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 16 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.

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 - 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?
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.

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!

Natalie

Natalie

What made you get into the events industry?
I was hooked after watching the movie ‘Sliding Door’s'. 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!

What do you like to do outside of work?
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).

Amy

Amy

Why did you get into events?
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 found the role for me!

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.

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! 

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love the creative aspect and could spend hours poring over ideas, images and themes. Taking 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! 

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?
I first worked in the Travel Industry for 18 years, here i found my love for travel, booking peoples dream holidays, and finding the best deal for the customers. 

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love to work on a new event brief; 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 also love spending time with my dog, Poppie!

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 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 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. 

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!

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?
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! 

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 experienced 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!

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! 

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.

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.
 

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 is your favourite part of an event?
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 as you can.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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 the proposal, yoou have found the right venue, costs to match the client budget and finally are awarded the project. No 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!

Carole

Carole

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.

Julie

Julie

What made you get into the event industry?
Events were part of one my first roles at a large FTSE 100 company in the banking industry.  They quickly became a passion and have been in my blood ever since. 

What is your favourite part of an event?
I love building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and collectively delivering a first-class event for the client and those who attend. 

Share your top tip for people starting a career in events?
Have clear objectives, care about the detail and be prepared to go the extra mile – it’s what will make an average event become a brilliant one with long lasting impact.

What do you like to do out of work?
I love going on holiday and am always on a countdown to the next one!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I played a round of golf with Gary Lineker at Wentworth, although it’s fair to say he was way better at it than I was!