Our People

Meet the team

Bhavya
Agrawal

QA Lead

Bhavya is a quality assurance fanatic who loves to break an application to build a perfect one. A practitioner of continuous improvement herself, she like to incorporate quality standards in her work, also focussing on customer satisfaction and optimal team performance. Beyond work, she loves to organise family events, passionate of travelling and exploring new locations, believes in making great memories and ensures to connect with her parents in India everyday.

Favourite place
Mumbai
Your favourite book
Software Testing
Playing on repeat
Bollywood
Favourite non-human
Food
What's on the menu
Paani Poori / Ice Tea
Survival essentials
Food, Fire, Music
Who or what inspires you
My son

Ivan
Amaya

Web Manager

Ivan studied Visual Arts and has a background in Digital Media and web. He previously worked making digital infographics, designs and web projects for different clients, including international news agencies. He relocated to London to complete an MBA before joining the company. Ivan likes to be involved in different types of projects. He enjoys diversity across the world of Digital Media to the point of developing different personalities. He has an alter ego known as “The Baron”, a Father Christmas / Santa Claus type character who brings breakfast treats to the office on Fridays and also plays loud music in the evenings. He ate a triple hamburger once while watching an 80s Horror Film Marathon.

Favourite place
Live:Right Here Right Now
Your favourite book
Music Biographies
Playing on repeat
The Ecstasy of Gold
Favourite non-human
Cats
What's on the menu
Hamburgers (Classic)
Survival essentials
Film, Music & Guitar
Who or what inspires you
Authenticity

Jasmine
Berger

Broadcast Manager

Jasmine has a passion for editing, filming and live streaming and has been that way since college. Working previously with a live news station, where she edited and live streamed content. When not editing she likes to play games, arcade games and consoles alike. She is a Nintendo Girl at heart, when she isn’t editing or playing games, she reads fantasy novels like Terry Pratchett and draws. But most importantly she loves the Legend of Zelda and is currently collecting all the games!

Favourite place
Arcade
Your favourite book
Blart & HIVE
Playing on repeat
Cauterize
Favourite non-human
Squid & Octopus
What's on the menu
Pancakes
Survival essentials
Notebook, pen, multi-tool
Who or what inspires you
My plants

Nat
Berger

Junior Quality Assurance Tester

Nat has a background in community and corporate events ranging from your typical birthday party bouncy castle to the fabulous Brit awards party. He has also worked in venues such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor castle, the O2 and most memorably the block of flats near Poplar. Nat works in QA as part of the development team responsible for making sure the software is bug-free. He spends his free time climbing and falling off walls.

Favourite place
The Mountains
Your favourite book
The Hungry Hungry Caterp-
Playing on repeat
Mayonaka no Door
Favourite non-human
Red Panda
What's on the menu
Noodles -> Sapporo Beer
Survival essentials
Umbrella, Solar Panel Kit
Who or what inspires you
Existentialism

Gaby
Blazquez Bello

Platform Specialist

A traveller with a passion for learning and getting to know different cultures. Food is her second language and she is a time-traveller when it comes to music. Her environment is the Mediterranean Sea, offering a special connection with her creativity. Some of her favourite things about working at Totem are using her creative skills to offer support for all things platform, finding creative solutions to help clients, and being the bridge between teams to provide a better user experience.

Favourite place
Greece
Your favourite book
1984
Playing on repeat
Pink Rabbits
Favourite non-human
Dogs
What's on the menu
Tacos
Survival essentials
Book, lighter, knife
Who or what inspires you
New challenges

Christopher
Bo Shields

Co-Founder and Platform Director

Christopher’s career started in theatre – in 2001 he founded his first venture ‘Lock On Productions’, a full service event production agency. In 2007 he joined forces with Alex Hughes to co-found AMIGO, a creative agency servicing the growing Digital Out of Home industry. In 2019 he launched Binumi Pro – an innovative app that allows clients to shoot and manage their own video. Over the past few years Christopher’s mind has been somewhat occupied, being the architect of Reef, Totem’s event ecosystem.

