NICOLE ASH

SENIOR EVENT CONSULTANT

Working as a Banana Split planner for the last 8 years, Nicole has developed a wonderful work 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"”

ZARA ASKARI

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Zara skilfully organises production requirements for our events. With 7 years' experience at Banana Split, Zara has an extensive knowledge and valuable input in the overall event design process. She is a highly adept problem solver and a truly passionate team member.

“"A festival themed Barmitzvah in our clients garden has to be my favourite Banana event. We incorporated an existing tree within the marquee and dressed it with UV painted stars, it looked amazing, as did everything at this awesome party!"”

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!" ”

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””

LUCIA 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"”

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 is our very own in-house designer. Her 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 and It is her role to accomplish the first step in making dreams a reality.

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

KATIE JADE

EVENT COORDINATOR & GUEST LIAISON

Katie works across the event planning team to ensure the best possible service for our clients. Organising key event preparations as well as fully managing the guest list process seamlessly, Katie’s meticulous organisational skills ensure the attention to detail that Banana Split are renowned for.

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

DAVE JOHNSON

WAREHOUSE TECHNICIAN

Dave manages the logistics of our warehouse and transport operations, ensuring the right equipment supplies get to the right destination. Also responsible for the upkeep of our workshop and extensive wine cellar, Dave works tirelessly to provide the necessities in order to produce the perfect Banana Split event.

“"My favourite Banana event was a night club themed Barmitzvah where the walls and carpet were all boarded and grafitied at the Dorchester!"”

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, Charlottes 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"”

MARCO LEAO

EVENT TECHNICIAN

With a 15-year history at our company, Marco is part of the beat of Banana Split. A large part of his responsibility is to ensure our state-of-the-art sound equipment is perfectly maintained and precisely prepared for our events. Marco sets up and tests all things sound to provide audio excellence every time.

“"Without doubt, the Banana event still to be topped is a 55th Birthday in Mexico - it was a real logistical challenge but the results for our guests were out of this world"”

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 has joined the Banana Split family on an internship. Her friendly, can do attitude is always appreciated by our team of event planners, whom she ably assists. Prior to joining Banana Splits internship program, Sasha completed an International Media and Communications degree and has gained valuable event experience at a number of established event companies in London and New York, preparing her with a great foundation on her Banana Split journey.

“"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"”

MATT OCKENDEN

Production Manager

With a genuine passion for inspiring and leading production and over 20 years global experience in the production and management of all types of events, Matt has worked on some of the most iconic events: The Winter Olympics and London fashion week to name but a few. His extensive experience, CAD skills and technical knowledge are invaluable.

“"A 50th Birthday in the Maldives is my stand out favourite Banana event. The complex production involved in this 5 day event was mind blowing - comparatively 3 times more work than the initial build of the entire resort in Laanda Giraavaru!"”

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 gondolas – 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!" ”

NAYNA SHAH

FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

Nayna has been with us for much of this century and is as passionate about the business today as she ever was. Working alongside Cristiane she keeps track of the company accounts, meaning we are secure financially to work on the most outlandish and exciting events. It is Nayna’s attention to detail and mastery with numbers that supports our business and has meant over 4 successful decades of Banana Split splendour.

“"I really enjoy seeing all the photos of the amazing Banana events, I particularly love a white wedding theme, this has to be my favourite””

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

EVENT TEAM MANAGER

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, 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””

CHANTELLE SPINDLE

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTORS

Incredibly organised and always fizzing with enthusiasm, Chantelle assists our team of Directors with their hectic schedules, ensuring the smooth running of calendars, appointments, and meetings as well as ably supporting the event team with last minute demands and requirements.

“"Working on a Wedding in Montenegro has to be my favourite Banana event. The wedding ceremony took place on a jetty, it was like a dream, a totally idyllic setting"”

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 Meena’s 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"”