Founders Pablo Ettinger and Ray Jones 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 eleven countries, putting on about 300 gigs in Caffe Nero’s across the UK every year and sponsorship of major music competitions and festivals.
Pablo organises and hosts Caffè Nero’s showcase music nights and curates their stages at major UK festivals, catapulting the careers of the likes of Jack Savoretti and Passenger as well as helping many other musicians build their professional career. Much of the music heard in Caffe Nero is by unsigned artists.
He is an entrepreneur who helps create and develops businesses to become highly successful brands and sits on the board of a number of them. 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.
Chloe Ettinger, General 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.
Sam Halliday, Development Manager
Sam has seen both side of the music industry; both as a signed artist to Universal Records and more recently as a freelance Artist Manager helping develop young talent whilst he completed his degree in Commercial Music at the University of Westminster.
When he’s not focused on business, Sam still enjoys writing and producing pop music for himself and other artists.
Aoife Geary, Specialist Events Manager
For the past 5 years Aoife has worked in house sourcing, curating and managing live entertainment programmes for The Roof Gardens, Quaglino’s, 100 Wardour St, Madison Rooftop and Avenue on a full time basis whilst consulting on various other private projects. From booking both breakthrough and emerging artists for rooftop festivals to multi-genre party bands, comedy nights, club nights, themed nights, tribute nights, she’s done it all.
At Talentbanq, Aoife will be leading the development of a new and exciting arm of our business as we move into providing specialist, themed entertainment for new and existing clients.
Passionate about nurturing and developing raw talent, Aoife has also been part of the core team at the Ultimate Artists masterclass since it’s founding in 2013.
When she’s not stage-side at one of her events, Aoife spends her time in sessions with her second passion - songwriting.
Eve Parsley, Marketing Manager
Eve is a 22 year old artist and ICMP Graduate with a first class degree in Creative Musicianship.
Her passion for music was established at an early age when she began piano lessons aged 7, before joining a church choir aged 9, and later fronting rock bands during her higher music education.
With experience in promoting events and her band on social media, Eve has turned her hand to the marketing side of the music industry with TALENTBANQ, while focusing on the writing, recording and producing of her solo dream-pop project ‘Eve-Lily’ in her spare time.
Keith Jopling, Advisor
Keith Jopling is a music & media strategy professional with 20+ years experience in solving complex business problems. He has worked across pharma, public sector and for 15+ years in media and technology. He is passionate about change, progress and doing things better. His purpose is creative problem solving using all available data, insights, inspiration and intuition.
Keith has recently completed a 1-year engagement to reshape the digital, streaming & content strategy for Sony Music globally, to be fit-for purpose in a changing music industry.