Lindsay-Jane Ackers

Public Relations Executive – Scottish Event Campus

“Lindsay joined the Scottish Event Campus just over a year ago to manage the B2B coverage across both conferences and exhibitions. She has jumped in with two feet and now boasts strong relationships with key stakeholders, including media and venue partners, which has resulted the high level of coverage.”

In five years’ time: I see myself heading up the public relations or communications department either here at the SEC, or another aspect of the hospitality/events industry. I would like to have a prominent role within an industry body, such as the AEV/AEO.

Paige Aitken

Delegate Portfolio Manager – Forum Events

“Paige started as a delegate executive back in 2011 which is the lowest position at Forum Events and soon worked up to a senior team leader, overseeing a team of 15 people alongside the delegate manager.”

In five years’ time: I would like to see myself in a higher position within management, having more responsibility and authority with regards to changes in the business and future prospects.

Rohema Ali

Operations Manager – Dmg events UK

“Having worked at Reed Exhibitions for five years on a diverse range of global events, including StarWars Celebration, Offshore Europe and the Luxury Travel Show, Ro came to dmg::events 18 months ago bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that she has continued to build upon.”

In five years’ time: I will be leading my own team, not as an operations manager but as a successful Event Director; instilling in my team the passion, enthusiasm and drive for events that I have. Having worked to deliver successful exhibition brands for many years, I not only have the practical knowledge but also the experience to innovate and bring about change whilst keeping my passion for people at the heart of what I do.

Courtney Baldwin

Event Manager, CCR Expo – Easyfairs

“I recruited Courtney into i2i Events four years ago, as a sales exec after she spent two years running Meet the Buyer events with the sales pitch of ‘do you meet the right people anymore at exhibitions’. She really impressed me and I knew she was a perfect fit for the event industry and she adapted her pitch pretty quickly!”

In five years’ time: CCR Expo was always acquired to geo-clone, so my next step is to successfully launch a series of successful CCR Expo events. Informa is the main competitor in our field with the Euromedicom partnership, so watch out Informa! Hopefully after launching a series of CCR Events I’ll be promoted to the event director of the series.

Kimberley Barnes

Event Manager – Clarion Events

“At only 28, Kim has been promoted five times in as many years and has been at the centre of Phacilitate’s success. She interacts with our VIPs and top speakers like they’re best friends and has become our gateway into some of the most influential people and communities in biotech.”

In five years’ time: I’d like to have developed the skills to head up a portfolio of events within Clarion, leading the design, management and execution of a portfolio I also want to work more ‘on the business’ implementing best practice across the Clarion Group. From here, I’d like to do more to support the wider events industry, potentially sitting on association development boards including the AEO.

James Bishton

Senior Sales Executive – Telegraph Events (Telegraph Media Group)

“James has worked for Telegraph Events since 2012 and has risen from classified sales executive. Since then he has been promoted three times in six years, and now holds the role of senior sales executive. He has gone on to become best performing sales executive in the consumer events department, and from 2015 he has grown his stand and sponsorship revenue by 35 per cent.”

In five years’ time: I would like to be running and managing a lifestyle event which combines sports, music, arts, food an beverage. I’m interested in being an event director working collaboratively with the various departments to curate a unique and exciting experience that appeals to both visitors and exhibitors/sponsors alike.

Olivia Boswell

Project Manager – Ascential Events

“Olivia has hit the ground running at Ascential, taking on project management and delivery for key client The UK Department for International Trade at Money 2020 Europe. In addition she is currently delivering a bespoke programme for 150 Chinese exhibitors to attend Autumn Fair in September, ensuring they have the brand promotion and support needed for first time exhibitors attending an event with translation support.”

In five years’ time: I will be in a career position where I feel I make a real impact on the company and environment within which I work, as well as real satisfaction and creativity within the role. I would like to have strategic input and be in a position where I am seen as a source of knowledge as well as successfully managing a team. More established in adhoc bespoke event work in order to build up a larger portfolio and network, opening up the scope for my own company one day.

