Meet the Team

At Night Time Economy Solutions, we’re lucky enough to work with a range of people with expertise across the arts, culture, entertainment and hospitality sectors.

The Team

Joanne Cox-Brown - Founding Director

Jo Cox-Brown is the Founding Director of Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd, the Global Leader in night-time economy management, and is an Expert on the High Streets Task Force, appointed by the High Streets Task Force to help communities and local government transform their high streets.

Jo’s clients say that she is friendly, wise and approachable and always goes the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. Jo is passionate about night-time economy place and venue management has a deep understanding of cities after dark. She has worked in the hospitality and night-time economy industry for over 12 years in roles such as CEO of a charity created to turn Nottinghams nightlife around, night-time economy manager for Manchester City Centre, and Chair of the Night-Time Strategy Partnership for Nottingham.

During Covid-19, Jo and her team have supported over 6,000 businesses in 40 towns and cities to adhere to the ever-changing legislation and guidelines. Jo and her team have worked on night time strategies, audits, purple flag, fundraising with towns and cities across the country such as London, Leicester, Wakefield, and Chester, and with organisations as diverse as McDonald’s, Resident Advisor, Veritas Entertainment, UK Home Office, The Mayor’s Office, MOPAC, LGA, Drinkaware, IOL, and NALEO to create safer more vibrant and diverse towns and cities after dark.

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Nicola Marie Johnston | Project Manager

Nicola Marie Johnston was Scotland’s first appointed Evening and Night Time Economy Manager. Serving four years in the role, based in Aberdeen, Nicola received a number of awards and recognitions from ATCM through her delivery of Purple Flag, and from the NTIA, with her work being cited as best practice.

In early 2020, Nicola launched Thriving Cities UK, a night time consultancy firm, to support businesses, place-makers and decision makers plan their way through and out of the pandemic. Nicola has since worked with a number of clients across the UK, developing strategies to enhance or tackle challenges within their evening and night time economy.

Alicia Souter | Project Manager

Alicia Souter is currently completing her doctoral research into nocturnal governance. She previously studied Human Geography at Newcastle University, graduating with first-class undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Her master’s research into Newcastle’s nighttime economy and student pre-drinking culture received a national award from the Royal Geographical Society. Currently, she is responsible for running Night Time Economy Solutions’ Covid-19 Night Aware Accreditation Scheme across several UK towns and cities.

Barry Brown | Policing Lead

Barry Brown has been a police officer for over 30 years. He was the City Centre Inspector, responsible for Neighbourhood Policing within Chester Local Policing Unit when we worked with him to introduce a Safe Space in Chester. On hearing he was retiring, we recruited him to work on our team.

Barry has gained extensive experience during his time as a police officer, ranging from local initiatives to music festivals and royal visits. He brings a wealth of knowledge, high working standards and an approachable manner to all that he does. His focus has been on building close working relationships with stakeholders within the night-time economy, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and engaging with the community to make them safer places.

Ian Hancock | Police Training Leader

Ian Hancock had a career in the Royal Navy, before completing 25+ years of exemplary service with Staffordshire Police. He retired as a Local Police Commander, having gained vast experience in threat and risk management, operational management and leadership, event management, local and regional partnership working and collaborations and incident command. He is a nationally accredited Public Order Commander, whereby he has delivered services across the country for spontaneous and pre-planned incidents and events.

After his Police service, Ian continued to grow his skills and knowledge by working for and alongside FTSE 100 and 250 plc. companies delivering security threat, vulnerability auditing and CCTV security reviews and auditing across the UK and Ireland. He is a qualified trainer and has delivered security training products across the UK. He was the lead trainer to HMRC employees on security threat and risk auditing for Authorised Economic Operator – Security (AEO-S) ISO 28001;2007 (Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain) accreditation. During the last 18 months, he has supported a University Academy Trust and a local construction company, on a part-time basis, as a Health and Safety Manager.

Mick Garrihy | Police and Vulnerability Trainer

Mick Garrihy is a former police officer who has completed 30 years’ service in UK policing. He started his career in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), serving in inner-city areas of Brixton, Peckham and Lewisham and then as a specialist on the MPS dedicated public order unit. After completing 18 years in the MPS, he transferred to the Cheshire Constabulary as an inspector for Chester’s local Community Policing Team. He worked in other specialist and operational roles, including project management and Superintendent for Partnerships and Community Policing. He then spent four years as an operational Chief Superintendent BCU Commander, securing the first police area Charter Mark for customer service excellence.

