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 - our very own 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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Also head over to our charity hub to hear about - or get involved with - some of the brilliant causes and organisations we support.

Andrew Webster (Co-Founder)

Tweeting: @andrewwebster11

Originally from the beautiful and tranquil South Coast, who would have thought Andrew would end up involved in the bright lights of London nightlife? After 4 years of the daily grind as a corporate high flyer at Accenture he decided that this just wasn't for him! So along came the idea of DesignMyNight, a few too many beers later and he jumped ship and hasn't looked back since!

Nick Telson (Co-Founder)

Tweeting: @designmynight

Born and bred in London, Nick can’t get enough of the city. He ruddy loves it. When he and Andrew came up with the idea of DesignMyNight, Nick knew he had to do it; for London! After 5 years working at mega-brand L’Oreal, setting up shop with his own business was a real change but a welcomed one. If his dazzling smile is anything to go by (Nick’s quite rightfully proud of his gleaming gnashers) we think he’s enjoying it!

Will Taylor-Jackson (Chief Technology Officer)

Tweeting: @iamwilltj

After winning a web development competition at the tender age of 16, Will realised he had found his calling. By the time he discovered there had been only one other entrant, it was too late. Will stuck with the web, working at Accenture and then Google before joining the DesignMyNight team as CTO.

Millie Smith (Bookings & Concierge Manager)

Tweeting: Nope.

There's more than just a history of rolling hills to our Somerset-sweetie. A big (BIG) RuPaul fan alongside boasting an unhealthy addiction to the office dogs, Millie is the spirit of this office thanks to a sense of humour that would put many to shame. And if she tells you that she has been 'Employee Of The Year' since the start of her career at DesignMyNight? Just agree. It's better that way. 

 

 

Toni Brickman (Head of Finance)

Tweeting: Not for Toni, thank you.

Toni joined DesignMyNight in January 2015 and is a proper, actual Londoner. Her main passions in life are snowboarding, roller-coasters, good food, and yep, thrash metal – so look out for her at any festival playing the hard stuff. Special shout out goes to Pixel, Toni’s unfathomably-small dog and office assistant – and though Pixel had some tough competition, she’s quickly established herself as the yappiest member of the DMN collective. So here’s to her, too.

Leoni Keogh (Collins Customer Success Manager)

Tweeting: @LeoniKeogh

Originally from Ireland, Leoni moved over to London in 2012 to work with Outlook and Dimensions music festivals before joining DesignMyNight. Lover of music, boozing and good times in general, we asked Leoni what she thought her main role at DMN was all about, to which she confidently replied, "getting sh*t done". So there it is.

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 (UK Editor)

Tweeting: @KatieDMN

It's Buffy marathons and a love of all things botanical that make up the bones of our UK Editor. Moving from music journalism to manage content and editorial across all of our UK sites alongside developing new traffic strategies, Katie's got 4 fillings, is editor of a feminine-led magazine called 'Sistra' and is convinced that the Queen is a lizard.

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.

Steve Porter (Collins Tech Lead)

Tweeting: Nope. Shan't.

A tech whiz-kid and all-round-good-guy, Steve joined the team in May 2015 and is a particularly big fan of Friday drinks, cooking and spending too much time perusing Reddit. Though originally from the seaside, you won’t find this dapper chap taking things slowly. Oh no no; he’s all about speed and automation. Basically, imagine if robots grew to be smarter than us and took the world for their own, wiping out human weakness and our snail-like prowess: Steve would love that.

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 (Bookings and Concierge Executive)

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. 

Jess Halladay (Collins Customer Success Assistant Manager)

Tweeting: @JessSydnie

A hyper-organised, Christmas-loving, Norfolk-raised gal; Jess started her DMN journey as a bona fide bookings bae before moving over to the Collins team. When she's not knocking up some of the most incredible baked goods for the office or boozing over brunch, she's knocking back a Negroni... or nine. Does she also hold the record for being the most tanned in the office? Yes, yes she does.

Richard Daniels (Business Development)

Tweeting: Too mysterious.

DMN’s resident gent and part-time lothario, Ricky hails from Essex and works within the DesignMyNight Collins team. A self-professed romantic, he likes nothing more than a long walk on the beach, holding hands with that special someone, and giving cheesy answers to his ‘about me’ questionnaire. You’ll likely find Ricky in the gym, listening to some mad-sick big beats, or showcasing his increasingly curly mane.

Taygan Rayner (Customer Support Manager)

Tweeting: NAH.

Though her unquestionably-British accent suggests otherwise, Taygan is originally from Australia and before joining DMN in December 2014, spent six glorious years selling wine to the masses. You’ll likely find her drinking dark rum in a local dive bar, eating fried chicken, fawning over miniature goats, or rocking her socks off to her favourite metal band, preferably in a muddy field.

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.

Becky Black (Bookings and Concierge Executive)

Tweeting: It's a 'no' from Becky.

