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Theatreplan continues to reinforce expansion with several new additions to the team

Theatreplan continues to reinforce expansion with several new additions to the team

UK – As part of their ongoing growth and expansion into new territories, leading international theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently welcomed several new members to the team: practice manager for the London office, Wioletta Ziemba; compliance and training consultant, John Young and Revit technicians, Paolo Ribichesu and Andrea Martin Gonzalez.Wioletta Ziemba joined the team earlier this year to replace Paul Connolly who is now managing the Theatreplan’s Hong Kong office. An experienced office manager and passionate about the performing arts, Ziemba is also a gifted linguist fluent in six languages. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail are much appreciated in the London office which is home to the biggest of Theatreplan’s three teams.

 “Keeping track of all the projects we have on the go at any one time and providing the necessary support to our consultants out in the field is a mammoth task at the best of times,” says Hong Kong business manager, Paul Connolly. “As well as being extremely organised, you need to be able to keep a level head and a sense of humour! It’s an absolutely pivotal position, and I’m pleased to say that Wioletta has proved herself to be equal to the task and is now an essential member of the team.”John Young joined Theatreplan in March in the role of compliance and training consultant. A hugely experienced theatre professional with a 30-year career in the industry to date, Young provides a range of specialist services including fire risk management, staff training and project management. Having spent the last 15 years as head of technical services for the Ambassador Theatre Group in Milton Keynes overseeing the technical management, capital projects, training and infrastructure for the group’s UK and overseas venues, Young is ideally qualified for the position.

The subject of training is particularly close to his heart; in 2013 Young introduced technical theatre apprenticeships with ATG and now chairs the Creative Venue Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship Consortium.“Having spent well over 15 great years with ATG, I felt it was time for the next challenge,” says Young. “The position with Theatreplan is perfect as I get to utilise all of the skills and experience I have amassed over the years but in a completely different context, which is both refreshing and inspiring. Theatreplan has recognised the merit of training, even amongst highly skilled professionals such as theatre consultants, and I am very pleased to fulfil such an important role.”Last, but by no means least, Theatreplan welcomes aboard two new CAD/Revit technicians, Paolo Ribichesu and Andrea Martin Gonzalez who join the design team supporting BIM (Building Information Modelling) manager, Marian Mihaescu. Ribichesu who joined in March was initially focused on creating 3D models for a 15,000-seat arena in Macau before moving onto a wealth of other new projects. A graduate in architecture from the Politecnico di Torino, Ribichesu has always nurtured a passion for CAD design, 3D modelling and the convergence of design and technology.

Andrea Martin Gonzalez graduated in architecture and urban planning from the University of Vallodid in Spain and is now an ARB (Architects Registration Board) architect with interests in urban planning, acoustics, civil engineering and architectural technology research. She is experienced in the design, construction and refurbishment of energy-efficient buildings.“They are both young and dynamic yet with quite different approaches. Paolo is a techno-geek and is totally at home with the latest 3D design technology, whereas Andrea, is more focused on the bigger picture,” says BIM manager, Marian Mihaescu. “They are highly complementary and will both be a real asset to our design team.” 

6th July 2016

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