About us

Totem Hybrid – the Best Virtual & Hybrid Event Platform

Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events was established in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and we quickly became a global leader in the burgeoning hybrid events industry.

We provide tailored solutions for a variety sectors, including Sci+Med for the scientific, medical and pharmaceutical industries. We also support conferencing, exhibitions and events companies, professional service sectors including law and finance, multinational businesses and more. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.

When choosing the best hybrid event platform, you need the most experienced events team behind it. Fancy meeting everyone?

Christopher Bo Shields

Co-Founder & Platform Director

Christopher’s career started in theatre – in 2001 he founded his first venture ‘Lock On Productions’, a full service event production agency. In 2007 he joined forces with Alex Hughes to co-found AMIGO, a creative agency servicing the growing Digital Out of Home industry. In 2019 he launched Binumi Pro – an innovative app that allows clients to shoot and manage their own video. Over the past few years Christopher’s mind has been somewhat occupied, being the architect of the Totem Virtual & Hybrid event platform. Chris likes Jamon Ruffles, kites and planes and is a professional daydreamer.

Alex Hughes

Co-Founder & Client Director

Alex has a background in digital media, leading creative teams across the industry – ‘90s agency Deepend, ITV Network and MTV Networks Europe. He also worked on early iterations of the online presence for itv.com and Interactive TV propositions across ONdigital and SKY including The Brit Awards, Survivor and the MTV Europe Music Awards. He co-founded Amigo with Chris Shields in 2007, offering creative technology services for MediaWalls, Digital Signage and DOOH. After many years of trying, he has yet to stand up on a surfboard, so now snowboards instead. He remains horizontal.

Samantha Roythorne

Managing Director

Sam has worked in the events sector for over a decade, co-ordinating and managing events in locations around the world including Singapore, Rome, New York, Birmingham. As Managing Director of Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events, she is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the business, delivering excellent services to our exceptional range of clients. In her spare time, Sam loves watching F1 and pretending Swindon’s ‘magic roundabout’ is in fact Eau Rouge.

Ross Ewing

Technical Director

Ross joined Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events in 2018 bringing a broad range of technical skills and knowledge to build software. He has developed to production and maintained multiple cross-platform applications throughout the e-commerce, fintech & entertainment sectors. Managing cross-region teams, technical planning & coding are all part of his day to day. He believes that Friday is reserved for Tommy Bahamas and whenever possible jets to India to be with his friends and colleagues, biking through the beautiful Munnar tea mountains of Kochi.

Giulia Grasso

Operations Director

Giulia has been working in the Video Production industry for over 10 years. Thanks to her organisational skills her career evolved into Company Ops and “Capacity” has been her favourite word since. Giulia has a real passion for anything techy, has watched every single TV series ever made, loves pizza and deeply cares for animals and the planet. Even though she moved to the UK 8 years ago, she has never had a pint.

Richard Bushill

Creative Director - Platform

Richard’s experience is in graphic design, video and events. He enjoys thinky creative tasks with colleagues and long romantic walks to the fridge without them. He likes colouring in, staying in the lines and sometimes making doodles move. He does this for business and for pleasure, sometimes even at the same time whilst making Mexican food.

Calum Walker

Creative Director - Success

Experienced creative director, lead designer, editor, videographer, account manager, technical support assistance and much… much… more! Making projects happen with creativity, agility, and a broad skillset, Calum also does a bit of gym, running, DIY, cooking, charity bits and challenges. Two truths one lie… is a non-identical twin, previously a registered gas engineer and once beat Gareth Gates in a throwing competition back when people vaguely knew who he was.

Ines Mendes

Success Director

Ines has a passion for people, problem solving, and animals. That includes the dolphin at Sea World that bit her in 2002. With a background in Journalism and Politics, she is equipped to guarantee project success and manages video production, design projects and clients. In her free time, she enjoys long walks on the beach and travelling.

Lily Doherty

Success Manager

Before joining Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events, Lily worked for national charities Mind and Refuge, managing mass participation events. Over the years she has helped supporters raise over £2 million for good causes. When not at work, Lily will most likely be out on a run training for her next challenge. Her running buddy Ned the springer spaniel, keeps her company and helps set the pace.

Abby Middleton

Success Manager

Abby loves ‘Making Things Happen’ so after graduating from Brighton University in 2015 (Illustration) spent five years working as an arts producer. She has collaborated with international stakeholders – MoD, Southbank Centre, Wellcome Trust, WHO – to deliver complex projects focusing on interactive media and new technology. At the weekends you can find Abby singing Madonna in a karaoke bar or, if she can’t get anyone to go with her, in front of the TV with a kitchen utensil.

Tom Valentine

Head of People Culture & Talent

Thomas is a dedicated and committed Human Resources professional, with over fourteen years management and leadership experience. He is responsible for all aspects of the people function at Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events, which includes equality & diversity, employee wellbeing and organisational culture. Outside of work he owns a vast board game collection, is a regular at the theatre and uploads gaming videos to his YouTube channel - which has an embarrassingly low subscriber count.

Togs Dalton

Art Director

Togs has had too many years he cares to mention in the Design industry: working on high profile brands though-out his career including Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Royal Mail, Coca-Cola and has been part of numerous branding projects. Togs found his niche in animation and digital campaigns where he now remains as Art Director of Create. Famously never playing for Saracens, but a keen supporter, Togs runs, surfs and keeps fit so he can indulge in his other pleasure of cooking and eating great food.

Alvaro Fuentes

Senior Designer

Alvaro is a senior designer who works with 2D and 3D animations for bespoke AV installations and large-format MediaWalls. He also works as an editor and with onsite camera work covering events, filming sessions and interviews. He loves animals, music and tapas at all times of the day.