Elizabeth (Libby) Brodie

Head of Marketing – Easyfairs

“Elizabeth (Libby) has exhibitions in her DNA. Libby started her events career working as a Marketing Executive on the bridal portfolio at Ocean Media, and is now the youngest head of marketing in the history of Easyfairs at 27 years old. Beyond her personal performance and results Libby is an exceptional people manager and mentor to younger marketers in the business.”

In five years’ time: I will be ensuring that I am working hard to become a role model for junior entrants to the exhibition industry, hopefully leading the charge of having more women in senior positions across the industry and of course ensuring the company I’m working for is growing and serving its stakeholders, exhibitors, visitors, delegates, associations and media.

Emily Challis

Portfolio Event Manager – Fresh Montgomery

“At 27 Emily has achieved a great deal in becoming Portfolio Event Manager at Fresh. She is highly efficient and has been instrumental in the implementation of our data strategy to support Fresh’s mission to become the most forward-thinking data rich platform in the exhibitions industry. She’s a fantastic mentor to the younger individuals in the team and a great sounding board for me!”

In five years’ time: I hope to be in a role that allows me to contribute my skill set directly and precisely, to improve the efficiency and organisation of which ever company I am in. I want to be using my experience in events, media and communications to bring live and experiential concepts to life. I would hope that in five years time I am seen as a leader and mentor to my team and I would have helped many people to progress in their careers.

Jacqueline Cummins

Senior Operations Executive – Informa

“They say that you should learn to walk before you can run but why walk when you can run?! After only two years after graduating with a first class honors in Event Management, Jacqueline is responsible for delivering events all over the globe whilst managing a team of two. She is not afraid to face a challenge head on and even when the going gets tough, continues to maintain a positive attitude.”

In five years’ time: I will be an events delivery & sustainability director within Informa’s knowledge and networking vertical: KNect365. With a passion for sustainability, I will initiate a number of changes which will ensure our events are more forward thinking than our competitors. This is will be done by running environmentally-friendly events, working with producers to encourage more women to be at the forefront of our panels and discussions and ensuring each vertical within KNect365 has a new charity partner annually.

Charlotte Ellicott

Group Marketing Manager – CloserStill Media

“Charlotte joined us in 2012 as a graduate telemarketer with no work experience. Within a month I had moved her onto social media for the London Vet Show (LVS) seeing that she had great potential. Over the past five years, she has gone from marketing assistant on LVS to group marketing manager across the ever-expanding vet portfolio and runs a team of three people. She is a pleasure to have around and now a very senior member of my brilliant team.”

In five years’ time: I will be working to develop strategic partnerships that enable us to launch further veterinary events in new markets. As well as leading a brilliant team who just as passionate about educating veterinary professionals globally as I am. This will hopefully lead to be becoming a marketing director at CloserStill Media and part of the senior management team.

Rachel Gregory

Sales Manager – Diversified Communications

“Rachel sees the exhibition industry as one that she will be working in for the rest of her career, and one that she wants to develop and increase her knowledge in. She has mentioned to me her passion is to one day have the opportunity to speak and present and share her knowledge and experience within the events industry. Rachel is an absolutely natural at networking, as well as building and developing relationships, whether it is within her own industry or the event sector that she works in.”

In five years’ time: I see myself as being a role model in the events and sales field, running seminars and training courses that will inspire the young and hungry. The next step for progression will be event manager or event director, heading of a team of four or more and I will have launched an international show.

Bethany Heath

Exhibition Manager – Upper Street Events

“Beth works on the New Designers exhibition, which unites the designers of tomorrow with the trade, trend-spotters and industry leaders of today. She oversees the shows exhibitors through the sales, account management and exhibitor communications. Beth’s invaluable skill set ensures the longevity, growth and success of the event. She has an incredible work ethic and strives to deliver the highest customer service and account management.”

In five years’ time: I hope to continue to work alongside an innovative and determined team to deliver events that bring all levels of the design industry together and ensure that the industry continues to thrive.

Mitchell Ingram

Show Manager – CloserStill Media

“Last July when Mitchell was sales manager for CloserStill’s British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show we discovered the fantastic news that the show’s ED Alex was expecting her second child. Mitchell was the obvious choice to cover Alex’s maternity leave, however, with a young and inexperienced team below Mitchell this meant we needed to fast track Mitchell’s development. Mitchell was quite literally a knowledge sponge and instantly made the mental transition from salesman and motivator to brand custodian and grasped the opportunity with both hands. Working with Mitchell is an absolute pleasure, if I could clone him, I would!”

