Meet the Members
Lucy Fenner, Commercial Director, Alexandra Palace
A bit about you: Lucy has two decades working in the events industry, including 14 years at Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally). She is responsible for driving the venues commercial strategy and overseeing the sales, catering, marketing and visitor service teams. The teams now run over 200 events each year including major gigs from 10,000 music fans, festivals for 50,000 in the park, large sporting events and a critically acclaimed theatre programme.
Greatest career success to date: In her time at Ally Pally Lucy has helped establish the venues reputation for live music, driving its music strategy and significantly increasing the value of live music gigs held at the Palace. Alongside this, Lucy has contributed to the growth of Ally Pally into an all-round events & entertainment venue, catering for millions of visitors each year.
Most significant challenge: No doubt 2020 and the challenges we have faced as a venue and industry. The impact has been heart-breaking. However the outlook is now positive. We are looking forward to an exciting Autumn programme and welcoming back all our customers, clients and all the great people that work with us to deliver our events.
Women’s Day Shoutout: There are so many wonderful people within our industry that have inspired me. I find it difficult to single any of them out. My biggest shout has to go to Ally Pally. It really is an inspirational place providing a wonderful stage for female artist to play on, and opportunities to many women. The senior leadership team is two-thirds female and we have a strong female presence throughout the organisation.
If you could make 1 change in how the music industry supports women, what would it be? We need to ensure that females are represented throughout our industry, may it be more performing on our stages or promoting shows. It is important we all have a shared voice and platform.
Lucy Noble – Artistic & Commercial Director at the Royal Albert Hall, & Chair of the National Arenas Association.
A bit about you: Artistic & Commercial Director at the Royal Albert Hall, Chair of the National Arenas Association. Trained as a Classical musician. Mum of three young children. Look after everything artistic at the Hall to include hiring of the Hall, producing our own concerts, acting as a promoter, the production & technical teams, the organ! our education, outreach and community programme – which engages with 200k participants each year, partnerships, sponsorship – whether that be the Royal Philharmonic orchestra through to Laurent Perrier as our champagne partner!
Greatest career success to date: Juggling being a Mum whilst having a VERY busy job….
Most significant challenge: Setting the pandemic aside, which has undoubtedly been my biggest challenge yet – having enough hours in the day and trying to find that balance of working and being a Mum.
Women’s Day Shoutout: I’d like to give a shout out to my fellow Royal Albert Hall and NAA female colleagues, who have always been there to support me.
If you could make 1 change in how the music industry supports women, what would it be? I’d like to get to the point where it isn’t a topic of conversation – because it just is.
Nancy Skipper – Operations Manager – National Arenas Association, General Manager – European Arenas Association, Co-founder and Director – Ginger Owl Productions
A bit about you: Operations Manager – National Arenas Association, General Manager – European Arenas Association, Co-founder and Director – Ginger Owl Productions, Mum of 3 medium sized kids.
Greatest career success to date: Being presented with the Teenage Cancer Trust award by Roger Daltrey at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2019 and not losing a single member of the EAA on our West Coast Trip including 2 days in Las Vegas!
Most significant challenge: Finding enough time to do everything properly for three busy roles is a daily challenge, especially whilst also running a home-school
Women’s Day Shoutout: The NAA and EAA have many members who are inspiring women, I’m very lucky to work with and learn from them. Big IWD shoutout to my business partner and friend Julie Chennells, her support gets me through all the highs and lows in work and in life generally too, I couldn’t do it without her.
If you could make 1 change in how the music industry supports women, what would it be? To encourage a more collaborative attitude so that being a woman in the industry is the norm, not a thing anymore.
Rebecca Esteves – Revenue & Commerce Manager, Brighton Centre
A bit about you: Born and bred in Brighton, I have always been passionate about music and the arts, something that growing up in such a vibrant city allowed me to cultivate and explore in myself from a very young age. I actually saw my first proper gig at the Brighton Centre in the mid-90s which kickstarted my desire to work in music. Now, being the person in charge of booking gigs and overseeing everything to do with live entertainment at the venue fills me with real pride, especially knowing the gigs could be inspiring more people like me to ignitetheir desire to work in the industry.
Greatest career success to date: Personally, I feel my career in itself is my greatest success – I started out as a young teen with no relevant qualifications or experience in the industry and worked my way up from a steward to my current role. I worked extremely hard, learnt from anyone and everyone at any given opportunity, and never gave up believing in myself. I still get goosebumps when standing at the side of the stage when the lights go down and the crowd start cheering, and feel that’s a sign that I cut a successful path.
Most significant challenge: It has to be the last year with the venue being closed and trying to navigate through the pandemic. It has been brutal, lonely and at times felt never-ending, but we’re moving forward now so my focus will go back to live entertainment being accessible to all. I fiercely believe that the live industry should be accessible to everyone who wants to access it, and their experience should be equal to those around them – both as a customer but also people working in the industry – no matter who they are, or the barriers they face in life. Although we’ve made some progress in the industry, there’s still a long way to go and for those of us trying to help makes those changes, it remains a huge challenge. One I’m passionately committed to.
Women’s Day Shoutout: Lucy Noble from the Royal Albert Hall and the Chair of the National Arena Association – she’s approachable, knowledgeable and successful – essentially she’s awesome. The way she has handled herself as the spokesperson for the NAA through the pandemic, and before, is inspiring, it’s been especially empowering having a woman leading the charge.
If you could make 1 change in how the music industry supports women, what would it be? For women in the industry to be more visible from the ground to the top, across all aspects, to show the world that women who want to be part of the industry can be, and at any level.