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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

expert speaker on branding and an active adviser to small businesses

Bio

After rising through the ranks marketing British Airways and Thomas Cook, Tony was appointed Sales and Marketing Director of easyJet six months before the airline’s first flight, subsequently working on the launch and development of the company, taking the easyGroup brand into new business areas from car rental to internet cafes. Outside of travel, Tony has held senior positions online bank Egg, TNS and The Children’s Mutual.  Tony is an expert speaker on branding, online marketing and communications and an active adviser to start-up companies and small businesses.  He will bring his extensive business experiences to focusing his closing keynote on new challenges for wider marketing in the events industry with ideas and insights both for large established companies and new start-ups.

 

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Richard Menzies-Gow

Richard Menzies-Gow

Director of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Brand, Informa PLC

Bio

Richard is part of the Executive Management Team at Informa PLC, the FTSE 50 listed Exhibitions, Events and Information Services Group. He joined Informa as Head of Investor Relations in September 2012 and has since broadened his role to include responsibility for Corporate Communications, Brand and Sustainability. Over his six years at the Group, Informa has built a leading position in the Exhibitions market, most recently through the £4bn acquisition of UBM plc.

Richard spent the previous fifteen years as a leading sell-side Media equity research analyst, latterly as a Senior Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and prior to this at Dresdner Kleinwort. During his analyst career, Richard covered most areas of the Media Sector, including Publishing, Business Information & Events, Broadcasting, Advertising Agencies and Pay TV, including active coverage of Informa for over ten years.

Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter

Founder, Inspired Minds #AI4good

 

MODERATOR CEO SUMMIT: Nik Gowing

MODERATOR CEO SUMMIT: Nik Gowing

Professor, Broadcaster, Journalist & Keynote Speaker

Bio

In 2016 Nik Gowing co-authored (with Chris Langdon) interim findings of the “Thinking the Unthinkable” study. The work is currently scaling up because of global executive anxieties about the new pressures on leaderships. It is based on hundreds of top level confidential interviews and conversations with corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations with the new generation of millennials. Findings so far reveal candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal” that have emerged since 2014. New vulnerabilities are confirmed. The findings are scary.

 

Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.

Conference Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Colette Leong-Son

CHAIR: Colette Leong-Son

Managing Director - Events, Infopro Digital

 

Tina Amper

Tina Amper

Founder, Geeks on a Beach

Bio

Tina Amper is the founding organizer of GeeksOnABeach.com, a unique tech startup conference that is held at a world-class beach resort in Asia.  For the last 5 years, Tina has combined her passion for building communities, promoting startups and enjoying nice beaches resulting in sold-out international gatherings year after year.   Geeks On A Beach features serious talks in a laid back atmosphere with speakers and attendees coming from over 30 countries.

Tina is also CEO and Founder of TechTalks.ph, a community building platform. Considered a pioneer ecosystem builder in the startup scene in the Philippines, she is currently a Strategic Management and Program Consultant for creative, innovation and startup programs.   She worked as a business and marketing professional in the tech industry prior to her startup advocacy.   Tina has a degree in Electronics Engineering, an MBA, and took professional continuing studies at Stanford University.   Tina is currently consultant for the Philippine Government’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI/CITEM), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).   Coupled with her prior experience working in California, and with corporates and non-profit organizations, Tina has a unparalleled, comprehensive view of the tech, startup and creative industries in Southeast Asia and the world.

Mark Eisenstadt

Mark Eisenstadt

Director, Fusion Corporate Partners

Bio

Mark Eisenstadt started at VNU and rose to Publisher of B2B and consumer computer publications and events. He then ran a Rothschild backed healthcare media company before becoming Publishing Director of Reed Healthcare. In 1990 he was a founding Director of A&M Publishing. The business produced healthcare publications, websites, events and had a medical education division. It acquired Pharmafile in 1992. After building the business to profits of over £1.2 it was acquired in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons.

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.

Ashley Friedlein

Ashley Friedlein

CEO & Founder, Guild & President, Econsultancy

Bio

Ashley is the CEO & Founder of Guild, a private professional messaging app that meets new standards, yet is as easy to use as WhatsApp. It is advertising free, and GDPR compliant.

