About Us

Picture this; two best friends from university, living it up in New York City. It's 2009 and they're blown away by the seemingly-endless nightlife knowledge of their hotel concierge. The following night, and after a few too many frozen margaritas, a business idea was born. The two friends decided they'd had enough of half-baked nightlife websites and the ever-present hassle of planning a decent night out back at home in London. The UK was in need of a site to discover and unlock the secret, the newest and the best nightlife on offer, but also, a site to help plan and book online, too.

And so... DesignMyNight was born.

The two friends - Andrew and Nick - ditched their corporate roles and worked their socks off around the clock to create the first version of DesignMyNight.com. Since then, we've now launched in nearly 20 cities and towns in the UK and Ireland, have been acquired by The Access Group and have created our very own bookings and enquiries system, Collins, as well as one of the leading ticketing platforms in the UK, Tonic.

We really hope you enjoy using DesignMyNight - if you've got any feedback for us, get in touch, otherwise - check out the awesome team behind the site and its software below.

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Louise Agostini (Head of DesignMyNight)

Tweeting: Just for browsin'.

South London postcodes run through the blood of our bubbly company head, Louise. Joining the team to keep us all in check, Louise has a passion for all things fashion, knows all things tech leadership, and is never happier than when she's got a microphone or a paintbrush to hand. Lucky enough to take Louise out for dins? You'd be mad not to make a booking at The Crystal Palace Market. 

Alasdair MacKenzie (Ally) (Development Manager)

Tweeting: @allymackuk

Born and bred in Scotland, Ally moved to London in 2008 to start his career. He loves beer, takeaway and all things "healthy for the soul".

Katie Kirwan (Head of Content and Website)

Tweeting: @KatieDMN

It's Buffy marathons and an unhealthy relationship with Airbnb that make up the bones of our Head of Content, Katie. When she's not plotting staycaytion schemes (ask her for recommendations, she won't let you down), getting new tattoos or on the hunt for her next taco she's looking after all things growth, SEO, editorial and website at DesignMyNight following a previous career in music journalism. 

Sam Robinson (Sales Executive & Account Manager)

Tweeting: @sam_CFC10

Born and bred in the home county haven of Hertfordshire, Sam joined DesignMyNight in 2014 working as part of our loveable Sales Team. He loves London, sport and boozin', and his main passions in life are football and the London nightlife scene. Which seems pretty convenient now we think about it. DMN Football Team anyone? Imagine how happy he'd be.

Chris Moore (Collins Account Manager)

Tweeting: Mo Twitter, Mo Problems.

Upon finishing his studies - and after a stint of travelling - Chris worked as a barristers' clerk for a whopping ten years. Luckily for us; Chris saw the boozy light and consequently joined the DMN Collins team in early 2016. He loves festivals, gigs, travelling and a good brunch. But he hates queuing. For anything. So if you're taking him out, for god's sake book ahead.

Leighanne Bent (Marketing and PR Manager)

Tweeting: @Lannie_Bent

A long-time DMN-er, Leighanne is an Irish belle (basically an Irish version of Bridget Jones) who has quite the soft spot for whisky and chicken wings. From dancing with salt-shakers to letting strangers feed her, she's willing to go the extra mile when it comes to DesignMyNight's videos. Should she go missing? Never mind calling the police, check any and all of London's best cocktail bars.

 

James O'Sullivan (Tonic Tech Lead)

Tweeting: @jmosul

Working as a Web Developer with our elite crew of tech-savvy superheroes, James moved over to London in Summer 2013, and joined us a year later! A well rounded young man, he's lived all over the shop, in countries including The Netherlands and Germany. His premier passions in life are cricket, rugby, Thai rum and bar crawlin' his merry way around London.

Cara Kelly (Concierge Lead)

Tweeting: Nay.

Joining the DesignMyNight bookings baes in July 2015, Cara has been on our fair shores for quite some time now, but she wont be forgetting fairy bread and her Aussie roots in a rush. Not only does she have a performing arts and ballet background, she once partied with T-Pain and Fatman Scoop, but she aint no video hoe. 

George Penman (Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Nahhh.

