HSL Appoints Two New Theatre Specialists

Left to right is Ben Payne, Jo Sunners and Simon Stuart.

HSL continues to strengthen its dedicated Theatre and Performing Arts division with the appointment of Ben Payne as Key Account Manager (Theatre) and Jo Sunners as Business Development Manager (Theatre).Both join HSL after working together for 18 months at a previous rental and production company. They will be based in London and the scope of their work at HSL will focus on supporting and developing this specialist sector.

HSL MD Simon Stuart commented, “We’re delighted to welcome Ben and Jo who are fantastic people, well respected, highly knowledgeable and have a vast amount of shows under their belt. In addition to sharing HSL’s core values of passion and commitment to outstanding service, their great synergy and colleagueship is ideal for our ever growing family!”

Ben comes to HSL with 15 years theatre touring experience which has included lighting and tech’ing shows worldwide, from small, cool experimental works to substantial local and regional productions, site specific spectaculars and West End blockbusters.

He brings an extensive knowledge and understanding of both the commercial and creative aspects of the theatre industry to the HSL equation, plus a vast practical experience gained over this time and will be heading up HSL’s theatrical-based work in and around London. Jo graduated from the acclaimed Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance with a degree in Lighting Design. Since then she’s cut her industry teeth working for several companies in a number of different roles. For the last 12 months Jo has been concentrating her time on client-focused account management and business development, and will be bringing these skills together with her talent for communication to the new role at HSL.

Ben commented: “I’m really excited to be joining HSL! It’s a dynamic growing company with lots of ambitions and energy, together with a clear brand-building strategy for medium and long term futures. It’s a great honour to be asked on-board the team to co-ordinate a constantly increasing volume of theatrical-orientated productions on all levels. With so many excellent projects already in the pipeline, I can’t’ wait to get started.”

Jo added: “HSL has an excellent reputation industry-wide, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a diverse and vibrant team and looking forward to building lasting and meaningful relationships with new and existing clients.”

For more information visit: www.hslgroup.com.