Favourite place
Katz's Deli
Your favourite book
The Alchemist
Playing on repeat
Comfortably Numb
Favourite non-human
Alex Hughes
What's on the menu
WINGS
Survival essentials
Bear Grylls
Who or what inspires you
My Mum

Andrea
Boscan

Digital Marketing Manager

Andrea loves building effective relationships, she brings content creation and digital strategy skills to Totem. She has had an interesting career path having worked in TV production, fundraising, digital marketing and even running her own coffee shop. All her skills round up to making her perfectly placed at Totem, where she delivers creative communication, engagement and builds a community of event people. Off work, she likes to take her daughters and dog Juno out for adventure walks. Her skills also extend to the kitchen, she can make a guacamole you will never forget!

Favourite place
Anywhere with my family
Your favourite book
The Gifts of Imperfection
Playing on repeat
Moments of Pleasure
Favourite non-human
Paddington
What's on the menu
Mexican + Tequila
Survival essentials
my kids and husband
Who or what inspires you
an early morning run

Richard
Bushill

Creative Director - Platform

Richard’s experience is in graphic design, video and events. He enjoys ‘thinky’ creative tasks with colleagues and long romantic walks to the fridge without them. He likes colouring in, staying in the lines and sometimes making doodles move. He does this for business and for pleasure, sometimes even at the same time whilst making Mexican food.

Favourite place
Work of course
Your favourite book
one with pictures
Playing on repeat
Spotify says DJ Krush
Favourite non-human
Henry the Hoover
What's on the menu
Mexican
Survival essentials
totem events platform
Who or what inspires you
Science

Veronica
Cortes

UX / UI Designer

With a long and lustrous career in event operations she has delivered events worldwide for multiple industries including financial services, social housing, creative and IT. As a UX/UI Designer, she continues her passion for creating memorable journeys and user experiences. Veronica loves the sun and hopes to one day settle on a sunny island with her 2 cats and better half.

Favourite place
Home sweet home!
Your favourite book
The Dirt: Confessions of
Playing on repeat
Everlong
Favourite non-human
Stewie Griffin
What's on the menu
Noodles
Survival essentials
Lip balm, 80s playlist, A
Who or what inspires you
The Queen

Togs
Dalton

Art Director

Togs has had too many years he cares to mention in the Design industry: working on high profile brands though-out his career including Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Royal Mail, Coca-Cola and has been part of numerous branding projects. Togs found his niche in animation and digital campaigns where he now remains as Art Director of Create. Famously never playing for Saracens, but a keen supporter, Togs runs, surfs and keeps fit so he can indulge in his other pleasure of cooking and eating great food.

Favourite place
India
Your favourite book
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Playing on repeat
Superman REM
Favourite non-human
My dog
What's on the menu
Indian
Survival essentials
Boat outboard motor map
Who or what inspires you
Sportsmen / women

Lily
Doherty

Success Manager

Before joining Totem, Lily worked for national charities Mind and Refuge, managing mass participation events. As a Digital Success Manager, whether it’s contributing to initial plans or implementing new development, Lily has delivered successful multi-format complex events for clients large and small. When not at work, Lily will most likely be out on a run training for her next challenge. Her running buddy Ned the springer spaniel, keeps her company and helps set the pace.

Favourite place
Sydney
Your favourite book
Girl, Woman, Other
Playing on repeat
Murder On the Dancefloor
Favourite non-human
Ned the Springer Spaniel
What's on the menu
Grapes and Gin
Survival essentials
Music, Pillow, Suncream
Who or what inspires you
My Dad

Connor
Donker

Production Intern

Connor is an office and production assistant intern who joined at the beginning of February 2022. Connor graduated from St Marys University in Twickenham with a Media Arts degree and went on to work as an editor in live sports and theatre. The LEAP programme has given Connor the opportunity to develop his skills in the Success Team and when he’s not working will without fail be listening to music or a podcast.

