Richard John is an events consultant business trainer, writer, and presenter. He runs a boutique training and development consultancy, after two decades of working for a variety of blue chip organisations. He uses the time spent travelling around the globe devouring an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction. Based in Lincolnshire – but rarely there - in his limited spare time, Richard struggles to learn the guitar, write brilliant novels, master French and rebuild sports cars
I work at the University of Nottingham, School of Health Sciences and presently I am PA to the Head of School. I have been employed by the University for 8 years, previously working for Nottinghamshire County Council, Insolvency Service and Ministry of Defence. I am also on the Health and Wellbeing Committee and recently became the chair of the Women’s Staff Network for the University. I enjoy organising events and have even organised dragon boat racing, football tournaments etc.
One of the most prominent British Asian personalities in the UK, known for his leadership and passionate concern for the interests of the hospitality industry and the man behind the revolutionary change in the Asian hospitality industry. He stands as one of the most influential men in the UK to be creating a difference and giving British Asians something to be proud of. He is frequently seen and heard in the UK's key print and broadcast media, acting as a spokesman for the Asian business sector and regularly contribute worldwide in the media covering the increase in domestic curry consumption, best cuisine, global trends and industry insight. His sound knowledge of Indian food is second to none. He has been a judge on various TV programmes such as F Word with Gordon Ramsay, Great British Menu and BBC Royal Recipes amongst other food programmes.
In 2005 he established the British Curry Awards and is dubbed as the “Curry Oscar”. He is also the Founder of multi award-winning restaurant, Le Raj in Epsom, Le Raj Academy Restaurant @ Nescot, Founder of ION TV and the industry’s leading trade publication and Bible for this industry, Spice Business Magazine. He is currently president of the British-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, to continue promoting trade and investment opportunities and co-operation between Britain and Bangladesh.
Aspinall Ink, Digital Media Consultancy/Founder, Hearing Loss Friendly
Aspinall Ink provides a range of services to the hospitality industry, including website design, copywriting, room styling and photography, social media marketing, and PR. Angie, is also a travel writer whose articles can be seen on a range of travel websites including A Luxury Travel Blog, Planet Confidential, and Love My Trips, and in magazines including Dog Friendly and Coast. She is the founder of Hearing Loss Friendly, the travel and tourism directory, which features accommodation, visitor attractions and conference centres, which are accessible for people with hearing loss.
Having worked in the professional services sector for more years than I care to admit, I have for the last 15 years been involved in selecting and implementing CRM systems and advising on data management strategies for key account management, marketing acquisition and retention campaigns and Events.
27 years in the hotel industry, passionate about service and people. Started at the Club 55 St Tropez, The George V in Paris, then moved to the UK in 1988 where I worked operationally with Holiday Inn before being part of the hotel opening for the Bath Spa Hotel. Moved from Operations to Sales working with Venues Unlimited as their first MD and I.B.R. Finished my employment life with Le Meridien Hotels Internationally before setting up nexusvenue in 2002.
Will has worked within the industry for 12 years and has had the pleasure of working at some great organisations. Over his 7 years at Off Limits he has worked his way from Event Co-ordinator to Sales Executive and is responsible for maintaining and developing new relationships with venues and agencies all across the UK.
I have been in the events industry for 7 years, following my degree in Events Management. I really enjoy being in the industry as I get to work on lots of different things and get to visit exciting places.
With a background in hotel sales with IHG then moving into the world of agent venue consultancy Susan is now business partner at Venue Seekers offering a portfolio of services from venue finding to event management to a wide range of corporate businesses including financial, technology and pharmaceutical industries both within the UK and abroad.
Andrews expertise come from a operational and commercial background he looks at every event individually and from the client’s perspective. Andrew will always go that extra mile for our clients. Andrews expertise’s include looking after the business strategy from the marketing and commercial perspective.
Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience, planning a plethora of events including business meetings, incentives, car tours and award parties. Vanessa and the Pandora team look after every enquiry in a bespoke manner understanding the clients every need to deliver a perfect event working with all event locations.
Melanie has worked in the hospitality industry in key sales roles for over twenty years and now offers support to businesses both large and small as a consultant and trainer. Her experience working with leading brands including; Marriott, Hilton, The Grove, The Belfry and Rocco Forte to name just a few, has provided the firm foundation to enable her to offer a variety of Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and Leadership training.