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David Marks MBE FRSA RIBA, Chairman

David MDavid chairs the British Airways i360 board and is a shareholder. David is joint Managing Director of Marks Barfield Architects with his wife Julia Barfield. David and Julia founded the London Eye company in 1994, secured the planning consent, partners, funding and remained directors and shareholders until 2006. David chaired the Waterloo Project Board 2002-2007, a £19 million regeneration programme that helped transform SE1.

Julia Barfield MBE FRSA RIBA, Director

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Julia is a director and shareholder of British Airways i360, joint Managing Director of Marks Barfield Architects and was a director of the London Eye Company 1994 to 2006. Julia is currently on the national RIBA Awards Panel; was an Awards assessor for the Civic Trust; on the Design Review Panel for CABE; a member of Guy’s & St Thomas’s Members Council; and is a governor at Godolphin & Latymer School and on the LLDC Quality Panel

Dr John Roberts, FREng FICE FIStructE, Director

John is British Airways i360’s Chief Engineer and a director and shareholder. John is Executive Director of Operations at Jacobs UK and a visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. John was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers 1999-2000 and awarded the Gold Medal 2005. John is a leading structural engineer with expertise in passenger-carrying rides; he was the London Eye’s principal engineer.

Dick Russell, Director

Dick RDick is British Airways i360’s legal adviser and a director and shareholder. Dick advised Marks Barfield and the London Eye Company throughout the negotiations for the creation and financing of the London Eye, and has performed a similar role in relation to British Airways i360 since its inception. For over thirty years, Dick was a corporate finance partner at City solicitors Titmuss, Sainer & Webb, ultimately departmental head and Managing Partner.

Eleanor Harris, Director

Eleanor Harris is a director and shareholder of British Airways i360. Eleanor is Managing Director of I-Xperience, a visitor attraction consulting firm. Eleanor’s career in tourism has spanned more than 20 years. She was commercial director of the London Eye 2000-6 and previously was a manager in marketing and operations at British Airways plc.

The Team

We are a small office team of around 20 members of staff who are overseeing the operations staff and running the business. The office is filled with highly talented and passionate people who are proud to be part of Britain’s newest landmark.

Our marketing activity is led by Sean Watkins from Hove who has more than 20 years marketing experience, mainly agency-side, working for major brands such as Virgin Trains, McVities and 3. Emily Bamber, a former freelance journalist, is our PR and Communications manager.

Our sales activity is led by Danni Eddleston, born and bred in Brighton, with over 15 years experience in tourism including roles at our national tourist board, VisitBritain, in school tour operating and promoting London sightseeing. Sophie Shepherd from Fiveways is our Sales Manager and comes with extensive event experience from The Grand Hotel Brighton and the Conference People. The sales & events team is completed by Charlotte Carter, Maisie Phillips and Liz Johnston.

Our head of operations, Courtney Lawrence-Hedges joins us from Bocketts Farm Park and has learnt her excellent customer service and management skills from years working at a well-known visitor attraction. She is joined by our facilities and maintenance manager, Alex Butterworth, who has trained as an electrician before managing buildings for companies such as Virgin Active and the NHS.

Katie Gillespie heads up our finance and human resources functions, with retail and procurement manager Eva Holt managing all the products in our retail store.

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Kevin Meredith, Official Photographer

Kevin Meredith (a.k.a. Lomokev) is the official BAi360 photographer, responsible for capturing the project in pictures. Brighton-based, Kevin has done all our time lapse photography and has even taken aerial shots of the site from a crane cage! He is also known to photograph from the water as a member of the Brighton Swimming Club.

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