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Michael Grubb Studio promotes Melissa Byers to Head of Bournemouth Studio

Multi award-winning lighting design practice Michael Grubb Studio is thrilled to confirm the promotion of Melissa Byers from Associate to the Head of the company’s Bournemouth Studio.

Melissa’s appointment is part of a wider expansion of Michael Grubb Studio, which saw the practice open its second studio in London’s Metal Box Factory earlier this year. Melissa will be the dedicated Head of Bournemouth, aligning with Mike Cascarino, the Head of the London Studio.

Founder and Managing Director Michael Grubb will remain fully operational, overseeing the practice as a whole. Forming the new senior team, Michael, Mike and Melissa will work collaboratively to focus on resources, development of the practice, and the team. The positioning of Melissa and Mike as Heads of Studios will ensure consistency while also allowing for hand-in-hand working on many projects.

Melissa brings extensive experience to the role, having worked with lighting for over 20 years. Since joining Michael Grubb Studio, she has worked on a vast array of large-scale lighting design and masterplanning projects.

Speaking of her new role, Melissa said: “It’s very exciting to be taking up the position of Head of Bournemouth Studio. I really enjoy collaboration, communication and creativity, and in my new role I will get to dedicate even more time to these aspects of my work.

“It’s also a great time to be stepping up in the company as we are growing and evolving; developing our portfolio and clients, alongside supporting the team’s own development.”

Michael Grubb, Founding Director of Michael Grubb Studios, said: “We’re delighted to be promoting Melissa to head up our Bournemouth Studio. She has incredible experience and expertise, and will undoubtedly help the company to thrive even more in her new role.

Melissa will continue to work collaboratively with the entire team to balance the technical, creative, and organisational requirements of any project. She is an absolute asset to Michael Grubb Studio with her exceptional skillset and pragmatic approach.”