About us

Our Story

Normal people with extraordinary ideas

We are two people who have reflected on where life has taken us so far and have been given a chance to do something extraordinary with our careers, strangely as a result of a near fatal motorcycle accident, in 2019, and being reunited because of it.

Collectively, founder Gareth Bright and co-Director Jo Artherton have over 40 years’ experience in creating, planning, managing and even taking part in events. The diversity of this experience and the industries we have worked for is so vast and eclectic, we could write a book about it.

Our ideas reach far and wide. We challenge the norm. We push the boundaries, but most importantly we get results.

Our ambition to combine our complimenting skills, knowledge, and experience, and do what we love best, is what has led to the birth of Woodcote Events, as an event management company. We are specialists in doing it with an extra layer of quality, professionalism, and we always go that extra mile.

To read more about how and why Woodcote Events was created, and the evolution of it as a business, visit our blog.

Meet the team

We have the flexiblity to bring together a powerful team of brilliant and highly skilled minds, to meet your specific requirements when you need us.

Gareth Bright

Gareth is the former Global Events Manager for Triumph Motorcycles and has 15 years’ experience in creating and delivering premium motorcycle events. His precision event planning skills, as well as his ability to lead a team, problem solve and do it all with a playful attitude, make him a reliable and strong events manager.

Jo Artherton

Jo has over 20 years’ experience in creating marketing strategies and planning events for award winning brands and customer experiences. With a firm understanding of brand strategy, she will ensure that all your events deliver the key messages and maximise your investment with the greatest impact.

Sophia Fergusson

Having spent over 20 years leading a global events team, Sophia prides herself on the attention to detail and leaving guests in wonder at the events she creates. Whilst contracting at Triumph Motorcycles, she met Gareth and together they formed a formidable team. Her ability to manage events puts her at the top of her game.

Sophia Burke

Sophia is our go-to Producer when we need to contract in an extended specialist team for video production. She has over 10 years’ experience producing video and photography content for international events across the world. Sophia is trusted by some of the biggest clients in the business, such as Triumph Motorcycles, Porsche, Bentley, and Mazda.

Aran Lamond

Aran is our go-to freelance Self-Shooting Director who will bring guaranteed quality and creativity to any premium event. He has over 10 years’ experience creating content for a multitude of automotive brands including Triumph Motorcycles, Aston Martin, Porsche, Nissan, and Jeep. He has an effective way of working where timing and speed are critical in capturing one-off moments.

Gareth Harford

Gareth is a Freelance international sports photographer, creating dynamic images that portray passion and personality for commercial and editorial clients. His main body of work is in the global motorsport sector shooting for high-profile clients in MotoGP and Formula One, as well as for several automotive magazines and websites.

Chippy Wood

David ‘Chippy’ Wood has covered the World Superbike Championship to present day, MotoGP from 2003 to 2014 and Red Bull Motor Sports for leading motorcycle sports agency Gold & Goose, as well as working for all the motorcycling titles at Bauer Media.

Dan Linfoot

A current BSB and FIM World Endurance racer, Dan has spent many years supporting motorcycle manufacturers on press rides. He is highly competent in working with photography and video producers to create inspiring riding footage for B Roll.

Gary Johnson

A 2 x Isle of Man TT champion, Gary is a firm favourite with the global press. He is an experienced lead and tail rider for press rides and his personality and stories will bring an extra dose of motorcycle racing ‘celebrity’ to your event.

Joe Akroyd

An Isle of Man TT racer, test rider & performance coach for the Electric Scooter Championship, Joe has built up a fantastic rapport with the global motorcycle press over recent years and is a highly experienced lead and tail rider. His personable attitude makes delegates feel safe and entertained when they ride with him.

Biscuit the dog

Biscuit is a Romanian rescue dog, who has been residing at Woodcote Events HQ since August 2020. We are not quite sure what breed he is, other than extremely hairy (if you have any idea, please feel free to email us). He loves carrots, crisps, and popcorn and keeps the Woodcote Team on their toes with three walks a day, when they're not working on a live event.