Ashley is one of the most influential and connected figures in digital and marketing. As one of the 100+ recommendations for him on LinkedIn reads, “If Ashley doesn’t know it – it ain’t worth knowing.”

Ashley is author of two best-selling books on digital. A columnist, commentator and blogger, he speaks worldwide on digital and marketing trends and best practice.

Ashley is involved in a number of digital businesses and ventures as investor, adviser, mentor and operationally, including:

  1. CEO & Founder, Guild – private professional messaging app
  2. President & Founder, Econsultancy – digital marketing best practice
  3. Chairman, Ably – realtime data delivery platform
  4. Investor, Cranberry Panda – ecommerce recruitment
  5. Digital Advisory Board, Age UK – digital transformation for leading charity
  6. Adviser, Government Digital Service – digital transformation of government
  7. Mentor, Cambridge Judge Business School – masters/diploma in entrepreneurship
  8. Speaker, Founders4Schools – inspiring school children into business/entrepreneurship
  9. Fellow, Society of Leadership Fellows – peer community of 250 UK business leaders
Jason Green

Jason Green

Co-founder & Head of Production, GreyGreen Media

Bio

Thomas Igou

Thomas Igou

Editorial Director, Copperberg

Bio

Thomas has been working in the events industry for the past decade.  He started in sales at Reed Midem, working on the MIPIM annual event in Cannes.  For the past 9 years he’s been working for Copperberg (previously Midfield Media), first in delegate sales and then in production, where he has been responsible for growing the portfolio of manufacturing-related events.  He currently heads the Production Department and sits on the Copperberg Management Team.  Copperberg is a specialists b2b events organizer, with headquarters in Stockholm and sales offices in Tunisia and the UK, running conferences for the manufacturing industry.
Jonjo Glynn

Jonjo Glynn

Venue Services Director, White Light Ltd

Bio

Jonjo has worked in the live events industry for over 15 years. He specialises in corporate events and venue partnerships. As White Light’s Venues Director he has overseen their expansion of venue services to some of London’s most iconic venues. He also looks after production services to White Light’s extensive list of approved partner venues.
David Jenkinson

David Jenkinson

Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, C21 Media

 

Nick Lockley

Nick Lockley

Deputy Director Conferences, PEI (Intrastructure Investor Global Summit)

 

Amy Miller

Amy Miller

Group Managing Director, Oil & Gas Council

 

Sarah Payling

Sarah Payling

Event Director, Ocean Media Group

Bio

Ocean Media Group own the main route to market for the affordable housing sector in the UK. The portfolio is diverse with publications, data, digital and events. My main responsibility is for the 30 events in this portfolio including Europe’s largest housing event.

 

I sit on the senior management team at OMG and my main remit is to grow our portfolio through providing excellent content and understanding all our key stakeholders needs.

Paul Slight

Paul Slight

Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK

Bio

 

Event Marketing Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Ewa Campbell

CHAIR: Ewa Campbell

Global Marketing Director, Internet of Business

Bio

Matt Ackroyd

Matt Ackroyd

Group Head of Marketing Events, The Telegraph

Bio

Matt Ackroyd is Group Head of Marketing for the Telegraph’s event business, which is comprised of three divisions; large scale consumer shows, experiential events and B2B conferences. He joined the Telegraph in May 2018. Prior to joining the Telegraph, Matt was Head of Marketing for the Commodities Events division at Euromoney. He read History at the University of Sheffield.

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Alexandra Beveridge

Alexandra Beveridge

Marketing Director, Smarter Shows

Bio

Alex leads the marketing team at Smarter Shows, an international exhibitions and conferences organiser specialising in launching large-scale B2B engineering and manufacturing events for the aerospace, automotive and materials sectors. Alex joined Smarter Shows in 2010 when it was an early stage startup and has led a team responsible for scaling events in high growth sectors. With 11 years marketing experience in consumer and B2B roles, and 8 years commercial events and campaign management experience, she has also held previous positions in marketing roles at IBM and within the health and beauty sector.

