Founders Pablo Ettinger, Ray Jones and Laura Westcott have significant track records in curating live events and promoting independent musicians. Their experience and passions combined makes TALENTBANQ a unique platform for delivering high-quality events and selecting the best performers to deliver a truly memorable occasion.
Ray Jones, CEO
Ray Jones is often described by colleagues and friends as “Mr London”. He is a passionate advocate for live music and theatre which can be clearly seen by his career to date.
First as Head Concierge in several top London hotels before founding Centre Stage.
In 1997 he sold the business and joined the Board at Superbreak - The UK’s leading short break operators. Once again breaking new ground, the company took cultural tourism to new levels, offering transport, ticketing, accommodation and attractions in one simple transaction.
During this period Ray served as Non Executive Director at Visit London and as Executive Director of West End Theatre Bookings, a rapidly-growing theatre ticket agency acquired by Superbreak in 2007 and sold to Encore in June 2011.
In 2012 Superbreak was sold to the travel giant Cox and Kings and Ray stepped down to join Time Out as Global Business Development Director.
As well as overseeing commercial relationships Ray developed Time Out Live and launched The Time Out Card, both offering on-brand live experiences to readers and members. This included the hugely popular Rising Stars series discovering and presenting the best in unsigned talent at iconic London venues.
Ray stepped down from his role at Time Out in August 2017 to become founding director and CEO at Talentbanq.
He also sits on the Board at The Union Chapel – one of the coolest live music venues on the planet.
Paul (Pablo) Ettinger, Chairman
Pablo is one of the founding team behind Caffè Nero and now manages their music department best known for discovering emerging musicians through in store play across their 800+ stores across nine countries.
Pablo organises and hosts Caffè Nero’s live music nights and curates their stages at major UK festivals, catapulting careers of the likes of Jack Savoretti and Passenger.
He is Chairman of Streetlife and an entrepreneur who creates and develops businesses to become highly successful brands. Pablo is also a songwriter and has been playing jazz piano since a very early age.
Lord Mervyn Davies
Lord Davies has a wide range of interests, including being Chairman
of the Royal Academy of Arts Trustees and a Board member of Glyndebourne.
Lord Davies is a Partner and the Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm
specialising in financial services. He is also the Chairman of LetterOne, an Adviser to
Teneo and the Chairman of UK India Business Council.
Prior to that, he was Chairman and previously CEO, and served on the Board of
Standard Chartered for over 12 years.
He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastructure from January
2009 until May 2010.
He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in
Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for
seven years. Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong.
Laura Westcott, Creative Director
Laura is a classically trained musician who specialises in creating multi-dimensional music events.
She is the Founder of the charity ‘Sound for Sight’ that raises awareness of sightloss conditions through concerts where the audience wears pinhole glasses to decrease their vision.
She is also the Founder of 'Music for Mental Wealth' a non-profit that gives a platform for musicians to share their stories around mental health whilst offering coaching programmes to support them.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and former PR manager and reviewer for The Times newspaper. Laura was the Content Editor for News Corporation in New York before leaving to set up Soundcheque Ltd to match musicians with media makers for synchronisation.
She joined the London Philharmonic Choir in 2004 and has a BA Hons in music.
Chloe Ettinger, Events Manager
Chloe grew up in a musical household, with her father and brother being jazz pianists and working in the music industry. She began writing music from an early age in her family home basement and learnt classical piano and guitar. She went on to form a two-piece voice & guitar duo at school and was a finalist in the 'Song Academy Young Singer Songwriter Competition'.
Chloe is tri-lingual and studied International Management at Bath University and worked for a leading marketing agency in Germany and more recently working client-side at a major international FMCG business.
With her heart in events, management and music, she worked behind the scenes at The Cornbury Festival before joining the TALENTBANQ team.