Leadership Team

Over the years our team and their skills have developed and adapted to reflect big changes in the market place. Our team is best placed to offer flexible, bespoke solutions every time. We are technically ambitious and continually strive to push the boundaries.

Jeff Burke

Jeff Burke

Director Worked in the business since 1992 and has been joint CEO since the MBO in 2012

Has overseen expansion into new business areas and territories including Tokyo, the Middle East and Sydney

Excellent contact network and acting Business Development Director

Highly experienced in ceremonies for world events with experience dating back to the Sydney Olympics 2000

Favourite event – Opening Ceremony, Sydney 2000 Olympics

Olly Watts

Olly Watts

Director Worked in the business since 1993 and has been joint CEO since the MBO in 2012

Extensive experience of design, procurement, logistics, construction, and the commercial aspects of delivering event-related projects globally

Known for delivery skills having successfully delivered a diverse range of commercial projects over the past 20 years

Favourite event – Chanel Mobile Art

Hugh Sear

Hugh Sear

Chairman Chairman since 2014

Serial private investor in EIS businesses

Led MBI and was CEO of OyezStraker and was also CEO of Sandhurst Marketing plc

Favourite event – London 2012 Olympics

Nic Hayllar

Nic Hayllar

Chief Financial Officer Chief Financial Officer since 2019 with over 17 years experience in the events industry, including at IMG Events with a portfolio of over 300 events

Strong management and leadership ability with extensive experience operating across multiple geographies

Trained as an ACA accountant at PwC before taking on roles as Financial Controller and Finance Director

Favourite event – The Ryder Cup

John Gaffney

John Gaffney

Commercial Director Over 13 years of experience within delivery of sport and stadia projects

Joined ES Global as Commercial Director in January 2019

Extensive experience within management consultancy, project management and quantity surveying as a Partner at Arcadis

Previous experience within construction claims consultancy at James R. Knowles Ltd as well as Sport England

John Tomkins

John Tomkins

Senior Project Manager Almost 20 years of experience at ES Global as Design Manager and Senior Project Manager

Started as Production Director in August 2020

Key experiences include the Jakarta International Velodrome, London 2012 Water Polo Venue, and the Qatar 2022 Showcase Stadium

Previous experience as Site Manager and Site Logistics Manager at New Millennium Experience Company, Lindhill Construction and Mean Fiddler

Cyrille d’Estienne d’Orves

Cyrille d’Estienne d’Orves

Business Development Director, France Over 25 years of experience within marketing, sales and business development in various industries around Europe

Joined ES Global as Business Development Director France in February 2020

Previous experience included Business Development Consultant at Elhomar SAS, Vice-President International & Special Projects at Carolina Hererra as well as Marketing Director at Lancome and L’Oreal

Martin Hall

Martin Hall

Business Development Manager Over 13 years of experience within business development and international trade

Joined ES Global as Business Development Manager, Middle East in July 2018

Previous experience promoting international trade at UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy Kuwait and Kuwait British Business Centre