Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire’s Trafalgar Entertainment Group has made two major appointments as it looks to expand in the UK and internationally.
The hirings mark the company’s first concrete steps towards overseas growth, and sees it appoint Tim McFarlane as executive chairman of its Asia Pacific operations and Andrew Hill as business affairs director.
Both McFarlane and Hill held significant responsibilities at Ambassador Theatre Group during Panter and Squire’s tenure.
TEG was founded in 2016 by Squire and Panter after they left ATG, the company they had founded and run for more than 20 years.
Based in Sydney, McFarlane has been appointed to TEG’s senior management, and will be responsible for “driving TEG’s international strategy to build and strengthen relationships and partnerships in the Asia Pacific region”.
He joins directly from ATG, where he held a similar position.
Meanwhile, Hill will oversee the company’s “planned future growth, acquisitions and business development”.
He is currently a partner at law firm Stephenson Harwood, and has previously advised ATG on the acquisition and management of its venues since 1995.
He oversaw ATG’s £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s theatre business in 2009, which saw it become Britain’s largest theatre operator.
Squire said: “We are currently exploring new business opportunities in the UK and overseas and Tim and Andrew will be integral to those plans. Both are hugely talented and Howard and I are delighted to be working with them once again.”