Hear first-hand from leading events CEOs and industry gurus …
Awards Director, UBM EMEA
Founder & Chairman of Judging Panel, The Wedding Industry Awards, 23 Events
Events Director – Incisive Business, Incisive Media
Director of Supplier Partnerships and HBAA Past Chair
As a self-proclaimed champion of technology, innovation and sustainability, Leigh led the HBAA’s TIS committee lead before being appointed 2016 Chair of the industry association and now continues to sit on the HBAA Board.
Leigh joined Capita Travel and Events in 2013 as sourcing manager for key accounts before progressing to her current role in 2014. Her depth of industry experience spans meetings and events agency operations, European customer account management and hotel sales management.
Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners
In 2002,Mark formed Fusion Corporate Partners with Paul Slight, who had represented A&M in its sale. Fusion is a niche M&A boutique in the media sector, exclusively representing the seller. Their market coverage includes; events, websites, market intelligence, broadcast & publications. To date they have completed over 100 media transactions with a total deal size of US$1.5Bln.
Mark’s speciality is to provide strategic advice to help companies maximise profits and achieve high exit values. He provides advice to a number of media enterprises and is a Director of GFC Media Group, Train Visual and MRM Media.
Director of Events, MEED
His passion is creativity, always wanting to try something new and take risks.
At MEED John was first tasked with restructuring the volume based events business with a focus on profitability. Once this had been achieved his next aim was to revolutionise the event space in the Middle East. This is taking shape through the radical launch of the Innovation Live initiative and the ongoing evolution of AHIC.
Former MD, Legend Exhibitions Ltd
CEO, World Lifestyle Awards
He has since hosted seven London Lifestyle Awards® with the eighth to be held November 2017. The London Lifestyle Awards® have attracted over 1 million public votes per awards, with over 5000 people in attending London Lifestyle Awards events®.
In 2016, through a series of licensing and joint ventures the Lifestyle Awards® were launched in multiple cities around the UK all of these cities proved a huge success and were all broadcast live on local TV networks.
In 2018 will see the launch of the British Lifestyle Awards®, as a standalone event but with prestigious recognition of the independent city awards.
CEO, Insight Events
James acquired the Swedish and Danish conferences from Informa in 2015 and is now CEO of the newly rebranded Insight Events businesses. The parent company Converse Media is now partly owned by the Comexposium Group based in France. James also carries out a small amount of consulting and M&A advisory work for events and other small businesses.
Marketing Director, Emap
Group Event Director, Construction & Engineering and Healthcare & Local Government Portfolios, EMAP Publishing Ltd
Head of Event Strategy, Operations & Client Services, Haymarket Media Group
Business Events Partner, B&Q Plc
Sarah’s strengths consist of developing new processes and ways of working. She strengthens partnerships between internal stakeholders and third-party suppliers to deliver highly effective and engaging events with clear purpose that have ROI and ROO. Integrating technology and digital platforms to events has been a real success for Sarah over the last 18 months, with deeper engagement from delegates whilst providing more intelligent analytical and reporting data. In addition to her love for event management and everything that encompasses, Sarah is a keen advocate for mentoring and advising young people entering into the events industry and providing them with the confidence and tools to succeed.
In her personal time Sarah is a DIY enthusiast and enjoys cooking for family and friends. As a mother of two children a work-life balance is very important to her. Sarah is passionate about inspiring other mothers working in the industry to develop their career alongside their responsibilities as a parent.
Senior Director & Chief Financial Officer, Ingram Micro
Tony trained as a Chartered Accountant for 3 years before joining Ingram Micro UK in 1995 and has fulfilled a number of roles including UK Planning Accountant, Credit Risk Analyst, European Financial Controller, UK Commercial Controller and Head of Finance UK. Tony holds a BA (Hons) degree in Music and Sports Science from Brunel University and is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Acc
Head of Venues, RIBA Venues
Group Sales Director, Best Parties Ever
Founder & Managing Director, Procurement Leaders
Commercial Director, Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock is a community for the ideas generation. Equidistant from The City, Tech City and the cultural heart of London the setting combines progressive spaces against an architecturally significant backdrop. We encourage the sharing of information, a place where people congregate and ideas are exchanged.
