LUCIA AHLGREN-GARIBAY

SENIOR EVENT CONSULTANT

With a unique flair and finesse, Lucia has a great presence and ability to remain in complete control of whatever she takes on. From growing up in Mexico, to completing her education in Switzerland, Lucia has continued to live at an international level, planning incredible Banana Split events right across the globe.

“My favourite Banana event was a 60th birthday party at our clients beautiful villa in St Tropez. Everyone had the best time and it was a total joy to organise and work on”

GREG BARKER

PRODUCTION MANAGER & CREW CHIEF

With 20 years of experience, Greg heads up our onsite crew. He is unwavering, precise and truly gifted at all things practical. It is both his role and his passion to build the scene for your event to play out upon and he does it with charm and ease.

“My favourite Banana event was a wedding in Italy for 200 guests, built on a hill-top football pitch. They said it couldn't be done, but we did it! ”

AAINA BERI

INTERN

Aaina moved from India to London last September to follow her dreams in studying for her masters in event management and gain valuable experience in the events industry. With a degree in fashion and design, Aaina has already developed an amazing attention to detail and skill in using photoshop and illustrator and with her passion for the events world, she is thriving at Banana Split.

“Working on an amazing circus themed Batmitzvah has to be my favourite Banana Split event as it was a real eye opener and it was so wonderful to see how excited the Batmitzvah girl was! ”

ASTHA DOSHI

EVENT CONSULTANT

Astha is incredibly organised and relaxing to work with. She thrives in the fast paced and international scale of working at Banana Split and with her previous experience in some of the world's most demanding cities coupled with schooling in Belgium, Singapore and Switzerland, Astha is extremely well-suited to party planning at Banana Split.

“My favourite Banana event was an intimate 50th Birthday at the Mandrake hotel in London, it was just super cool in every way”

LUKE FORD

PRODUCTION MANAGER

With a background in the technical and corporate world and having worked in the event industry for the last 5 years, Luke is our resident production chameleon. He has an incredibly positive and personable approach, with a pure talent for all things logistical and a knack for eliminating any stress during complex events. No matter the challenge, Luke will handle it with ease and a smile.

“My favourite Banana Split event to date has been turning an iconic church into a high tech night club experience immersed with lasers, lights, LED walls and loud music! ”

DAVID GODFREY

DIRECTOR & HEAD OF PRODUCTION

David oversees the production of all Banana Split events. His technical mind and logistical wizardry set him apart from the rest. With a 20-year career at Banana Split, David truly understands what it takes to bring our incredible events to life and his unrivalled expertise across all things sound and lighting mean a magnificent sensory experience and wonderful atmosphere are at the centre of all of our events

“My favourite Banana event was a 4 day birthday party in Mexico, 250 guests, 10 headline acts. 750 staff and a bespoke Hacienda! ”

CLEO HARRIS-SEATON

DESIGNER

Cleo's amazing talent allows her to produce accurate visual concepts and technical drawings for both our clients and team to work from. With her previous experience in set design and a pure passion for everything creative, Cleo loves bringing the wildest ideas from the imagination to life.

“My favourite Banana event has to be a dark circus themed event in LA. The set and décor looked incredible!”

KATIE JADE

CREATIVE COORDINATOR

With an incredible eye for detail and a unique creative flair, Katie produces inspiring visual aids to support the event planning team in ensuring the best possible service to our clients. Katie has been on the most wonderful journey at Banana Split, from starting out on the reception desk back in 2010, to developing her amazing talent in creative design through the years and with appropriate training, enabling her to take on a bespoke role at Banana Split.

“My favourite Banana event was a 4 day Wedding in London, with a 24 hour Banana Split concierge for 700 guests! ”

CRISTIANE JONES

FINANCE MANAGER

Cristiane is an integral part of the Banana Split family, ensuring bills are paid, invoices are sent and everything finance related ticks along like clockwork. By her 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. Without strict financial control the Banana Split team could not create the wonderful and unique events we are famous for.

“The Christmas tree installation we did at Annabel's has to be my favourite Banana spectacle. It became a tourist attraction and rightly so, it was mind blowing!”

CHARLOTTE KENT

SENIOR EVENT CONSULTANT

Charlotte brings a diligent and inventive energy to Banana Split. She is a tireless perfectionist on site and puts every effort into ensuring our clients have the best events possible. Having previously gained 6 years experience working at a globally leading catering company, Charlotte's career maturity and dynamism mean she is well-versed in all types of events.

