I joined the industry cleaning quad bikes at the age of 11 and since then I have progressed from activity instructor to the role of Managing Director for the whole Wildfire Experience Agency including all five of our brands. I have personally managed and sold events ranging from motorised days through to Alice in Wonderland themes and award evenings for Sky TV.
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.
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.
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.
With more than 16 years’ events industry experience gained in the association, public and commercial sectors, Sarah has driven Mosaic through nearly a decade of change. At the heart of Mosaic is Sarah’s unwavering vision of providing clients with the right service, at the right price and at a consistently exceptional level. She brings a distinct style to the events management business: unrivalled expertise delivered in a friendly, professional and always down-to-earth manner.
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.
A passionate, client-centric events professional of more than 20 years. Chris founded Purple Dog Solutions in 2013, offering a unique take on the traditional agency model. His agency is now producing exciting projects for clients from many sectors.
Throughout his career at some of the UK's premier event management agencies, Chris has been responsible for a good number of award winning solutions.
As someone who has enjoyed a partnership approach to business, Chris is Delighted to be a judge at the Award Awards 2018
Sally has spent more years than she cares to admit to working in the industry, having worked in Sales and Marketing for Metropole Hotels, Inter Hotels and then 8 years with QMH at the Grand Hotel in Birmingham before opening Choice Locations following a merger of 2 agencies, and then buying a further 2 agencies in the last 10 years
With nearly 20 years experience in the business travel industry I have developed a strong understanding of supplier management across the travel, accommodation and meetings sector.
I joined Capita Travel and Events at a very exciting time as they bought together the leading specialists in business travel, accommodation, meetings and events, to create one powerfully unique business.
As a self-proclaimed champion of technology, innovation and sustainability, I led the HBAA’s TIS committee lead before being appointed 2016 Chair of the industry association where I now continue to sit on the HBAA Board.