Music Venue Trust Gurus

MVT has assembled a team of experts who approached us to offer their services to venues in peril. Our gurus are passionate about live music and give a lot of their time voluntarily, especially to help with venues contacting our Emergency Response Service and face to face at Venues Day or other MVT events. We are always looking to recruit further experts in fields including Planning, Licensing, Acoustics, Legal and Financial issues so please encourage relevant professionals to contact us if they can offer us some time by emailing [email protected]

The Gurus

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Matt Barnwell

Hospitality and Leisure Industry
Matt currently works as a Consultant to the Hospitality and Leisure industry, specialising in business operations, profitability and licensing.

Niall Forde

An expert in licensing policy who offers support and advice to members of the Music Venues Alliance at MVT’s request and advises us on policy.

Jon Fox

Planning and Noise
An expert in planning and noise issues who offers support and advice to MVT and relevant partners, particularly in policy development.

Martin Friend

Local Government and Planning
Martin has worked in local government and planning consultancy for over 30 years.

Kieran Gayler

Kieran is an acoustic consultant and Partner with Sharps Gayler LLP (SGL). He is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist and a member of various professional institutes (including the Institute of Acoustics).

Chris Hoskin

Corporate Legal
Chris is a qualified lawyer who has spent two decades working in the corporate legal, accountancy and insolvency sectors.

Ed Jolleys

A professional chef turned food safety and quality adviser, with a passion for live music and to see local, intimate and independent venues thriving.

Sean Keenan

Commercial Law
Sean is an in-house lawyer in banking and financial technology in Soho.

Stephen Kempner

Entertainment Law
Stephen is particularly well known for helping to launch the careers of new and emerging talent, in addition to his work for various chart-topping acts.

Stuart Langer

Stuart is a planning consultant with over 12 years of experience. Stuart is happy to advise on any planning issue, particularly noise and neighbouring properties.

Toby Lewis

Noise Planning and Licensing
Toby is a recognised expert in the application of noise planning and licensing policy and the assessment of statutory noise nuisance.

Craig Page

Craig is an electric bass player and architecture student with the ambition to build robust music venues, studios and performance spaces.

Nick Wright

Business Rates
Nick has extensive experience of representing clients at valuation tribunal, including a recent victory on Trevor Horn’s Sarm West Studios. He advises the Music Industries Association on business rates issues affecting their members.

Richard Vivian

Richard is one of the only truly dedicated music noise specialists in the UK, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Ben Dymock

An experienced architectural and environmental consultant with a PhD in urban noise and vibration control. Working in acoustics over the past 15 years, firstly as a mixing engineer and studio designer before moving into academic R&D, lecturing and commercial consultancy.