2019 SPEAKER ALUMNI
expert speaker on branding and an active adviser to small businesses
Founder & Chief Branding Officer, Bossa Studios
Roberta Lucca – unconventional entrepreneur, BAFTA winner and obsessive learner
Roberta is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Bossa Studios (she has over 60 employees, of whom 70% are millenials or Gen Y), she previously founded WonderLuk and BOLDR. She has built and launched over 20 digital/mobile products, games, and brands in the last 15 years. Her forte is to create original products and concepts while inspiring people about making big things happen and being bold every day.
With a Computer Science degree, an MBA and many Arts & Design courses, her brain expanded into balancing spark and creative chaos with a great ability to execute. Business-wise, she’s worked in product and innovation within large companies, including Globo TV (the world’s largest commercial broadcaster) and Vertu/Nokia.
She founded the BAFTA-winning games company Bossa Studios (success), the ‘3D printing for design lovers’ brand WonderLuk (failure) and learned loads along the journey. With a strong team based in London, she helped Bossa grow from zero to a multi-million dollar business. Bossa is now amongst the 1% top performing UK startups in terms of annual sales. Their games are B2C and went viral due to their ingenious growth strategy and were bought by millions of people worldwide.
Roberta was voted as one of the Top 35 Women under 35 by Management Today, Top 30 Women in Games, and was everywoman’s Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. In 2015, she became a Tech London Advocate to help foster our startups ecosystem, and got listed as Influential Tech Leader on the TechCity Insider’s Almanac. In 2016, her letter of advice to young entrepreneurs was published on the Dear Female Founder book.
As a founder who’s succeeded and failed, she loves inspiring more women to shape the future with Tech. She’s been actively inspiring them at events she speaks at, TV programmes such as the BBC’s Girls Can Code, Disney’s Minnie Challenge, and through one-on-one mentoring.
She has appeared on the BBC and Sky News and while she and her companies have featured in The Guardian, Evening Standard, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Management Today, Financial Times, Telegraph and Wired among others.
Here is a link to a video of her talking about Millennials https://youtu.be/T02PYVTX0E8
Director of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Brand, Informa 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.
Deputy Director-General, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
Prior to this post, she had worked in a number of Policy Bureaux in Hong Kong looking after a number of policy portfolio.
Founder, Inspired Minds #AI4good
Sarah is most passionate about ensuring emerging technology benefits under represented sectors of society, in particular women and girls. As a global advocate and fierce campaigner of women’s rights and gender equality, she was recently nominated as female tech entrepreneur of the year following the campaign on behalf of the all girl Afghan robotics team vs the Trump travel ban. The campaign led to the Afghan team becoming worldwide celebrities inspiring young women around the globe. She is a contributor to Forbes on gender equality and is the Founder of the GTS – Global Talent scheme for encouraging diversity and inclusion in access to education and funding for societies minority groups.
Sarahs aim is to educate 10,000 girls from the Global South in STEM education by 2025 and the acceleration of the UN’s sustainable development goals, an aim that she says is her “why”! She is currently writing her first book ‘8 and a half lives: Post traumatic Success’ due for publication in September 2019.
MODERATOR CEO SUMMIT: Nik Gowing
Professor, Broadcaster, Journalist & Keynote Speaker
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
Managing Director - Events, Infopro Digital
Founder, Geeks on a Beach
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.
CEO & Co-Founder, EventsCase
My career as an entrepreneur began after 12 years in the education and consulting sectors in Spain and UK. My prior experience as a Corporate Director, Sales Trainer and Executive Coach working with Executives at companies such as GE Capital, UBS, Lombard Odier, Starwood Hotels, SEAT and Volkswagen proved invaluable when I co-founded PickEvent in London. Initially with no experience in the industry, I have grown a community of 3,500+ events professionals.
