About Us

Picture this; two best friends from university are 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, and have also 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 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 (Tech Lead)

Tweeting: @allymackuk

Born and bred in Scotland, Alasdair moved to London 10 years ago to start his career. Whilst in the city he's discovered that he likes beer (like, a lot), and loves meeting new people. Tech Lead, he's been at DesignMyNight for over 5 years and you know what? He appreciates every bloody moment of it. 

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 brand, 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.

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. 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

​Oz Osbaldeston (Collins Customer Success Assistant Manager)

Tweeting: Maybe? He'll never tell.

Originally from the mean streets of Cheshire, Oz was raised on football and music, attending his first match aged 3 and receiving his first album aged 4 (a hand-me-down Cliff Richards Greatest Hits). A Bristol University History graduate, Oz has a subsequent penchant for home brewed cider and discussions on the nuances of Winston Churchill but will often be found DJing in some dark London club basement. 

Jaspar Gupta (Website Lead)

Tweeting: Nope.

Originally from the rolling hills of Devon, Jaspar is a fan of beaches and BBQ’s all day long, and can regularly be found stuffing his face full of food and cocktails, both independently or simultaneously. Currently holds the office record for most amount of Subway eaten in 2 minutes, for charitable purposes of course. By the end of summer? He often ranks no. 1 for strongest tan, all other claims to this title are false and untrue.

Julia Kopolova (Collins Customer Success Executive)

Tweeting: Nah.

Originally from Estonia, Julia has been living the dream in London for quite some time now. Here for a tourism degree, Julia has poured pints and cracked on at a car reservations company before joining the Collins team here at DesignMyNight. Think you know your Friends facts? Julia probably knows more. She also loves Harry Potter, cosy pubs, and is pretty partial to being tardy. 

Megan Allen (Collins Customer Success Executive)

Tweeting: @megs_allen

DesignMyNight's designated dog sitter (we got us a few), Surrey-born Megan studied film editing before joining the office. Giving any and all Harry Potter fans a run for their money, not only is she a fan of the little wizard, she's fond of reading as a whole, getting jitters at bad film adaptations. Potter-ing, you get it, around the kitchen, Megan is also a dab hand when it comes to baking; which suits us plenty.

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.

Sam Cockburn (Web Developer)

Tweeting: No twitter

Sam is an Irish lad who recently left small country town life for a rollick in London and let's be honest, he loves it. Sam was always into technology, wanting to pursue a career in programming from a young age. He studied Creative Multimedia in college which focused on web development. He's down for a book, keeps fit and is always down for what you young un's call an adventure. Sam is also a keen dog fiend, he has four, with his most favourite being (yup, you can have favourites) Chunky Milo.

Dan Johnson (Senior Web Developer)

Tweeting: @danieljohnson95

Another Essex kid in our midst, Dan previously worked as a developer for an e-commerce company before coming to DesignMyNight as Senior Web Developer. If he's not doing terrible things to a Nando's or whisking himself away on a boozy holiday, you'll find him in the kitchen whipping us up a mojito. Don't you dare attempt to feed him potatoes or quench his thirst with an instant coffee, he'll be having none of it. 

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 editorial, Georgia is not only Junior Editor, she just so happens to be 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. But what's the most, most, most important thing you need to know about Georgia? She's mother to a 9 year old bulldog called Ozzy. 

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 (Collins Business Development)

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? 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.

 

Isobel Watkins (Editorial Assistant)

Tweeting: @Isobel_Watkins

Originally from a small village in Lincolnshire, we snapped up Izzi from MTV, only to find out that she can twist her arm almost 360 degrees... (should we give her back)? When she's not wowing the crowd with her unique talent, Izzi is cracking in to a baked Camembert, running a one woman campaign against coriander and trying to manage her overwhelming crush on Greg James.

 

Connie Taylor (Collins Customer Success Executive)

Tweeting: She'll never tell.

Connie left all things leafy and lush down in Devon to join us in London as a Collins Customer Success Executive, following a previous career as a tattoo artist. Less ink, more drink these days, not only will Connie chew your ear off about all things Kevin McCloud (yep, Grand Designs Kevin McCloud), she'll love you if you love ABBA too.

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. 

Matthew Goss (Business Development Manager)

Tweeting: Hit him up on LinkedIn.

Not only can you trust our Business Development Manager with letting people in on our great B2B products, you can trust him with football, having been signed to the Wycombe Wanderers at a sprightly 8 years old. Now that he's a full grown gent? Catch him at a festival (or at our Jagermeister machine come 5pm on a Friday).

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. 

 

Tom Edwards (Concierge & Support Executive)

Tweeting: @tompauledwxrds

A comeback king who used to work in fashion PR, Tom Edwards may have grown up in leafy Buckinghamshire, but can now be found giving the bars and restaurants of Soho what for. When he's not helping our customers in support or booking in premium parties, he's playing video games, writing about video games or thinking about video games.

Lizzie Wroblewski (Collins Junior Account Manager)

A born and bred Londoner who is no stranger to sport (find her at a West Ham match, giving it stick on the hockey field, checking in on her PL Fantasy Football team or playing on the tennis courts. We mentioned sport... right?), Lizzie also loves sushi, is partial to a steak dinner, and can be considered a valuable asset to any pub quiz team.