 

 

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Mina Booth

Mina Booth

Marketing Director, CWIEME - ITE

Bio

Ken Cooke

Ken Cooke

Director Marketing Communications and Digital, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Bio

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Daniela Elia

Daniela Elia

Head of Marketing, Informa Global Exhibitions

Bio

Will Francis

Will Francis

Expert on digital, social media, tech and marketing for tech and media start-ups

Bio

Will Francis recently left a creative digital agency – Harkable – which he co-founded 5 years ago and through which he helped top brands like Net A Porter, Samsung, Penguin Books, Spotify, Warner Music, Nike Foundation to reach their audiences in more meaningful ways through digital and social media.

He is establishing his own agency, Vandal, which will do similar work but focus more tightly on creative technology and innovation.

Ian Rutherford

Ian Rutherford

Manging Director, Wyvern DM Ltd

Bio

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Awards Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Fergus Gregory

CHAIR: Fergus Gregory

Group Commercial Director, The Drum

 

Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

Awards Director, UBM

Bio

Sarah Austin is the Awards Director for UBM EMEA/Informa PLC, a single leading B2B information services group, and the largest B2B events and exhibitions organiser in the world. Sarah joined the company in 2009 as an event co-ordinator working across a portfolio of awards ceremonies, conferences and small exhibitions and has since taken responsibility of all the award events with a team of professionals. The majority of awards events that the company runs are sector led across construction, maritime, food and pharmacy but the largest flagship awards event is the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards which Sarah is the Event Director of. Ranging across all sectors – The National Business Awards has key senior government & royal endorsements, it is a yearlong programme with high level sponsorships from the likes of Lloyds Bank, London Stock Exchange Group (ELITE), Virgin Atlantic, Fujitsu and many private equity investors. The awards attract media partnerships with The Times, business trade titles and receives coverage across the country for its diverse regionality, Sarah regularly speaks on the radio and at events to promote the programme. Sarah’s professional interests lie with the promotion of female equality within business and supporting the legacy of the 30% Club and in particular the legacy of UBM’s former chairman – Dame Helen Alexander.
Enam Ali MBE

Enam Ali MBE

Founder, British Curry Awards

Bio

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Lorraine Barnes Burton

Lorraine Barnes Burton

CEO, British Travel Awards

Bio

CEO Lorraine Barnes Burton has developed the British Travel Awards (BTAs) into the largest independent awards scheme in the UK since she took hold of the reigns in 2007 and turned “just another industry awards event” into the only purely consumer voted awards programme for the travel industry – providing a valuable accolade and consumer-recognised brand that travel companies can use to enhance their own sales propositions.

Previously involved in the media world (which has proved invaluable in setting up media partnerships for the BTAs) she was head of travel and leisure offers at the Evening Standard and is widely acknowledged as coming up with the BOGOF strapline!

Before that Lorraine worked at the BBC as a production assistant and then an exhibitions executive working on external site management and this has come full circle with Lorraine’s latest venture as a founding director of Converge Exhibitions. This company was set up to bring travelling and buying consumers to specifically tailored b2c shows and successfully launched its first exhibition ‘The Wildlife & Safari Travel Show’ in September 2018.

Lorraine also runs a busy home in Surrey and is Mum to three boys and two cockerpoos.

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner

Impressionist, comedian, satirist & Awards host

Bio

Impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter, ballroom dancer, Rory Bremner is either multi-talented or indecisive or both!

Rory is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, for nearly twenty years a mainstay of Channel 4’s comedy output. He won back-to-back BAFTAs for Britain’s Top Comedy Performance, together with three Royal Television Society and two British Comedy Awards. He turned his hand, or should that be feet, to Strictly Come Dancing, and regularly appears on TV and Radio, as a performer as well as presenter, while early TV credits includeSpitting Image, Whose Line is it Anyway, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week (where he was team captain for two series), The News Quiz, The Now Show, 7 day Sunday and QI. He appeared more often than any other guest on both Wogan and Parkinson. He often features on The Andrew Marr Show, where he reviews current political events through his many characters.

With John Bird and John Fortune, he also wrote and appeared in numerous specials, including Between Iraq and a Hard Place, My Government and I and Silly Money, and a book, You Are Here, published in 2005 (‘a stockpile of satirical ammunition’- Daily Telegraph).

