Stuart Shanks

Stuart Shanks


BCom Finance and Accountancy
BA Film & Television Production

Stuart is a highly experienced commercial and operational expert in the cultural and entertainment industries. Specialising in feasibility and project/ venue delivery and mobilisation, Stuart has over 20 years of hands-on experience to pull from.

Prior to joining IPW Stuart worked in finance, commercial and executive roles within the industry with organisations that include Disney Theatrical Productions, Warner Brothers, HQ Theatres & Hospitality and the BBC. He has also worked with a number of local authorities across the UK to improve and/ shape cultural provisions.

IPW projects that Stuart has worked on include:

  • Watford Colosseum procurement process
  • Horsham Capitol Theatre review
  • Aylesbury Waterside Theatre review
  • Inverness Visitor Academy Programme
  • Inverness Castle Marketing Strategy
  • Wrexham FC events space

Stuart also works within our Improving Performance With service, improving the operating performance of a range of different venues for clients.

“Never take life too seriously, we ain’t getting out of this alive…”

Pop Quiz

How long have you been with IPW…?

May 2022

Where have you worked previously?

MD of HQ Theatres & Hospitality, Warner Brothers, Disney Theatrical, the BBC, and a number of Local Authorities throughout England.

What do you bring to the team?

Energy to make things work in the real world, and a sense of fun along the way.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Australian Test Cricketer

Live anywhere, take everything, where would you go?

Somewhere, hot, calm with plenty of great food

What are you most passionate about in life?

Cricket, fairness and justice, cricket and, oh, cricket!


See my passions

Desert Island disc?

Billy Joel – Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Go-to dish?

Spag Bol all day long

Meet the rest of the team

Nick Russell
Nick RussellDirector
Kelly du Preez
Kelly du PreezOperations Director
Tristan Pople
Tristan PopleAssociate Director
Stewart Nicholson
Stewart NicholsonAssociate Director
Elliott Russell
Elliott RussellSenior Consultant
Bryan Beattie
Bryan BeattieHead of Culture
Alan Robinson
Alan RobinsonAssociate
Stuart Shanks
Stuart ShanksConsultant
Jim Kay
Jim KayAssociate
Neill Woodger
Neill WoodgerAssociate
Mubeen Ahmed
Mubeen AhmedConsultant
Jack Powis
Jack PowisResearch Consultant
Billy Mills
Billy MillsVenue Analyst
Tracy Russell
Tracy RussellPA and Office Manager