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Our Team

Gabby Francis - Acquisitions Executive

With a degree in Events Management as well as already possessing knowledge on managing event businesses, planning events and the industry as a whole; Gabby naturally got stuck in with building the profile of our wedding venues on Canvas. Having worked in a number of customer-facing environments over the past 8 years, Gabby brings a great understanding of customers and event planning to the team.

Jeanine Howton - Matchmaker

Jeanine is Canvas’ Matchmaker – helping our users find the perfect venues for their events – and she also manages House of Detention in Clerkenwell. She has a Bachelor of Business in Event Management, and was Event Student of the Year in 2015 (she was even on a billboard). Jeanine worked all the major events in Melbourne before leaving the beautiful weather behind to move to London in 2017. She’s an enthusiastic traveller, and is aiming to visit 30 different countries before she turns 30. It’s alright for some.

EJ Vilain - Marketing Manager

EJ is our marketing manager, handling the editorial content and our social strategy. She’s on hand to help venues shout about their offerings, and show our users the very best of what London has to offer. She studied puppetry at university – yes, really, it’s a thing – before making the move into marketing for arts and events. EJ has written for London rags on everything from theatre to accountancy, and in her spare time she enjoys ballroom dancing (but only if she gets to lead).

Steve Humphreys - Senior Acquisitions Manager

Steve is the authority on event venues in London, and he’s been our senior acquisitions manager since 2014. He has a passion for exciting venues, supporting the people who run them and understanding what makes them tick. Steve has a colourful history in events, from working with venues for blue-chip companies like Diageo and Coco-Cola, as well as running bars in New York and booking music nights in London. Steve hosts a podcast called “A Bev with Stev” and if you’re lucky, he'll invite you on to discuss your favourite flavour of crisps.

Sascha Michel - Co-Founder

Sascha co-founded Canvas with Antony is 2013. Over the previous 15 years Sascha led a number of start-up companies, from online restaurant guides back in the days of 56k dial-up, to combating climate change by greening offices. With a background in organisational change and people development, Sascha brings a wealth of experience in team development, sales, management and strategy; creating company cultures that foster creativity and innovation during rapid change. Sascha is dedicated to yoga practice, and if he isn’t in London, he’s probably in Bali "conducting important research".

Tom Braxton - Customer Success Manager

Tom manages our venues’ journeys from sign-up to success, offering guidance and education along the way. He’s constantly developing systems and processes to help us understand and improve the customer experience for venues and users of the Canvas website. Tom previously worked in photography studios and publishing before trading it in for the bright lights of tech start-ups. Tom is still a keen photographer, and makes a point of trying every new restaurant he hears about.

Antony Iredale - Co-founder

Antony runs our sister company The Collective – the UK’s largest film location agency – and co-founded Canvas with Sascha in 2013 after being inundated with requests to hold private events in our film locations. Antony started out as a Location Runner and then Location Assistant, and over the last 13 years has uncovered some of the most prestigious and in-demand spaces in the film and photography industries. He has a passion for architecture and design, as well as a slightly suspicious curiosity for what lurks behind London’s closed doors.