James Powell has spent his entire working life in the cultural sector, starting as a casual stagehand and box office assistant for hire in Newcastle in the 1980s (he is very old!). His first full time role was in the Box Office at Richmond Theatre, where he was involved in reopening the venue after renovation and setting up and managing their first computerized Box Office system.
From there he moved on to a marketing role at the Beck Theatre in Hayes, followed by a stint at London City Ballet as a press officer. Before joining Artifax, James was the manager at The Electric Theatre in Guildford, where he enjoyed being part of the team who opened the venue. It was stressful but rewarding to see the building being converted from a former power station into a great venue.
Since joining Artifax, James has enjoyed working with clients in the UK and North America. He now lives in Philadelphia with Sherril, who he met when they both worked back in Richmond Theatre Box Office.