Sue

Sue

What made you get into the events industry?
Qualified in business studies, however a PA in the travel industry is where I started my career. I realised groups and events was fast becoming a new exciting business need. I started YES 15 years ago and now I live, love and breathe events.

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love a new brief! It gets me excited every time. I enjoy working with the team to find the right venues and creativity for our customers and pitching our ideas with passion.

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Stamina, smile and be good at maths.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, going to a spa with my friends, movies, baking, and I love skiing.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I was professionally trained in Irish dancing for an event I ran for 400 delegates. I also visited Nepal on a site visit where I had dinner with the royal family.

Describe your office persona…
Book of knowledge.

Mark

Mark

What made you get into the events industry?
I practiced Law for 17 years and finally entered the family events business in 2010 – I do not miss the full time desk job!

What is your favourite part of an event?
Seeing the Wow factor new experiences bring to delegates and me!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Check everything 3 times, and then check again!

What do you like to do outside of work?
Cricket, Skiing and lots of exercise.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I played professional cricket for Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Describe your office persona…
Tolerant

Kerry

Kerry

What made you get into the events industry?
After working as a bilingual reservations agent at US Airways for 2 years I decided to switch to events - I thought I would be organising parties and had no idea the Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Events (MICE) industry existed when I went for my first interview. My first trip was to Vancouver and I quickly realised this was the best job in the world!

What is your favourite part of an event?
Onsite - seeing all your hard work come together! Knowing people have enjoyed themselves makes the long hours all worthwhile - as well as watching things go right because you have pre-empted and prevented everything that could go wrong!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Learn how to get ready for a Gala dinner in 10 minutes!

What do you like to do outside of work?
Go for long walks with my partner and step-son, spend lots of time with family and support my rugby league team Hull KR.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I once had a flying lesson with an ex-red arrow pilot and learned how to do a loop the loop.

Describe your office persona…
Mother hen.

Katy

Katy

What made you get into the events industry?
My mum worked in events so I got a taste for it at an early age.

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love seeing the finished event come together after lots of hard work; being onsite and in the thick of things is when I am in my element!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Offer your services and get some experience to give you an insight into the world of events. Be prepared to work hard and fast under pressure!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to shop and socialise with my friends and family...I also love a good book!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I braved the CN Tower Edge Walk whilst in Toronto, walking on the roof of the CN Tower’s restaurant 356m/1,168ft above the ground! Scary moment but amazing all at the same!

Describe your office persona…
Office socialite.

Natalie

Natalie

What made you get into the events industry?
I was hooked after watching the movie ‘Sliding Door’s', that’s when I decided I wanted to work in events. In reality it wasn’t quite as glamorous as that, once I had completed a degree in PR & Media I worked at a hotel in Leeds in their Conference Sales office for a year before moving onto a family run venue in Halifax where I planned and managed special events and weddings. Two years later, I finally secured my first position at YES (phew), I am finally playing Gwyneth!

What is your favourite part of an event?
Being in the midst of it – seeing all your hard work and planning come together!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Prepare to hit the ground running, events is a fast paced environment and doesn’t wait for anyone – it is ever changing in terms of new destinations, venues and technologies which is what makes the industry so exciting to be a part of.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Long walks with my dog Rufus, eating hamburgers, going to the gym (to work off the burgers).

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I once spent a night sitting on Jimmy Carr’s sofa watching the Brit Awards whilst he was performing at an event for us (we were running through his script for the evening).

Describe your office persona…
Not quite as quiet as a church mouse.

Becky

Becky

What made you get into the events industry?
I met the Queen’s Events Manager when I was 13 while on holiday in Scotland. He owned a pink castle and had an amazing lifestyle - it is all I’ve ever wanted to do since!

What is your favourite part of an event?
Being able to bring ideas to life. There is no greater thrill than being on-site at a live event and watching all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
The key to events is experience! Knock on the door and make phone calls to events agencies, many of them take on interns and it is a great way to get your foot in the door.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Anything adventurous! Currently working towards my PADI for Scuba and IKO in kite surfing.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I once had to look after Kings of Leon!

Describe your office persona.
The office Scouser.

Grace

Grace

What made you get into the events industry?
I began working in a restaurant as a waitress and they then promoted me to an event co-ordinator running weddings, conferences and private parties. I loved my job and decided to study event management at University as I had always had an interest in planning corporate events. I came to work for YES on my placement year at University and have now been here for 2 and a ½ years and love my job!

