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About us

Here at Velvet Entertainment, we relish a challenge! No two events are the same and our team apply their wealth of experience and creativity across every project to ensure that all our events are fresh, original and exciting, truly delivering that “wow factor” for you and your guests. We take the time to understand exactly what you want to achieve and to deliver a complete event experience that goes far beyond just supplying a simple PA system, DJ or styling and branding advice. Our expert team are right by your side from start to finish, and, with the best entertainment acts on offer, perfectly executed planning procedures and attention to detail that is second to none, Velvet Entertainment will always go that extra mile to create something extra special for the client.

The team

Maurits van Rhede, Managing Director

Founder and managing director Maurits van Rhede has in-depth experience of the luxury party and entertainment scenes, having begun his professional life in 1991 in Paris. He rapidly gained a reputation as a formidable party organiser as well as a respected DJ on the Paris club scene and in Cannes. Moving to London, through DJing at some of the biggest nights on the London club scene in addition to exclusive private party appearances and residencies at venues including Soho House, Maurits realised there was a niche in the market for a reliable and diverse DJ agency. He started Velvet Entertainment 15 years ago as a boutique agency and has grown the brand into an internationally-known events company, working with high profile corporate and private clients in locations including London, Paris, Cannes, Mallorca, Morocco, Klosters, Amsterdam and Florence. Maurits has a contact book that is second to none and has worked with top suppliers all over the world, ensuring you’ll be working with the very best that the events industry has to offer.

Sam Garner, Director

A bit of a self-confessed ‘geek’ and with over 10 years industry experience, Sam is the go-to man for all things related to technical production, lighting, sound, AV and set-design. Studying at one of the UK’s top music conservatoires has given him a unique grounding and insight into the music industry, something that is invaluable when auditioning and sourcing top-class entertainment acts. His post event guilty pleasure is: Wandsworth’s 24 hour McDonald!

Tim Gale, Business Development & Event Manager

A thorough planner, Tim can tackle any challenge that is thrown at him. With his creative background in textiles, passion for partying and second-to-none client care, you can rest assured that Tim will look after you from start to finish. Tim’s party trick: his ability to look like Jason Statham, which is pretty apt considering he wanted to be a stuntman when he was growing up!

Valeria Carboni, Event Manager

With a background in theatre and specialist knowledge of all the top London venues, Valeria can inject a touch of Italian style to your event, ensuring that it runs with complete precision. As our girl on the ground, her friendly and helpful persona is ever-popular with our clients. In true Italian style, she loves tastings and any showcase events where there are tasty treats on offer. This goes hand in hand with her ideal superpower – to be able to eat an infinite amount!

Phoebe Thomas, Event Manager

Entertainment expert and party girl Phoebe will find the perfect act for your event, be it a contortionist, a traditional string quartet or a niche DJ. Fluent in French, she proves herself even more valuable while working abroad. With her calm and collected nature and extensive experience working on site and behind the scenes, she will ensure your event goes smoothly, always with a smile on her face. Her ideal job would be either a horse whisperer or professional lounger on a tropical beach – both slightly different to event management!

Joey Kaznadji, Warehouse Manager

Warehouse Manager Joey is the guy who ensures all of our furniture is sent out in top notch condition and keeps our warehouse looking spick and span at all times. Ever the practical man, if he could take only one thing to a desert island, it would be a boat.

Alessandro Goi, Quality Manager

Italian Alessandro has a wealth of experience both on and off site. His perfectionist nature ensures that all jobs on site are executed punctually and without any hiccups. He is a regular face at many of London’s top venues and knows every nook and cranny, ensuring a solution will always be found in a time of need. Even though he has been a Londoner for many years, Sandro stays true to his roots and he would order in pizza for his last meal!