Can You CIC It? Mission Control

Additional Support Hound

Mario Craven-Ward
Human & Canine Resources

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Sybil Bell, Co-Founder

Sybil Bell is Founder of Independent Venue Week and CEO I Like The Sound Of That Ltd. She is Co-Founder of CAN YOU CIC IT? a Community Interest Company running IVW in the UK and Yes We Can, the development education, and community program.

Sybil has been an artist manager & label manager, tour manager and promoter, owned a venue and recording studio, has consulted at various trade bodies including UK Music, the MMF and the FAC, has run numerous events including the MPG Awards and co-ordinating international networking events at SXSW for The Department of International Trade. 

Sybil has spoken & curated panels at various events including SXSW in 2011, 2013 and 2016, Bigsound in Australia 2015, given the Keynote at Output, Belfast 2016 and spoken at Pop Montreal and at Mondo in NYC in 2017. More recently she has spoken at BBC Introducing 2019 and 2020.

2 truths, one lie: My real name is Sybil. I got deported from Australia. I can make my tongue do a Mexican wave.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Glasgow Barrowlands 
One album everyone should own: Grace Jones – Island Life. Or Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Dream gig line-up: Radiohead/Portishead (double headliner) , Little Simz, Humphrey Lyttleton
What three words describe you best: Passionate, Mischievous, Grafter
What would be your dream pet: A Springer Spaniel
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I have a motorbike license
Guilty Music Pleasure: M People (reminds me of living in Australia in the early 90’s)
What would your autobiography be called: Bell End 
Who would play you in a film about your life: Emma Thompson

Chloe “Colin” Ward, Co-Founder

Chloe is Director of UK for Independent Venue Week and co-founded CAN YOU CIC IT? who run IVW and Yes We Can, our community, training and education programme.  

Chloe started her career in the festival world and held a variety of different positions over the years including creative production (Field Day Festival, Underage, Apple Cart, Corona Sunsets), stage management (Secret Cinema), artist liaison (End of The Road) and burger selling (Various).

When her mum questioned why she was only working for five months of the year, Chloe took the plunge and started working in production for awards ceremonies including the Music Week Awards and the Music Producers Guild Awards. It was at the MPG Awards that Chloe met Sybil and the rest is history.

2 truths, one lie: I went to medical for four days. I went travelling for two days out of six months. I love flying.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Futureyard in Birkenhead.
One album everyone should own: That’s The Way Of The World by Earth, Wind and Fire.  
Dream gig line-up: Nirvana, Prince, David Bowie.  
What three words describe you best: Messy, Clumsy, Curious
What would be your dream pet: Mario, my Pomeranian. He’s a good boy. 
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I failed my first driving test by going right at a roundabout.
Guilty Music Pleasure: John Mayer
What would your autobiography be called: Sorry 
Who would play you in a film about your life: Daisy May Cooper

Charlie Rickard, Director of Production

Charlie Rickard is one of the directors of CAN YOU CIC IT? a Community Interest Company running IVW in the UK and Yes We Can, the development education, and community program.  

Passionate about music from an early age, it was inevitable he would end up working in the industry one way or another.  

He learnt the ropes in record distribution for several years before moving over to the live side of the business where he worked for a touring production & backline company. 

It was during his time spent here that he threw himself into several roles that included facilities management, tour advancing, stage management & various production duties.

One album everyone should own: Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder 
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: 9:30 Club, Washington D.C 
Dream gig line-up: My Bloody Valentine, Sunn O))) & Led Zeppelin  
What three words describe you best: Amazing, Thoughtful, Hilarious  
What is your dream pet: Sloth 
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I once made Charlie Watts beans on toast. 
Guilty Music Pleasure: Simply Red 
What would your autobiography be called: Where did it all go wrong? 
Who would play you in a film about your life: Peter Sellers? 

  

Oscar Rees, Communications & Campaigns

After getting involved in student radio while at university in Birmingham, Oscar started out in the music industry a couple of years ago, interning for a long-standing independent record label, moving into a full time job including overseeing their direct to consumer shop and managing social media campaigns for their record releases. 

While there, he went on to co-ordinate and manage the launch and first year of their internet radio station which was sponsored by Fred Perry, programming and producing over 100 live shows & podcasts a month, including his own show. 
 
Alongside working in music Oscar is a trans-rights advocate and has worked with artists, charities & brands in campaigning for great awareness of issues affecting the trans community.

2 truths, one lie: I’ve got Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s name tattooed on my bum. I once jumped out of a plane. I’m allergic to cats. 
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: 
Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda, North Wales
One album everyone should own: 
Pieces of a Man – Gil Scott-Heron
Dream gig line-up: 
Slipknot, Sleaford Mods, Billy Nomates
What three words describe you best: 
Really really silly.
What would be your dream pet:
A grey Staffy – Like the Tom Holland who plays Spiderman has.
Something surprising about you that not many people know:
 I’m a bit obsessed with Wimbledon and tennis.
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
BTS or SHINee, I have a secret love of K-Pop
What would your autobiography be called: 
Miserable Young Git 
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
Elliot Page

Kyri Chrisostomou, Co-Ordinator

A country bumpkin in the big smog, Kyri is originally from Staffordshire. His background is a hybrid of music and business. 

After moving to London to study music at BIMM, Kyri ran an independent artist project, gaining funding from HMUK. This was supported by Wonderland, Clash, Gay Times, BBC Introducing and Foundation FM. Live highlights included gigs at Ronnie Scotts, The Social and BBC Introducing Live. 

Alongside this, He was an administrator for a small family property business, supporting general day to day operations across the board. He’s also assisted at music events, gigs & projects including Springboard Live – a national project which promoted new music acts through immersive live music concerts, powered by people aged 16-25, in partnership with BBC Introducing.

2 truths, one lie: I don’t like coffee, I once sang BV’s for Mica Paris & Don E, Jane Mcdonald is my aunty.
One album everyone should own: Blue by Joni Mitchell
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: The Minack Theatre
Dream gig line-up: Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Amel Larrieux
What three words describe you best: Warm, personable, diligent
What is your dream pet: A baby elephant that never grows
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I was (embarrassingly) on Stars In Their Eyes Kids as Donny Osmond, age 12
Guilty Music Pleasure: Britney Spears
What would your autobiography be called: Tea and Wine
Who would play you in a film about your life: Valentina from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, out of drag, if they put on about three stone 

Mario Craven-Ward, Human & Canine Resources

Mario the Pomeranian started life as a puppy living just off Leicester Square before joining our team via his mum, Chloe Craven-Ward. With a bark far worse than his bite, he keeps the Can You CIC It team in line and can be quite demanding to work alongside.

2 truths, one lie: I hate treats. I’m named after Super Mario. I have a Buzz Lightyear costume.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: I’d love to hang out on the roof at Brixton Windmill. 
One album everyone should own: Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
Dream gig line-up: Cat Stevens, Cat Power, The Pussycat Dolls
What three words describe you best: A good boy
What would be your dream pet: I *am* a dream pet
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I’m scared of the hosepipe in the garden.
Guilty Music Pleasure: Atomic Kitten
What would your autobiography be called: Attention, Please!
Who would play you in a film about your life: Scooby Doo