What is your favourite part of an event?
My favourite part of an event is the feedback, knowing that your client is happy, finding out the stories from delegates and hearing what their favourite moment from the event was. The satisfaction of knowing that everyone has enjoyed themselves and that you have produced a successful event is such a great feeling!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Be prepared for hard work – the event life isn’t all glamour and parties, the amount of preparation time it takes to plan a successful event is more than you would imagine.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of the office I love spending quality time with my friends and family, going to the gym and watching Friends. I also love to travel and explore new destinations.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I once spent the day playing golf with Alex Ferguson whilst looking after Max Beesley’s shoes.

Describe your office persona…
Question master.

Amy

Amy

How did you get into events?
During a chance meeting with Sue (CEO) my eyes were opened to the world of YES. The opportunity to work within a fast paced environment combining both my Interior Design degree and experience within the fashion industry was one not to be missed.

What your favourite part of an event is?
Working closely with the client to make their vision a reality.

Top tip for people starting in events:
‘Work hard and be nice to people’.

What you like to do outside of work: 
I’m a bit of a sports nut and after a recent trip to South Africa I’ve started golf lessons – watch this space!

An interesting fact about you:
I spent my early professional years looking after some of the world’s top models.
 

Chloe

Chloe

What made you get into the events industry?
Events stemmed from doing Media at college; after lots of work experience and job applications I got the chance to work at YES.

What is your favourite part of an event?

Finding new venues and seeing the end results of your hard work. 

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Don’t give up!

What do you like to do outside of work?
More often than not you will find me at the gym!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Little fingers make me cringe! I have a serious phobia of bridges.

Describe your office persona…
Fashionista.

Ellen

Ellen

What made you get into the events industry?
My passion for events and creativity came early, with my parents taking me along to every gig, festival, fair and county show in the area…some better than others! With this, alongside my own personal interest in event attendance and a passion for organising others (some may say a tad bossy?!) events was always the path for me!

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love the creative aspect and could spend hours poring over ideas, images and themes. Then being lucky enough to have the opportunity to take the creativity from conception to reality is the most incredible feeling, one of which will never get old!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Make the tea! Do the filing! Lift the boxes! Do anything and everything you can to show your team that you are dedicated to supporting them, whilst impressing the client and being an integral part of pushing your team and yourself to many years of success in the industry that never sleeps! It’s all worth it, I promise!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love spending time with my family, lunching at various lovely country inns and cafés and going on walks to set the world to rights with my friends. I also love nothing more than curling up on the sofa & spending the day reading, pinterest-ing and of course Instagram-ing! Don’t get me wrong…I’d never say no to a sun lounger in a beautiful exotic destination; as long as there’s a daiquiri nearby!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I was a British Arts level Irish dancer for 12 years and spent most of my childhood competing across the UK, only stopping due to my education having to take priority. The closest I get to an Irish Jig now is when a B*Witched track is played on a Saturday night!

Danielle

Danielle

What made you get into the events industry?
Having worked in the Travel Industry for 18 years I first found my love for travel, booking peoples dream holidays, and finding the best deal for the customers. Attention to detail and been super organised were a couple of key skills required to be successful in this role. After leaving the travel industry by chance I worked for an Education company and would book hotels, travel and venues for staff and finally ended up looking after their full events programme which included conferences, road-shows, exhibitions and VIP dinners. I now have an amazing job that combines both my love for travel and events and can’t wait to work with more amazing clients.


What is your favourite part of an event?
I love to work on a new event brief and start the planning process and creating new idea’s, but also seeing each event right through to execution and making sure that all details are in place and that the client is 100% happy. I love to get fully involved in each event from site visits to planning with a client and if a job needs doing I am always happy to get involved and be in the thick of it. I love suggesting an idea and then looking at ways of making this idea come to life!


Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
You need to be energetic, creative, hardworking and extremely organised. You need to be able to react to last minute changes and always have a plan B up your sleeve!


What do you like to do outside of work?
Travel is a real passion of mine. I always have some type of holiday booked, whether it’s a Ski trip, Long Haul, a multi-centre or even a break in the UK. I love spending time with my dog, Poppie, and include her in almost everything that we do – camping, running, UK breaks, meals out and the pub 😊
I attend a HIIT classes 3 times a week and love taking long walks with Poppie and her beloved ball on a weekend.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I got married in Las Vegas and fell asleep on the helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon! I then went to see Bruce Willis in a play in NYC and also fell asleep!!

Jodie

Jodie

What made you get into the events industry?
My mum had a Bridal shop which I helped run. I loved helping a bride find the gown they love but I felt I really excelled in organizing catwalks at local hotels for bridal fayres and exhibition stands for the larger bridal events, like The National Wedding Show. I loved the whole events side of the business and being in the thick of it, from making sure the catwalk show ran smoothly and all models where on time, to taking half the contents of our shop to a show and building our own mini boutique on an exhibition stand. The whole atmosphere of the shows and the excited brides to be gave you such a happy buzz!

