SENIOR EVENT CONSULTANT
Having spent over 7 years with Banana Split team, Nicole knows there is simply no such thing as an 'average day' in the events business. Her working week could see her spend a morning at her desk, an afternoon at a food tasting and an evening on a plane for an international site visit. While happy to plan events for all of Banana Split's clients, Nicole does have a particular love of parties for younger guests, never happier than when she has to sprinkle a little bit of Disney magic on proceedings. This lilt towards the planning of child-focused parties will surely see her in good stead, as she enters a new phase in her life, taking some time away after having her first child.
““We turned a hotel ballroom into an underwater wonderland, filling it with all-things Little Mermaid. It was wonderful!"”
Feats seemingly impossible to the less logistically minded, such as organising lighting, sound and set design for some of the world's most talented recording artists, are nothing out of the ordinary for Zara. Joining us back in 2012, she also manages our on-site crews and the logistics for our elaborate temporary structures and installations. She is a highly adept problem solver and always has input in the overall event design process. In short Zara deals with the behind the scenes magic that makes a Banana Split event unique
PRODUCTION MANAGER & CREW CHIEF
Having worked with Banana Split for over 18 years there's not much in the world of events that can phase Greg; his expert knowledge is brilliantly matched by his enthusiasm and passion for creating incredible events. Whether it's a party on an island or a wedding atop a Tuscan hill, Greg will be there with his unwavering will to astound Banana Split clients. When time permits Greg pursues his two great loves; photography and family.
“My favourite Banana event was a wedding in Italy for 200 guests, built on a hill-top football pitch! ”
A life lived on an international scale, with schooling in Belgium, Singapore and Switzerland, and experience working in some of the world’s most demanding cities means Astha is well suited to fast-pace of life at Banana Split. Her stamp-filled passport is, in part, matched by her linguistic skills, fluent in French, Hindi and of course English. Astha has proven herself an indispensable part of the Banana Split family, becoming an integral player in our multi-skilled planning team.
““The most wonderful event I’ve seen during my time at Banana Split was a beautifully romantic wedding, with incredible floral ceiling displays - I’d never seen anything like it!””
SENIOR EVENT CONSULTANT
Lucia's path to working with us here at Banana Split has taken a somewhat circuitous route, seeing her grow up in a small city in coastal Mexico, before completing her education in the crisp air of Crans-Montana in the Swiss mountains. Since her graduation, Lucia has continued to live at an international level, working to create incredible events right across the globe and having the distinct pleasure to have worked in the presence of royalty both here in the UK and abroad. Predictably enough, spare time for Lucia tends to be spent suitcase-in-hand, travelling the globe either to see family or friends.
Having moved from Sydney and joining the team in 2016 Deanna is now feeling at home, both in London and in the Banana Split offices. Her working week is spent collaborating closely with Jamie and the team; speaking to clients and suppliers, finessing events, and making sure every on-the-day detail is taken care of. A globe trotter by nature, she fancies that her future in the event industry will one day take her back to sunnier climates – she looks forward to her first Banana Split event in LA. Outside of work things don't slow down for Deanna, as she tries to make the most of her move to Europe, seeing every country, city and town within the continent's bounds – the air-miles are racking up.
““We built a unique marquee on an ice-rink in Courchevel and filled it with over fifty acts and entertainers, there were figure skaters and singers, and even sumo wrestlers. The whole event was truly out of this world.””
DIRECTOR & HEAD OF PRODUCTION
A man of many talents, David oversees the production of all Banana Split events. His 20-plus years in the events industry -over 15 of those spent with Banana Split- mean that he has extensive technical knowledge, both in the planning and the on-site execution phases of our events. David's free time is ideally spent in climes warmer than Britain, indulging his troublesome sweet tooth.
“My favourite banana Event was a 4 day birthday party in Mexico, 250 guests (and 750 staff!) ”
Gavin has become an integral part of the Banana Split family, ensuring bills are paid, invoices are sent and everything finance related ticks along like clockwork. By his own admission, it's not the most glamorous role in the business but what it lacks in magic, it more than makes up for in importance. A recent arrival in London, Gavin has already established that there are far too many great restaurants in the city to judge them on culinary attainment alone, instead opting to rate them on their views – those in the Gherkin and the Shard are high in his estimations.