He has made documentaries on Scottish Soldiers and Diaries for BBC4, traced his family history on Who Do You Think You Are (BBC), explored his own self-diagnosed ADHD on Radio 4 and starred in the hugely successful 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Erin Boag. He does live tour shows, often with Jazz Performer Ian Shaw and comedienne Hattie Heyridge, and in 2011 began a new satirical show for Radio 4, Tonight, with Andy Zaltzman.

Meanwhile, he’s translated three operas: two from French, Carmen (2001) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera, 2011) and one from German (Der Silbersee,1997) together with the Bertolt Brecht play A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic, 2008). He is a regular contributor to The FT, The Telegraph, The New Statesman and Radio Times, for whom he has interviewed Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost.

When not working (hollow laughter) he enjoys travel, opera, cooking, sport (especially cricket- he had a 1985 Top 20 hit as ‘The Commentators’ with N.n..nineteen not out) and motor racing – he owns a 1963 Alfa Spyder and is a regular site on F1 grids.

Married to the artist Tessa Campbell Fraser, with two daughters, Ava and Lila, he divides his time (badly) between London, the Costwolds and his new family home in the Scottish Borders.

‘Rory exceeded our/the clients’ expectations in all regards and they’re now his biggest fans!’

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/simone-broadhurst-aaa409a

Simone Broadhurst

Simone Broadhurst

Events Director, Incisive Media

Bio

Simone Broadhurst is the Events Director at Incisive Media, an award-winning B2B information and events business. Simone has been with Incisive for over 16 years and is responsible for developing and launching hundreds of conference and awards programmes. This includes driving the development of the British Insurance Awards and the Fund Manager of the Year Awards at the Royal Albert Hall which combined attracts over 2,800 attendees across 2 nights. Simone has launched events in Europe, Middle East and the US and has worked across multiple sectors including financial, legal and tech.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/simone-broadhurst-aaa409a

Zehra J Chudry

Zehra J Chudry

Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA

Bio

Zehra believes access to digital technology is a fundamental right to the global citizen.   As a Research Manager at the GSMA, Zehra leads the company’s global efforts to connect everyone to everything: through creating platforms for the showcasing of new digital technology, sharing learnings between organisations, networking with the leaders of the mobile ecosystem and awarding the pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of connectivity.

Prior to the GSMA, she headed the content department for Payment Technology at Clarion Events. Her legacy is marked here with the creation of the Annual Payments Power 10 Award, which is now the recognised standard for the influencers of the UK’s Payments and FinTech sector.

Brian Jenner

Brian Jenner

Founder, UK Good Funeral Awards

Bio

Brian Jenner is one of the founders of the UK Good Funeral Awards. He also organises events for international speechwriters.   The UK Good Funeral Awards is known as ‘The Oscars of the UK funeral trade’ and has now been running for 6 years.

 

Amanda Murray

Amanda Murray

Managing Director, Max Live Events

Bio

Amanda has worked within the events industry for over 20 years, across numerous fields from classical, to rock and pop, and experiential marketing. She landed about 10 years ago in the  corporate world. Here she has gained a reputation for producing highly successful events -from initial concept through to actuality.

Working initially as a junior production manager at an AV Production company, where she quickly progressed to become Event Director

Amanda took the decision at the start of 2014 to launch her own production company – Max Live Events – Who’s ethos is to be “a rather good production company”- Being friendly and personably, adding the extra little touches, going the extra mile and giving attention to detail. 

Susie Walker

Susie Walker

Head of Awards, Cannes Lions

 

Anke Wallace

Anke Wallace

Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa

 

Association Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Lesley McLeod

CHAIR: Lesley McLeod

CEO, Association for Project Safety

Bio

Lesley McLeod is the new chief executive of the Association for Project Safety (APS) and comes to the association with a background working at Board level in high profile membership organisations and communication across a number of frontline Whitehall departments, including the Home Office and Treasury.

 

She is one of the UK’s leading communication professionals with a reputation for tackling the complex and unpopular. She headed up the communication team at the British Bankers’ Association during the financial crisis and has worked for the UK’s leading energy companies at Energy UK. During her career in government she has worked on a number of high profile news stories ranging from foot and mouth to dangerous dogs, from terrorist bombings to flooding. She has worked on national advertising and awareness campaigns such as drink driving and speeding as well as the introduction of London’s congestion charge. Lesley is a graduate of both Edinburgh and Napier universities and started her working life as a management trainee in Edinburgh. She worked for ScottishPower in Glasgow before moving to London. Lesley was born in Aberdeen and was educated in Thurso. She moved back to Scotland last autumn.