“My favourite Banana event has to be a wedding in Florence, it was genuinely unique and entirely surpassed our client's expectations”

NICOLE LEMON

SENIOR EVENT CONSULTANT

Working as a Banana Split planner for the last 8 years, Nicole has developed a wonderful work ethic and relishes in running her events like clockwork. Nicole's passion and enthusiasm are what client's love most about her and she always exceeds expectations.

“My favourite Banana event was when we turned the Savoy ballroom into an underwater wonderland, filling it with all-things Little Mermaid. It was magical”

SCOTT MALONE

LIGHTING DESIGNER & PROGRAMMER

Another long-term member of the Banana Split family, in his 15th year at the company, Scott remains at the helm of all things Lighting. Designing, planning, programming and setting up our unique array of lighting equipment, his stupendous knowledge and experience mean illumination is always on point.

“My favourite Banana event was an intimate 50th birthday in the Maldives, for just 50 guests and lots of lighting! ”

SASHA NATHAN

EVENT ASSISTANT

Sasha originally joined the Banana Split family on a 6 month internship before becoming a fully fledged member of the team. Her friendly, can do attitude is the perfect fit amongst our event planners, whom she ably assists. Prior to joining the company, Sasha completed an International Media and Communications degree and following that gained valuable event experience at a number of established event companies.

“Working on a beautiful Wedding at Le Meurice hotel in Paris, has to be my favourite Banana event. The abundance of floral décor to create the most romantic setting was magical”

JULIAN POSNER

CEO

Our founder Julian maintains his position at the heart of our organisation. And with over 40 years' experience, brand heritage and a history of ground-breaking events, It is Julian's undiluted passion to continue to break the mould, that set Banana Split apart. Renowned for his charismatic personality, passionate outlook, mind blowing creativity and incredible attention to detail, Julian is a true visionary and is highly regarded by both his peers and his raft of joyous clients.

“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 gondola...my wedding!”

ANTHONY POSNER

DIRECTOR & HEAD OF TALENT

Anthony followed in his father's footsteps and joined the company, meaning we are truly a family business. It's his charm and flair coupled with his passion for finding exciting talent to match every event that makes him so good at what he does. Anthony focuses on attaining the talent our clients want to see and he is the best there is at this, but his talents don't stop there. He is also an accomplished event manager.

“My favourite Banana event was a Pool Party in Mexico where Bruno Mars performed while guests enjoyed the show from the swimming pool! ”

JAMIE SIMON

DIRECTOR & HEAD OF EVENTS

With over 15 years of event experience and a true thirst to work on the most exciting events, Jamie's enthusiasm and positive energy permeates all he does. He thrives on the fast-paced atmosphere of the events industry and always pushing boundaries. Jamie's creative yet extremely technical mind coupled with his incredible business acumen mean he is a huge driving force behind our fantastic team and so many of Banana Splits ground-breaking events.

“My favourite Banana event was the launch of the W-Hotel in Singapore for 2000 guests, with entertainment from NY, LA and Japan!”

KATIE SIMS

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

An effortless multi-tasker and true perfectionist, 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 and the operations within the business. 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 very special Children’s Charity Fundraiser, there's nothing better than delivering pure happiness for a worthy cause”

CHANTELLE SPINDLE

PRODUCTION & ENTERTAINMENT COORDINATOR

Incredibly organised and always fizzing with enthusiasm, Chantelle ably assists our Production and Entertainment departments, supporting and ensuring that requirements and last minute deadlines are always met with efficiency across the business. Chantelle is also a key communicator within the team, updating everyone with the latest Banana Split news in the form of our Banana Bulletin!

“Working on a show stopping Wedding in the countryside has to be my favourite Banana event. With a mega marquee and 3 global superstars, the event was truly epic! ”

MEENA VARSANI

PERSONAL & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO JULIAN POSNER

Meena is our longest serving employee, joining the company back in 1997. Her dedication and commitment are remarkable. Her role is to support Julian and she does this with rigour and enthusiasm, prolifically juggling multiple requirements with absolute discretion. Another string to our bow is Meenas historical knowledge of everything we've done before, as her experience simply enhances all that we do.

“Our long-standing client's wedding in Marrakech was my absolute favourite Banana event. We built the marquee in the middle of a lake and it was just magical”