Always full of ideas, Cleo has a background in set design and a passion for turning her creative ideas into a reality. Being a night owl she is often hit with inspiration during the early hours and sleeps with a sketch book at arm’s reach. Her days at Banana Split are spent working with the entire team on all projects bringing the ideas of our clients and events team together into cohesive and exciting designs. Her work spans from creating concept artwork and spatial designs to personalised logos for Bananas projects, assisting with the delivery of visually outstanding events. Outside of work Cleo enjoys losing herself in a piece of theatre, a good film or an exhibition and in her calmer moments, she indulges her passion for music whilst sitting in a café (preferably in some exotic part of the world) and reading.
EVENT COORDINATOR & GUEST LIAISON
Katie has proven to be an indispensable part of the team and has now moved on to bigger things, becoming one of our Event Assistants. With an average day ranging from guest-list management and preparing for presentations, to venue research and 'mood-board' creation, Katie's days, like everyone else's in the office, are well and truly varied. Away from the coal-face, Katie is somewhat of a sushi junkie, and also has a penchant for all things gallery, museum and exhibition-related.
“My favourite Banana event was a 4 day Wedding in London, with a 24 hour Banana Split concierge for 700 guests! ”
Dave has been involved with Banana Split for a good number of years, first working with us on a freelance basis, he is now with us full time. He spends his days helping us to prepare for events, ensuring we have all that we require in order to turn dreams into reality.
“My favourite Banana Split event was a night club themed Barmitzvah where the walls and carpet were all boarded and grafitied at the Dorchester! ”
Charlotte is well-versed in the events world, having spent over 6 years as an event planner prior to joining the team. Charlotte's dynamism is much appreciated both in the office, where she spends her days speaking to clients and planning events, and on site, where she ably assists with the management of events. Though not always destined for the events world, having studied law at Sussex University, she quickly found that the buzz of making a client's dream event come to life was simply too great to give up.
“'My favourite event has to be a wedding wedding in Florence, it was genuinely unique and entirely surpassed our client's expectations'”
Naturally organised, with a perfect pedigree of industry experience and creativity, Priya spends her days at Banana Split supporting Jamie and the team with their meticulous event planning; sourcing perfect suppliers, uncovering amazing venues, presenting to our clients and diligently orchestrating on-the-day events. After a day of pin-point planning, Priya loves nothing more than to indulge her love of sushi in any of London's many brilliant Japanese restaurants. If she wasn't an Event Consultant at Banana Split, Priya would almost certainly turn her attention to her far safer back-up career – aerial acrobatics.
““My favourite Banana Split event has to be the 50th Birthday Party in Courchevel, it was out of this world!””
Marco has been a part of the Banana Split team for over 15 years. As an Event Technician, days spent at Banana Split HQ are balanced between the careful maintenance of our state-of-the-art sound equipment and precise preparation for upcoming events. On event day, Marco can be found setting up, tweaking and checking PA systems, to ensure that our clients are treated to world-class sound to match their world-class events. Marco’s spare time is largely spent with his wife and children, though he does enjoy putting his naturally technical mind to work fettling and rebuilding classic cars and camper-vans. Holidays to Marco are best kept simple and family focused; he can often be found with the whole troupe camped out under the stars - even in some of Britain’s less forgiving weather.
“Without doubt, the event still to be topped is a 55th Birthday in Mexico - it was a real logistical challenge but the results for our guests were mind blowing”
LIGHTING DESIGNER & PROGRAMMER
Scott joined Banana Split 11 years ago, after a short spell on work experience with us. Scott is part of what makes this team so special to the average event company; designing, planning, programming and setting up his unique array of lighting equipment for each of our incredible events – nothing so important would be outsourced by Banana Split. Scott, like so many hard working types considers sleep an indulgence and always has his next holiday booked in.
