We work together to design, create and produce experiences that bring magic to inspirational places and create lasting memories for the young and old alike.
Light Up Trails was founded by Libby Battaglia and Lucinda Croft in 2020. Friends since school, the pair trained together as dancers and then went on to enjoy creative careers in musical theatre, production and interior design. In 2020, in the teeth of the pandemic, they combined their shared passion for all things creative to collaborate in a new venture showcasing light art during the most festive time of year! Now in its third year and bringing together many of the most talented light artists and exhibits from across the world, Light Up Trails offer a unique winter wonderland experience for visitors of all ages, making memories that Libby and Lucinda genuinely believe will last forever!
The Managing Director and Executive Producer, Libby Battaglia, has over 30 years’ experience managing large-scale, high-profile events around the world including producing light festivals and events along the south coast. She founded the www.lightuppoole.co.uk Festival of Light in 2018, illuminating Poole’s historic town centre and waterfront and she won the Dorset Tourism Awards Outstanding Contribution to Dorset Tourism (2019). In 2020/21 Libby was the Events Director for Light Up Wiston, Mayflower 400 Tower of Lights and Christmas at Cowdray 2021.
The Development Director, Lucinda Croft, started her working life as an actress, transitioning into business in 2001 when she became Creative Director and then Managing Director of the internationally acclaimed children’s hand painted furniture and interior design company Dragons of Walton Street. When she left in 2020 to co-found Light Up Trails she had established trading partners in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Monaco, Kyev and Moscow. Lucinda manages the traders, sponsors, and recruitment for Light Up Trails events and was the Development Director for Light Up Wiston in December 2020 and Christmas at Cowdray 2021.
Kevin Byrne BCAb, is a leading entrepreneur and businessman in the UK, who built his household name company from scratch, managing a team of over 300 staff. Kevin won numerous business awards between 2011 and 2015 including Entrepreneur of the Year at the Sussex Business Awards, The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation and the British Citizens Award for Business at Westminster.
Gavin Dutton has led teams in a number of exciting businesses, his most prominent as Managing Director of Checkatrade between 2011-2018, growing the company from a well-known regional business to a national brand. After the sale of Checkatrade in 2018 Gavin has supported several smaller businesses in an advisory capacity and is actively working as a Non-Executive Director for BookaBuilder UK.