The Board

Mark Brown

Group Chairman

Mark formed eclipse Staging Services LLC in Dubai in 2003. Since then eclipse has grown into a leading technical services company working throughout the GCC with a reputation for excellent customer service and event delivery. He has been in the events industry for over 25 years having worked with his company Laser Grafix, based in the UK and UAE. Laser Grafix still provides lasers to many of the major concerts and public events worldwide.

Mark has built eclipse to become one of the leading technical suppliers in the region by only using high quality industry standard equipment; and by keeping abreast of the latest technology on offer globally he ensures eclipse remains as a market leader.

Simon Ransom

Group COO

With over 30 years experience in the entertainment, conference and event industry, Simon has played many different roles over the years. Whether it is as a projection technician or stage manager, Technical Director for Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Europe in concert” tour or as the Technical Producer for the opening ceremonies of the Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah Resort in Dubai Simon has been involved in many events, big and small.

Having worked through the technical ranks from the ground up, Simon has a broad technical knowledge that he brings to bear in the his role as COO.

Simon has been based in Dubai for more than 20 years, and was appointed the eclipse Group’s COO in 2012. Simon continues to occasionally act as an independent consultant and technical director/producer to the conference and live events industry in the region and beyond.

Martin Lubach

Executive Director

With 30 years of experience in the event and entertainment industry, Martin (a graduate of Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Edinburgh University) began his career in 1984 as an Engineer, Product Developer & Draughtsman at SST, where he worked within a team designing the first European Automated Lighting System – the Starlite. Following on from that role, he went on to tour for several years as the Lead Programmer and Board Op for major bands such as Deep Purple, Elton John, Sting and New Order. From 1993 – 1997, Martin had his first experience in team management where he helped develop and oversee the manufacturing of the Starlite MK5 console and lighting fixture.

After joining Essential Lighting in 1998, Martin - due to his technical capabilities - helped the business grow very quickly and became both Technical Director and a shareholder; simultaneously working on technically demanding jobs and developing warehouse procedures to ensure maximum efficiency within the business. After their acquisition by PRG (a leading supplier of technical equipment and services to the production industry) in 2009, Martin assumed the role of Managing Director of Essential and managed the Essential brand.

Martin then went on to spend two years as Commercial Director at PRG UK, from 2011 - 2013 Martin took an active role in contributing to the company’s growth strategy through proactive sales and working with the specialist sales team.

In 2013 Martin made the move to the Middle East and took over as General Manager of eclipse Staging Services where he has been instrumental in driving sustainable growth within the business.

Jemma Joy

Executive Director

Jemma is an accomplished Event Professional with over 10 years practical and theoretical experience in the Regional Live Events Industry. In the early stages of eclipse Staging Services, she was involved in various elements of the business, even taking on the management of one of the company’s subsidiary businesses, Vivacious. 

After receiving her Marketing Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Event Marketing Jemma decided to take the bold move of going freelance in the Middle East events market and it was this move that brought her several years of rapid career development having to learn new skills at each corner working on a vast array of events in a broad range of roles.  Whether she was an Operator, Site Manager, Show Caller, Health and Safety Manager, Stage Manager, Production Manager or Account Manager, the years of freelancing gave her opportunities to work on large public and governmental events such as Red Bull X-Fighters, Expo2020 Theme Symposium, Music Concerts with Live Nation, the Tribeca Film Festival in Doha, several Royal Weddings and many National Day events across the region.

Now, with a background of diverse expertise in the industry, Jemma has re-joined the eclipse team as a Consultant to the Group CEO and COO where she will be focusing on the continuing growth of the eclipse Group at a strategic level as well as taking on specific business projects that will benefit from her detail orientated attention.

John Merrigan

Non-Executive Director

John is a highly experienced practitioner and passionate advocate of corporate governance, as an active board member in wide-ranging industry verticals, director coach and advisor. He is an advisor to several SME 100 companies in Dubai, and has completed a broad range of family governance projects in the UAE, focused on their individual requirements. He is also a governor of Dubai College, a not-for profit secondary school, and leading UK curriculum school in the world.

Born in Dublin - Ireland, John is a business graduate of Dublin City University & Graduate Member of the UK Institute of Personnel Management. He is a result-oriented hands-on business leader with enhanced interpersonal skills and a strong practical orientation. He has led several major global organisational changes, business strategy deployments, and the implementation of corporate governance practices, operational excellence processes, sales management turnaround projects, franchising and safety initiatives. His experience has also engaged him in working across different organisational types including corporate, operating units, joint ventures and distributors.

As an independent board member / advisor, John provides expertise in the following areas:

  • Corporate Governance
  • CEO / Senior Management support, performance management
  • Succession Planning
  • Change Management / Restructuring
  • Franchising / Business Development
  • ERP Implementation
  • Project Management