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

Senior Event Manager

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

Senior Event Manager

Gareth McTiffin

Marketing & Events Manager

After graduating Gareth moved to London in search of his dream job. He found a role within event operations at Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND and Chessington World of Adventures. He then progressed into an Event Sales role as part of Couture at Pinewood Studios where he managed wrap parties, show launches and other private events. After a little taste of show biz he has re-joined Merlin Entertainments to take up his dream job at Merlin Events!

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Gareth McTiffin

Gareth McTiffin

Marketing & Events Manager

Rebecca Thomas

Events Manager

Becky is another placement student who couldn't keep away for long and is back in the team after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 1st class honours degree. Becky loves to travel and visited Australia for six weeks after graduating but came home to re-join the Merlin team once again. Becky loves to bake and also feeds her shopping addiction in Topshop most lunchtimes.

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Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas

Events Manager

Sophie Linin

Events Co-ordinator

Sophie has worked for Merlin since February 2010, starting as a host at the London Eye, before being trained as a tour guide on the London Eye River Cruise. Becoming Event Coordinator for the London Eye's Silver Barracuda in 2013, she realised her passion for events and moved to Merlin Events in 2014. Originally training and working as an actress, she is enjoying rubbing shoulders with the stars, even if they are in wax form! Currently also studying a degree in History part-time with the Open University, she spends her days off wandering castles and country houses or relaxing by the Thames.

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Sophie Linin

Sophie Linin

Events Co-ordinator

Sophie Harris

Event Administrator

Sophie recently joined the team completing a twelve month placement where she will be actively involved in all aspects of Events Management. Sophie has just finished her second year at Bournemouth University where she is undertaking an Honours Degree in Events Management, after her twelve months with us Sophie will return to Bournemouth in preparation for her finals in 2015. Sophie is a trained dancer and started at Dance School in her home town of Aylesbury at the age of five! Sophie has appeared in Pantomime and has danced in a number of Dance Shows where all proceeds where donated to various charities in the Buckinghamshire area. Sophie also enjoys socialising and is a keen cinema goer. Although Sophie has only been with us for a short period of time she has settled in well and is thoroughly enjoying the challenges she is being presented with.

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Sophie Harris

Sophie Harris

Event Administrator

Patrick Hoey

Event Porter

Patrick remains ‘very busy’, Pat has been part of the Madame Tussauds family for thirty years. He is the first person to welcome event partners into the attraction and assists with the ‘get in’ of events. With so much experience, Pat knows where everything is and what is happening in the Attractions. He has met Princes and celebrities and he is one of the people that make Madame Tussauds such a special place to work.

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Patrick Hoey

Patrick Hoey

Event Porter