A wannabe Londoner since 2008, George hails from Northampton, but can't help himself when it comes to the big smoke. A recovering recruiter and occasional Deliveroo rider, George is a keen sports fan. It's not just tennis that keeps him busy from time to time, he gets his kicks from trying new things (cough-dance for beginners-cough), and goes potty over a packet of pork scratchings.

Debbie Richardson (Tonic Customer Success Manager)

Tweeting: @DebbieJaneR

With a background in hospitality and PR, Debbie spent two years living in Melbourne before joining DMN as our Ticketing Account Manager. Her perfect day 'starts with a Bloody Mary, and ends with a whisky', and - just as all adventurous women do - she learns all important, but undoubtedly-questionable life lessons from Lena Dunham's 'Girls'. You'll likely find her hustling around a pool table or sinking her teeth into any American BBQ-style meat she can find.

Tabitha Sharman (Bookings and Concierge Executive)

Tweeting: Nay.

A bona-fide, bilingual bookings bae, Tabitha was born in London but grew up and studied in the south of Spain. She moved back to the big smoke a few years ago, and boy are we glad she did. She loves tea, doodling, cats, potatoes and tequila-heavy cocktails. We're still trying to think of an event where we can combine all those elements. Truth be told we're struggling.

Olivia Cheves (Junior Editor)

Tweeting: @OliviacDMN

A lifetime South Londoner with an MA in Magazine Journalism and a vested interest in Negronis, fringe festivals and hula hooping, Olivia has probably clocked more hours pulling pints than drinking them. Having worked at pubs, music venues and pop-up festivals, she's served drinks to rock stars and movie actors, and once told off Bob Geldof for blocking the bar.

Svetlozar Stanev (Developer)

Tweeting: @iDuriel

Born in Bulgaria, Svet came to the UK with his family over 10 years ago and has now joined DesignMyNight as Developer. A positive dude who likes to live life on the chill side, not only does Svet consider himself quite the movie fanatic (try him, he's probably watched more than you), his love for pizza knows no bounds, consuming slice after slice like his chill life depended on it.

Anisah Audu (Senior Editor)

Tweeting: @anisah_ldn

Having previously dabbled in PR - working with some of London's best restaurants, bars and big brands - Anisah's love of eating, drinking and writing steered her towards a role as Senior Editor at DesignMyNight. When she's not Instagramming food, you'll find her watching The Office or chilling in a bar... north of the river, of course. 

Georgia Evans (Junior Editor)

Tweeting: @bygeorgiaevans

Ditching PR for all things editorial, Georgia is not only Junior Editor at DesignMyNight, she's (almost) the youngest member of the DMN team. While writing for music magazines takes up plenty of her time outside of work, she's not shy of a RuPaul Drag Race binge either. Finals? Lip syncs? Death drops? She'll tell you what's what.

Kate Thelwell (Tonic Customer Success Executive)

Tweeting: Nope.

So keen on DesignMyNight that she moved to London for the job (don't worry Kate, we're keen on you too), Kate is something of an adrenaline junkie. Not only has she run three half marathons and snorkeled in a crocodile tank in Australia, she's been around, living and working everywhere from American to Canada. Get in her good books by whipping up a pina colada.

Sam Ekins (Tonic Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Oh no.

Partial to a pint of prosecco (and head over heels for hummus) Sam is an adventurous Glaswegian lass who knows the globe a little better than most, having studied in both France and Spain. While Sam has joined us to further feed the beast that is our Tonic ticketing platform, we know her future goal is not in the tickets, but in the marrying of Gerard Butler.

 

Andy Crofts (Tonic Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Nerp.

Originally from Melbourne, Andy joined the DesignMyNight team to help with the growth of Tonic after years in the industry (he opened the first Dirty Martini don't you know). And while his love of margaritas knows no bounds, so do his brushes with death, having once almost crashed in an airplane flying over the Amazon. Is Andy a cat? Does he have nine lives? Jury's out for now. 

 

 

Lorna Wilcox (Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Private.

 
An army brat hailing from Leicester, Lorna joined the Collins team to help look after regional sales. She's grown up in both Germany and Canada, and considers herself something of a ski snob. If she's not travelling somewhere cool at least once a year, she's not doing that year right. And while she's not in the London office that much, she's still a solid member of the team. 

