People on the Move: UK government, Sphere Entertainment and more…

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

Lisa Nandy has been named Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK government.

She was appointed to the cabinet role by new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer following the Labour Party’s General Election win on July 4. Nandy succeeds the Conservative Minister Lucy Frazer who was appointed in February of last year by outgoing leader Rishi Sunak.

The Culture Secretary role includes responsibilities for arts and culture, creative industries and museums and galleries.

Nandy has been a Member of Parliament since 2010 and has previously served as the Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development and Shadow Housing Minister.

James Dolan is set to continue as Sphere Entertainment’s chief executive for another three years after signing a new contract that runs until June 2027.

Alongside his family, he controls the company and has additionally signed three-year extensions with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment which are also under his control as chief executive.

According to the SEC filings, Dolan will collect a salary of just over $3.3m (£2.5m/€3m) across the three companies. He will also have an annual target bonus of $6.6m.

FKP Scorpio has promoted Freddie de Wall to co-chief executive, serving alongside founder Folkert Koopmans and Stephan Thanscheidt.

De Wall had previously served as chief operating officer at the concert and festival organiser.

“I am delighted to be able to open another chapter in my role at FKP Scorpio with this new responsibility,” said de Wall.

“We have not only grown strongly as a team in recent years but have also consistently developed business areas in new markets. I am proud that I can continue to drive this development forward.”

Michael Mortlock has been hired as deputy head of ticketing at ASM Global in the Asia Pacific region.

In the role, he will deliver ticketing services for Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong which includes a 50,000-seat stadium, 10,000-capacity arena, and 5,000 all-seated sports ground. Mortlock was previously ticketing manager at UOB LIVE Bangkok.

Kelsie Adams and Veronica Kakuba have been elected to The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) Council.

Meanwhile, Paul Newman has been re-elected, with all set to begin a three-year term.