About

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Jayne Pearce

Director, Pearce International

Jayne Pearce sees solutions instead of problems and swears by her very personalised, world renowned do-list to get things done. To her knowledge she still holds the school javelin record and captained the Bristol University (where she read Modern Languages) netball, basketball and tennis teams so she was destined for a career in international sport. She also managed to get round the London Marathon without stopping in her 30th year and did the Liffey Descent marathon white water canoe race in her 50th year – definitely both one offs!

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Andrew McMenamin

Director, Pearce International

Andrew McMenamin loves building teams, helping people achieve their potential and anything to do with the outdoors. He has worked in major sports events since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, trying to find a practical use for his M.Sc. in Recreation Management from Loughborough University.

With a background in adventure sport, youth sport and the sport for all movement he is unfazed by the global sports stars he meets at events. For ten years he was the global Head of Operations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a development programme for young people that includes sports and physical recreation and is held by many top athletes around the world. 

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Meet the Team

Pearce International has built a wide network of industry professionals who work with us and subscribe to the same ethos and standards of professionalism. Here are just a few of our fabulous team members:

Nicole Reynolds
Nicole Reynolds

A former long jumper from Australia, Nicole first worked with Jayne at Sydney 2000 and has been a loyal stalwart on many projects since then.  Nicole is now back working at her first love of athletics, working as Media Operations Manager with Jayne and Anna on the IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017.

London 2012 | Edmonton 2001 | Beijing 2008 | Birmingham 2003 & 2007 | Rugby World Cup 2007 | Sydney 2000
Anna McInerney
Anna McInerney

Charm, grace and superb organising ability in a compact package, Anna loves a new challenge. Pearce International’s go-to person for hockey and now working with us as Media Services Manager on the IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017.

London 2012 | Baku 2015 | London 2015 | Sochi 2014
Ivan Pasquariello
Ivan Pasquariello

Ivan is a tennis enthusiast and spends time covering international tournaments in between media operations projects. His most recent events include Euro 2016, the Rio Paralympic Games and the Sport at the Service of Humanity World Conference (which was attended by the Pope!). He has a new challenge now: keeping up with the running group at London 2017, where he is the Press Operations and Publications Coordinator for the IAAF World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships.

Barb MacDonald
Barb MacDonald

Known for her calm, professional demeanor, Barb is equally at home running press operations in an Olympic venue, or managing a complex communications plan. Her cheerful laughter can often be heard throughout a venue as she enjoys each challenge of a new event day, and working with outstanding people.  Barb is currently leading the charge for us at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

London 2012 Baku 2015
Kamran Talibov
Kamran Talibov

Kamran was Deputy Manager at Baku 2015 and rapidly proved himself during the planning phase. He was a lead point of contact with the Azerbaijani media for accreditation, oversaw volunteer training and was Deputy Venue Media Manager at Crystal Hall responsible for I-Zones. In the past he has worked as a fifa.com editor and on several international sports events including the Tour d’Azerbaijan 2012 and 2013 (cycling) and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2012.  He is now Head of Press Operations for the  Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. He makes the bold claim that it is impossible to make him lose his patience!  Baku 2015

Pirim Pirimov
Pirim Pirimov

Pirim started as a Specialist at Baku 2015 but became the linchpin of the press operations team, assisting in media accreditation, I-Zone set up and stepped up to be Deputy VMM at Aquatics during the Games. Has just finished working on the 42nd Chess Olympiad and is now the Head of Press Services for the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.  Always positive and optimistic, he goes the extra mile.

Baku 2015

Russell Swannack
Russell SwannackProject Manager

Russell has a first class honours degree in Sports Management from Sheffield Hallam University where he served as President of the Students’ Union and worked as an Associate Lecturer.  He was instrumental in delivering the highly successful partnership between SHU and London 2012. Since then he has worked on some of the top global sports events including each year at Wimbledon, the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 and the Rugby World Cup England 2015. Now based in Glasgow he is our go-to-guy for any projects north of the border.

London 2012 |
Mary Fitzhenry
Mary Fitzhenry

A strong contender for the title of “Nicest Woman in the World” Mary is a lynchpin of the Sports Journalists’ Association when she is not abroad on a project.