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Gemma Badu

Gemma Badu

Global Events Operations Manager, The Association of Corporate Treasurers

Bio

Chris Bancroft

Chris Bancroft

Head of Conferences, National Housing Federation

 

Graham Blair

Graham Blair

Associate Director of Education and Events, Royal College of Anaesthetists

 

Jenny Castro

Jenny Castro

Head of Marketing, International Bar Association

Bio

Jennie Castro is currently Head of Marketing at the International Bar Association (IBA) – an association for international lawyers based in London. Her role focuses on promoting over 55 international legal conferences each year, including the IBA’s Annual Conference which attracts around 6,000 delegates.

Jennie has been working in events marketing for the last 14 years. Before joining the IBA she worked for Informa, LexisNexis and Emap (now Ascential), marketing a range of conferences, webinars, in-house training, courses and other training products in the maritime, oil and gas, legal, construction and engineering sectors.

Kieran Cornwell

Kieran Cornwell

Head of Events and Partnerships, The King's Fund

Bio

Kieran leads the Fund’s partnering work with companies through the Corporate Partnerships and Supporters membership schemes and the digital health SME programme. His role focuses on developing mutually beneficial relationships with both existing and prospective partner companies.

Before joining the Fund in 2016, Kieran spent four years working at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Shelter. He developed and managed six and seven-figure partnerships with a range of companies across the health care, financial, advertising and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. His areas of interest include integrated care and digital health.

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Andrew Goodacre

Andrew Goodacre

CEO, The British Independent Retailers Association

Bio

Andrew Goodacre joined bira in September 2018. From 2013 – 2018 he was chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), having previously been a senior manager with the FSB. Under his leadership the RLA grew by 90% with more than 25,000 subscribing members and is now the leading representative body for landlords in the private rented sector. Andrew believes the success of an organisation is entirely down to the quality of the people, dynamic innovation and maintaining relevance to the needs of its members.

 

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Riad Mannan

Riad Mannan

Event Portfolio Development Manager, The IET

Bio

Riad has over 20 years’ experience in developing content and producing conferences in the commercial and non-commercial sectors, both in the UK and in the Middle East. He has developed new conferences from scratch as well as managed and grown portfolios whilst increasing ROI. He is currently event portfolio development manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology managing a range of events from technical call for papers conferences, to invite only events, to training courses, annual dinners and evening lectures.

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Lynne Rocks

Lynne Rocks

Events Team Leader, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

 

Hilary Trahair

Hilary Trahair

Events Manager, Association for Project Management

 

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright

Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association

 

Venue Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Shaun Hinds

CHAIR: Shaun Hinds

Chairman, Manchester Central

Bio

Shaun leads the team at Manchester Central in its mission to drive business growth through the development of its three key assets; its experienced team of people, its world-class facilities and its outstanding levels of service. With a focus on innovation as a means to achieve this, Shaun is passionate about maximising opportunities as Manchester cements itself as the UK’s second city and the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

 

Prior to joining Manchester Central, Shaun previously led international operations at BridgeStreet Global Hospitality and has more than 25 years’ experience working across hospitality, property and business service sectors. Having held leadership roles across a wide range of business functions, Shaun is in prime position to steer Manchester Central through its next phase of growth.

Ali Blows

Ali Blows

Head of Commercial Events and Business Development, National Theatre

Bio

Ali joined the National Theatre’s Commercial Events team as Head of Commercial Events and Business Development seven months ago, bringing over twelve years’ experience in the events industry. Ali recently led her team through the relaunch of the National Theatre’s rooftop event space, The Deck, following a major build project to replace the previous structure. She also heads up the marketing and PR of the National Theatre’s Food and Drink sites with a strong focus on bringing the under 35’s to their various bars and restaurants.

Prior to joining the National Theatre, Ali was an Account Manager at Wildgoose Events and Woods’ Silver Fleet.

