Music Venue Trust – Our Mission

Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.

Created in January 2014, we aim to secure the long-term future of iconic Grassroots Music Venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc.

These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible.

Core Team

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Mark Davyd

Founder & CEO

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Mark is the founder and CEO of Music Venue Trust and co-owner of Tunbridge Wells Forum, a venue founded in a toilet over 25 years ago. Since then, Mark has split his time between various music activities; he recently stepped down after 20 years as CEO of the award-winning music charity Rhythmix, he owns Outstanding Music, a 360-degree music company with a specialism in alternative Latin music. Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular speaker at international conferences. He was one of the h100 winners 2015 and won the CC Skills Music Award 2017.

Beverley Whitrick

Strategic Director

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Beverley runs Music Venue Trust, a role which includes managing the team, co-ordinating campaigns and communication, fundraising, profile-raising, producing Venues Day, managing the Music Venues Alliance, liaising with arts/cultural sector partners and representing MVT at national/international meetings. Beverley has over 20 years’ experience of Arts Development, event management, tour co-ordination, building networks, funding, evaluation and strategy. She has worked as a local government Arts Development Officer in 3 different authorities and as a freelance Arts Consultant in London and Barcelona.


Clara Cullen

Venue Support Manager

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0203 930 8279

Based at The Ministry, London, Clara manages the MVT Crisis Service and provides policy support to the CEO.

Sarah Claudine

Events, Projects & Communications

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0203 930 8279

Based at The Ministry, London, Sarah leads on organising MVT‘s events, from regional meetings to Venues Day, and has worked on projects such as Fightback: Grassroots Promoter.

In addition to this, she is responsible for keeping members of the Music Venues Alliance updated with MVT mailouts, answers general enquiries and assists Menna in gathering information for statistical research.

Menna Grasser

Research, Projects & Communications

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0203 930 8279

Based at The Ministry, London, Menna leads MVT‘s statistical research and shares responsibility for projects ranging from our fundraising campaigns to Venues Day.

Alongside this Menna designs our newsletters and together with Sarah manages MVT’s communications and enquiries.



MVA Coordinators

During the Covid crisis MVT has realised its aim of appointing team members across the UK so that Music Venues Alliance members have someone in their nation or region to talk with directly.

These Coordinators have stepped in to work on a temporary freelance basis and have proved essential to sustaining our network. If you would like to talk directly with any of them please email [email protected] and ask to be introduced.

Nick Stewart


Sam Dabb


Stu Fletcher

Northern Ireland

Jay Taylor

North West England

Harkirit Boparai

North East England (shared role)
Chris Sherrington

Chris Sherrington

North East England (shared role)

Danni Brownsill

Central England

Luke Hinton

East of England
Photo ©Matthew Tiller

Geoff Priestley

South East England
Keiron Marshall

Keiron Marshall

London (shared role)

Sophie Asquith

London (shared role)

Sam Jones

London (shared role)

Matthew Otridge

South West England (shared role)

Tom Maddicott

South West England (shared role)

Toni Coe-Brooker





MVT has a team of specialists who represent the charity when resources are available and their expertise is required. They can be contacted via our Administrators at [email protected]

Lucy Stone (MInsF, FRSA)

Fundraising Consultant
Lucy has worked in the Charity sector for over 20 years in organisations in the arts, music, health, wellbeing and education sectors delivering transformational work.

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.

Simon Bray

Data Analyst
Data services for mapping and databases.

Chelsea Rixson

Project Manager
Chelsea manages a range of MVT projects on a freelance basis.

Gary Prosser

Gary provides design services to support our work.

Chris Prosser

Music Industry Partnerships
Music Industry Partnerships. Leads on Venues Day partnerships.

Simon Hilton

Website & Multimedia
Creator of our website, provider of filming and photography services, social media support and advice about all things digital/visual.

Sam Gannon

Website & Multimedia
Manager of our website, provider of audio/video services and social media support.

Denzil Thomas

Seeks commercial opportunities for MVT and Music Venues Alliance members with a view to building long term partnerships through sponsorship.





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Chris Prosser

Owner of Suspicious Marketing Group, ILMC Director

Sarah Thirtle

Director of Business Support Programmes at Creative United

Simon Hilton

Owner of REVL8 Ltd.


Sarah Clover

Lohan Presencer

Bengi Unsal

Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre


Jeremy Pritchard

Ellie Rowsell

Jeremy Mills

Legal Adviser, Mills Keep

Phyllis Belezos

Jason Dormon

Owner & co-founder Tunbridge Wells Forum

Bonita McKinney

Business Development Manager (Music & Festivals), Ticketmaster