In five years’ time: I don’t and never have had a five-year-plan, I find them a bit self-serving. I instead like to think opportunities will come my way if I show I’m hard-working and motivated, and so far that’s proved true. What’s most important to me is that I have a good team behind me, and build mutual respect with those I’m selling to, based on strong industry knowledge. That’s always how I’ve had my best successes; clients trust my honesty and credibility.”

Jas Kaur

Head of Digital Marketing – GES

“Jas is a one-woman digital powerhouse, leading GES’ marketing team transformation from sales team lackeys to lead generators in their own right, putting money on the table and driving revenue in the process. She was promoted in February this year to head of digital marketing and now leads a team of four supporting all our lines of business. She has driven real cultural change at GES, working through obstacles with persistence and resourcefulness. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious and she is a great role model within GES and a real ‘poster woman’ for the industry. With much more to come, she is dedicated to pushing boundaries to deliver smarter, more efficient and super clever ways of working.”

In five years’ time: I would like to be marketing director, heading up a growing team of hungry digital marketers, creating innovative and exciting campaigns that deliver the hottest leads! As well as completing some on-going qualification courses, I hope to continue challenging myself to inspire others and see what more I can achieve!

Matt Larcome

Director – B2B Expos

“I have known Matt for number of years and since he started his exhibitions company he has grown the business from one exhibition in Basingstoke to over 8 business exhibitions a year across the South. Matt has been fundamental to the success of his company and the growth based on a successful franchise model. He now has franchisees replicating his success in towns/cities across the UK.”

In five years’ time: I will be very happy with the level of achieved expansion and growth of Memo Events along the South Coast and across Surrey, Berkshire and Kent. My new company an agency, Memo Speakers, assists corporate and associations companies sourcing the right keynote and guest speakers.

Suzannah Leigh-Jones

Creative Design Manager – Easyfairs

“Suzannah doesn’t come from a traditional exhibition background, but has such a passion for the events industry she has been committed to forging her career at events companies over the last nine years, first as a marketer and latterly on the creative side.

She has been instrumental in driving the creative look and feel and standards across our portfolio, and as a result rapidly growing the scope of her role. Suzannah is not simply a designer, she has established herself as an internal creative consultant, and as such has made great strides in the quality and overall approach to our show look and feel.”

In five years’ time: I aim to be recognised as a creative leader within the event industry, pioneering new techniques whilst embracing our past to truly bring events industry brands to a wider audience.

Georgie May

Marketing Manager, London Technology Events Portfolio – CloserStill Media

“When life doesn’t go quite the way you want, it’s about making the most of the skills you have, working hard, learning fast and building relationships. This is what Georgie May did with gusto and it has 100% paid off! Georgie knows her events industry inside out and has single-handedly forged valuable relationships with that have enabled her to keep her finger on the pulse in knowing her audience inside out and subsequently launch our newest event, Blockchain Tech World London 2019.”

In five years’ time: I can’t tell you exactly where I will be in five years’ time, as five years ago I would not have thought I would be here! But what I can say, working at CloserStill Media has showed me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. My plan is to continue to build the CloserStill Media technology events, by working closely with our stakeholders to provide high quality content-led marketing and ensure that we stay at the top of this fast-moving sector. In five years’ time, I want to have had clearly stamped my mark on the technology industry.

Antonia Mitsis

Event Manager – Bray Leino Events

“As part of a Greek Cypriot family, Antonia grew up attending numerous weddings, and helping with the planning was something that she took to quite naturally, sparking an early interest in the events industry. Antonia is currently the event manager for the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) infrastructure sectors, and over the past 10 months she has delivered DIT events across four continents – including African Mining Indaba in South Africa and Expomin 2018 in Chile – resulting in estimated export wins of over £477m.”

In five years’ time: Having a job that allows me to work on something different every day keeps me engaged and excited about the industry I work in. I hope that in the next five years the adventure of events keeps challenging me and that I can still say that I have never worked the same day twice. Failing that, my back up plan is to move to Greece, buy a speed boat and own a beach bar in the sunshine.

