Meet The Team (version 1)

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.

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.

t: @JoCoxBrown // l: /joanne-cox-brown

Shane Subramony – Business Manager

Shane Subramony has spent the past 10 years working on the frontline in the night time economy, specifically licenced venues in a managerial capacity.

Deeply passionate about the night time economy and able to identify and empathize with the unique challenges this niche industry faces, Shane brings valuable first-hand experience to the team. He has managed venues in London predominantly but also in towns like Bournemouth. He understands the value of having a vibrant night time economy whilst also balancing social, environmental and health and safety concerns. He has strong practical experience in people management, problem-solving, and managing budgets to ensure organisations meet their targets and goals.

A lifetime academic, Shane holds degrees in finance and law. Having switched career paths, he chose to focus his efforts on making an impact on the way venues were being managed. During this time he made various changes in his role to better address employee well-being, equality, training, safety and governance. Shane has an especially keen interest in digital marketing and sees this as the future of the night time economy.

Shane is cool and calm under pressure, a trait he puts down to managing busy, fast-paced venues. With his practical, first-hand knowledge, he is a fervent ambassador for the night time economy.

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 Night Time 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.

Clodagh Chapman – Team Administrator

Clodagh Chapman is a writer, theatre maker and filmmaker. 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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Barry Brown – Policing Lead

Barry 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 Six Till Six.

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.

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