Favourite place
London
Your favourite book
The Devils Chessboard
Playing on repeat
Let it happen
Favourite non-human
Master Chief
What's on the menu
Fillet Steak
Survival essentials
Phone, power bank, knife
Who or what inspires you
Michael Bisping

Ross
Ewing

Technical Director

Ross joined Totem in 2018 bringing a broad range of technical skills and knowledge to build software. He has developed to production and maintained multiple cross-platform applications throughout the e-commerce, fintech and entertainment sectors. Managing cross-region teams, technical planning and coding are all part of his day to day. He believes that Friday is reserved for Tommy Bahamas and whenever possible jets to India to be with his friends and colleagues, biking through the beautiful Munnar tea mountains of Kochi.

Favourite place
Kochi, India
Your favourite book
The Phoenix Project
Playing on repeat
Porcelain by Moby
Favourite non-human
Marvin
What's on the menu
Hashbrowns
Survival essentials
More characters to resp..
Who or what inspires you
Caffeine!

Melda
Findikli

Project Manager

Melda is a food, travel and yoga addict. She loves walking around different cities and exploring them, especially London. You might find her in Turkey, eating kebabs, paella in Ibiza or guacamole in Mexico. However, you can guarantee she’ll always be strategically project managing a trip somewhere hot or a night out with friends. If she is in the office or working from home, she might be using her special powers like implementing, managing and tracking requirements across our highly visual intuitive platform for software production and planning!

Favourite place
Cesme, Turkiye
Your favourite book
White Nights - D.
Playing on repeat
Dua - Fever
Favourite non-human
My cat - Jabbar
What's on the menu
Turkish, sushi, Thai
Survival essentials
T.Paper,water,books
Who or what inspires you
Grandma&Happy vibes

Alvaro
Fuentes

Senior Designer

Alvaro is a senior designer who works with 2D and 3D animations for bespoke AV installations and large-format MediaWalls. He also works as an editor and with onsite camera work covering events, filming sessions and interviews. He loves animals, music and tapas at all times of the day.

Favourite place
Iceland
Your favourite book
The name of the wind
Playing on repeat
Surprise Surprise
Favourite non-human
My two pet rats
What's on the menu
proper carbonara
Survival essentials
a book, a flute & ∞ pizza
Who or what inspires you
Insta photographers

Sam
Gallagher

Product Designer

Sam is a Product Designer, he is passionate about all aspects of design. Since graduating from the University of Brighton, he’s been involved in branding and web design projects at a digital media agency, before joining Totem in 2022. Sam enjoys musical theatre, comfy video games, and working his way through the restaurants of London to find the tastiest treats available.

Favourite place
Japan
Your favourite book
The Hobbit
Playing on repeat
Physical by Dua Lipa
Favourite non-human
Rufus the dog
What's on the menu
Sunday roast
Survival essentials
3 custard creams
Who or what inspires you
Princess Diana

Giulia
Grasso

Operations Director

Giulia has been working in the Video Production industry for over 10 years. Thanks to her organisational skills her career evolved into Company Operations and ‘capacity’ has been her favourite word since. Giulia has a real passion for anything techy, has watched every single TV series ever made, loves pizza and deeply cares for animals and the planet. Even though she moved to the UK 8 years ago, she has never had a pint.

Favourite place
Terni, Italy
Your favourite book
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
Playing on repeat
Waiting in Vain
Favourite non-human
ALL ANIMALS
What's on the menu
Pizza
Survival essentials
Machete, Matches, Hope
Who or what inspires you
People's kindness

Alex
Hughes

Co-Founder and Client Director

Alex has a background in digital media, leading creative teams across the industry – ‘90s agency Deepend, ITV Network and MTV Networks Europe. He also worked on early iterations of the online presence for itv.com and Interactive TV propositions across ONdigital and SKY including The Brit Awards, Survivor and the MTV Europe Music Awards. He co-founded Amigo with Chris Shields in 2007, offering creative technology services for MediaWalls, Digital Signage and DOOH. After many years of trying, he has yet to stand up on a surfboard, so now snowboards instead. He remains horizontal.

