Since joining SMA Talent in 2012, Lesley has established herself as a prominent player in composer management. Her tenacity and patience, her diplomacy and energetic approach to the industry have taken her lecturing on Composer Management, Self-Management and How to Pitch for Film Scores in Europe; first in Krems, then Vienna and then in Germany where she delivered a series of practical workshops to emerging composers at the Soundtrack_Cologne 2014 Festival.
Educated in South Wales, Lesley worked in sales and marketing for a number of top 10 agencies including Option One, Black Cat and Positive Thinking, first as an Account Executive and ultimately as Director responsible for New Business Development.
8 years in the fashion & clothing industry, included a 2 year spell with Elle Magazine and then as owner/proprietor of a successful luxury retail outlet and image consultancy, selling the business sold in 2008.
In 2009 and in seeking a fresh challenge, Lesley spearheaded a small team of entrepreneurs in the transformation of a set of 16 Century rural barns into a premier events venue.
At Wingfield Barns Lesley hosted a wide range of art exhibitions, events and concerts from UK performers including comedian, broadcaster and author Phil Jupitus, tv personality and author Rory McGrath, historian and TV presenter Michael Woods, the world’s No 1 trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins, singer songwriter Beverley Craven, author and art historian Tony Penrose (The Boy Who Bit Picasso) folk singer/ songwriter, Sam Carter, classical pianist and composer Francesco Attesti, folk hero Steve Knightley, music maestro Neil Innes, 70’s icon The Strawbs, and legendary rock band Thunder.
Approaching artists, negotiating contracts with tour managers and agents, marketing, delivering and hosting events cemented Lesley’s passion for music, the arts and the entertainment industry. After a chance meeting with SMA Talent founders, Olav and Carolynne Wyper, Lesley embarked on a career that exploits all the sales, marketing, negotiating and communication skills of past experiences.