After leaving the police service, he has focused on security and public safety as a consultant in the private sector, working with several multinational organisations. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute, a Registered Security Professional, a Certified Protection Professional and a Member of the Institute for Strategic Risk Management. He is a widely experienced senior operational manager with extensive risk management experience, ensuring policy and procedure are effective in the real world. Mick is also a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP)

Clodagh Chapman | Assistant to the Grant Writing Team

Clodagh Chapman is a writer, director and programmer. She has previously made work for VAULT Festival, Loco Klub and Chickenshed, and her films have made the Official Selection of BIFA- and BAFTA-qualifying festivals. She’s curated and hosted events for BFI London Film Festival, and previewed submissions for BFI Future Film Festival. She also produces Even Baddies Wear Helmets. Clodagh studied Geography at the University of Bristol, graduating with First Class Honours, before training at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

w: clodaghchapman.co.uk // t/i: @CloChpmn

Charlie Mackellar | Assistant to the Project Management Team

Charlie Mackellar is a producer and theatre maker from Cornwall. She has worked as the Executive Producer of Will & Co for the last two years, a London based theatre company that creates shows around the life, times and works of William Shakespeare. Alongside Will & Co, she co-created and produced Bard in the Yard, a project launched as a response to the closure of theatres due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The project has received praise from national and international press, and patronage from Dame Helen Mirren.

Nancy Hitzig | Senior Grant Writer

Nancy Hitzig has been a professional fundraiser and marketer for over a decade in Canada and the UK and holds a Masters in International Marketing. Working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors, Nancy has consulted for dozens of organisations, hundreds of freelancers and raised millions. She is deeply passionate about supporting a thriving creative class – particularly music makers, dancers and artists.

Jake Orr | Senior Grant Writer

Jake Orr is a freelance producer. He is currently the Interim Executive Producer for Le Gateau Chocolat and works with arts organisations and artists to strategically plan and produce their cultural activity. He was previously the Producer at Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre503.

w: jakeorr.co.uk // t/i: @jakeyoh

Kate Quince | Lead Commercial Grant Writer

Kate Quince is a law graduate who spent 15 years working as a marketing & business development specialist for global professional services firms. Her copywriting experience comes from years of writing commercial bids and pitches and she now specialises in commercial grant writing. Kate lives in Portugal with her husband and two sons, she enjoys going to the beach and is trying (and failing) to learn Portuguese.

Pamela Schermann | Grant Writer

Pamela Schermann is an arts manager, creative producer and stage director. Originally from Vienna/Austria, she is currently based in London and has completed an MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University of London. She has managed and produced several projects in the UK and abroad, and works as a consultant for organisations and artists. Pamela is passionate about the transformative power of the arts and their positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities as a whole.

Max Emmerson | Grant Writer

Max Emmerson trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and has a BA (Hons) in Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management. Alongside his work for Night Time Economy, Max is Executive Producer for Box of Tricks Theatre Company and Creative Producer for Emmerson & Ward. Max has previously worked as Project Producer for ThickSkin Theatre, Interim Producer for Oldham Coliseum, Assistant Producer for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Production Assistant for Bill Kenwright Productions in London.

Jessica Norman | Grant Writer

Jessica Norman is an award-winning writer and producer. She has eight years’ experience working for the UK’s leading theatres and production companies. Recent projects include creating and producing A Voyage to Antarctica, a new podcast for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, and programming Climate Conversations for Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022.

Previously, she was Creative Development Associate at The Old Vic where she developed new work for the theatre. This included the One Voice monologue series, working closely with artists including Russell Brand, Maxine Peake, Lolita Chakrabarti and Adrian Lester, and the Voices Off talks programme. She also worked at Sonia Friedman Productions on over ten musicals and plays in under two years, including the development of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

Deb Ashby | Grant Writer

Deb Ashby has extensive experience in the performing arts. She’s previously worked at the Southbank Centre, toured the UK as Company Manager for Ballet Central, and been a peer reviewer for Creative Scotland. She also worked for two dance development organisations, the latter of which she led for 20+ years. In 2005, she initiated & co-programmed Urban Moves International Dance Festival across five biennial editions, presenting professional dance performances outdoors & in unusual spaces.