Favourite place
Kefalonia & Pembrokeshire
Your favourite book
My Uncle Oswald
Playing on repeat
Never Tear Us Apart, INXS
Favourite non-human
Juno, my Dalmatian
What's on the menu
Italian Pizza / Negroni
Survival essentials
Negroni / Music / Pizza
Who or what inspires you
My Father

Matt
Jones

Release Manager

Matt has recently joined the Totem family having honed his QA skills working in a broad variety of industries and roles from International Retail Logistics, Head of Operations for a Soft Toy manufacturer as well as singing in “The Indie Westlife”! He is the proud father of 2 cats and also has 2 sons, enjoys good food and traveling and spends most weekends either out on his bike, or inside shouting at the TV.

Favourite place
The Mountains
Your favourite book
Fraction of a Whole
Playing on repeat
Hold on Hope - G.B.V
Favourite non-human
Data
What's on the menu
Japanese / Spatburgunder
Survival essentials
guitar, knife, sunscreen
Who or what inspires you
My wife

George
Lessis

Junior Designer

George has big passion for creativity! He strives to do his best, always eager to learn new skills and enjoys helping others. Video games, Star Wars and Indiana Jones are his top favourites! In his spare time, George enjoys going out for walks around London, he likes to travel a lot, he has passion for history (you can always find him in the museums!) and has huge love for ancient history since he is Greek! Opa! He continues being creative at home, designing new ideas, motion graphics, special effects, 3D design and, of course, even game design! He is a PC gamer and enjoys playing games like Age of Empires, Civilisation, Halo and many more. George also loves to spend time with friends outside and when possible he likes to fly to Corfu to see his family to smash plates and eat feta cheese!

Favourite place
Corfu island, Greece
Your favourite book
Philosophical books
Playing on repeat
The Adventure by A.v.A
Favourite non-human
Willow my dog (shih-tzu)
What's on the menu
Octopus with feta cheese
Survival essentials
Gameboy, batteries, food
Who or what inspires you
Sean Murray

Manish
Malhotra

Finance Director

Having run the finances of media organisations for almost two decades, Manish jumped onto the Totem train in December 2021. He enjoys working with energetic, inquisitive and creative people and using those qualities to help shape a business. Manish is never happier than when travelling abroad exploring new places and cultures, although the vast majority of his time “on the road” these days is limited to being a chauffeur for his teenage daughters.

Favourite place
Home
Your favourite book
Catch 22
Playing on repeat
Living For The City
Favourite non-human
Yoda
What's on the menu
Indian street food
Survival essentials
My wife and daughters
Who or what inspires you
Generosity

Inês
Mendes

Director of Client Success

Ines has a passion for people, problem solving, and animals. That includes the dolphin at Sea World that bit her in 2002. With a background in Journalism and Politics, she is equipped to guarantee project success and manages video production, design projects and clients. In her free time, she enjoys long walks on the beach and travelling.

Favourite place
Ericeira
Your favourite book
LOTR
Playing on repeat
Bohemian Rhapsody
Favourite non-human
My dog
What's on the menu
Sushi
Survival essentials
Fishing Set and Knife
Who or what inspires you
Victoria Beckham

Thomas
Millett

Graphic Designer

Tom has a passion for design and branding and enjoys devising interesting ways to connect brands with consumers. In his spare time, he creates music, attempts to write comedy and plays a lot of video games. At the age of 8 he received a Bronze swimming certificate, which isn’t that impressive to be honest.

Favourite place
Space
Your favourite book
Moonraker
Playing on repeat
Sam Fender
Favourite non-human
R2-D2
What's on the menu
Mac & Cheese and Red Wine
Survival essentials
Mac & Cheese and Red Wine
Who or what inspires you
Del Boy

Jamie
Nash

Video Production Intern

Jamie is relishing his placement year as video production intern at Totem. As a film student at the University of Portsmouth, he loves cameras and editing and has been learning from the talented team of creatives at Totem. In his spare time he enjoys games, reading, writing, long walks and trying new flavours of tea

Favourite place
Home
Your favourite book
And then there were none
Playing on repeat
Anything Catchy
Favourite non-human
My pet cats
What's on the menu
Pizza and doughballs
Survival essentials
Phone, sun cream, tent
Who or what inspires you
My family

Dylan
Oliver

Motion Graphics Designer

Dylan is that person who stops to look at adverts on the street and wonders how did they create such a good looking poster. And he admits to buying a product because the packaging looked better than other similar products…
He believes that design is a lifelong process of learning and is always keen to learn new tools, techniques and applications. He will tell you that every experience is useful, especially if it is connected with acquiring or enhancing a skill – painting, drawing, even learning a language.

