Who We Are

Our management team comprises of a range of professionals with a wide variety of skills and experience drawn from backgrounds in leisure, events, marketing, IT, finance, insurance, the media and local government. We also have long-established connections with the best architects, structural engineers, designers and other experts in professional services and manufacturing.

Company Directors

James Mellors Snr

James Mellors Jnr

Edward Mellors

James Mellors Snr – Managing Director

The Mellors family’s involvement in events stretches back four generations to the 1890s, and Henry Mellors Snr, who was originally a farmer. Henry then developed a timber business, and his first foray into events was to manufacture a swing boat ride. James Mellors Snr took over his father’s humble fairground business and it rapidly expanded in the 1980s. James Snr’s initial success was becoming the first sound equipment distributor for fledgeling local company Carlsbro and helping it to become the largest distributor of sound equipment for the leisure industry in the country. This success enabled James to invest in bringing the largest and most sophisticated rides to the UK, and he also pioneered the return of events to city centres. James Mellors Snr was given a lifetime achievement award in 2001 by the Showmen’s Guild, where he spent 20 years as Regional Chairman, in recognition of services to the event industry.

James Mellors Jnr – Director

James Mellors Jnr, with his brother Edward, has transformed the direction of the event company by identifying changes within the industry which present new opportunities – both within the corporate and public sector market. James has invested heavily over the past ten years in bringing new state-of-the-art rides and equipment into the country, many of which are unique. Mellors Group Events is the flagship arm of the Mellors Group. James has an excellent creative eye and sense of practical application and is usually engaged in the planning, delivery and operation of our projects. As of 2019, Mellors Group has been awarded a five year contract by the General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia to organise and create the world’s largest touring entertainment event. James will be managing this new project and commissioning some of the largest touring rides in the world.

Edward Mellors – Director

Edward manages several new ventures within the Group. Within the event company, he has played a significant role in bringing the first urban beach concept to the UK – in Nottingham – and has also developed, with his brother, the Funderworld Mobile Theme Park brand as well as Fantasy Island a striving theme park attraction and resort on the East Coast of Lincolnshire. As well as having a creative input into event concepts, Edward is involved in pursuing new markets, and supporting James in the planning and build for new projects.

The organisation will continue to pursue new opportunities and strive to be the best in the industry.

Management Team

Brian Cobb – Group Accountant

Brian joined the Company in 2005 after a 35 year career with Barclays Bank PLC, the last 24 of which he was a Senior Corporate Manager. He is vastly experienced in supporting the financing, expansion and restructuring of companies, with a unique knowledge and understanding of the event and leisure industry. Brian is also responsible for the development of the financial business plan, as well as preparation of management accounts and all banking and accountancy-related matters.

Matthew Poole – Event Site and Infrastructure Manager

Matthew first started working with the company 15 years ago as an apprentice, and now oversees the deployment and management of the teams of staff who support our events. He also has responsibility for the vast stock of equipment at our two warehouses. Matthew has operated and built-up every ride and attraction owned by the Group over the years and has great practical experience of the event industry. He has also overseen the build and operation of our themed beach and winter events as they have expanded into new city locations around the country.

Leigh Harris – Rides and Site Manager

Leigh was recruited to bring his own creative ideas and experience to support the raft of new and exclusive rides being sourced, built and adapted by the company as part of our ride expansion program. He has a lifetime’s experience and long family history within the event industry. During his time with Mellors Events, Leigh has overseen the construction of some of the largest mobile rides ever seen.

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