With EventsCase, an all-in-one branded Event Management software, I have gained a deeper understanding of the professional events industry and tech startups. I had the great honour of representing the UK Entrepreneurs at CeBIT (Germany), organised by UKTI, and explaining how to set up and build a tech startup in the UK.
My most recent talks at Google Campus, Cass Business School, City University and Hult International Business School were mainly about how to build an A-Team without funding and how to set up and grow a tech startup.
Director, 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.
CEO & Founder, Guild & President, Econsultancy
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:
- CEO & Founder, Guild – private professional messaging app
- President & Founder, Econsultancy – digital marketing best practice
- Chairman, Ably – realtime data delivery platform
- Investor, Cranberry Panda – ecommerce recruitment
- Digital Advisory Board, Age UK – digital transformation for leading charity
- Adviser, Government Digital Service – digital transformation of government
- Mentor, Cambridge Judge Business School – masters/diploma in entrepreneurship
- Speaker, Founders4Schools – inspiring school children into business/entrepreneurship
- Fellow, Society of Leadership Fellows – peer community of 250 UK business leaders
Co-founder & Head of Production, GreyGreen Media
Editorial Director, Copperberg
Venue Services Director, White Light Ltd
Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, C21 Media
Prior to launching C21Media Jenkinson was editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures International, running daily, weekly and monthly publications within the film business. He led EMAP’s TV World to win the prestigious PPA International Business Magazine of the Year award in 1993, and worked as part of the senior editorial management team at International Thomson. In 1997, alongside C21Media, he co-founded creative agency Dri Riser, developing brand strategy for a variety of media and entertainment clients.
He was a group editor at Haymarket from 1989-1991 having started his career at Reed Business Publishing. He has a degree in Communications and a post graduate diploma in periodical journalism. He moderates and speaks on television business, digital media and entertainment industry panels worldwide.
Deputy Director Conferences, PEI (Intrastructure Investor Global Summit)
Group Managing Director, Oil & Gas Council
Portfolio Director, Ocean Media Group
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.
Head of Key Event Operations, Slido
Zofia is the Head of Key Events at Slido, an award-winning event technology company that enhances communication and increases interaction at events and meetings.
Her main focus is helping large-scale events increase audience engagement and facilitate interaction. She’s been working with leading industry events, such as IMEX, Money20/20 and Web Summit.
Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK
Paul has been active in the conference, event, data, intelligence and media M&A sector in the UK, Europe and US for over 30 years.
In 1984 he joined city investment bank Henry Ansbacher as an Associate working in their UK and cross-border TMT M&A division. He subsequently co-founded The St James Partnership, a specialist Media M&A Boutique, in 1990 and established a Dotcom incubator in 1999.
Finally in 2002 he founded Fusion with Mark Eisenstadt. Mark and Paul also co-founded a Tech M&A firm in 2017, FuseThree M&A, alongside established tech debt providers Fuse3.
Paul has completed over 70 media deals in the £5M to £150M valuation range. He focusses on event, data and intelligence transactions.
Event Marketing Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Ewa Campbell
Global Marketing Director, Internet of Business
Group Head of Marketing Events, The Telegraph
Marketing Director, Smarter Shows
Marketing Director, CWIEME - ITE
Mina Booth is currently freelancing for ITE, working on their CWIEME Brand portfolio. Prior to this she has worked as marketing director for dmg::energy events, Montgomery exhibitions & Advanstar. She also worked for UBM as Event Director for the marketing portfolio. Prior to joining Montgomery Mina freelanced for 11 years working on everything from Christian Resources to Top Gear Live.
Director Marketing Communications and Digital, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
His teams are focused on building our digital capabilities and transforming the CIPD into a modern, adaptable organisation so that we can deliver an excellent experience for all our members and customers while delivering sustainable revenue streams to support the CIPD’s charitable purpose.
Ken has held senior roles across major international media businesses such as The Economist and the Financial Times, as well as working on HR titles like Personnel Today and XpertHR. He has extensive experience in delivering on modern marketing approaches focused on the customer’s experience and building digital products and services..
