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Damian Bailey

Damian Bailey

Founder & Chairman of Judging Panel, The Wedding Industry Awards, 23 Events

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Lee Cowlishaw

Lee Cowlishaw

Director of Supplier Partnerships and HBAA Past Chair

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 As director of supplier partnerships for Capita Travel and Events, Leigh has responsibility for the strategic management and development of the agency’s relationships with core travel and meetings partners. This includes accommodation and venue providers, train operating companies, ground transportation, distribution and airlines.

 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. 

Mark Eisenstadt

Mark Eisenstadt

Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners

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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.

John Emmerson

John Emmerson

Director of Events, MEED

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Currently leading MEED’s events division in Dubai, John has a strong background in growing events businesses across different sectors, markets and territories. He has extensive experience in transforming businesses and individual event products and in launching large new products to the market.

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.

Nick Field

Nick Field

Former MD, Legend Exhibitions Ltd

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Jason Gale

Jason Gale

CEO, World Lifestyle Awards

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After 15 years in the Public Relations industry, Jason Gale created the London Lifestyle Awards® in 2009, following an inspirational meeting with then US President, Bill Clinton.

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.

Melissa Irving

Melissa Irving

Group Event Director, Construction & Engineering and Healthcare & Local Government Portfolios, EMAP Publishing Ltd

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Melissa Irving is Group Event Director for the Construction & Engineering and Healthcare & Local Government portfolios at EMAP Publishing Ltd, a content, subscription and networking business, representing a host of industry leading brands across construction, health, local government, fashion and architecture.  Melissa joined EMAP in 2006 as an Executive Conference Producer and now holds a senior position managing operations and content teams across awards, conferences and bespoke events.  With 15 years event experience, Melissa has a keen eye for new product launches and continues to deliver exceptional year on year performance for events serving Construction News, New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering respectively, Nursing Times and the Local Government Chronicle. 
Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence

Business Events Partner, B&Q Plc

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With over 18 years’ experience within the agency and corporate events sector, Sarah is extremely passionate about everything associated with experiential events and communication.  Sarah joined B&Q Plc in September 2014 and is responsible for designing and delivering all of the strategic events in line with company objectives.  This ranges from large scale conferences to national roadshows and vendor events.

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.  

Jane McGee

Jane McGee

Director of Sales & Marketing, Fairmont St Andrews

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Tom McMurray

Tom McMurray

Senior Director & Chief Financial Officer, Ingram Micro

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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

Moya Maxwell

Moya Maxwell

Head of Venues, RIBA Venues

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Jon Noonan

Jon Noonan

Group Sales Director, Best Parties Ever

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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

Hamish Taylor

Hamish Taylor

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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.

Tim Wade

Tim Wade

Managing Partner, Smith + Co Consultancy

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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.

Nicola Weston

Nicola Weston

Senior Event Co-ordinator, Slaughter & May

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Jonathon Whiteley

Jonathon Whiteley

CEO Incisive Media

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Michael Von Der Geest

Michael Von Der Geest

Partner, EY

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Michael is a Partner at EY where he leads the Media and Technology Advisory Practice in the UK. He has over 20 years of experience in working with clients on major business transformation. He has worked extensively across the Information Services industry, including the events and exhibitions sector supporting clients in the shift to digital and disruptive business models.

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