What is your favourite part of an event?
Really getting stuck in to hustle and bustle of the event and making sure everything's going to plan!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Learn to be able to be a multi task master. Also keep plenty of notes!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy mountain biking, camping and ice skating with my other half... We also spend a lot of time at Frankie & Bennies! 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I played ice hockey between 13-17 years old for a men's team and I also figure skated. I still have both Ice skates now!

Sarah

Sarah

What made you get into the events industry?  
When I was younger I used to be a runner and competed in events up and down the country.  I really enjoyed the buzz of being in the arena and part of the environment.  When I hung up my spikes I decided the next best thing was to get a job working in events which shaped my career choice and lead me to becoming an International Sporting Event Manager.  When the opportunity to work at YES came up I did not need to think twice, the opportunity to work with a great team and great clients was very exciting!

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love delivering a successful event - There’s nothing better than having a happy client and seeing the vision you have helped create come to life!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events
Be nice, wear comfy shoes and get stuck in!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love running, playing netball and hot yoga.  However, my one true love is my cockerpoo Bob (who may I add is extremely handsome!) I like to spend as much time with him as possible.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I played rugby for England whilst at University.
 

Rebecca

Rebecca

What made you get into the events industry?
Having worked in hospitality for 10 years I was naturally drawn to the event aspect of the business, with a passion for customer service and a love for organisation.

What is your favourite part of an event?
My favourite part of an event is seeing the client and their group enjoying the fruits of your labour. For me it really is knowing that you’ve helped make someone’s day and seeing everyone involved enjoying the event you’ve worked so hard to put together. 

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Make the most of every opportunity given to you and if they don’t come to you, go out and find them. 

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to socialise with my family and friends, whether it’s out for dinner and drinks or a night in front of the box. Myself and my housemate actually think we’d be a great addition to Gogglebox! Travel is also a new found passion after my adventures around the USA and I can’t wait to continue to explore the world!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I received a black belt in kickboxing at the age 15.

Carlota

Carlota

What made you get into the events industry?
When I was studying fashion, I had a teacher that worked at the MK and Event department of a high end fashion brand, the passionate way he spoke about events and all the things that he show us that could be done made me realise that I really wanted to be part of this industry. For me an event is like a piece art, it should evoke emotions to the attendees and make them experience things that they have never experience before.

What is your favourite part of an event?
When you get to see the results after months of hard work.

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Always keep up with the latest trends of the industry, new products that could be use in events and update your database as much as you can, you never know when you will need it! Suppliers are determinants for the success of an event!

What do you like to do outside of work?
My passion is to travel! I love to discover new cultures and get to visit non-touristic places and of course try the local gastronomy! I am a total foodie! But when I am not travelling I like to go out for a drink, go to a good music festival or grab a good novel and cosy up in my couch. I also love to go to the countryside with my dog and have meals with my family.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I swam with the shark whale, the biggest fish on earth (the smallest ones are 12m), while in Mexico, best experience of my life.

Georgina

Georgina

What made you get into the events industry?
I had my first taste of the events industry when I interned for a charity in London in 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of tasks and the pressure of delivering on time, so when the opportunity to work at YES arised, I had to grab it!

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love the variety of the challenges and tasks involved in creating an event. No two days are the same!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and embrace any opportunity.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I'm very close to my family and I enjoy spending my time with them, as well as my horse and two pugs. I also enjoy eating out a lot, clay pigeon shooting and love long country walks with my friends!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
In 2016 I walked 50 miles across moorland in under 24 hours with a fantastic group of people, raising money for two very worthy charities.
 

Sarah

Sarah

What made you get into the events industry?
In my previous career as a planning consultant and project manager I attended many events and knew that I would love to be the person responsible for organising these events instead. I have always enjoyed planning events on a smaller scale so when the opportunity arose to persue a career in the events industry I jumped at the chance!

What is your favourite part of an event?
Seeing all the planning, organising and hard work come together. It's so rewarding when guests and clients praise you for your hard work, dedication and going the extra mile.

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Research, planning, organisation and understanding client needs!

What do you like to do outside of work?
Travel, eat, socialise and spend time with my family. My aim is to try and visit as many countries as I can, to experience as much culture, gastronomy as my bank account allows! I am lucky enough to have visited many countries so far, and planning to add many more to this list!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am a qualified teacher and accountant. I am also currently studying for a post graduate diploma in Interior Design from the British Academy as I have a passion for interior design. I am lucky to have had our home published in a magazine. You are never to old to learn a new skill!