“My favourite Banana event was an intimate 50th birthday in the Maldives, for just 50 guests! ”
Creating Banana Split over 40 years ago, Julian embodies the innovative beating heart of the now renowned company. He is still every bit as involved in the running of the company today as he was in those early days; pouring his creativity and attention to detail into every event we produce; 4 decades have done nothing to dull Julian's thirst for free-thinking and his passionate outlook. When his nose isn't to the grindstone -which really isn't very often at all- he is always on the move; climbing to Everest Base Camp isn't something many of us do in our 'downtime'.
“My favourite Banana event was a magical celebration in Venice for 100 guests where the venue was a palace and the mode of transport was gondolas – my wedding!”
DIRECTOR & HEAD OF TALENT
Banana Split has always felt like a family affair but with Anthony on-board that feeling is made real. Anthony brings with him a wealth of experience and flair; he prides himself on his ability to seek out the perfect act for any event. He spends his days matching incredible Banana Split events with major international recording artists, DJs, cabaret acts, magicians, dancers and bands, ensuring every event is as special and unique as possible. When time allows Anthony indulges his twin-passions for travel and fine food - never happier than when he finds good food and even better views.
“My favourite Banana event was a Pool Party in Mexico where Bruno Mars performed while guests enjoyed the show from the swimming pool! ”
WAREHOUSE & TRANSPORT MANAGER
Ian takes care of the often complex logistics of Banana Split events, ensuring the right equipment supplies head for the right destination. He is also responsible for the upkeep of our extensive wine cellar. Time off, for Ian, is best spent cooking great food -ideally comprising a good amount of cheese- and keeping fit. Few can claim to have lost an incredible 6 stone, a feat he numbers one of his highest.
“My favourite Banana event was a 50th Birthday in Cyprus, where all the guests were dressed in togas! ”
Nayna has been with us for much of this century and is as passionate about the business today as she ever was. Working alongside Gavin she keeps track of the company accounts. When she isn't cooking the books Nayna loves to cook vegetarian Indian food for her family and friends. In fact she is a fan of all things Indian and has a particular passion for Bollywood and its vivacious stars.
DIRECTOR & HEAD OF EVENTS
Enthusiasm abounds within Jamie, a man with over 15 years of event experience and a passion to match any. He thrives on the fast-paced atmosphere of the events industry. His never-say-die attitude is the driving force behind so many of Banana Splits ground-breaking events; he is endlessly proud of what the company achieves.
“My favourite Banana event was the launch of the W-Hotel in Singapore for 2000 guests, with entertainment from NY, LA and Japan! ”
EVENT TEAM MANAGER
An effortless multi-tasker, Katie has long been part of the Banana Split family - joining the team back in 2005. Today, Katie's primary role is to manage the day-to-day workings of the event team, nurturing their talents and making sure each has a voice in the planning process. Katie also curates events for some of the company's most long-standing clients. Her job, in many respects, is to work with the team to ensure that our clients continue to be amazed each and every time they choose Banana Split.
““My favourite Banana event was a Children’s Charity Fundraiser, where we played a part in making a little girls dream come true - to sing with her Idol Jessie J. That little girls face, coupled with the emotion in the room at that moment is something I will never forget””
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTORS
Incredibly organised and always fizzing with enthusiasm, Chantelle spends her days at Banana Split ably assisting our team of Directors with their hectic schedules, ensuring the smooth running of calendars, appointments, and meetings. Always hoping to be able to enter the world of events, Chantelle chose to study Theatre, Performance and Event Design at Birmingham City University. Away from work, Chantelle tends to focus her time on keeping up with friends, staying in touch with family and planning for her next holiday.
PA TO CEO & EVENT CONSULTANT
The fountain of all Banana Split-related knowledge Meena has been with us since 1997. She plans Julian's working life, ensuring he knows where he needs to be, what he needs to know and when he needs to be there. As if this wasn't enough Meena also acts as office manager and plans the odd party too – as and when time allows. In short she is the linchpin that holds the team together and keeps everything flowing smoothly. When she isn't at HQ Meena's life re-centres around her children, family and friends, sometimes she even turns her emails off – not often though.