Favourite place
Home
Your favourite book
Schott’s Miscellany
Playing on repeat
Jerusalem
Favourite non-human
Purdey
What's on the menu
Pizza
Survival essentials
Knife, skillet, bottle
Who or what inspires you
Everything

Kyle
Osborn

Senior Front-End Developer

Kyle has recently become a permeant fixture in the office, bringing nearly ten years of experience to the team. He works closely with design to bring alive the innovative features that make Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events stand out. A little-known fact: he used to be an AV tech for local am-dram/charity gigs, which certainly comes in handy here at Totem!

Favourite place
Your favourite book
Playing on repeat
Favourite non-human
What's on the menu
Survival essentials
Who or what inspires you

Jamie
Parsons

Sales Manager

Jamie has had a successful and entertaining career within the sports industry along with analytics and digital marketing, and working with incredibly innovative people along the way. At Totem, Jamie looks after our financial services and automotive sectors, assisting prospects in delivering unique insights into events. When Jamie isn’t charging with his children at home, he enjoys playing for and managing his local football team.

Favourite place
Southern Italy
Your favourite book
Shoe Dog
Playing on repeat
Forgot about Dre
Favourite non-human
Optimus Prime
What's on the menu
Curry
Survival essentials
Football,Beer,the family
Who or what inspires you
Amara and Cloughie

Rob
Prevett

Director of Growth

Rob brings a wealth of experience to Totem having scaled two successful events businesses over the last 20 years. He draws on that experience to help leading brands change the way they deliver events.

Rob’s big passions in life are food and skiing – a restaurant halfway up a mountain is about as good as it gets. When not skiing or eating he can be found enjoying the Yorkshire countryside with his daughter and Hector the dog.

Favourite place
The mountains
Your favourite book
East of Eden
Playing on repeat
Fleetwood Mac
Favourite non-human
Hector the Cockerpoo
What's on the menu
Tapas and Red Wine
Survival essentials
Tea, notebook, hammock
Who or what inspires you
My daughter

Sam
Prudence

Creative Lead - Video

After leaving university Sam worked as a producer/director for Fremantle’s digital sports channels before freelancing as an editor, creating content for brands such as Asos, Superdrug & Google. Alongside his freelance work, Sam produced a reality/drama for broadcast on London Live and directed several shorts before directing a feature film which was released in 2020 on Sky and Amazon. Sam has a passion for football – coaching and playing regularly and supporting West Ham United.

Favourite place
The Beach
Your favourite book
The Magician - R.E.F
Playing on repeat
Depends on the vibe.
Favourite non-human
N/A
What's on the menu
Beef Casserole
Survival essentials
Rod, Canoe, Tent
Who or what inspires you
Gordon Ramsey

Peter
Quan

Motion Graphics Designer

Peter is a multimedia designer with experience in motion graphics, video editing and onsite filming. He has worked on freelance projects creating logos where his design is still proudly used today as a t-shirt print. Besides design work Peter is also a musician who studied the piano for 9 years and self-taught himself the guitar. He is now currently taking on his next challenge – learning the violin.

Favourite place
Sydney Australia
Your favourite book
Harry Potter
Playing on repeat
Take on Me - Aha
Favourite non-human
My dog Mabel
What's on the menu
Sourdough Pizza
Survival essentials
Flint, Knife, Bottle
Who or what inspires you
Classical Music

Chitra
Ram

VP Business Development

Favourite place
Bali
Your favourite book
title too long
Playing on repeat
Shotgun by George Ezra
Favourite non-human
Oscar - our family pup
What's on the menu
All food; humous to sushi
Survival essentials
Hammock+mobile+swimwear
Who or what inspires you
My grandparents

Paige
Redfern

Operations Executive

Since graduating in media production in 2017 Paige has wanted to pursue a career in the media industry and to be able to develop skills within the creative sector. Totems Leap internship gave her that opportunity. Paige as worked in progression within the Totems success team. She is already filming, designing, building events on the platform and streaming. When Paige isn’t working she is pretending to be marvel characters to keep her crazy 4 year old son entertained.

