Meet the Merlin Events Team

Michael Aldridge

General Manager of Events

Michael has worked within Events for the past 20 years and has included time at The Ritz, Imagination (a key Design and multi media company), Tussauds group and Merlin Entertainments. In his spare time Michael has a passion for politics, can still be seen dancing across the globe and still thinks Kylie is a goddess! Michael has over the years assisted and guided charities in setting up events and making them work for all stakeholders. Michael’s favourite line at present is “Keep It Simple Stupid”.

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Michael Aldridge

Michael Aldridge

General Manager of Events

Samantha Burton

Head of Events

Since graduating from the University of Gloucestershire in 2009 with a First Class Honours degree in Events Management Sam has worked as an event coordinator for a Live Events Agency specialising in public sector events; including the Police Bravery Awards. This has allowed Sam to work at a number of venues across the country including Lord’s Cricket Ground and the NEC, Birmingham. When the opportunity to join exciting world of Merlin Entertainments came along Sam jumped at the chance to become part of Magic! On her weekends off Sam can be found practicing her baking skills in an attempt to become a blonde Nigella!

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Samantha Burton

Samantha Burton

Head of Events

Rebecca Thomas

Senior Event Manager

I joined the Merlin Events team during my placement year of University and this is when I realised my love for organising events of all kinds! After graduating with a first class honours degree (and jetting off to Australia for two months to celebrate) I returned to the Merlin Events team as an Event Manager. Before the world of Merlin I spent a year working as a coordinator in Corporate Hospitality which took me to sporting events such as Royal Ascot and Six Nations rugby games at Twickenham which was very exciting! I also volunteered at various charity and music events throughout my four years at University. The best thing about working at Merlin is working with clients towards their special event and every day at work is always different! I have organised various events in my role from Awards Dinners for 150 guests to Corporate Parties for 900 guests!

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Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas

Senior Event Manager

Natasha Martin

Events Manager

I have been organising events for the past 5 years and I love it.  Starting off as an event trainee for the Gordon Ramsay Group and very quickly becoming a planner and account manager for all the London venues was a great experience and where I found my passion for food and drink.  The last 2 years I was the event manager for a private members club in Mayfair and this was great for expanding my knowledge on all aspects of events.  Now I have joined the Merlin Events team and want to be part of the magic.  In my spare time I love to socialise, find new bars and restaurants and always on the lookout for a new holiday destination!

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Natasha Martin

Natasha Martin

Events Manager

Harry Upton

Events Manager

Graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Entertainment Business Management from JMC Academy in 2013, Harry worked in the events industry in Melbourne, Australia for over 5 years before making the move to London. Joining the Merlin team in July 2015, Harry brings with him experience in conferences and parties, cultural and community events, live music events, student engagement, sponsorship and promotions. In his spare time, you can find Harry catching up with friends and family, eating out, seeing live music/comedy/sport, discovering new music, drawing, writing and travelling.

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Harry Upton

Harry Upton

Events Manager

Rachel Addy

Events Coordinator

After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2014 with a first class honours degree in Events Management and receiving her certificate of excellence, Rachel left the North and moved to London in May 2015 to be part of the Merlin team. During her time at university Rachel worked for Live Nation over three years, satisfying her passion for music on a regular basis working frequently on live music events. Rachel gained valuable experience during her placement year in New York where she managed numerous events at a Platinum Private Country Club working alongside organisations such as the Make a Wish Foundation and UCLA. She loves to travel and took full advantage of this during her time in America, aside from this Rachel loves discovering new places, keeping fit, running for charity and going on adventures!

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Rachel Addy

Rachel Addy

Events Coordinator

Becca Tobias

Events Coordinator

After graduating with an honours degree in Entertainments and Events Management from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2013, I moved to Toronto, Canada where I lived for almost two and half years. While there, I worked for an Aquarium as their Programming and Events Coordinator planning private parties, corporate events and weddings, which was an incredible opportunity. Once returning home, I made the move to London to join the Merlin team as an Event Coordinator. I love working in such amazing venues and helping to give guests new and exciting experiences. In my spare time I enjoy exploring new places in London, going to the theatre and practicing yoga.

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Becca Tobias

Becca Tobias

Events Coordinator

Rosie Leigh

Events Coordinator

After growing up in the North and recently graduating with an Event Management degree from Leeds Beckett University, Rosie made the move to London and joined the Merlin team. During University Rosie worked at many different types of events and venues including corporate hospitality, weddings and live music events. During her placement year at University, Rosie also spent 7 months in Australia where she gained experience in events from working in a multi-functional entertainment venue in Melbourne. Rosie is excited to now be working with some of the most unique venues in the heart of London. In her spare time Rosie can be found spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, and exploring her new home town!

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Rosie Leigh

Rosie Leigh

Events Coordinator

Tiajh Lewis

Events Coordinator

I have always worked within customer services and in the recent years worked in the hospitality department at the Coca-Cola London Eye. I have also worked as part of a décor team for music festivals and events in the past, this is where my love for working at events started. I have now taken a great opportunity to become an event Coordinator with the Merlin Events Team! I’m a city girl with my heart in London, but I love the outdoors and enjoy traveling around the world.

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Tiajh Lewis

Tiajh Lewis

Events Coordinator

Ross Daniels

Events General Assistant

Ever since leaving school Ross has held several jobs within the customer service industry, including roles in retail. Ross is looking forward to the challenges and development opportunities that joining the Merlin Events team will bring. As well as being a hard worker he is also a father of one, and getting a role within Merlin Entertainments has made him a very popular dad! You will find Ross and his daughter at one of our attractions, or taking in the sites of London on his days off. He also enjoys traveling and exploring new places with his partner, as well as trips to the cinema!

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Ross Daniels

Ross Daniels

Events General Assistant