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Meet The Team

We are a friendly and outgoing team that is always ready to delve into our experienced minds, and produce creative solutions for our clients. We welcome every challenge, ready to find the perfect acts to suit everything from the wonderful to the wild, the dazzling to the demure; we know that every event is unique, and will always try our best to ensure our clients are happy. Hover over 😉

Andy Scott

Non Exec Chairman

What is your role at Contraband?
Andy assists the management team with growth of the business and strategy, having held previous board level roles within National Leisure Groups. Andy is a shareholder of Contraband, along with a number of other rapidly growing businesses in the UK.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am both a keen pianist and boxer.


Where would you like to go on your dream holiday?
Anywhere with no phone reception.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Be at sea if possible

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies.

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Chase McGuinness

Managing Director

What is your role at Contraband?
The Captain Of The Ship - Managing Director.

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Innovative, Integral & Rewarding.

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
All and every Disney Movie. But I don’t talk about my addiction.


Do you have any phobias?
Sharks

Do you have any hidden talents?
I'm actually a super hero.

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies.

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Mukesh Sharma

Financial Accountant

What do you like most about Contraband?
Not knowing what to expect each day.

Where would you like to go on your dream holiday?
Hawaii

If you were a Euromillions winner, what is the first thing you’d do?
Have a party.


If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
Fly.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Photography but it’s been a while

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies.

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Shenel Tharani

Administrator

What do you like most about Contraband?
The team I work with is amazing.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Be a chef.

Where would you like to go on your dream holiday?
Bali.


What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my Son and Family.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
Read minds.

Kittens or Puppies?
Kittens

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Emily Davis

Head Of Sales

What do you like most about Contraband?
The epic team of people I get to work with everyday.

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Passionate, Enthusiastic & World Class.

What has been your most interesting booking?
Simply Red for an International Client.


If you were a Euromillions winner, what is the first thing you’d do?
I'd buy a big boat!

If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
The ability to eat anything.

Kittens or Puppies?
Neither

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James Creedy

Senior Account Manager

What do you like most about Contraband?
Working with hugely talented acts and colleagues every day

What has been your most interesting booking?
John Newman for a luxury jewellery launch party in Hong Kong.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Take photos, cycle, explore, eat.


If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Before he died, Anthony Bourdain.

What is your favourite thing to do in the wonderful city of London?
Spend a Saturday afternoon watching Crystal Palace F.C.

Kittens or Puppies?
Neither!

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Lauren Schofield

Senior Account Manager

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Too Many LOLs.

What has been your most interesting booking?
It’s hard to choose! I do a lot of work in the middle east, travelling out there with big groups of performers is always a mixture of exciting and challenging! I will always love one of my first big bookings which was for the Fratellis.....

at a corporate ‘festival’ near my home town. It was a huge learning curve and was a great experience!

What is the latest emoji on your keyboard?

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Cheese Fondue!

Favourite album of all time?
Alanis Morisette – Jagged Little Pill (Especially when driving, cycling or running!)

Kittens or Puppies?
PUPPIES!!! All of them!

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Shweta Aggarwal

Account Manager

What do you like most about Contraband?
The people – our super enthusiastic team, our lovely clients, our talented artists.

What has been your most interesting booking?
I would say Tim Westwood for a 50th birthday party in Cape Verde.

If you were a Euromillions winner, what is the first thing you’d do? ...

Book an around the world holiday.

What would you rather be, a giant hamster or tiny elephant?
A tiny elephant.

What is your favourite thing to do in the wonderful city of London?
Walk around and discover new squares, new cafes, new artists on the street etc.

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies.

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Victoria Tansey

Account Manager

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Nothing Surprises Me…

What has been your most interesting booking?
Hip Hop Dwarf Silent Disco…

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Lola’s Cupcake’s but I’ll still eat them anyway…........


If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
Animagus.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Kevin Richardson because he gets to spoon lions and they’re not in captivity. I feel like if I try to spoon a wild lion it may not end so well…

Kittens or Puppies?
Kittens above everything but I’ll take any animal. Really not fussy…

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Chloe Byrne

Artist Head Hunter & Content Creator

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Dynamic, Friendly and Dedicated

Where would you like to go on your dream holiday?
Hawaii

If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
Shapeshift (Think Mystique from X-Men)


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
MMA.

Favourite album of all time?
Foo Fighters – One by One

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies

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Guleid Ali

Web Content Manager & Developer

What do you like most about Contraband?
Being able to work with the most amazing and talented people everyday.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Maybe learn a new language.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play football.


If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
Teleportation.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
LeBron James. Would love to be the best at my sport.. even for just one day.

Kittens or Puppies?
Neither really...

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Trischi Ward

Head Of SEO / Web Product Manager

What do you like most about Contraband?
SEOing... left field acts.

What is your favourite thing to do in the wonderful city of London?
Shop at Selfridges.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Nutella.


Do you have any hidden talents to share?
I have a voice of a, nightingale.

What is your favourite song lyric?
"Reduce me, seduce me, dress me up in Stussy".

Kittens or Puppies?.
Puppies.

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Ivan Young

Operations & Sales Manager for Contraband Crew

What do you like most about Contraband?
The team and the office.

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Young, lively and cool

What one food do you wish had zero calories?.
Nutella

What is your favourite thing to do in the wonderful city of London?
Wandering around and visiting new places.

If you were a Euromillions winner, what is the first thing you’d do?
Buy a penthouse in the city.

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies

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Dessi Talavera

Recruitment & Staffing Manager for Contraband Crew

What are three words you would use to describe Contraband?
Fun, Interesting & Challenging

What would you rather be, a giant hamster or tiny elephant?
Tiny Elephant.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
To have the ability to fly!


What is the latest emoji on your keyboard?

Kittens or Puppies?
Puppies.

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