A born and bred South Londoner, Becky joined the DesignMyNight bookings team in November 2015. She likes travelling, charity shopping, gigs, fancy dress and most importantly, a good Battenberg cake. Becky has a lot to be proud of; as well as her sparkling wit and questionable-but-fantastic dance-moves, she's also a blinding cat sitter and once hosted a Back to the Future themed party.

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 (Ticketing Account 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 ​Executive)

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. 

Faith Strickland (Associate Editor)

Tweeting: @FaithStrickla11

From Devon originally,  Faith studied French and Italian in Manchester, was an English teacher in South Italy for 8 months, lived in Cambodia for six months working for a lifestyle and marketing company and before DMN was the Editorial Assistant for a top travel company. Likes include period drama, greasy spoons, cheese and full contact rugby (don't mess), while dislikes include sharks, mornings and the obvious....broccoli.
 

Jaspar Gupta (Web Developer)

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. 

Cressida Pidgeon (Collins Customer Success Executive)

Tweeting: More an Instagram fan.

Boasting the healthiest name at DesignMyNight, Cress is not only a whizz with languages having studied Spanish and Portugese in Exeter, she knows how to get around, having found her way to the far reaches of Central and South America. The money we pay her? It goes on more flights, festivals and more salsa classes than you've had hot dinners. 

Mel Leung (Collins Account Manager)

Tweeting: Naaah.

From organising a game of Twister up the Shard to smashing a few plates at the wedding of Katherine Jenkins, Mel has worked at some of the coolest start-ups in London, from Doing Something to Wonderush. One of the brainiest babes in the office thanks to a maths degree, Mel is all about immersive experiences, down with dim sum, and has even hosted a supper club for charity.

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.

Seb Cooper (Tonic Account Executive)

Tweeting: Nah.

Seb graduated from university in 2014 before spending some time abroad in Latin America, confusing locals with his awful attempts at speaking Spanish. Upon returning to London he landed an internship in DesignMyNight's PR team before finding a home in our Tonic Ticketing squad and now leads his life one mean cheese and ham toastie to the next.

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 (Editorial Assistant)

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.

Kim Bensimhon (Collins Account Manager)

Tweeting: Nope.

After growing up in Belgium, Kim moved to London to complete an English and French Law Degree. While a paralegal for 18 months, she decided a change of career was due, and we were lucky enough to snag her. Not only is she fluent in four (yes, FOUR) languages, she's a massive foodie and festival fiend, travelling every year for Sonar and Tomorrowland. 

Svetlozar Stanev (Developer)

Tweeting: @TheSociuz

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 (Editorial Assistant)

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 Editorial Assistant 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. 

Ed Christmas (Collins Account Manager)

Tweeting: @edchristmas_

Hailing from the south, and returning to London after earning a psychology degree at the University of Manchester, Ed joined the Collins team at DesignMyNight. From missed flights (it was the wine's fault), to a Kardashian touching him on the shoulder in LA after a roadtripping sesh, Ed gets around... he likes to travel. Come up with a Christmas joke he hasn't heard before... he dares you. 

 

 
 

Georgia Evans (Editorial Assistant)

Tweeting: Nerp.

Ditching PR for editorial, Georgia is not only Editorial Assistant, 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 7 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.

Lorna Wilcox (Graduate Sales Executive)

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. 

Rob Taylor (Soda Tech Lead)

Tweeting: Nay.

Don't let web developer Rob fool you, while he may be busy, beavering away on the DesignMyNight tech team and churning out one of the best voucher platforms that the internet has ever seen (check out Soda to prove it), he's got razor-sharp humour to boot. Born and bred in Bournemouth, he's not only familiar with the sea air, he knows a thing to two about all things ska.

 

Ralphy (Emotional Support)

Tweeting: Will tweet for sausages.

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Pixel Pixelton (Crapper and Yapper)

Tweeting: Dogs don't tweet they bark.

Proud owner of the title of 'Best Bitch' at a local dog show, Pixel Pixelton joined the DMN team in a flurry of fur and barking at feet, if we're really honest, she doesn't do much at all. Chuffed with a piece of cucumber, a pooch proud of her Prague Ratter heritage and known for an assortment of tiny jumpers, our best bitch isn't technically or legally on the books, but she doesn't need to be with a face like that.

Poppy (Havanese Hottie)

Tweeting: No Tweets, just 'grams: poppy.the.havanese

You can say what you like about DesignMyNight, do what you want with our name, rub us in the dirt and throw blows at us on social media, but we'll always have one thing that you don't have, and that's a Poppy. Poppy with coffee, Poppy with breakfast, Poppy during fire drills, Poppy during our lunch hours and Poppy at staff meetings; bars don't make DesignMyNight, Poppy does.

Bruno (Sneakin')

Tweeting: No Tweeting, just licking.

We like to keep things in the family here at DesignMyNight, so much so that we couldn't let Pixel join the team without having her dad in tow. Proud father and fluffy tail waggler, when Bruno's not licking you, he's probably still licking you, because licking is kind of all Bruno knows how to do. If you need a spy? He's also available for intermittent sneaking. Has also been mistaken for London's prettiest fox.