The people that make it happen
Freemans Event Partners has been supporting and enhancing the best events in the UK and Europe for over 40 years.
Our services are centred around on-the-go food and drink provision where we have built unrivalled expertise, delivering consistent quality and fresh ideas since 1975. We also offer a full range of technology and IT services for event goers and concessionaires, including mobile Wi-Fi, EPOS and contactless payment methods.
From a couple of outlets, we’ve grown to a business that reaches over 15 million people each year at over 400 events. This success is built on the back of the best team in the business, a team that understands that graft and dedication are the building blocks of success. Nothing worthwhile comes easy and going the extra mile is our normal.
This is the essence of what we do: we enhance events, we don’t just service them. Everything we do aims to make an event even better for the event-goer.
Learn more about our senior management team below.
Stephen Freeman Snr – Group Chairman
Stephen Snr established Freemans Event Partners back in 1975; with a single... fish and chip catering outlet. From these humble beginnings, the quality of service delivery shone through, and Stephen began to build relationships and secure contracts, steadily growing the business. His three children, twins Stephen and John and daughter, Zoe, now maintain the family business alongside the board. Stephen Snr still takes an active interest in the day to day running of Freemans Event Partners and is often found both at our events and at Head Office getting involved and recognising the hard work put in by all members of the team.
Stephen Freeman – Managing Director
Stephen has been an integral part of the business for over 20... years, taking over the reins from his father and stepping into the role of Managing Director. He aims to lead Freemans Event Partners to achieve strategic growth objectives through effective motivation and empowerment of the team. Recognising the efforts put in by staff at all levels, Stephen is always the first to acknowledge achievement and reward hard work. With an open office door, Stephen’s gregarious nature and straight-talking attitude is always appreciated by his team.
John Freeman – Bars Director
John Freeman heads up the ever-expanding Bars division of Freemans Event Partners.... Market-leading, John has driven the division forward to experience rapid growth, whilst maintaining outstanding delivery time and time again. The name John Freeman is synonymous with quality event bar delivery. Broadening out to offer everything from rapid delivery volume bars, to bespoke VIP cocktail and champagne bars, John knows everything there is to know about serving cold drinks, fast, and never compromising on quality.
Zoe Mewes – Concessions Director
Younger sister to the twins, Zoe is commercially astute and stands alongside... her brothers in the successful running of Freemans Event Partners. Running the Concessions team, Zoe manages the end-to-end delivery of all public catering at over 200 top UK events, including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and rugby events at Twickenham. Her team is close-knit and enjoy pulling together to achieve outstanding results year on year.
Alexandra Young – Head of Marketing
Alex is an experienced, technology-minded marketing professional, with bags of enthusiasm to... unlock the potential brand activation opportunities Freemans Event Partners can offer. With big ideas, and an even bigger personality, Alex throws herself into projects wholeheartedly and in true company style, ensures she maximises every opportunity to work hard and play hard!
Nick Rogers – Group Commercial Director
Nick joined the business in 2015 to assist Freemans Event Partners with... a significant period of growth. Bringing extensive commercial experience, Nick assists across the board with finance, commercial awareness and strategic planning. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as Nick is recognised as a useful resource by most of the team, so is frequently utilised to problem-solve for staff at all levels, often in return for a cup of tea!
Paul Beynon – Director of Events
Paul manages many of the contract relationships with horse racing and agricultural... shows for our Concessions team. He also manages our prestigious golfing event concessions contracts; a particular favourite of his, as he is a keen follower of the sport! His expertise and knowledge is unparalleled, and Paul will always find time to soak in the atmosphere of an event he attends – often from the champagne bar!
Sharon Connors-Jones – HR Director
Sharon ultimately is responsible for keeping Freemans Event Partners staff happy, motivated... and safe at work! She and her team manage to do this with a smile on their faces at all times, ensuring the most suitable team members are recruited into new roles, and that everyone at Freemans Event Partners are invested in, with training and development programmes suited to each individual.
Martin Scanlon – Logistics Director
Responsible for the management of the ‘engine’ of Freemans Event Partners, Martin... controls the logistics operation; overseeing tens of thousands of deliveries each year to ensure our customers receive the best quality, fresh, frozen and dry produce at a competitive price. Our warehouse operates at a capacity far over that expected of its modest size, and under Martin’s management (in his array of colourful shirts!), it does so to an exceptionally high standard.
Amy Silk – Catering Director
Amy has risen through the ranks to lead the catering division from... an initial role as a catering assistant. This grass-roots to director journey has given Amy an underpinning understanding of all aspects of service delivery, which she shares with her team. Amy’s motto is “our people make Catering the fantastic team they are today”. A stickler for superior standards, the team serves up the best quality classic food-to-go with unwavering professionalism at all times.
Stephen Poole – Technologies Director
Steve has been involved with Freemans Event Partners for many years. As... the director of our Technologies division, Steve is responsible for continuing to drive the provision of cutting-edge tech solutions, from PDQ and EPOS systems, to the provision of internet connectivity across a greenfield event site. He is also responsible for managing all of the group Head Office technology; project management of the internal systems used within all divisions. Steve is an extremely busy, and extremely in demand man! Luckily, he is also incredibly laid back, so takes on all of his divisional requests with a smile.
“MY TEAM AND I WORK EXTREMELY HARD BEFORE - AND DURING - AN EVENT TO ENSURE SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY, BUT WE ALSO MANAGE TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE PERKS OF THE JOB. WE OFTEN GET BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS TO SOME OF THE UK'S TOP EVENTS AND FESTIVALS, SO WHILST WE WORK HARD, WE DO MAKE SOME PRETTY INCREDIBLE MEMORIES DURING EVENT SEASON"
“THE COMPANY HAS INVESTED A LOT IN MY TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT; IT'S REALLY NICE TO FEEL LIKE I AM ON A CAREER PATH WHERE I LEARN NEW SKILLS AND CAN PROGRESS AS I GAIN QUALIFICATIONS. I HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CO-ORDINATING SOME HEALTH & SAFETY AUDITS TO ASSIST WITH OUR BRC ACCREDITATION AND TAKING ON A FIRE MARSHALL ROLE"