People on the Move: Barbican, Shotgun and Euro 2024

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

Former Lord Mayor of London Sir William Russell (pictured centre) has been elected to lead the Barbican Centre’s board of trustees.

He has been a member of the board since 2019 and succeeds Tom Sleigh, who is stepping down after four years in office.

“This is an exciting time to help shape the future of a compelling, and extraordinary organisation, building on decades of excellence and achievement,” Sir William said.

“The Barbican is a creative powerhouse and world-renowned arts and learning organisation, showcasing the most exciting performers and artists from around the globe.

“I would like to thank my predecessor, Tom Sleigh, for all that he has done for the Barbican during his tenure as Chair.”

Sir William is a member of the Barbican Centre Trust, the centre’s charitable and fundraising arm, where he helps grow its community of individual donors, corporate sponsors, and grant makers.

He has also served as chair of the development board at the Royal Court Theatre and as a former board member of Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Zach Walker has joined Paris-based ticketing platform Shotgun as head of partnerships, with a focus on expanding the company’s presence in the US.

Walker was previously head of nightlife partnerships at Dice and director of business development at ToneDen. He will remain based in Los Angeles for his new role with Shotgun.

Shotgun is a ticketing SaaS that allows producers to structure their event projects with a set of tools to maximize the sales of tickets and increase their audience.

Rebecca Ball has been selected as Arts Council England’s new area director for the North, succeeding Sarah Maxfield who is due to step down at the end of this month.

Ball, who is currently chief executive of Sunderland Culture, is set to take up her new post in August and brings more than 20 years of experience in the arts and culture sector with her.

Her predecessor, Maxfield, has worked with Arts Council England since 2010, leading the North West and North. During her leadership, she has overseen two successful UK City of Culture bids from Hull and Bradford, Aviva Studios in Manchester, and the new home of Factory International.

“I am thrilled to be re-joining Arts Council England this summer,” said Ball.

“I’m really looking forward to working with artists, creative organisations and partners from across the North to support and champion the tremendous creativity and culture in this part of the country.”

Amanda Whitcroft has joined the team at Tixbase as an advisor ahead of its entry into the US.

Tixbase aims to leverage cutting-edge blockchain technology to revolutionise the ticketing industry.

Whitcroft said: “Coming from entertainment, I know the value of the ticketing industry and am passionate about bringing this new tech to the forefront of the American market.”

Yatendra Yadav has been recruited by UEFA EURO 2024 as venue ticketing access control coordinator for host city Berlin.

Yadav was previously

Mercury Theatre Colchester has appointed Mark Hoult-Allen, Rodney Appleyard, Matt Brindley, Helena Oxley, Julia Stephen, and Peter Torres Fremlin to its board of trustees.

Hoult-Allen joins the board as vice-chair following times as theatre officer for the London Arts Board and director of business process for Arts Council England while Appleyard has 18 years of experience in the charity sector, and Brindley brings two decades’ worth of knowledge from a career in television news.

“Welcoming a new group of board members who can share their extensive professional and personal knowledge is so essential in these challenging times for the arts and theatre,” said Mercury Theatre executive director Steve Mannix.