Amy Brown

Amy Brown

Head of Creative Strategy, Google

Bio

Amy Brown is the Head of Creative Strategy, Events & Experiences for Google in EMEA, having joined the company in 2010. In the evenings and weekends, she can be found baking homemade chocolate chip cookies for her small business, Highgate Cookies.

 

 

Her day job is to connect users and customers to Google, telling Google’s story and sharing the magic of technology in simple and surprising ways.  In the process, she aims to bring people together to create serendipitous moments, inspiration and collaborations. Her work includes Google’s presence at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Google’s product launch events such as The Google Curiosity Rooms and YouTube Music In Residence and Android at Mobile World Congress.

Amy joined Google from the Edinburgh Television Festival where she was Festival Director.  In that role she saw record sponsorship revenue and attendance figures for the event, with MacTaggart Lectures delivered by Jeremy Paxman, Mark Thompson and James Murdoch.

Prior to the Television Festival, Amy was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting.  She began her career at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts where she oversaw their membership and events strategy for 10 years.

Amy obtained her MBA from London Business School and holds an MA in Modern Literature from the University of London as well as a BA in Literature from Birmingham Southern College.  She moved to the UK in 1997 studying collaborative theatre after winning the prestigious Thomas J Watson Fellowship.

A native Texan, Amy has lived in London for 22 years. When not working, she’s either running her homemade cookie business or walking in Hampstead Heath with her husband and daughter.

Christian Burkert

Christian Burkert

CodeNode Space & Events Manager, Skills Matter

Bio

Ali joined the National Theatre’s Commercial Events team as Head of Commercial Events and Business Development seven months ago, bringing over twelve years’ experience in the events industry. Ali recently led her team through the relaunch of the National Theatre’s rooftop event space, The Deck, following a major build project to replace the previous structure. She also heads up the marketing and PR of the National Theatre’s Food and Drink sites with a strong focus on bringing the under 35’s to their various bars and restaurants.

 

Prior to joining the National Theatre, Ali was an Account Manager at Wildgoose Events and Woods’ Silver Fleet.

Dean Drury

Dean Drury

Business Development Director, Saatchi Gallery

Bio

As the business development director for GSP Venues, the management company at the Saatchi Gallery, Dean Drury develops new client and business relationships with aspiring brands and corporate events, which has transformed the gallery into one of London’s most iconic cultural venues.

 For over 25 years Dean has worked in hospitality, commercial events and business management at some of London’s largest venues, including 10 years at the Royal Opera House. His passion for creative and performing arts has helped Dean to deliver high-profile events working with third-party partners and suppliers from Hermes, Conde Nast, Rolex, Dior, Google, Chanel, Imagination to name a few.

Emma Gaymer

Emma Gaymer

Sales & Marketing Manager, RSA House

Bio

Emma heads up the sales and marketing team for CH&Co at RSA House, who handle all events end to end, alongside proactive sales and delivery of the marketing strategy.  Emma has experience of working both venue side, as well as client side, and has been working in the events world locally and internationally, for 20 years. Emma joined the RSA just over a year ago, as the business was about to embark on a 9 month redevelopment project of the lower ground floors of the building.  Having worked through a full renovation project at another venue, and been part of a hotel opening, this was yet another exciting project to work through! 

Louise Goalen

Louise Goalen

Director of Venues, Top Banana & Chair of HBAA

Anna Golden

Anna Golden

Commercial Director, Olympia London

Bio

Anna Golden is Commercial Director of London’s leading venue, Olympia London, and is responsible for all Sales, Marketing and Communications across the business.

In 2018, the venue announced plans for a £700m master plan to invest in the long term strategic vision to elevate Olympia London on to the world class stage as a destination and cultural hub for design, arts, entertainment and events. Previously Anna oversaw the relaunch of Olympia London including the award winning rebrand and was instrumental in securing contracts with some of Britain’s best loved consumer shows and most prolific trade shows from leading organisers, including Ideal Home, London Book Fair, 100% Design and Top Drawer.

With over 20 years of industry experience within the events, meetings and hospitality sector Anna joined Olympia London in 2002, after previously working for Forte Hotels for several years.

