Oliver founded Contemporary Vintage to expand on over twenty years of innovation for the cultural sector.


He has assembled a talented team of Associates who offer a wealth of expertise from working with exceptional clients.


Our work is not limited by a fixed skill-set, instead we draw on the right people to fit the shape of the project.


We collaborate with a number of key partner agencies.

Oliver Vicars-Harris – Creative Director

Oliver is passionate about cultural innovation…



Oliver Vicars-Harris

Oliver’s background is in the cultural sector, where he has held several high profile roles over the last twenty years, alongside running a successful consultancy. He started his career championing digital access to art through initiatives such as the BAFTA award winning Tate Online and has worked at Director level in a number of leading cultural organisations.

Oliver’s clients include many major UK venues, including Tate, V&A, BFI, Museum of London, Wellcome Collection, Lyric Hammersmith and Roundhouse. He specialises in strategic problem solving, assisting clear communication and creative innovation through effective use of multi-platform media to promote content and brand.

Pigalle Tavakkoli – Creative Producer

Pigalle applies creative flair to immersive experiences…



Pigalle Tavakkoli Pigalle has ten years experience devising immersive event experiences for leading museums, charities, festivals, and commercial clients in the UK and Russia. She is passionate about increasing user engagement, and the convergence of the live and digital spheres.


She combines a background in theatre, fashion and communications to produce events and integrated campaigns which generate high profile media coverage and increase audience outreach. She has produced events for a wide range of clients such as the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, V&A, Science Museum, Wellcome Trust, Festival Republic and Universal Records.

Daniel Bougourd – Broadcast Media

Daniel takes a thoughtful approach to programme making…



Daniel Bougourd His background is in arts television, where he has produced and directed long and short form films and documentaries. Over the last ten years he’s profiled the work of choreographers, film directors, opera stars, classical composers, photographers, visual artists, writers as well as musicians and theatre practitioners.


Dan spent six years working for Sky Arts as the in-house producer/director on their arts partnerships. The role saw him direct films for Turner Contemporary, Northern Ballet, The Barbican, Baltic, Glyndebourne, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, National Theatre, English National Opera, Headlong Theatre, The Roundhouse, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Liverpool Philharmonic. He specialises in capturing creative processes and working methods.

Simon Williams – Video Production

Simon applies craftsmanship to digital filmmaking…



Simon is an independent producer/director of video content and co-founder of O Production, an ambitious digital production company who combine effective creative thinking with exceptional technique. They have developed a crafted approach to film making for most digital platforms and, in this ever-changing landscape, you are as likely to see their work on an smartphone, iPad, or web browser as on the television, cinema screen or art gallery.

With 10 years of experience as a freelancer, Simon created hundreds of short films for broadcasters, record companies, publishers, artists and major cultural institutions. Clients include BBC, Channel 4, Tate, Serpentine Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Faber and Faber, British Film Institute, EMI, Adam and Eve and Louis Vuitton.

Jeff Conrad – Design and Brand

Jeff brings expertise in brand and identity…



Jeff Conrad

Jeff is recognised globally as an expert on media branding. Having trained at the BBC, he went on to head up the design group in Red Bee Media Creative, with a long and successful track record of creating effective award winning work by developing consumer focused solutions for media brands.


Jeff is passionate about engaging audience with content, through effective branding and promotion. He has worked extensively with the BBC, UKTV and Virgin Media, as well as a range of other broadcasters all over the world. He is Managing Director of the leading media branding agency The Council.

Shaun Romain – Audience Insight

Shaun is expert in assessing the marketplace…



Shaun Romain For the first half of his career he worked as a curator, festival director, and exhibition designer. He has spent the last ten years as a consultant concentrating on measuring and understanding how culture is consumed. He analyses appeal of particular online and offline products and the effectiveness of different routes to market. Much of his recent focus has been upon cultural and creative business growth and sustainability.


Shaun’s recent clients include Arts Council England, English Heritage, DCMS, MLA, Tate Connects, Renaissance South East, Turner Contemporary, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Writer’s Centre Norwich, The Nuffield Theatre, and John Hansard Gallery.

Christopher Green – Audience Interaction

Chris has a unique approach to engaging audiences…



Christopher Green He is an Olivier Award winning writer, actor, cabaret artist and theatre maker. His work has several distinct strands but they all reveal a unified vision of the transforming power of entertainment to inform, provoke and inspire.


Chris is the first ever Artist in Residence at the British Library in London. He is the man behind the comedy characters Tina C, Ida Barr and Jedd O’Sullivan and the creator of theatre shows C’est Barbican, Office Party, VIP, Working Man’s Club and Silent Night as well as many media appearances and writing for BBC Radio 4. He has a remarkable ability to break down boundaries and make education fun.

Amber Jane Butchart – Cultural Content

Amber brings an eclectic eye for content…



Amber Butchart Amber is a writer, broadcaster, design consultant, trend forecaster and fashion historian. Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style and a featured fashion historian on various BBC productions, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro.


A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts, she has lectured at both London College of Fashion and the ICA. She has written for publications and sites including Fire and Knives, Clothes on Film, Fashion156 and British Pathé and her research is featured on the PYMCA youth culture archive. She blogs on the Theatre of Fashion, is a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN and as the red-haired half of the Broken Hearts DJ duo she hosts a weekly radio show on Jazz FM.