Founder, The Asian Awards
In 2009 he founded The Asian Awards, which focusses on awarding the worlds best Asians across a multitude of disciplines. The Asian Awards is now into its 7th year and has grown to become one of the biggest events in the UK. Previously the events twitter hashtag #TheAsianAwards trended worldwide for 3 hours at the top spot.
Paul consults to businesses across the globe often with a hands on approach and is working on a number of new initiatives such as The Newton Awards, due to take place in 2016, which will honour the very best British scientists.
He has strong experience in helping businesses achieve strategic commercial change in terms of growth, operations, sales/biz dev, acquisition, mergers, investment and turnaround.
Paul regularly speaks on a number of interest areas such as diversity, business, entrepreneurship, motivation and corporate development.
His goal is to make businesses and people that he interacts with, happy and profitable.
Paul is a well-known person within the UK Asian community and has made a name for being well-dressed having been voted one of the best dressed British Asians in a recent survey.
In 2013 he was asked by LinkedIn to be part of their new Influencer program. Only 150 people were chosen for this worldwide and included the likes of Barack Obama, Richard Branson, David Cameron and Deepak Chopra. In 2015 Paul was awarded by LinkedIn for having one of the most popular online profiles in the UK.
Hamish Taylor has an award winning record of driving innovation and change in a number of very different environments. Hamish was trained in Brand management at Procter and Gamble, a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse, Head of Brands at British Airways, CEO of Eurostar, and CEO of Sainsburys Bank – all before he was 40! In each case, he left behind a record of significant growth/turnaround triggered by a willingness to challenge industry/organisation norms and place the customer at the core of all activities.
He has also been dubbed the “master thief” by the Inspired Leaders Network due to his record of “stealing” ideas from one environment to use in another (including Yacht designers for aircraft interiors, Disney to help with airport queuing, and rugby referees for new approaches to risk/compliance). In 2004, Hamish launched his speaking and consultancy career and, in the past 5 years alone, over 250 organisations in more than 45 different countries have sought Hamish’s inspiration.
Hamish acts as a global advisor to some of the worlds largest companies (but is equally happy working with small companies) – often assisting with specific innovation projects, new business pursuits and/or people development.
He is regularly featured in the broadcast media, his most recent project being the “Teen Canteen” television programme for the BBC.
Michael Von Der Geest
Managing Partner, Smith + Co Consultancy
Formerly the Director of Marketing & Ecommerce & European Director of Loyalty for Best Western, Tim Wade redefined the mid-market hotel chain by bringing the brand’s purpose to life through innovating the multi-channel experience. Now a managing partner at Smith+Co Consultancy, he collates his experience to talk purpose, ambition, brand strategy and customer experience.
Senior Event Co-ordinator, Slaughter & May
CEO Incisive Media
In April, this year he led the MBO of the business that returned it back to independent private ownership. Jonathon is committed to the continued growth of Incisive Media as the leading provider of insight, networking opportunities and world class marketing services to the financial and tech sectors.
With more than two decades of experience in b2b media, Jonathon has lived through a digital revolution and seen the media world move from brands and products to audiences and services. He has been responsible for launching, acquiring, integrating and restructuring a number of brands and businesses. For five years, he ran Incisive Media’s Asia-Pacific business based in Hong Kong.
The Incisive Media culture is centred around the cultivation of talent, innovation, tenacity and the sheer curiosity and intelligence of its people. This culture has led to Incisive winning the coveted AOP Digital Publisher of the Year trophy in four of the last seven years, along with a string of accolades from the PPA and the Global Conference Network.
Jonathon sits on the board of PPA business and is a former director of the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA).
Managing Director, Ocean Media Group