We are pleased to announce the Founding Board for the Association of British Wedding Businesses:


- Hamish Shephard, Chairman

Founder & CEO of Bridebook, the UK’s #1 Wedding Planning App, Co-Owner of Hedsor House wedding venue, Co-Founder of HelloFresh

- Mark Dawson, Launch Director

Co-owner of Brookfield Barn wedding venue


- Sue Barnes, Board Member

Owner and Creative Director at Lavender Green, one of the UK’s finest florists


- Dr John Nassari, Board Member

Award-winning renowned wedding photographer


- Anne-Marie Jenkins, Board Member

CEO of Wedding List Solutions Group, and Managing Director of online wedding list companies: The Wedding Shop, Prezola and The Wedding Present Co.


The founding board will focus on the following goals:

  • Develop relationships with key partners and identify opportunities for joint initiatives

  • Develop relationships with MPs, press and regulatory bodies to support representation in the industry

  • Establish governance structure, codes of conduct and articles of association

  • Support committees and task forces

We are also pleased to present selected committees and task forces to focus on specific topics that the industry faces.  


We are pleased to announce the formation of selected committees and task forces.  The work of the Association will be driven by the membership through these committees and task forces, and will be reliant on the drive and ambition of their members.

Venue Committee (includes Exit Strategy Task Force)

To oversee cohesive efforts for dealing with the pandemic effects

- Chairperson - Duncan Clark, owner of Braxted Park wedding venue

- Board Representative - Mark Dawson


Industry Public Relations Committee

To manage communications with media and establish government relationship 

- Chairperson - TBD

- Board Representative - Hamish Shephard

Legal & Insurance Committee

To support protection for the industry with respect to business interruption, wedding insurance, CMA considerations and contract best practices

- Chairperson - James Garner, owner of Godwick Hall and Barn

- Board Representative - TBD


Membership Committee

To establish the articles of the foundation, codes of conduct and membership structure

- Chairperson - TBD

- Board Representative - Mark Dawson


If you are interested in an active role within a committee or task force, or establishing a new committee, please email


The Association of British Wedding Businesses is an industry body that supports all members of the British wedding industry. Our mission is to support our industry with insights and advice, advocate for growth, and serve as liaison between the industry and government. 

Founding memberships are free to all industry members and we encourage everyone to join.




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