Co-op Live Arena on a hiring spree


Co-op Live Arena with new hires Image: Co-op Live

The £365m Co-op Live Arena in Manchester, England (UK), which is being built by the Premier League club Manchester City F.C.’s Etihad Stadium, has made nine new hires.

The ‘BusinessLive’ stated that the new hires have joined from the likes of Premier League club Manchester United F.C. (UK), the 21,000-capacity AO Arena in Manchester, England (UK) and the Liverpool John Lennon Airport (UK) as well as Ticketmaster, British energy company Electricity North West and the Premier League club Arsenal F.C.

The Co-op Live is an indoor arena currently under construction in Manchester, England. Due to open in 2023, it is proposed to have the largest maximum capacity of any indoor arena in the United Kingdom, greater than the existing Manchester Arena which is about two miles away.

The Co-op Live will have a capacity of 23,500 and is expected to open in December 2023.

Sara Tomkins, Marketing and CSR Director, Co-op Live Arena, UK, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

The ‘BusinessLive’ further stated that the project is being led by the American Global Advisory, Development and Investment Company for Sports and Live Entertainment industries – the Oak View Group (OVG) – and Manchester City’s owner while the English pop star Harry Styles is also an investor.

Among the new starters is Dave Hough who has joined as Programming Manager from the AO Arena.

He will work under Katie Musham who has been promoted from Head of Partnerships to Director of Strategic Programming.

In the marketing team, Ben Tipple has joined as the Head of Digital and Social, having previously worked at Blackstar and Ticketmaster.

Holly Watson, who has held roles at Virtuoso and Ticketmaster, has been hired as Head of Marketing and Events, while Nabilah Islam has joined as a Marketing Content Assistant.

Gill Garvey has left her role at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport to become Co-op Live’s Finance Director and Sarah Williams has become Senior Partnership Activation Manager, having joined from Arsenal F.C.

Frankie White, previously of Manchester United F.C., has been hired as Premium Membership Sales Executive and Emma Bingham has joined as Head of HR from Electricity North West.

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