BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"It is in through the Night Time Industries that the culture of tomorrow is created."− Alan D Miller
"We keep cities exciting and leading edge - The Night Time Industries are a beacon for UK creativity, drive and success."− Alex Proud
"The UK is renowned for fantastic night life; we need to encourage our entrepreneurs, not stifle them."− Steve Ball
NTIA has a Board of Directors that has first rate experience in running events and promotions. We know that the millions of people that visit Night Time Industry venues up and down the country love the experience of “the UK’s favourite industry”. We shall be promoting the interests of all of our Members at a national level as well as using our Association to affiliate with other groups that have a common interest.
NTIA wants YOU to join us. In numbers and profile we have enormous influence and strength. We are all part of an enormous British success, economically and culturally.
NTIA shall have a publicity campaign during the General Election to act as both a Membership drive and to place our key concerns – and the good news story –on the national agenda
NTIA strives to shape national opinions, in government, local authorities and the public with regard to the ongoing benefit of the Night Time Industry.
NTIA will have representatives speaking on panels nationally and internationally.
Co-founded London’s Old Truman Brewery business cultural centre and is creator of The Vibe Bar, which ran for almost 20 years on Brick Lane.
Founder of The Columbo Group, who operate some of the most successful pubs, clubs and restaurants in London. In 2014, Steve was named one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People by the Evening Standard.
Is the owner of Proud Group, which since its inception in 1998 has expanded into three photographic galleries, a nightclub and three cabaret restaurants, located across London and Brighton. Alex is also a columnist for The Telegraph, a political commentator, a dealer on Channel 4’s ‘Four Rooms’ and, most importantly, the father to three young children.
Since leaving his career as an international business lawyer to open his first bar in 1997, Downey has become a highly influential voice in the food and drink industry. Downey’s portfolio includes cocktail bars, nightclubs, private members clubs and restaurants in London and New York, including the award-winning Milk & Honey and Danger of Death, both part of The Rushmore Group. In 2015 Debrett’s named Downey one of the 20 most influential Brits in food and drink, as part of their annual ‘500 Most Influential’ list.
Moving from DJ / Promoter to Operator of 32 of of the UKs most cutting edge venues Aarons estate operates deliberately under the corporate radar but features many music legacy brands from DIGITAL in Newcastle, FIBBERS in York and the former FACTORY RECORDS HQ: FAC251 in Manchester to Lincoln’s MODA Warehouse & LOST VILLAGE Festival.
Mike spent 30+ years in the industry beginning as a DJ and promoter in the mid 80’s before opening trailblazing club ‘Fever’ in Aberdeen in 1989. Appointed GM & head promoter/booker at Sub Club in 1994. Completely rebuilt the fire damaged venue in 2002 following a management buyout. The Sub Club has a Legendary status as one of the best and longest running clubs in Europe.
Dan is a London born DJ and venue owner. In 2009 he opened Dalston Superstore which quickly became synonymous with the area’s rapidly evolving queer scene. Superstore was followed by pizza spot Voodoo Ray’s and renowned club Dance Tunnel. Dan DJs internationally, has a radio show on NTS Live and has been named as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 influential Londoners three years running.
"The Night Time Industry is the life blood of music and entertainment in the UK. The night time economy is also very important to the economy of Cities and Towns. It is where the next generation of talent develops - and leads the way internationally with new trends. We need to encourage our entrepreneurs and make sure we do not stifle creativity by imposing overly restrictive measures on one of Britain's most productive sectors."− Harvey Goldsmith
is an English performing arts promoter. He is best known as promoter of rock concerts, charity concerts, television broadcasts for the Prince’s Trust and more recently the Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
Having previously worked for several years as a manger of well known nightclub in Hoxton, Alison has since gone on to start her own events company and is now the owner/director of the annual, popular East End Film Festival.
is a barrister specialising in licensing. He is the Head of Cornerstone Barristers in London, the Patron of the Institute of Licensing, the Chairman of Purple Flag, a past Chair of Best Bar None and the author of many books on licensing and the night time economy. He acts for licensed operators including small independents and large national chains, in front of licensing committees and courts.
Benjamin Southworth is the co-founder of 3 Beards, a events company focussed on digital startup companies, he’s the former Deputy CEO of TechCityUK, and a long history of supporting and celebrating emerging businesses, locations and ideas. He can regularly be found on twitter and believes that the rise of craft beer is directly responsible for the success of Digital Businesses.
Sarah has spent 20 years specialising in food and drink PR in London, working with high profile names ranging from Aldo Zilli & Richard Corrigan to The Champagne Bars, Mitchells & Butlers, Great Taste Awards and The London Wine Fair.