Now as a freelancer, she has been a consultant to Hull Independent Producing Initiative, Absolutely Cultured, provided fundraising & producing support to a range of performing artists.

Tilly Branson | Grant Writer

Tilly Branson is a director, dramaturg, theatre-maker and producer with over ten year’s experience as a freelancer in the arts. She has particular interests in artist wellbeing, accessibility, new writing and women’s voices. She is a founding member and producer for the collective The Party Somewhere Else, who have produced two week-long festivals in Nottingham, as well as one-off events and a short film. In 2016 she completed a practice-based AHRC funded PhD researching the UK rural touring sector.

Sarah Litt | Grant Writer

Sarah Litt is a book editor from New York City. She has worked for companies such as The Princeton Review, Penguin Random House and DC Comics, and is a graduate of New York University. Her work in comics and graphic novels has seen her working alongside Anthony Bourdain, and having her work adapted for screen. Raised in Miami, her goal has always been to be able to sit and read wherever she wants. She currently resides in Lisbon, where she can sit and read by the water.

Georgina Bednar | Grant Writer

Georgina Bednar is a creative producer focusing on festivals, outdoor, cross-artform, and engagement & participation. She has produced in-house at the Roundhouse, Fuel, Punchdrunk, Barbican Centre and in 2015, was the producer of Almeida Greeks (a festival of new work). From 2018-22, she produced Londonwide projects with the Culture Team/Mayor of London, collaborating with Google Arts & Culture, Tate, Royal Albert Hall, Battersea Arts Centre to produce unique projects, at scale. She is passionate about improving lives through Culture and was a consultant on the Mayor’s Lets Do London recovery programme in 2021.

Georgina also has a background in D&I for the arts (Tonic Theatre, British Council), was an Associate with Coney from 2010-20, and ran MUJU (the UK’s award-winning Muslim Jewish Theatre Company) from 2008-12. She now consults & coaches artists and organisations to deliver the best possible projects, bringing together quality and engagement.

Ray Malone | Grant Writer

Ray Malone has over 10 years’ experience as a freelance theatre producer and director. She holds an MA in Text and Performance from Kings College and RADA and is particularly interested in socially engaged practise and cross-artform collaborations. During Covid, Ray directed the Molly’s Masquerade; a year-long community arts project that celebrated London’s queer heritage through an exploration of 18th-century molly houses. Ray is passionate about diversity and representation in arts and culture and improving artistic opportunities to those from every background.

Kerry Ferguson | Grant Writer

Kerry Ferguson has 20 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors, including 10 years at a large city council writing reports and briefing papers, and 3 years managing EU funding programmes in the civil service. Since becoming a freelancer she has written successful bids and tenders for businesses and charities. She is also an associate briefing writer for the Local Government Information Unit and has written over 60 published briefings and blogs about the economy, regeneration and issues facing towns and cities following the impact of Covid-19. Kerry enjoys responding to clients’ specific needs and expectations. She likes running, yoga and volunteering with a refugee project.

Jessica Welsh | Grant Writer

Jessica Welsh has over 15 years’ experience of commercial writing gained in Business Development roles in professional services firms and SMEs. She has led commercial bids on everything from advising the London 2012 Olympic Games to the financing of a small stretch of road in Mongolia and has written content for many websites and marketing materials in a variety of sectors.

Jessica loves to travel with her husband and two children. Married to a Diplomat, she and her family have spent the last 10 years living in various countries in Europe and the Pacific.

Genevieve Carver

Genevieve Carver is an award-winning writer and performer with over ten years’ experience freelancing and fundraising in the arts. Her work has spanned poetry and spoken word, children’s fiction, theatre, music and television. She is the author of two poetry books (A Beautiful Way to be Crazy: Verve Poetry Press and Landsick: Broken Sleep Books) and is co-director of the Sheaf Poetry Festival in Sheffield. She has toured two gig theatre productions with multi-instrumentalist live band The Unsung, and performed at events and festivals from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Canadian Rockies. She is interested in real human stories and links between creative practice, mental health and the natural world.

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