Jess Harris

Jess Harris

Commercial Director, Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

Bio

Jess is Commercial Director for Swan London, a restaurant and events group including Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe. Jess has held senior positions running a range of commercial operations in organisations including the Natural History Museum, River Cottage and Cheltenham Festivals. In addition she has eight years’ experience as a management consultant advising on commercial feasibility, business transformation and commercial, sales and marketing strategies.
Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris

Founder, Proper Food & Drink Company

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Emma Hatt

Emma Hatt

Event Director, Capita Travel and Events

Bio

Emma established her events career over 13 years ago, and have since managed some of the most prestigious venues and events in London. Managing the Sales and Operations teams across multiple sites, as well as successfully implanting creative and profitable venue marketing strategies. Emma has thrived within 5* Luxury Hotels, Historic Venues and hosted some of the most impressive and notable events in the industry calendar. Emma’s move to Capita Travel & Events , is an exciting one and now in a strategic role , she works closely with her customers across all sectors to deliver and drive their meeting & event business.
Emma Howe

Emma Howe

Sales & Events Director, Street Feast

Bio

Emma was appointed as Sales and Events director to implement a corporate events division of Street Feast, the pioneering social dining concept responsible for the growing street food trend in London and the UK, and has been with the organisation for 3 years. Emma has made some waves as one of London’s challenger events disruptors since launching Street Feast into the corporate events market which now makes up 50% turnover for the business, and has grown their portfolio from three venues to seven in 2018.

 Street Feast have become renowned for transforming London’s forgotten spaces into beautifully designed venues offering some of the world’s best street food and great drinks. The innovative Street Feast model takes derelict and disused spaces in London and turns them into vibrant street food markets, hosting a line-up of superb street food traders and bars in all their venues.

 Emma has over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality and sales industry and in 2014 entered the top ten of the Event 100 Club, with a couple of years later being recognised as one of the ‘Hot 50 Game Changers’ in the Events Industry via Prestige Events.

Lorna Hutchman

Lorna Hutchman

Events Marketing, Science Museum

 

Karim Le Cloarec

Karim Le Cloarec

General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin

 

Andrew Mosley

Andrew Mosley

General Manager, The Grand Brighton

Bio

Andrew moved to his current role as General Manager of The Grand Brighton in May 2010.  Since joining he has ensured the Hotel has re-established itself as a first choice venue for business and leisure. The business employs over 300 staff. The Hotel has seen significant business growth  since 2010 assisted by a £5miilion refurbishment in 2012/13. Work included a new restaurant (called GB1), which was awarded 2 rosettes in 2014, and a new Spa which opened in May 2013. All the hotel bedrooms and meeting rooms were also refurbished.

 

In 2014 Andrew oversaw the sale of The Grand by De Vere to Wittington Investments.  Wittington are committed to extensive investment in The Grand which has already included the installation of air conditioning to all bedrooms and the complete refurbishment and restoration of the hotel’s facade

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Milan Thakrar

Milan Thakrar

Commercial Events Business Development Manager, Historic Royal Palaces

Bio

With over ten years’ experience in the events industry and currently leading a social media committee to initiate platforms and build the brand presence for Historic Royal Palaces, Milan Thakrar’s background is in the heritage venue sector and currently promotes the palaces to both UK and international markets.

Debra Ward

Debra Ward

Managing Director, Camm and Hooper Ltd

Bio

Debra is a true entrepreneur having led, started and sold several businesses across three continents, starting out at just 16! In 2007 Debra and her team founded Mitie Client Services which, in only 5 years, turned over £22 million. The companywas named 45th best small company to work for in the Sunday Times Top 100 and received their coveted Special  Training award.Her international career is dedicated to service excellence, and she has a proven track record for building, operating and rescuing businesses.  In 2015 Debra was named Women of Achievement winner by Women in the City, and one of the top 10 people most influential Women in her field by RICS.
Andrew White

Andrew White

Managing Director, Triggerfish

Bio

Andrew founded Triggerfish over fifteen years ago following a marketing career with some of the UK’s largest hotel chains. The company has built a business on recommendations and works with some of the UK’s largest organisations in the travel and leisure industries. Triggerfish represents arts, cultural and heritage clients along with major independent landmark hotels and large scale hospitality and catering organisations. In 2017 Andrew ran Marathon Des Sables and with a new goal required, completed his first Ironman 3 months later. His attention is now focused on competing for GB at middle distance at the European Championships.