Meet the team.
The AGB Team of collaborators have vast experience from all over the world across a multitude of disciplines. From strategy and creative to production and lighting, incorporating digital, projection and all aspects of event management and delivery, the AGB Team has pride and passion for their work, and it shows in all of our projects!
Anthony BasticChief Executive Officer and Creative Director
As an international event designer, Anthony’s extensive creative talents have brought some of the worlds most inspiring event experiences to life. Anthony prides himself on storytelling which captivates and unites diverse communities. Since founding AGB Events, Anthony has conceived and produced a multitude of successful events in Australia and internationally. Anthony was instrumental in establishing Vivid Sydney and was associated with the event holding positions of Curator and Festival Director of Light for a decade. Anthony also created the annual Lights of Christmas projections – a three-week, evening celebration of the essence of Christmas – another public event that regularly breaks attendance records and is now firmly part of a Christmas tradition for Sydneysiders and visitors. As the creative leader of AGB, Anthony also developed and inaugurated The Australian Garden Show Sydney, the Lights of Boston, and produced the first two iLight Marina Bay in Singapore. Before establishing AGB Events, Anthony held high-profile creative positions in the events industry including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney 2000 Olympics Live Sites, Rugby World Cup 2003, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Centennial Parklands and Sydney City Council.
Todd SeversonChief Operating Officer
With over 20 years of international event experience, Todd has held senior leadership and consultancy roles in sport, film festivals, light festivals, performing arts, exhibitions, political summits, urban precincts, and 10 Olympic Games. Todd specialises in integrating operations and systems across the multiple business areas that are the hallmark of major events. This includes project planning, mobilisation of significant workforce teams, logistics, and client-focused services as well as developing winning proposals. As AGB Events Chief Operating Officer, Todd brings his exemplary skills in event development and customer-designed experiences to the unique and vibrant public events that AGB creates. By applying his talents in strategy, project management, and innovative problem-solving, Todd has secured and led AGB’s solutions at mega-projects such as Vivid Sydney, Expo 2020 Dubai, and cultural institutions around the world.
Giles WestleyArtistic Director
Giles is a creative specialising in light and projection art – with a career traversing fine art, architecture, photography, film, event design, branding design, and lighting spanning 25 years. Possessing a unique set of skills that combine artistic with technical, Giles facilitates the connection of large audiences and stories on the global stage. Leading a team of specialist creatives, Giles uses visual symbolism and metaphor supported by crafted soundscape to create narratives that cross cultural and language divides, bringing unity and understanding to projects. The vast body of work has encompassed public-funded art projects, corporate events, and sporting events watched by billions of people around the world.
Rhoda Roberts AOCreative Consultant
Rhoda has had an amazing creative career and enjoyed working on a number of high profile, iconic events. Rhoda was Creative Director of the Awakening Segment at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Director of Sydney New Year’s Eve (2008-2011), founder and Festival Director of The Dreaming (1994-2009), host of Deadly Sounds national weekly radio program (1992-2014), producer of Aboriginal media company Vibe Australia (1992-2014) and co-founder the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust. Rhoda, as Creative Curator on Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, currently works closely with local Aboriginal artists and 40 art centres from across the Alice Springs desert region to develop the narrative for the event.
Francesca HynesProject Director
Francesca is an integral collaborator in strategy and brand development for key iconic events and major celebrations. Fran has managed advertising campaigns and developed brand strategies for Qantas, Nestle and Westpac Banking Corporation amongst others, and held senior positions at Qantas, Mojo (advertising), the City of Sydney and the NSW State Government. As Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor of Sydney in the lead up to the Olympic Games, she played a vital role in the host city preparations, subsequently moving to the Olympic organisation in 2000. Fran has held senior roles for many major events including the 2000 Olympic Live Sites, Rugby World Cup 2003 and the Metropolis World Congress in 2008. With a degree in marketing and first-class honours in art history and archaeology (and a keen amateur archaeologist), Francesca brings a diverse range of strategic and management skills and perspectives to her work.
Di Henry OAMEvent Director
Di Henry is an internationally awarded Producer and Director of Festivals, Events, Exhibitions, Media Campaigns and Marketing. Di has over 25 years of experience in creating and delivering a diverse range of culturally significant events. Di was General Manager of the Torch Relay for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and continued to deliver the torch relays across the globe – her consult is still consistently sought by organising committees and companies around the world. Di has also produced Sydney New Years, Parramasala Festival and numerous cultural festivals, she is currently the Event Director for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light.
Holding a Bachelor in Entertainment Business Management, Jasmin is driven to create impactful experiences which resonate with audiences. With a passion for the arts and cultural sector, Jasmin excelled in the role of Artist Manager for Vivid Sydney Lightwalk for 4 years, Since 2016, she has led the production and operations team for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light located in Central Australia, and in 2019 stepped into the role of Producer to support the growth of the festival into two precincts. Jasmin produced Halo – a sound and light experience in Townsville in it’s inaugural year 2019. She excels in the management of project timelines, production, creative, financial, operations, personnel, risk and stakeholders. Jasmin has extensive experience with Government projects and believes attention to detail is imperative to the success of every event. She prides herself on a customised approach to every client, artist and supplier.