Director, Tag Digital
Head of Marketing, Informa Global Exhibitions
Expert on digital, social media, tech and marketing for tech and media start-ups
He is establishing his own agency, Vandal, which will do similar work but focus more tightly on creative technology and innovation.
Manging Director, Wyvern DM Ltd
I am on a career long mission to demystify marketing and deliver solutions to real world problems into the hands of marketers. In a fast-paced world this can be demanding but at Wyvern, we have kept to the forefront of technological change in the Marketing stack and I hope have kept our user tagging along too.
I launched our CRM application, Wyvern Magic in the late 90’s from a publishing and events background and pleased to see that with drive and focus it is as relevant as ever. I get a real pleasure from building Single Customer Views from multiple sources and seeing the joy on users faces when they grasp their contacts for the first time.
Working on data is always in the back of my mind and I have to say that I save the teasing challenges for an early weekend morning, but when I am doing other stuff then you’ll most likely find me weilding a power tool or on motorbike heading somewhere remote.
Specialties: Database Design, CRM Systems, Direct Marketing, Digital Marketing, Database Analysis, Software for Publishers, Conference and Events
Head of Client Services, Gleanin
Gerry started his career in marketing before becoming an event director with Emap (now Ascential) and then with Easyfairs. Gerry has marketed, developed and grown events in numerous markets as well as launching, acquiring and merging them. He has now moved into event tech and is uniquely placed to understand the pressures and challenges of marketing and running events from his customer’s point of view.
Database Manager, GovNet
Awards Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Fergus Gregory
Group Commercial Director, The Drum
Awards Director, UBM
Enam Ali MBE
Founder, British Curry Awards
Enam Ali MBE FIH is among the most prominent British Asian personalities, known for his leadership and passionate concern for the interests of the British curry industry. Ali has pioneered British curry as a cuisine in its own right, not only in the UK, but worldwide. He founded the annual British Curry Awards in 2005 which is dubbed as the ‘Curry Oscars,’ attracting a host of politicians and high profile celebrities.
Lorraine Barnes Burton
CEO, British Travel Awards
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.
Impressionist, comedian, satirist & Awards host
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!’
Managing Director Events, Incisive Media
Zehra J Chudry
Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA
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.
Founder & CEO, Streeem
Managing Director, Sport Industry Group
As Managing Director for Sport Industry Group, a B2B organisation which sits at the heart of the UK and international sport industry, Alex is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the business which has three main strands: editorial industry news, networking events and industry awards.
His role encompasses partner sales, contract negotiations, partner relationship management (including BT, Coutts, EY and many more), delegate and member sales and management plus overall delivery of the events which include the BT Sport Industry Awards – the world’s largest commercial sports awards.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Alex spent well over a decade agency-side, his previous position being Director, PR and Social Media at IMG Consulting; he has led award-winning communication and sponsorship campaigns in the UK and internationally for a range of clients from blue-chip brands, sponsors, events, international federations, host nations bidding for events and more. Clients have included British Airways, HSBC, O2, IBM, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (Qatar 2022) and French Golf Federation to name a few.
Alex is a regular contributor to industry news and conferences and also sits on a number Advisory Boards including the Institute of Sport Business at Loughborough University London, Sports Think Tank and Pioneers in Sport.
Founder, UK Good Funeral Awards
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.
CEO, Festival of Media
A journalist and editor turned CEO who has just transformed a loss making business into a profitable company over the last 18 months.
This includes curating the company’s vision and strategy, understanding worldwide trends and insights across advertising, maintaining and establishing key relationships with advertisers, agencies, tech companies and media owners around the globe and developing an inclusive workforce.
Managing Director, Max Live Events
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.