Jack Ojari

Senior Commercial Marketing Manager – Fresh Montgomery

“Jack joined Fresh Montgomery as a commercial marketing manager a little over a year ago. A few months into his role, Jack kicked off and led a Data & Digital Insight project for Fresh Montgomery. It was a pivotal piece of work for our transformation – and looked at each and every process and system, the tools we use, our requirements and then proposed solutions for a unified platform. Jack was asked to join the Senior Leadership Team of Fresh Montgomery, and to travel to both Specialised Exhibitions, and Montgomery Asia to identify opportunities to work closer together and share lessons learned. He is truly an intelligent, hardworking and impressive young marketeer and data professional.”

In five years’ time: I want to have been instrumental in transforming Montgomery into a company where we can use intelligent tools to gain data driven insights which mean that we, as organisers, can deliver events that go above and beyond both visitors’ and exhibitors’ expectations. Events where exhibitors meet exactly the right buyers, where visitors discover highly relevant and engaging content that is perfectly suited to them and where we as organisers can bring sellers and buyers together in new and exciting ways.

Samantha Pearce

Head of Marketing – Telegraph Events

“Over the last five years Sammy has been promoted four times working from marketing executive through to head of marketing for consumer events at The Telegraph. Working across around 50 different events, in nine different industries across some of the biggest event organisations, and with a proven track record of achieving results having grown events, doubled social media followings and introduced new ticketing initiatives that have increased ticket revenues by over 15%.”

In five years’ time: I would like to have successfully launched and developed new events into The Telegraph’s portfolio and would have grown the current events to industry leading, award winning events. I would have created new partnerships, new routes to market and created new avenues of revenue for the business.

Kate Pilling

Senior Marketing Executive – Clarion Events

“Kate joined our marketing team midway through the integration of our acquisition of both the January and Manchester Furniture Shows. On her first day, her MM/boss announced that she was leaving to follow her love of the environment and, despite my best efforts since, I’ve yet to trip up Kate at any stage. She has the best marketing instincts of anyone I’ve taken on in over 30 years in the events game and is already more than halfway to earning herself a Marketing Manager title as the next stepping stone on literally meteoric path in our world. Kate is an exceptional find for us and that once-a-decade find for the industry. She’s definitely one of us.”

In five years’ time: I hope I will have listened, learnt and delivered to a point where I can stake a serious claim for a role as marketing director across two-plus shows. I will be leading a diverse team and helping them to develop new skills and gain new experiences. I have had some fantastic role models in marketing, and in events in particular, and I want to inspire other young people to pursue a career in this demanding yet incredibly rewarding and unique sector. Most of all, I want to continue to ensure that my team and I seamlessly engage with, understand and assist the sales and operations teams. Unless we all understand each other’s pressures and goals, then it’s impossible to maximise the opportunities!

Natalie Prew

Venue Services Manager – Business Design Centre

“Natalie Prew joined the BDC in August 2012 to complete her third year university placement as our venue services coordinator. It quickly became apparent that Natalie had an aptitude for exhibitions. On her return to university she was given an unconditional employment offer at the venue. Her tenacity and ability to integrate herself into the exhibition teams soon saw her promoted to venue services manager. Natalie becomes part of the team and is very helpful. Rather than just saying “no” she tries to find ways of making things work. Some of the work Natalie has done for the venue has included creating bespoke packages for exhibitions, produced a rigging document to simplify the process for show organisers and, working alongside Freeman UK, she has produced a venue specific guide to stands and feature builds.”

In five years, I will still be working on the exhibitions for sure; I see my role encompassing an advisory position. I know the venue so well and see so many great shows come and go that I’m in the perfect position to help plan creatively in advance, whether it’s rolling out what I already do in helping organisers maximise their exhibition space or by supporting them to give the best service to their exhibitors.

Tuhin Quddus

Event Manager – Clarion Events

“I have known Tuhin for two years and in this time I have seen him deservedly rise from sales manager to event manager at Clarion. He has routinely delivered on his events, as detailed below, and has rapidly become an ambassador for Clarion at professional and social events. Tuhin has demonstrated immense maturity and ability during his time here and is incredibly well-liked across the company and industry.”