London 2012 | Invictus 2014 | Baku 2015
Lorraine Ralston
Lorraine Ralston

Famous for her military background and precision, no project is too tough for her. She is based in the US and specialises in Main Press Centre planning and management and media services.

London 2012 | Invictus 2014 | Baku 2015
Tracey Smedley
Tracey Smedley

A former PE teacher and athlete, Tracey has worked with PI since its early days and is equally at home with press or photographers.

London 2012 | Invictus 2014 | Baku 2015 | Manchester 2002 | Birmingham 2003 & 2007 | Manchester 2008
Tony Weymouth
Tony Weymouth

A familiar Kiwi face to sports photographers, Tony welcomes his charges at events including rugby and athletics. No matter who you are, he will find a way to help and treats everyone the same.

London 2012 | Invictus 2014 | Baku 2015 | Edmonton 2001 | Birmingham 2007 | Manchester 2008
Gary Kemper
Gary Kemper

Gary Kemper has been a photojournalist and editor for more than 35 years. He was the first to work for the Reuters News Pictures Service, worked for UPI and was Director  of the North American operation of the European Pressphoto Agency. He was the Photo Chief for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.   He has covered or been involved in the organisation of 14 Olympic Games and is a consultant to the IOC. An inveterate traveller for most of his life, he now tries to keep up with his kids’ wandering.

Invictus 2014 | Baku 2015
Veronika Muehlhofer
Veronika Muehlhofer

Veronika is a multilingual powerhouse fluent in English, German, Italian and French. Her most recent project in Rio has left her well able to communicate in Portuguese too! A former international rugby player she is CEO of the Swiss Rugby Union and is hugely experienced in winter sports also, especially ice hockey.

London 2012 | Baku 2015
Cavan Pawson
Cavan Pawson

A former Fleet Street staff photographer, known for his work in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as at sports events, Cavan makes his big presence felt all over the world and is not afraid to stick his neck out for photographers.

London 2012 | Invictus 2014 | Baku 2015 | Sochi 2014
Dusan Zivkovic
Dusan Zivkovic

Dusan worked with Pearce International in 2014 as a Venue Press Operations Manager for Baku 2015 and again at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku 2017.  Amongst other events he has been Director of Communications at the European Water Polo Championships (Belgrade 2016) and involved with two Olympic Winter Games, two European Basketball Championships and several skiing and skating international events.
Dusan is fluent in English, Italian, Russian and Serbian and is guaranteed to make his point in any language.

 | Baku 2015 | Sochi 2014
Sariyya Malikova
Sariyya Malikova

Sariyya was a Deputy Photo Supervisor at Baku 2015, and then was Press Operations Manager planning the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.  A global citizen, she has participated in international trainings, seminars and conferences in more than 10 countries and speaks English, Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish and Japanese. Everywhere else she relies on her thousand watt smile and relentless sunny optimism.