Head of Awards, Cannes Lions
Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa
Anke Wallace is Head of Event Operations for Informa’s Business Intelligence division leading a team of seven event professional responsible for the annual output of 30+ high-quality, market leading international events within six core industry verticals: Pharma & Healthcare, Finance, Transportation/Maritime & Law, TMT, Agriculture & Food, Industry & Infrastructure.
Anke is a commercially-focused professional with over 15 years of international events, marketing and stakeholder management experience. She joined Informa in 2006 and has held the position of Head of Events since 2012. She as a keen interest in driving operational efficiencies through collaboration amongst key stakeholders together with leading best practice initiatives and streamlining of processes.
Association Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Lesley McLeod
CEO, Association for Project Safety
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.
Global Events Operations Manager, The Association of Corporate Treasurers
Leading the logistics team as Global Event Operations Manager, Gemma manages a complex portfolio of 35+ events per year; ranging from high profile sponsored conferences and exhibitions, annual dinners, breakfast briefings, keynote addresses, digital products and award dinners – held nationally in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The ACT Annual Conference attracts over 1500 delegates across 2 days and the ACT Annual Dinner 1500+ every year – staples in the association’s event calendar.
During her time in this role the team have been awarded as follows;
- Global Conference Network’s – ‘Best Association Conference Award 2017’ for ACT Annual Conference 2016 (Liverpool, UK)
- The Association Excellence Awards – ‘Best Association Conference over 500 attendees 2018’ for ACT Annual Conference 2018 (Liverpool, UK)
Prior to joining the ACT Gemma gained experience working for publishing house Landor LINKS as Conference Manager looking after a diverse portfolio of national events in the planning and transportation fields including the much respected British Parking Awards!
Head of Conferences, National Housing Federation
Associate Director of Education and Events, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Head of Marketing, International Bar Association
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.
Head of Events and Partnerships, The King's Fund
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.
CEO, Market Research Society
Jane spent 8 years at senior levels in government, spearheading customer intelligence and strategy, latterly in HM Revenue & Customs, for which work she received the CBE.
With an international career working on brands like Shell, the BBC and Unilever, Jane has over 150 creative and marketing awards to her credit, including for the BBC’s record breaking “Perfect Day” campaign. She has always said that great insight was key to organisational transformation.
At the BBC, she was part of readying technology businesses for sale.
Jane is Vice-Chair of Fairtrade and a trustee of the Lowry, on the advisory board of WIRe as well as being a trustee of the sector charity MRBA and Archive, AMSR.
Associate Director of Events and Administration, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
Event Portfolio Development Manager, The IET
Events Team Leader, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
Lynne is responsible for over 35 conferences and events around the UK annually. The Institute’s flagship conference and awards ceremony welcomes over 500 guests from across the payroll, pensions and reward industry.
Prior to joining the CIPP, Lynne was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for 15 years, serving both in the UK and overseas. One of her highlights of that time was organising a campaign of events around the globe to promote the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Lynne graduated from the Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde.
Events Manager, Association for Project Management
Venue Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Shaun Hinds
Chief Executive, Manchester Central
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.
Head of Commercial Events and Business Development, National Theatre
Prior to joining the National Theatre, Ali was an Account Manager at Wildgoose Events and Woods’ Silver Fleet.
Head of Creative Strategy, Google
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.
CodeNode Space & Events Manager, Skills Matter
Business Development Director, Saatchi Gallery
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.
Sales & Marketing Manager, RSA House
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!
Director of Venues, Top Banana & Chair of HBAA
Commercial Director, Olympia London
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.
Commercial Director, Swan, Shakespeare's Globe
Event Director, Capita Travel and Events
Sales & Events Director, Street Feast
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.
Events Marketing, Science Museum
Karim Le Cloarec
General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin
Commercial Director, Headbox
General Manager, The Grand Brighton
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
Commercial Events Business Development Manager, Historic Royal Palaces
Managing Director, Camm and Hooper Ltd
Managing Director, Triggerfish