Published: June 19, 2022 | Updated: June 20, 2022

Biz Bites with OnBuy, Bournemouth Reggae Weekender, Dorset Police, Earth Kin Events

Julian Browne who has joined OnBuy as Chief Technology Officer.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Key appointment as Julian joins OnBuy as Chief Technology Officer

OnBuy, the Bournemouth-based online market place, has appointed Julian Browne as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

He brings 30 years of leading tech and product teams to success.

Previous roles included CTO for private equity backed scale-up, Comparison Technologies; Head of Engineering at Hive, and Chief Architect at O2.

Julian has also held senior positions spanning the tech industry.

Cas Paton, Founder and CEO of OnBuy, pictured left, said: “We are really excited to welcome Julian to the executive team at such a pivotal time for OnBuy.

“We have mega plans for the platform in the upcoming months and Julian’s vast experience, expertise, and true visionary mindset, combined with our ambition, will lead and further solidify our commitment to creating the best choice marketplace for retailers and customers alike.”

Julian said: “I feel I’ve joined OnBuy at a significant and exciting point in its journey, as it breaks free of its start-up roots to become a truly major player in the marketplace sector.

“I’m looking forward to helping scale the business to even greater heights.”

Founded in the UK in 2016 by Cas Paton, OnBuy offers 36 million products in a wide range of categories including electricals, beauty, home and garden, toys, and baby supplies.


Dorset Police to sponsor Bournemouth Reggae Weekender again

Dorset Police has teamed up with Afro*disiac Live Radio to sponsor the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender for the second year in a row.

The multi-cultural music festival takes place at Kings Park between Friday July 29 and Sunday July 31.

It aims to offer a wide range of Reggae music, entertainment and diversity.

Members of Dorset Police’s Positive Action team will be at the event to explain the wide variety of roles and support available within the organisation.

Assistant Chief Officer Jo Mosley, Director of People & Support Services, said: “We are delighted to yet again be the main sponsor for the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender.

“Our officers and staff are looking forward to meeting and engaging with as many people as possible.

“These events are a fantastic opportunity to tell people about the range of vacancies open and due to open across the force, including police officers and emergency and non-emergency contact officers in our Force Command Centre in Winfrith and Contact Centre in Bournemouth.

“We strive to be an inclusive employer and it is important that we attract people from different backgrounds to ensure we are representative of the diverse communities we serve.

“Working for the police is an opportunity to embark on a rewarding career and no matter what your background is, or what career path you are interested in, there is a career for you within our police family.

“With over 230 roles, there is something for everyone.”

  • More details on a career with Dorset Police can be found here.


Summer solstice marked with evening event at earthouse

Earth Kin Events, Dorset’s immersive theatre company, staged a summer solstice celebration on Saturday June 18.

It was held in Europe’s largest earthouse at the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne.

Occurring annually in the northern hemisphere in June, the summer solstice takes place on the longest day of the year when the sun appears to reach its highest point in the sky.

Ancient monuments aligned with the astrological movements of the sun such as Stonehenge, the Temple of Karnak in Egypt and the Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu, Peru, suggest the peoples of Earth have marked the summer solstice as a significant spiritual and cultural event since prehistoric times.

Today, the summer solstice is welcomed by many as the official start of the summer season and the herald of warmer days in the sun.

Earth Kin Events specialises in connecting people in the UK of all faiths and none to their heritage, their local landscapes and each other through storytelling, gentle ritual and music.

The company’s experienced musicians, poets and storytellers will gather round the fireside in the Ancient Technology Centre’s neolithic Earthouse to explore summer solstice myths, legends and folklore through poetry, dance, song, drumming, theatrical performance and much more.

Live music was played by The Murphy’s Lore Trio, as well as virtuoso bassist Matthew Brooks with vocals from Matt Alexander.