Peter Quan

Multimedia Designer

Peter is a multimedia designer with experience in motion graphics, video editing and onsite filming. He has worked on freelance projects creating logos where his design is still proudly used today as a t-shirt print. Besides design work Peter is also a musician who studied the piano for 9 years and self-taught himself the guitar. He is now currently taking on his next challenge - learning the violin.

Tom Millett

Graphic Designer

Tom has a passion for design and branding and enjoys devising interesting ways to connect brands with consumers. In his spare time, he creates music, attempts to write comedy and plays a lot of video games. At the age of 8 he received a Bronze swimming certificate, which isn't that impressive to be honest.

Jasmine Berger

Broadcast Manager

Jasmine has a passion for editing, filming and live streaming and has been that way since college. Working previously with a live news station, where she edited and live streamed content. When not editing she likes to play games, arcade games and consoles alike. She is a Nintendo Girl at heart, when she isn’t editing or playing games, she reads fantasy novels like Terry Pratchett and draws. But most importantly she loves the Legend of Zelda and is currently collecting all the games!

Simona Dimitrova

Video Editor

Simona has a passion for editing and is continuously working on implementing new editing techniques. She also enjoys doing short personal projects where she’s standing behind the camera. Her idea of the perfect break is around the wilderness and especially mountains. She loves theatre, film and music and is very good at singing under the shower. Coffee in the morning and spending time with her friends and family is a must!

Sam Prudence

Video Editor

After leaving university Sam worked as a producer/director for Fremantle's digital sports channels before freelancing as an editor, creating content for brands such as Asos, Superdrug & Google. Alongside his freelance work, Sam produced a reality/drama for broadcast on London Live and directed several shorts before directing a feature film which was released in 2020 on Sky and Amazon. Sam has a passion for football - coaching and playing regularly and supporting West Ham United.

Kyle Osborn

Senior Front End Developer

Kyle has recently become a permeant fixture in the office, bringing nearly ten years of experience to the team. He works closely with design to bring alive the innovative features that make Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events stand out. A little-known fact: he used to be an AV tech for local am-dram/charity gigs, which certainly comes in handy here at Totem!

Matt Jones

QA Manager

Matt has recently joined the Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events family having honed his QA skills working in a broad variety of industries and roles from International Retail Logistics, Head of Operations for a Soft Toy manufacturer as well as singing in “The Indie Westlife”! He is the proud father of 2 cats and also has 2 sons, enjoys good food and traveling and spends most weekends either out on his bike, or inside shouting at the TV.

Nat Berger

QA Intern

Nat has a background in community and corporate events ranging from your typical birthday party bouncy castle to the fabulous Brit awards party. He has also worked in venues such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor castle, the O2 and most memorably the block of flats near Poplar. Nat works in QA as part of the development team responsible for making sure the software is bug-free. He spends his free time climbing and falling off walls.

Ivan Amaya

Web Manager

Ivan studied Visual Arts and has a background in Digital Media and web. He previously worked making digital infographics, designs and web projects for different clients, including international news agencies. He relocated to London to complete an MBA before joining the company. Ivan likes to be involved in different types of projects. He enjoys diversity across the world of Digital Media to the point of developing different personalities. He has an alter ego known as “The Baron”, a Father Christmas / Santa Claus type character who brings breakfast treats to the office on Fridays and also plays loud music in the evenings. He ate a triple hamburger once while watching an 80s Horror Film Marathon.

Uma Satkunam

Financial Controller

Uma is a seasoned finance professional with extensive experience in providing strategic financial support and setting up finance divisions across a range of businesses. Having worked in property, construction and retail for roughly 25 years she has expanded her skills into HR operations, and Project Management with a keen eye for problem solving and all things credit control! A keen badminton player in her spare time Uma also, having been born in Malaysia and exchanging those sunny climes for the not so sunny UK at a young age, enjoys sharing some delightful food with her family and friends.

Tom Jenkins

Senior Sales Manager

Tom has had a successful career selling Platform as a Service cloud applications within the European energy markets. At Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events, he works within our Utilities and Legal sectors, working closely with his prospects and customers to realise their ambitions within events and global communications. When Tom isn’t running around after his two young children at home, he enjoys playing golf, cricket and listening to the King of rock & roll, Elvis Presley!

Caroline O’Brien

Sales Manager

Caroline has worked in sales, business development and live events in various industries including travel, insurance, serviced offices and in account management for the NEC. At Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events she focuses on event agencies, insurance and the FMCG sectors, she's also responsible for the constant nudging of the team to provide pictures for our social media pages. Caroline loves a good red wine, watching the great British Bake Off and should go to the gym more than she does!

Jamie Parsons

Sales Manager

Jamie has had a successful and entertaining career within the sports industry along with analytics and digital marketing, working with some incredibly innovative people along the way. At Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events, Jamie looks after our financial services and automotive sectors, assisting prospects in delivering unique insights into events. When Jamie isn’t charging with his children at home, he enjoys playing for and managing his local football team.

Ollie Curtin

Video Production Intern

Ollie is our amazing intern doing a placement with us. He earned a scholarship to study Television Production at Bournemouth University and has already done 2 years there. Ollie hasn’t been with us for long, but he’s already been trained in many roles. Ollie has a passion for football and as we know, his passion for his beloved Arsenal is undeniable. He has travelled the world, seeing some amazing sights and experienced cultures of so many different countries.

Join the team

Creativity and curiosity is everything at Totem Virtual & Hybrid Events – vision, imagination and delivering on original thought is fundamental to the way we work. Join our team and help us shape the future of hybrid events.

If you are interested in working for us, fill in the contact form with your details, and upload your CV and cover letter. Please note, the maximum upload size is 2MB.

Alternatively, please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to joinus@totemhybrid.com