Lauren has over 7 years’ experience leading corporate in-house Events Teams across the technology sector. Building on her experience delivering conferences, roadshows, tradeshows and dinners across the UK, Lauren now heads up a global events strategy delivering 120+ events pa. She is a Law graduate with a Professional Diploma in Marketing.
Establishing JG Collection in 2005, following 30+ years in Hotel Management, with companies such as Forte, Hilton and Four Seasons. Working alongside many recipients of previous lifetime achievement awards. Rising through the ranks, starting as a chef to General Management. One of the most networked professionals in the industry.
After a varied career in the meetings industry, both in venues, operational and sales, through to agencies, venue finding to event management. And now - passionate about giving my independent venues a fair chance to gain business in a crowded market, driving sustainability and the moral obligations we all have to build a better world
Jacqui Kavanagh is the CEO of Trinity Event Solutions was founded in 2006 and now employs 35 people in venue procurement, event management and to book group accommodation. In December 2018, she launched a new venue engagement tool, www.EDGEVenues.com for agents, corporates and associations to source the perfect venue for their meetings and events.
Having come into the events industry 7 years ago I have worked hard with my partner in crime Paul Tidy to grow the brand of Sandals Resorts to be the go-to multiple award-winning brand for Caribbean incentives. My ethos is work hard, play hard!
Al Turner is Managing Director of EIGHT PR & Marketing, author of the IBTM World Trends Report and a lecturer and speaker on the future of the industry, the Virtual Experience Economy, and the role events play in the marketing mix. Most recently he has become an advocate for sustainability and the role events can play in combating climate change.
Samme Allen (Chairman of Our Organisational Awards)
Samme Allen is a multi-award winning in-demand professional MC, facilitator, and moderator working with a range of audiences and sectors internationally.
With vast experience within the meetings and events sector, she works with corporate clients such as pharmaceutical companies, to medical associations, societies, and trade shows, Samme works on a diverse range of events around the world supporting her clients with audience engagement and event ROI.
Proud to be head judge for a second year, Samme champions best practice and customer service across the industry and has supported CHS with the development of the 2019 awards process.
Event and Sales Coordinator - Head of Venue Finding
I joined AGM Event and Travel Solutions in October 2018 after completing a Business and Events Management Degree. I am now responsible for the Venue Finding for AGM Events, making sure our clients are placed into the best-suited venues!
More than 10 years’ experience in the events industry, holding a variety of positions including Sales, Relationship Management and Account Management.
Currently part of the Gray Dawes Events sales team working with existing and new customers to secure growth in meetings and events.
I am the Managing director of nexusvenue , an established International Venue Finding Agency/Consultancy for the last 18 years . I have been involved within the industry since 1987 , from opening hotels , to restaurants, sales , conferencing , agencies …in the UK and Internationally
Passionate, challenging, expecting high standards, a nice person and a gentleman. My background is not events, Vanessa Carter is that guru, but I look at events to push boundaries, expectations the norm, otherwise we stand still and get left behind. I focus on new approach, profit, quality, service and a fairness to all as a result of this.
Steve is the Director and Founder of Hippo Events, an independent agency based in Surrey. Placing great emphasis on a proactive approach to working, the answers always “yes” as he values the importance of honesty and use of initiative. He takes great pride in establishing strong relationships with all Hippo’s clients and suppliers.