Talia Gilliham (Marketing and PR Executive)

Tweeting: @Talia03986800

Joining the marketing team at DesignMyNight, Talia isn't just an East Londoner here to help with all of our social comms, she's as dedicated to her work as she is to prosecco. A Nottingham University graduate with more than a few film reviews under her belt, she not only dreams of making it to the Les Mis stage one day, she also dreams of making it with Jim from The (American) Office. Dream big Talia, dream big.

Ryan Spencer (Australia Sales Manager)

Tweeting: Nah.

A whipped up blend of both Austria and Australia, it's not just a dual nationality that Ryan boasts, he also has a twin brother. When Ryan's not Parent Trap-ing the DesignMyNight team, and drumming up new business for our Collins platform in Aus? He's searching for his next destination to explore, thanks to an overwhelming love for sun, sea and sand.

 

 

Sean Anderson (Software Developer)

Tweeting: BouncySean

A 5-a-side fan and Aberystwyth graduate, Sean doesn't just have the smarts in the CompSci department, he's also here to get DesignMyNight's software options really going places. Sean may also be the culprit when it comes to the office drum and bass playlist, but we wouldn't pick a fight with him about it... not when he has a black belt in karate.

Kay Field (Editorial Assistant)

Tweeting: Nerrrr.

Once PR, now editorial and proud, Kay joins DesignMyNight not only as an Assistant on the content team, she's here to drink the office coffee stocks dry (rumour has it her blood is 80% caffeine). When she's not expressing her love for all things espresso? You'll find her at brunch, head first in a bowl of cereal, hitting up a gig, or scoping out London's best bargains.

 

Jasmine Said (Collins Customer Success Executive)

Tweeting: Blank space.

When it comes to hobbies and passions, our Collins Customer Success Executive Jasmine knows how to shake it up. Not only a Taylor Swift fan through and through (no really, they've met), you'll find Jasmine recording music, writing for her own newspaper column and undertaking a love of street dance. If you're lucky? She'll talk you through the magic of your star sign too. 

 

Olivia Turner (Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Catch her on Linkedin.

Olivia may have once auditioned for Britain's Got Talent, and in her own words, failed miserably (first round first schmound), but she's a star to us. Joining the team as Business Development Manager, helping to spread the word about all of our premium products, Olivia can either be found giving it some welly at a festival, or watching Bridget Jones for the 1000th time. 

Sophia Johnston (Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Nerp.

Joining us from New Zealand after dominating all things volleyball (Sophia not only bagged herself a Florida scholarship, she's represented NZ in the senior women's team against Australia and Croatia), Sophia is a dab hand on our product sales team. When she's not giving us a run for our money on the court or at pitch meetings, she's keeping things global, having clocked visits to 12 (yes, 12!) countries in the last year alone.

Jennie Kennedy (Business Development Manager)

Helping expand our software presence in Ireland, Jennie isn't just an Irish export with a healthy (yes, healthy) habit for margaritas, her time spent serving up drinks in Nantucket, Massachusetts means she knows a few famous faces, and can tick Gwyneth Paltrow off her A-star bucket list. Horse riding? Neigh problem, she's been doing that her whole life too. 

 

Rianne Kenrick (Tonic Customer Success)

Tweeting: Nill.

Passions come in all shapes and sizes for Tonic Customer Success team member Rianne. When she's not reciting Mamma Mia, she'll be happy to discuss crisps (v important), share thoughts over a Jaegerbomb or whoop you on the netball field. Previously in corporate hospitality, we've bagged her for all things fun at DesignMyNight as she puts her event management and team skills in to play in keeping our ticket customers happy

Lisa Moore (Email Marketing Manager)

Tweeting: No tweeting going on here.

Competitor for Marmite's #1 fan (wait for her pitch on a bottomless Marmite event, investors welcome), Lisa joined DesignMyNight to look after our email comms. When she's not splitting people in to their according love/hate groups, or deciphering open rates, she's researching big days out, learning Spanish, and bopping away to the best in 00s indie, draught cider in hand.

Jasmine Lee Kennedy (Editorial Assistant)

Boasting our beloved Brixton as her birthplace, with a pretty good knowledge of its bars and South London pubs to boot, we knew Jasmine (and her NCTJ in journalism) were too good to miss. When she's not talking to a professional about her addiction to chips, Italian food and chicken wings (we second that), she's addicted to her half staffy, half labrador rescue pup.