 | Baku 2015 |

Client Testimonials

First time I have been working with Jayne was at the Olympics 1996 in Atlanta. Now – 16 years later at the London Games I can reconfirm the working experience with Jayne from last years. She is by far the best person in the world to run press operations at highest level and at the biggest sporting events globally. Her way to serve the client group on one side and her way to motivate her staff to deliver best quality to media is unique. She pays great attention to details, where others don’t even think about it. Her language skills are impressing everyone working with her.
Jochen Faerber, Head of Olympic Channel Services Switzerland
Jayne Pearce is probably the most reliable, and best organized person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Her knowledge and experience in the field of press operations is impressive and I hope I will have the chance to work with her again in the near future.
Eva Werthmann, IPC Media Operations Senior Manager
I have worked with Jayne on previous occasions over several years and it was a pleasure to be able to work alongside her at London 2012. Her knowledge and experience are second to none; her attention to detail and ability to get the best out of her teams is excellent. She managed a great team of people, but her management skills were largely what made them a great team.
Chris Cohen CBE, Athletics Paralympics Manager at London 2012
Jayne is one of the most able and professional press chiefs I have had the good fortune to work with. She has an excellent reputation working at major sporting events worldwide and her expertise and experience are second to none. Jayne is good at managing people and dealing with issues and ‘crises’ and her people skills are first rate. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
Dave Gordon, Sports Broadcasting Consultant
Jayne is a first class professional who combines excellent strategic planning with an eye for detail that delivers on the ground success for every project she works on. I have worked with Jayne on a number of media projects, where organisations we have worked for have been closely involved. Her collaborative and hard working ethic, combined with her professional knowledge, have made the process and the end result first class. I thoroughly recommend Jayne as a top class operator.
Mark Howell, Managing Partner at Howell Media and Management Services
Working with Jayne – undoubtedly one of the best press operations professionals around – in the run up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games was a true privilege. Her knowledge is exceptional and her attention to detail second to none. She is a team leader and player who inspires everyone around her. She delivers with a smile, addresses all issues and concerns head on and stays calm and level headed under huge pressure. Throughout she never loses sight of the end goal. Anyone lucky enough to work with her will enjoy learning from her.
Miriam Wilkens, Director of Communications at British Olympic Association
Jayne is an outstanding organizer and press operations manager. I’ve worked with her under the most challenging of circumstances during several Olympic Games and she has always been successful. Put quite simply, nobody does it better.
Gary Kemper, Photojournalist; Event Manager, Press Operations
Jayne is the world’s leading expert of Press Operations at the Olympic Games and advising candidate and bid cities as to their Press Operations Planning and Activation. There is no better expert in this field – exceptionally qualified, proven expertise, and calm and cool under pressure to get the job done on time and budget.
Ian Hamilton, Owner & General Manager at The Hind Hotel
Jayne and I worked together at UK Athletics in the late 1990s and her experience, talent and support were absolutely invaluable. In addition to the standard NGB activities there were two significant and potentially very damaging crises that Jayne led the management of. The handling of both of those incidents showed the brilliance of Jayne and were I ever in a similar situation Jayne and Pearce International would be the first name on my list to call.
David Moorcroft, CEO UK Athletics from 1997 to 2007
Effective working relationships with sports governing bodies and event managers are at the core of our business. Pearce International’s vast experience and expertise has helped us foster these relationships resulting in world class photographic coverage of the events at which they have provided us with media services.
Ken Mainardis, Director of Photography, Major Events, Getty Images
Pearce International fully designed and implemented the Media Operations program of the 2003 Athletics World Championships held in France.

Their professionalism, sense of detail and service to all the populations, and ability to serve demanding stakeholders coming from various backgrounds made them a valuable part of the team. Jayne Pearce is unanimously appreciated by all those who have had the chance to collaborate with her on various projects.

Martine Nemecek, Director of Operations, IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Paris 2003
I wouldn’t ever believe in setting forward to running an event without using Pearce International. The expertise, competency and manner in which the media service is delivered by this organisation is one of great professionalism and due diligence.
Brian Stocks, Head of Sport and International Events
As a sports journalist I need to know that I can gain access to accurate information quickly and services that are reliable. I have been assisted at international and domestic sports events by Jayne, and now Pearce International, for twenty years and always feel confident that I will receive a thoroughly professional service when I know she is involved. The press is assured of having someone who understands what is needed and does their utmost to deliver it.
David Powell, Athletics Correspondent, The Times
BBC Sport have worked with Jayne, and latterly Pearce International, over a number of events from Olympic Games and major Athletic Championships to Marathons and Road Races.

Her breadth of experience is extensive and Jayne is used to working with local organising committees, broadcasters and other media. Jayne therefore understands the issues of organising both large and small events and deals with all parties to ensure that they work together efficiency and in harmony. Because of her collaborative approach it has been refreshing for TV, Press and Photographers to work together with terrific results. It is always reassuring to see Jayne involved in our events.

Martin Webster, Executive Producer, BBC Sport
I have had the privilege to work with Jayne Pearce on three Olympic Games, two FIFA World Cups, and numerous bids for both Olympic Games and FIFA World Cups. I actively seek Pearce International’s participation in any major project in which I am involved, because Jayne is so competent, so hard-working, so reliable, and thoroughly pleasant to work with.
Bob Stiles, Senior Vice President, Helios Partners
ArupSport have consulted Pearce International for advice on the design of media facilities in sports venues for many years. As designers of international sports stadia such as the Beijing Olympic stadium and the Allianz Arena in Munich, ArupSport has required exacting advice for their designs. Pearce International has always provided this with their in-depth knowledge of media operations from overall strategies to the smallest details.
Eugene Uys, ArupSport

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