Last week we held our first ever shadow board meeting with our inaugural shadow board! Made up of filmmakers and event organisers, both aspiring and professional, the group of nine 18-25 year olds will be feeding their ideas into EVCOM, working with the senior board and EVCOM staff, and helping us to make this association and the wider sector a place for young and diverse people.

Each shadow board member was chosen by the EVCOM team and board, following an interview process. The successful applicants were chosen for their passion and perspective, and everyone at EVCOM is incredibly excited to be working with them.

At our first meeting, held at The October Gallery, we introduced the shadow board and the senior board to each other. We then split off into separate meetings. Amelia Brown (EVCOM) and Benedicta Assante (Events 101) led the shadow board meeting, compiling ideas and suggestions around content, events, inclusivity and youth engagement. Senior and shadow board then came together once again, over a celebratory glass of prosecco!

Amelia says, “It was so refreshing to be surrounded by so many ideas, and so much invaluable perspective. I’m really looking forward to working with such a brilliant group of people, and to making these ideas happen. This is a whole new venture for EVCOM, and I think it’s going to change us and the sector for the better.”

Claire Fennelow, EVCOM’s Executive Director, says, “The Board and myself are incredibly excited by the vision and ideas of the new shadow board. Having worked on and originated many youth programmes in my time, I am really glad to be bringing this to EVCOM. We look forward to working closely with them, to ensure that EVCOM and the industries of corporate film and events, remain relevant and are truly diverse and inclusive.”

Find out more about our shadow board below:


Adam Davies

I am Adam, a Videographer, Editor and 2D motion graphics designer. I am currently positioned in the experiential marketing world based at TRO, focusing on producing knockout content for brands to help them shout about the work they are producing both internally and online. Since graduating University with a First-Class degree in Media Production I have built an impressive brand portfolio including productions for BMW, British Airways, Molson Coors and LRS to name a few. I have recently been working as digital content lead for Saudia at the ABB Formula E season start in Saudi Arabia. I am looking forward to being a part of the new generation of EVCOM and helping to encourage youth engagement throughout the events and visual communications sector.

Celine Amara

I am an aspiring event professional enthusiastic about shaping the future of the creative industry!

Dan Rhodes

Background in design and digital consultancy, currently working as ‘Junior Creative Technologist’ at Shelton Fleming within the xLab team to explore the latest innovation in event tech.

I have a passion for delivering powerful omnichannel experiences and using creative thinking to solve challenging briefs.

My personal interests include long-distance running, food & cooking, and music of any genre or decade.

Ellie Papas

I’m currently working for Plastic Pictures as a Digital Marketing Executive. I have recently been awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Honours First Class in Business and Marketing at Coventry University. I do believe everybody has a purpose. My goal is to support and promote sustainable acts to make a change the planet is waiting for!

Gabriela Ferenc

Gabriela has been in the industry for 3 years, but she has already worked on high standard corporate content, 22K screen resolution video productions, interactive experiences, many live events in the UK and across the US. Her strengths are working with fine details and making sure the content is being delivered to the highest possible standard.

Hamza Pool

Hamza Pool is a an award-winning director, whose worked on music videos, branded content and narrative films. His work addresses political and social issues, with a strong emphasis on the disenfranchised and those under systems of oppression.

Marlijn Hegge

Marlijn came over from her homeland of the Netherlands to study Film & Television in the UK, and has never looked back. From a young age equality and diversity have been topics of interest to her, which she has woven into both her academic efforts and her career in corporate film so far.

Sophie Evans

Sophie has been in the event industry for over 7 years, with her passion beginning at university where she studied Event & Festival Management. Having taken many paths through her events journey from hiring Santas and Elves to completing successful exhibitions in both the UK and abroad. Now finding herself at Performing Artistes and loving every minute! Keen to create an open space for young adults to communicate all things events and production, with an emphasis on mental health awareness, and why its OK to make mistakes!

Sophie continues to enjoy both planning and attending gigs and festivals, whenever time permits!

Vikesh Sitpura

Vikesh Sitpura is the Co-Founder at International Institute of Live Events. Vikesh is a Live Events Production graduate. He has been working in the events industry for the past 6 years in various freelance and full time positions.

After graduating from University with a BA (Hons) in Live Events Production in 2018, he began a role at Alton Towers Resort as an Entertainment Technician, this role embedded the key principle of developing exciting, innovative and memorable spectator experiences. Whilst completing his degree he launched his own events company which offers music event services across the UK. Since its launch in 2018 he has delivered over 30 events in England and Wales with 5000+ attendees and featured a range of DJ’s and Artists. As a freelancer working in the events industry, he has worked in various different roles. Currently he is a Marketing Director / Event Manager at an educational technology company.


Photo: The shadow board who were able to attend in person assemble at The October Gallery for their first board meeting. The rest of the group joined via zoom for a hybrid meeting!!

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