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We are a global leading independent leisure consultancy. We transform places through creating experiences.

The Big Picture comprises a team of experts with hands-on experience of delivering successful projects in over 30 countries globally.

Leisure provides important cultural and economic benefits, bringing jobs and vitality to towns and cities. As a destination for people to come together and be inspired, it is a catalyst for regeneration.

For us, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; all markets and developments are different, and we work with clients to get the best outcome. We are constantly creating new ideas to deliver global best practice for clients.

We look at the bigger picture. Our experience in placemaking means the impact of leisure is felt by surrounding communities and businesses, reaching far beyond its immediate location.

The Big Picture drives a modern successful development through all stages including:

Location Evaluation      |     Competition Analysis     |     Business Planning

Optimisation of Footfall & Revenue     |     New Market Development 

Space Planning     |     Design     |     Layout

Fit out Project & Cost Management     |     Ongoing Management Services

Leisure, F&B and Respective Zone, Precincts & the Retail Merchandising Mix

Together with full operations, recruitment, training, and management support, the TBP team can support from concept through to launch and successful operation.

Judith Querfurth

Judith Querfurth

John Sullivan

John Sullivan

Mike Thomson

Mike Thomson

Keith Pullinger

Keith Pullinger

Kath Knight

Kath Knight

Judith joined The Big Picture in 2013 as a Consultant. With a BA in Communications she held several roles as a Communications Consultant for various companies including ING Real Estate and Siemens in the Netherlands. Her main focus has been on delivering wide-ranging support on all TBP projects but in particular delivering comprehensive reports for Developers,


Local Authorities and Asset Managers on cinema and leisure provision in the UK. In addition, Judith manages all financial aspects and day-to-day running of our business.


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John is a longstanding cinema and leisure expert and has acted in a senior development and management capacity on numerous retail, leisure and residential schemes throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK.

Recently John has been the driving force behind the successful development, launch and ambitious roll out of Saudi Arabia’s first homegrown and No.1. cinema chain Muvi Cinemas, resulting in 21 successful muvi cinema openings in the last 5 years.


In 2002, John and Keith Pullinger set up a leisure consultancy group, focusing on leisure and cinema anchored projects working with developers and governments to create innovative and exciting leisure destinations and is continually ahead of the curve with a forward-thinking approach. Employing this strategy, TBP consistently demonstrates their market leading abilities with commercially viable developments.


Together with the TBP team, John has created landmark destinations including Eye (Galway), Odyssey (Belfast), Roxy Boxpark (Dubai), The Light Cinemas (UK), Grand Cinema (Bucharest). Our relationships with developers have led to exciting locations and leading to household brands e.g. Vue (Westfield, London), Showcase Watermark (Southampton), Odeon Luxe (Leeds), Everyman (Chelmsford) and Picturehouse (Prescot).


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Mike Thomson’s background is both operational and commercial. His expertise is in developing commercial strategies for cinema and leisure owners, operators or developers. As a Director at Virgin, UGC Cinemas and Cineworld, Mike headed up the combined marketing, film programming and retail functions, developing fully integrated commercial strategies, including the development and launch of the ‘Unlimited’ card – the UK’s first, and largest, cinema subscription scheme.


Before working in the cinema industry Mike held senior executive positions at major retail companies. The combination of retail and cinema knowledge means Mike is uniquely positioned to help developers, shopping centre managers and investors on delivering integrated entertainment offers within malls or town centres.


Mike has worked in numerous countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Nordics, with particular focus on the emerging Eastern European and Gulf Region markets over the last ten years. Mike was instrumental in setting up muvi cinemas in KSA, as well as advising KNCC on repositioning its business in Kuwait.


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Across these territories, he has been responsible for developing over 40 cinema complexes with more than 300 screens.


He was co-founder of The Light in 2007 and is busy developing the next generation of venues for the ever-changing leisure market. The Light now operates thirteen sites in the UK with a pipeline to continue its expansion. Keith also co-founded The Big Picture specialist consultancy in 2007 and remains active in supporting that business globally.


Recent projects have been focussed on town and city centre regeneration, often working in partnership with local authorities to help re-energise shopping centres and town centres, supporting the development of a healthy evening economy. Council partnerships include Stockport, Runnymede, Cherwell, Swale, Breckland and Reigate & Banstead.


Expanding out from cinema, the new generation of Light complexes include a range of supporting leisure offers such as bowling, mini golf and climbing together with a high-quality food and bar offer.


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Kath has over 20 years’ experience in the cinema sector, providing administrative, financial and project support.  A collaborative worker, proficient in MS Office Suite, Sage 50 and Xero, accustomed to adhering to tight deadlines, she worked previously for the UK Film Council, as Project Co-ordinator of the Distribution & Exhibition Fund, for the Digital Funding Partnership, supporting the rollout of digital projection equipment in independent cinemas, and for Ymagis Group in cinema equipment sales.

Australia | Belarus | Belgium | Cameroon | Cyprus | Czechia | Finland | France | Georgia | Germany | Greece | India | Ireland | Italy | Kazakhstan | KSA | Kuwait | Latvia | Lithuania | Malaysia | Netherlands | New Zealand | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Taiwan | Turkey | United Kingdom

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