Meet the Bums on Seats Family

Amber Staynings


“I have many highlights in my life of which I am proud and have taken every opportunity to progress and make a positive impact in a sector which is my one true love. Having spent over 20 years in the hospitality sector – beginning as a waitress and progressing to various roles such as Head of Sales for Novus Leisure and LateNightLondon, Director of Sales for Drake & Morgan…”

Dee Sturgess

Head of People & Training

“Dee is a highly sought-after Consultant with over 20 years’ experience within the hospitality sector. Dee has a proven track record managing multiple teams and brands within the late-night sector and creates smart sales development strategies for all areas of hospitality…”

David Pepper

Leadership & Cultural Guru

“Born in London, David spent the first 20 years of his career working firstly with Grand Metropolitan Plc & then Whitbread Plc where he ended up as Retail Director for countryside dining…”

Leadership Team

Ed Christmas

Head of Systems & Partnerships

“Hailing proudly from the outskirts of Brighton, Ed embarked on his journey within the hospitality sector by working front of house in an independent venue for the best part of 5 years, where he acquired the knowledge and skills – as well as resilience – to help run a busy establishment…”

Lisa Loebenberg

Strategic Marketing Consultant

“Lisa is a very experienced Marketing Director. Growing up in the industry, from Operations to Marketing and now owning two very successful hospitality businesses of her own. Lisa works alongside Bums on Seats, providing strategic marketing support and mentorship to inhouse marketing departments…”

Jamie Brooker

Head of Operations & Guest Experience

“Jamie started his career when he embarked on a degree at Manchester University in 2007 and fell quite naturally into the hospitality industry, originally working for Manchester’s biggest student promotions company, Roughill…”

Jennie Roe

Head of Creative Sales & Operations

“Jennie kickstarted her sales career with Mothership in 2010. Having spotted an opportunity to grow their revenue through pre-booked sales, she convinced the CEO she should temporarily move out of venue management to focus on both increasing and converting their Christmas enquires.”

Rosie Marsh

Head of Client Sales & Marketing

“From working with large scale restaurant and bar operations to edgy new start-ups in the hospitality sector, Rosie has the experience in the industry to offer the tools needed to create successful, profitable and enduring pre-booked Sales Strategies and Brand vision.”

Chloe Dodd

Head of Client Sales & Business Development

“Chloe is an expert in the late-night entertainment and bars sector. Her work includes operations for multiple Revolution Bars venues and the prestigious Electric Ballroom in Camden and more recently as Head of Sales for Deltic Group/ Rekom UK.”

Guest Experience Team

Saul Weeden

“Saul’s first taste of hospitality began at the age of 18 when he started working as a bartender in his local pub. After receiving multiple employee of the month awards, he moved to London and his career progressed further as he acquired new skills…”

Keren O’Sullivan

“Having worked in the hospitality industry for 7 years across various roles including sales & events, Keren has gained a wide insight in what is needed to make a business succeed.”

Aleks Chodup

“Aleks is a focused and cheerful individual, who loves being around people and likes the unknown. She loves the hustle and bustle of the busy central London restaurants and bars, as well as the quiet little spots somewhere in the countryside.”

Olivia Gee

“Olivia loves being around people so becoming a waitress at the age of 16 in her local pub was a natural fit, but her career in hospitality really took off at the age of 18 when she became a part time Bartender in an Oxford nightclub – her home town…”

Anthony Vandongen

“Anthony first dived into Hospitality working at a club with a swimming pool in the vibrant Shoreditch area. From that moment onwards he knew that organising events and selling a wicked night out was for him…”

Becky Emery

“Becky has had a diverse career background having worked within the creative industry and for various charities before entering into the hospitality industry…”

Verity Blyth

“Growing up in Guilford, Surrey, Verity began working in local pubs and restaurants at the age of 16. With a passion for theatre and art, Verity took herself off to the University…”

Conor O’Sullivan

“Conor’s journey into hospitality started at the young age of 16 in his native Ireland, working at his local pub. Recognising that hospitality is such a crucial part of Irish culture…”

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