 

Darren

Darren

How/Why you got into events?
I got a degree in Media Communications and then my career kicked off working as a media sales executive in an experiential company. It was the start of my love for the events and experiential marketing industry. I've worked in other industries and got bored of doing the same thing every day - I knew early on that events was going to push me to the max. 7 years on and I haven't looked back since - I enjoy delivering the best campaigns for all of our clients.

What your favourite part of an event is?
The day to day planning and running the events! I love to see the final outcome of an event and reporting the results to clients. Also coming up with new ideas, improvements and achieving the best results from campaigns on any budget.

Top tip for people starting in events:
Never give up, work hard and be dedicated to providing the best service for your clients.

What you like to do outside of work:
I enjoy spending time with my family and my baby daughter. Lots of football and, when time allows, playing computer games (I'm a big kid at heart)! I'm a bit of a film fanatic too.

An interesting fact about you:
According to colleagues, I do a pretty good Arnold Schwarzenegger impression!

Office Persona:
I always try to keep the team motivated and laughing! Schwarzenegger impressions optional...”

Hannah

Hannah

What made you get into the events industry?
After organising my 6th form events at school I developed a love for events and when I found out it was a degree, I was even happier! I went on to study Events Management at the University of Huddersfield and have been in the industry ever since. 

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love securing a new brief and working with the clients, developing their ideas and seeing everything come together onsite – seeing the guests having the best experience is the best feeling.

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all glamour – obviously there’s the occasional moment! There are very few things that cannot be solved. Enjoy every minute and don’t forget to look for the breaks to appreciate the moment amongst the chaos! Work hard and get stuck in with every opportunity.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love spending quality time with family and friends, going to the cinema, skiing, exploring new places and playing with my pug, Teddy. My boyfriend has recently made me a Leeds United season ticket holder, so can regularly be found at Elland Road!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I’ve performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
 

Jonny

Jonny

How / Why you got into events?
I first caught the events bug whilst at university. I had a lot of fun organising events for my society and have always enjoyed travelling and exploring new places around the world. 

What your favourite part of an event is?
My favourite part of the event is being in the midst of the excitement on site. It is such a great feeling to see your weeks of planning and preparation pay off and to witness your client and the delegates enjoying the experience.

Top tip for people starting in events:
Just do it! Everyone has to start somewhere and if the industry is right for you then you will definitely not regret it. Trust your instincts and talk to as many people within the industry and related sectors as you can… you can soon increase your knowledge!

What you like to do outside of work:  
Out of work I love to swim, run scuba dive or explore the awesome British countryside on long hikes.

An interesting fact about you:
I once swam in the ocean with 50 sharks… and even stroked a few!

Office Persona:
Action Man

Valerie

Valerie

How/Why you got into events?
After starting my career in 5 star hotels, I was looking for a new challenge but still using my skills and knowledge of the industry. I speak several languages and enjoy meeting people from across the globe, combined with a love of the creative ideas process – the events industry was a natural progression for me.

What your favourite part of an event is?
Greeting the guests as they arrive at a new destination, seeing the look on their faces and knowing that you picked the right location!

Top tip for people starting in events:
There is always a solution.

What you like to do outside of work:
I love taking care of my two little boys at home in Saint Tropez. I also enjoy cooking and going to flea markets hunting for home decoration. In my spare time you will find me looking for a destination for our next family break!

An interesting fact about you:
I had to talk to Thierry Henry in a hotel lobby so our guests could take of picture of him!

Office Persona:
Linguist and logistics – always available!

Marina

Marina

What made you get into the events industry?
I was originally an Academic Research Fellow working at the local University when the department I worked in ran some events for the local Police and Home Office from some research that was conducted and I was asked to help out. After managing about 30 roadshows including a international conference for over 2000 people within a two year period I was hooked! I decided there was much more to life than teaching and I have been in the industry since - over 20 years!

What is your favourite part of an event?
For me it is always the win. When you know you have done a good job on a request for proposal. You have found the right venue with the spot on creative programme and costs to match the client budget and finally are awarded the project. Not a feeling like it!

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events.
You have to learn and experience event management from the ground up. Knowledge is power and experience is key to any successful event.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy cooking and I spend most of my free time with my husband, grandchildren and three miniature dachshunds ( Lilly, Lady and Leo) enjoying the rural setting I live in.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I have a Masters Degree in Womens Studies – Have never had any use for it!

Describe your office persona…
Demanding, detail orientated but fun!.

Carole

Carole

What is your favourite part of an event?
My favourite part is getting the actual event paid in full!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to socialise outside work and also have recently got into walking which as long as weather permits I rather enjoy.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
An interesting fact or non-interesting fact is that I often write friend’s wedding invitation’s or party invites as I find writing cards very enjoyable.

Describe your office persona…
Everyone’s cuppa tea