Ray is a Hospitality expert having worked globally in London, Miami and Copenhagen. He is responsible for the creation, revitalisation & operational direction of Cheyne Walk Brasserie, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Bumpkin, Brooklyn Bowl Uk, to name but a few.
Alastair Donald is associate director of the Future Cities Project and the British Council’s project director for the British Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale. He’s co-editor of The Lure of the City and convenor of the Future Cities Salon which debates contemporary issues related to culture and society including the sanitising impact on cities of recent public space regulations
Euan has been responsible for some of London’s most iconic underground venues, hosting many of the biggest nights in the capital, crossing all musical genres. Euan is passionate about the industry and has fought long and hard to protect what is such a crucial part London’s musical culture. It is for this reason that he has joined the advisory board of The Night Time Industries Association.
Will provides strategic advice to restauranteurs, leisure occupiers and retailers together with investors on the acquisition/disposal of assets in London and across the UK. Based in both the West-end and Shoreditch, twentyretail advise a range of clients from one site occupiers to those with large portfolios.
Shain Shapiro is the founder and managing director of Sound Diplomacy and the co-founder of Music Cities Convention. Sound Diplomacy works with cities, governments, developers and large associations on music policies and strategies in over 15 countries and is based in London, Barcelona and Berlin.
Ben is co-founder of Ellwood Atfield the headhunting firm specialising in Communications and Public Affairs. For many years he has helped a wide variety of organisations from global corporations to famous charities and NGO’s recruit their government relations experts. For good or bad he’s probably the most experiences head-hunter of lobbyist in Europe.
Donald controlled the hugely successful CPL Live which promoted many artists, including Oasis, Fall Out Boy and Marilyn Manson. He also has a business stake in several other clubs and pubs around Glasgow.
Director of 141a Management: Management and development of numerous artists including Jessie J. TV credits include Musical Director numerous projects for BBC, Channel 4, MTV, and Sony.
Worked in the club industry for nearly 30 years, initially with the big corporates. Spent the last 17 years in the capital running clubs such as The Scala, The Cross and Pacha. Currently operations director at Egg London where I have been for the last 11 years.
Night time CV straddles the consumer and corporate sectors, a serial developer of new ideas in this arena has led to him being listed by The Evening Standard as one of their 1000 most influential Londoners.
His key operational projects; Boys Own, Riki-Tik, The Griffin, XOYO and Forge & Co coupled with working with global brands such as Microsoft, Levi’s, Absolut, Sony Playstaton, Budweiser, Amstel & others, gives him a unique understanding of how small ideas can attract big ideas.
Norris has Been Involved in Clubs and dance music since he was 9 years old with deep rooted Reggae he has a love for dance music.A DJ/Producer/Promter and Manager he has been involved in all sides of music dance entertainment succesfully.
Jon has built up Mothership Group with his business partners Andy Maddocks and Heather Lawton to a portfolio of four high-profile sites in London and Brighton.
Dominic Cools-Lartigue is the founder of Street Feast. His renovation of old builders merchants, train stations, and warehouses into a relaxed, colourful and very cool outdoor space with food, booze and music attracts thousands of people each night to venues across London, with renowned chefs like Stevie Parle, James Lowe and Nuno Mendes, and restaurants like Morito, Ceviche, and Flat Iron, all trading alongside leading street food traders. Prior to launching Street Feast Dominic spent 15 years promoting, managing and launching bars and clubs across London, and in Miami and Ibiza too.
Charles has been working within the leisure property industry brokering some of London’s top bar, club & restaurant transactions for the last 8 years. Recently launching Charles Benjamin Associates, Charles is keen to promote sustainability within this specialty sector.
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Mark Lawrence CEO of The Association for Electronic Music. Lawrence previously spent 10 years at UK collection society PRS For Music, latterly as Director of Membership, responsible for 100,000 members worldwide.
Mirik Milan is the Night Mayor of Amsterdam. The Night Mayor is an intermediary between the municipality and the city’s nightlife. He is a spokesman for all things concerning nightlife in Amsterdam. He also ensures that investors and city planners don’t disregard cultural concerns, advises politicians, finds creative solutions in cases of conflict and works as a lobbyist.
Manick Govinda is Head of Artists’ Advisory Services/Artist Producer for Artsadmin, producing films by Turner Prize shortlisted artist Zarina Bhimji, the award-winning artist Zineb Sedira and co-curated artworks for the Town Hall Hotel. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group and campaigns for artists’ free expression and free movement for the Manifesto Club
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