Favourite place
Anywhere with my son
Your favourite book
Queenie
Playing on repeat
Go- Cat Burns
Favourite non-human
Benji- My Yorkie
What's on the menu
Sushi
Survival essentials
bed, boat, lighter
Who or what inspires you
My son
Photo of Sam Roythorne MD of Totem

Samantha
Roythorne

Managing Director

Sam has worked in the events sector for over a decade, co-ordinating and managing events in locations around the world including Singapore, Rome, New York and Birmingham. As Managing Director of Totem, she is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the business, delivering excellent services to our exceptional range of clients. In her spare time, Sam loves watching F1 and pretending Swindon’s ‘magic roundabout’ is in fact Eau Rouge.

Favourite place
Orlando
Your favourite book
Impossible to choose
Playing on repeat
Tears in Heaven
Favourite non-human
Pogo, Cosmo & Nate
What's on the menu
Spaghetti Bolognese
Survival essentials
Phone, Book, Pogo
Who or what inspires you
Strong women

Uma
Satkunam

Financial Controller

Uma is a seasoned finance professional with extensive experience in providing strategic financial support and setting up finance divisions across a range of businesses. Having worked in property, construction and retail for roughly 25 years she has expanded her skills into HR operations, and Project Management with a keen eye for problem solving and all things credit control! A keen badminton player in her spare time Uma also, having been born in Malaysia and exchanging those sunny climes for the not so sunny UK at a young age, enjoys sharing some delightful food with her family and friends.

Favourite place
Satkunam
Your favourite book
Awaken The Giant Within
Playing on repeat
Pocketful of Sunshine
Favourite non-human
Polar Bear
What's on the menu
Just love any tasty food
Survival essentials
Water, food, first-aid kit
Who or what inspires you
Mother Theresa

Thomas
Valentine

Head of People, Culture & Talent

Thomas is a dedicated and committed Human Resources professional, with over fourteen years management and leadership experience. He is responsible for all aspects of the people function, which includes equality & diversity, employee wellbeing and organisational culture. Outside of work he owns a vast board game collection, is a regular at the theatre and uploads gaming videos to his YouTube channel – which has an embarrassingly low subscriber count.

Favourite place
Delos, a Greek Island
Your favourite book
Toast by Nigel Slater
Playing on repeat
Fckshtup! By Zee Machine
Favourite non-human
Oscar the Border Jack
What's on the menu
Thyme & Squash Risotto
Survival essentials
Lighter, Games, Rations
Who or what inspires you
Joanna Lumley

Andrew
Walmsley

Account Director EMEA

A married father of 3 (and one furry dog child), Andy is passionate about working with, and partnering with, clients where he can make a difference.  He has been in the events and media industry for over 20 years. He has now moved on to the technology side of the industry, as he understands the value technology brings to solving some of the problems event organisers face. In his spare time Andy is a family man. He enjoys boxing (watching only!) and managing an under 7s football team.

Favourite place
Wales
Your favourite book
Shantaram
Playing on repeat
Any Oasis track
Favourite non-human
Dexter my dog
What's on the menu
Curry
Survival essentials
My family, Music, hammock
Who or what inspires you
Family

Charlotte
Wood

Success & Product Executive

With a background in commercial law, digital marketing and non-profits, Charlotte has a passion for all things media and business related. She has joined the Totem team as an Account Executive Intern forming part of the Success Team. In her free time, she can be found reading, scrolling through Twitter, binge-watching the latest drama or as a devout cinephile, unable to leave her local cinema.

Favourite place
Italy or Bath
Your favourite book
Harry Potter
Playing on repeat
ABBA
Favourite non-human
My cats, Luna & Charlie
What's on the menu
Chicken Ramen
Survival essentials
I simply wouldn't go
Who or what inspires you
My friends & family

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