Worldwide, a commercial theatre production company. His former roles also include executive director of Theatre503, a venue located in Battersea, London. 

“I am delighted to be joining Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s wonderful team. The theatre plays such a key role in its local community, as well as welcoming brilliant live entertainment from all over the country,” said Shepherd.

“I can’t wait to build on an already outstanding legacy, working with the Creative Directors, wider team, new and existing partners, and the community itself to shape an accessible programme that reaches out to all audiences.”

He added: “I am particularly excited about a continued focus on the development and support of underrepresented artists and groups. While we are facing unprecedented challenges as an industry, I am fully committed for us to play our part in ensuring space and investment in new stories and storytellers reflecting the society we live in and who we aspire to be.”

ASM Global has appointed entertainment industry specialist Matthew Lazarus-Hall as the group’s executive vice-president of entertainment and content. 

Lazarus-Hall has over 25 years of experience in the live entertainment business. He is also the founder and chief executive of Australian-based Square Circles Creative Solutions, which focuses on consultancy in event strategy across touring, festivals, exhibitions and sport.

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