The team behind the event has over 20 years experience in the large scale events industry and organises events in the arts and culture and food & drink industries. Current events include Buy Art Fair, The Manchester Contemporary, Northern Restaurant & Bar, NRB Debate and NRB Top Fifty Awards.
Thom, 42, is CEO of Holden Media which founded and organises Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary. Thom is a board member of Castlefield Gallery, and well as advising organisations such as the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum on visitor hospitality. He also advises property developers on cultural capital and place-making, and has mentored cultural entrepreneurs. Thom also previously sat on boards including Urbis, the major gallery of city culture. Thom is regularly quoted in the region’s leading cultural and consumer media, including The Manchester Evening News, Creative Tourist and The Culture Show, and has spoken about art buying and collecting on Radio 4.