In five years’ time: I will be working as the industry’s shortest event director, armed with a talented group of hungry professionals. I will also be down the pub, so see you there.

Imogen Rudkins-Stow

Senior Operations Manager – Informa

“With a thirst for industry knowledge and unabating desire to constantly develop her skills, Imogen personifies the core values anyone in the events industry should aspire to possess. Her new ideas and fresh approach have completely revitalised the events she works on and her driving force in the operations team make her an outstanding asset to the company and tipped for incredible potential in her career.”

In five years’ time: I will be using my expertise, knowledge and experience to lead the way for how we continue to challenge and innovate operational best practice across the exhibitions industry with customers at the forefront.

Ben Smit

VIP Delegation Manager – Clarion Events

Ben joined Clarion Defence & Security in November 2015 with no prior experience in either the event industry or the defence and security sectors. His proven communication skills and strong teamwork ethic appealed to us, so we employed him as an administrative assistant within the defence team to help with the coordination of sales and general office administration. Over time Ben’s aptitude and diligence became remarkably apparent, so I asked Ben to move across to help coordinate the VIP and Delegation hosted buyer programmes for the defence and security portfolio of 11 events. He now understands the defence sector and also the nuances of communicating with the military better than many of the established members of the team, including those with military experience!

In five years’ time: I will be still be smiling and enjoying life regardless of where I’ve ended up!

Mehram Sumray-Roots

Product director and co-founder – YADA Event Technology

“Mehram Sumray-Roots co-founded YADA Event Technology Limited three years ago when she was just 22 years old. From a start-up of just her and her laptop, the company has now grown to four full-time employees and Mehram now also sits on the board of four other companies within the Expede Group.”

In five years’ time, YADA will be eight years old and will be the definitive event technology platform that is used by every event – from a wedding or private party to a giant festival or exhibition. The platform will have evolved and include new and improved features and the number of users and the number of events we work with will have grown exponentially.

Lucy Taylor

Event Manager – ExCeL London

“Within nine months of starting her career at ExCeL, Lucy was promoted to event manager and is now effectively managing multi-faceted events for 4,500+ delegates, exhibitors, contractors and visitors on a weekly basis. As a direct result of Lucy’s dedication and reputation amongst the team, to deliver exceptional events, she was tasked with managing one of the most complex and high risk events ExCeL has ever hosted: The Formula 1 Powerboat Racing event.”

In five years’ time: My ambition is to manage a successful team of people as a senior event manager, and to one day work on the Olympics!

Alice Walker

Exhibitor Sales Supervisor – Freeman EMEA

“Alice started at Freeman in September 2015 and has achieved incredible success since joining the team. She has consistently gone above and beyond for the organisation, demonstrating her strong work ethic. Everyone who has worked with her has exceptionally positive feedback, with clients commenting on her professional attitude and efficiency. In addition to her continued hard work and focus on sales, Alice motivates and supports other employees and is a member of the industry-wide Women in Exhibitions Network.”

In five years’ time: I would like to be the manager of the exhibitor upgrades team which I have recently been promoted to supervisor of. With the support of my manager and the knowledge he continues to give me, I would hope within this time frame I would be in good position to progress within my career again. I thrive in success and enjoy most being within a well driven team who are making a massive impact on the sales figures for Freeman. I want to be well known within the exhibition industry with organisers, clients and suppliers.

Haydn Williams

Senior Marketing executive – Clarion Gaming

“Haydn is an invaluable member of the marketing team at Clarion Gaming. He is an outstanding example of a passionate, driven digital and in particular social marketer. In the last 12 months he has elevated the level of digital and social marketing across the portfolio he works on. This is particularly important and difficult as he is marketing to very savvy digital marketers in the online gaming industry.”

In five years’ time: I will be looking after my own portfolio of events and leading a team of marketers who enjoy doing things differently. This team will be built of people who are excited by new ways of marketing, who embrace new ideas and get bored by doing things the same way over and over again. I will be in a position where I and those around me are still learning from mistakes and pushing the boundaries every day. From here, I can help coach and inspire a team of young professionals and give them the freedom to work creatively and drive innovation within the events marketing industry.