UK's Grown-Up Solutions announces team expansion

Dave Keighley, James Cobb and Richard Hillier will add 70 years of events experience to the team
(L-R) Mike Smith, Dave Keighley, Richard Hillier and James Cobb.
(L-R) Mike Smith, Dave Keighley, Richard Hillier and James Cobb.

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Grown-Up Solutions, a UK-based firm that provides strategic guidance to companies operating in, and buying from, the events and hospitality sector, has announced the expansion of its team of experts.

According to a press release, director Mike Smith has welcomed to the team Dave Keighley, James Cobb and Richard Hillier.

Keighley is a business leader and technical expert who has extensive experience in the live events industry across six continents. He has also led the growth of associated businesses in director and senior management roles including CEO of a private equity backed organisation.

Cobb is the CEO of a tech start-up called Crowd Connected. He started out as a production coordinator, helped launch a music festival, ran a lighting company and is an experienced event health and safety expert. Cobb also specialises in Intellectual Property (IP) creation and protection, corporate financing and converting data into information.

Hillier is a marketing and communications strategist who specialises in event best practice, marketing and sales return on investment (ROI). His experience also includes manufacturing, lean consultancy, IT, events and telecommunications, organisational development and catering.

Commenting on Grown-Up Solutions’ expansion, Mike Smith said, “Over the past few months we have been working hard to expand our service offering – to bring in advisory skills from a breadth of experiential spheres. I am incredibly excited to be able to work with Dave, James, and Richard and to offer their skills to a wider audience.”

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