Ruth has 20 years of experience delivering events in the corporate, sporting and entertainment spheres including 13 years working with the National Rugby League’s (NRL) events team. Ruth is in charge of AGB’s annual Lights of Christmas event in Sydney and for the inaugural year in Brisbane. Whether for a bespoke corporate dinner for 20 guests or a televised event with an audience of millions, Ruth enjoys the challenge of collaborating on events that exceed clients’ expectations.
Olivia is an experienced Producer who has extensive knowledge in the production and delivery of video, stills, VFX, mobile apps and VR. Coupled with her capabilities in producing events, public art, activations and exhibitions, Olivia is a valued member of the AGB Team. Olivia is finely skilled in understanding briefs and exceeding expectations, has great management skills across the areas of creative/ production and post-production teams, international crews and local and international suppliers. She is a fabulous collaborator and contributor to marketing, proposals, sponsorship packages and pitches. And also excels at scheduling, contracting, budgets and reporting. Olivia holds a Fine Arts degree in Video Installation.
Ashleigh has extensive experience in the corporate and hospitality event space and has worked on many regional events prior to moving to Sydney in 2017, creating positive social impact in communities. Holding a degree in Event Business Management, Ashleigh is a multitasker with strong organisational skills. She is the client liaison for a number of Federal Government and Corporate clients and has made critical contributions to the success of the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Awards, Lights of Christmas, Vivid Light and a myriad of other AGB projects.
Chris KarstensProduction & Operations
Chris has over 25 years of experience in the events and entertainment industry in the US and Australia, specialising in event production and operations. He has led and performed key roles on event production and venue teams across annual hallmark public celebrations, festivals, concerts, and professional sports. Chris has extensive experience delivering events in the public sector, recently serving for ten years at the City of Sydney in Production Management and Coordination roles on the Sydney New Year’s Eve unit. He has also held Event Management roles at Sydney Opera House, and at Seattle Center for the City of Seattle.
Steph GleesonProduction & Operations
Stephanie is a passionate event professional with a background in operations, production, project management and stage management. She is practiced in large scale public and broadcast events across the arts, music, sport, culture and corporate sectors. Her credits include Senior Production Coordinator – 2018 Sydney New Year’s Eve, and Stadium Site Coordinator – 2018 Commonwealth Games, in addition to various roles for Invictus Games Sydney 2018, Vivid Sydney, Australia Day in Sydney, and Sydney Lunar Festival. Stephanie works with AGB Events providing operational planning and delivery across a variety of notable events and projects. including Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2020.
Toby SewellLighting Designer & Production
Toby has been a lighting designer for live productions of theatre, opera, music, dance and events for over 20 years, he has toured in the roles of Designer & Production Manager with a variety of companies both nationally and internationally. Toby provides technical and design guidance through the development, manufacture and installation of lighting installation for Parrtjima & Halo. Toby also manages all technical supplier relationships for projects along with planning logistics, scheduling, equipment and technical personnel required to produce a light festival in Australia.
Kylie MillwoodCorporate Marketing
Kylie has built a career leading national and state-wide community initiatives for the government and not-for-profit sectors. Through “big picture” thinking and creating a clear strategic plan to achieve results, Kylie works with teams to turn creative concepts into deliverable projects. Over the years she has worked with major corporates companies including Colliers International, the Ocean Forests Foundation, Canon Australia, Northern Territory Major Events Corporation and Special Olympics Australia to develop engagement campaigns and programs to deliver strategic marketing objectives. For 10 years she held senior executive roles in the NSW Premier’s Department’s Office of Protocol and Special Events, which was responsible for delivering major events, celebrations engagement programs and awards.
Louis RosaCommercial Manager
Louis Rosa is an Event Producer with over 20 years’ experience on major international events and is a strong leader with expertise in event planning and delivery, financial and project management and stakeholder engagement. Louis’ experience comes from being involved with various major sporting organisations – Olympic, Commonwealth, European Games’ – specialising in torch and baton relay events, roadshows and providing commercial, event marketing and operations management services to commercial organisations. Louis has a track record of successfully leading the end-to-end planning and delivery of events in organisations with strict deadlines requiring high level communication, stakeholder management, diplomacy, cross-functional area integration, financial management and multi-tasking across operational areas. He is an effective communicator with proven ability to recruit, train and motivate employees and contractors with varied cultural, religious and language backgrounds. Louis is passionate about events and thrives in fast-paced, challenging environments.
Gina has extensive experience and knowledge of corporate and small business accounting management as well as the particulars of event accounting. Gina is an integral part of our team and is critical in the planning and delivery of all of our projects.