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Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

Awards Director, UBM EMEA

Bio

Sarah Austin is the Awards Director for UBM EMEA, a global b2b media and events company operating in over 30 countries in 70 vertical markets.  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 UBM run are sector led across construction, architecture, maritime, food and pharmacy but the largest flagship awards event is the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. 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, KPMG, Samsung and Amazon.
Damian Bailey

Damian Bailey

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

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Damian runs 23 Events Ltd, organiser of The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA), winner of The Awards Awards Best Overall Event (under 500 attendees) in 2017. For the early part of his career Damian was involved in event management running both his own event company and working for other companies organising conferences and Awards all over the world. He then changed direction and became an award-winning wedding photographer shooting over 500 weddings in 13 years. The combination of Damian’s expertise in both event management and the wedding industry made setting up TWIA an obvious but challenging next move. TWIA receives more than 1500 entries, 25,000 votes and 2,500 event attendees across 9 events each year. www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk .
Simone Broadhurst

Simone Broadhurst

Events Director – Incisive Business, 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 

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

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.

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

Bio

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.

James Gareh

James Gareh

CEO, Insight Events

Bio

James has been in the events business for over 20 years starting with Informa, working in various guises within the group, including conference producer, MD of various conference and exhibition businesses, Regional MD for various geographic areas and Publisher for a number of publishing assets.  He also was Investor relations for the Informa Group for a while as well as being responsible for an extensive awards portfolio.

 

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.

Suzanne Gaunt

Suzanne Gaunt

Marketing Director, Emap

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 Suzanne is the Marketing Director of Emap, joining the business in October 2013. Suzanne is a Chartered Marketer and has spent more than 12 years creating communities of both healthcare and IT professionals. Prior to joining Emap Suzanne held a number of senior roles both client and agency side. Suzanne holds a First Class Honours degree in International Business Management, a professional postgraduate diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an MBA from the University of Warwick.
Melissa Irving

Melissa Irving

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

Bio

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. 
Carla Jones

Carla Jones

Head of Event Strategy, Operations & Client Services, Haymarket Media Group

Bio

Carla has over 16 years experience in events and is currently Head of Event Strategy, Operations and Client Services for the conferences division at Haymarket Media Group. She and her team work on over 60 events per year for both Haymarket Brands and external clients. The operations & customer services teams are responsible for everything from supplier sourcing and negotiation to ensuring exceptional levels of delegate, speaker and sponsor care.

 

 

Prior to Haymarket, Carla held positions at Emap Conferences and Centaur Conferences in both operations and client services roles.
Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence

Business Events Partner, B&Q Plc

Bio

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.  

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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Richard Pope

Richard Pope

Founder & Managing Director, Procurement Leaders

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Richard Pope is co-founder and Managing Director of Sigaria, a business intelligence organisation, providing research and events for global procurement and supply chain executives. Richard completed a BSc with Honours in Economics and Sociology from the University of Wales, Swansea and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University. Richard started his career as a reporter and producer for ITV. He then did a short stint at Alternative before setting up Sigaria in 2004. Sigaria has quickly established itself as a leader in the information services space, winning 20 industry awards and serving an impressive blue-chip client base.
Jonathan Read

Jonathan Read

Commercial Director, Tobacco Dock

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Jonathan is the Commercial Director of Tobacco Dock and relaunched the area as a live events destination with his business partner, Patrick Donovan, in 2012. Prior to this Jonathan spent over 20 years in live events and brand communications both agency and client-side, producing product launches, leading brand experience programmes and activating sponsorship in over 30 countries for brands including AMD, General Motors, SanDisk, Johnson & Johnson, LG, Guinness and Grey Goose. He is a member of EVCOM and the Marketing Society.

 

 

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.

Paul Sagoo

Paul Sagoo

Founder, The Asian Awards

Bio

Paul Sagoo is the founder and Director of Lemon Group International Ltd, a UK-based investment company.

 

 

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

Hamish Taylor

Bio

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

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.
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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Jonathon joined Incisive Media in 1998 and was appointed CEO in 2017.

 

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).

Tim Willoughby

Tim Willoughby

Managing Director, Ocean Media Group

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