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.

The team’s work is supported by a Board of Trustees, made up of professionals who are passionate about Grassroots Music Venues and their social, cultural and economic value. The Trustees voluntarily oversee the work of Team MVT, holding a legal responsibility for the charity’s conduct and fulfilment of its mission. To register your interesting in joining the Board of Trustees please complete this form.

Core Team

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MVT‘s offices are based at:
Studio 215
Mare Street Studios
203-213 Mare Street
E8 3LY
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Mark Davyd

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.
Beverly Whitrick

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

Clara Cullen

Venue Support Manager

[email protected]
0203 930 8279

Clara manages the MVT Crisis Service, manages our Guru relationships and provides policy support to the CEO. She works closely with the team of MVT Coordinators.
Sarah Claudine

Sarah Claudine

Membership, Events & Projects

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0203 930 8279

Sarah leads on developing MVT‘s membership model, organising events and managing a series of projects. She also keeps MVA members updated via our regular members’ mailouts.

Menna Grasser

Menna Grasser

Partnerships, Research & Projects

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0203 930 8279

Menna is our in-house partnership coordinator, working with our consultants and brand partners. She leads MVT‘s statistical research and manages a range of other projects.
Toni Coe-Brooker

Toni Coe-Brooker

Campaigns & Communications

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0203 930 8279

Having joined Team MVT as the #SaveOurVenues Coordinator during Covid, Toni brings this experience into the core team, taking a lead role in developing campaigns, social media and other communications.



MVT Coordinators

During the Covid crisis MVT temporarily appointed a team of coordinators across the UK so that Music Venues Alliance members had someone in their nation or region to talk with directly. From October 2021 this team has been scaled down while we work on plans to create a long-term network of coordinators.

Nick Stewart


Sam Dabb

Jay Taylor

Jay Taylor

England (shared role)

Sophie Asquith

England (shared role)




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.

Matthew Otridge

Community Ownership
Matt coordinates MVT’s developing work on community ownership of GMVs. He also represents MVT on Bristol Music Board

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.

Andy Saunders

PR: Music Industry & Strategy
Andy owns Velocity Communications, the leading provider of strategic corporate communications, reputation management and crisis control solutions to the international music industry. He is also co-founder of the annual A&R Awards, a university lecturer, TV executive producer and sits on several advisory boards.

Sue Harris

PR: Consumer Media & Strategy
Sue owns and runs the PR company Republic Media, providing PR expertise and support to MVT and MVA members, and working with a range of artists across many genres. She also manages the band Sparks.

Denzil Thomas

Commercial Partnerships
Denzil owns Eatyourgreens Limited, a consultancy specialising in building long term partnerships with commercial partners. He leads on strategy and partnership management for MVT.

Simon Bray

Data Analyst
Data services for mapping and databases.
Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker

#ReviveLive Coordinator
Rebecca also Represents MVT on Sheffield Music Board

Chris Sherrington

Guidance/Legislation & Systems
Chris is MVT‘s specialist in government guidance, as well as being an expert on systems and charts. Chris also assists with ReviveLive.