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.
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.
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 2017
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
Matt's enthusiasm for the industry started in 2006, where working on the venue side gave insight into the demands, expectations and possibilities of event management. This experience was instrumental in being able to translate what a client needs to fit the best space. Over the last decade, seeing events come to life on both sides offers a dimensional view of event logistics and execution. Matt has a passion for people; being able to build networks and be memorable to suppliers and clients alike, is what makes Matt get up in the morning.
Wendy is passionate about events and has over 10 years' experience of working in the events industry. After graduating from full time education in her mid-thirties, with a degree in Events and Facilities Management, Wendy gained years of invaluable experience working for global and award winning agencies in various roles before forming her own event management company Days by Design Limited, in March 2014.
Karen Guile started her business 21 years ago. Starting as a home based business, tobook Ltd now has offices in Meriden, West Midlands with an experienced team of 7. Karen’s background in Training and within the Travel Industry focused her in providing outstanding service to clients, whilst always maintaining excellent relationships with Venues and Industry Suppliers.
Event Corner work both nationally and internationally assisting companies with many aspects of their events be them large or small such as day meetings, training events, residential conferences, teambuilding, incentive travel and exhibitions to name but a few. From venue finding through to full event management, if required, our job is to listen to our client’s needs, offer support throughout planning and finally deliver memorable events. We are immensely proud of our client portfolio and put this down to the great percentage of repeat business and referrals we get along with the personnel and professional service we have become recognised for over the years.
I have a strong background in the hospitality, wedding and events field having worked at the University College Birmingham (Formerly the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies) and now through my work at the Wedding Insurance Group.
The company despite the obvious connection to insurance is a dedicated resource to the creative, wedding and event industry. I not only aim to insure my clients through a dedicated scheme to the industry we are also working hard to provide something back in the form of content, PR, marketing, education for our clients. We are in the process of formulating an awards and wedding fair plan as well as working with industry experts to provide general guidance and support.
To this end, I would welcome the opportunity to get involved with the CHS awards and help to recognise the talent that exists in the weddings, events and hospitality. Focusing on independent business is important to me and the Wedding Insurance Group.
Avenue Events is a dynamic full service agency operating across a wide range of sectors and event types. Having recently celebrated 20 highly successful years in business, Helene Kemsley has stepped down as Managing Director in order to allow son, David to take the business forward. David plans to further build on the company’s success by expanding the breadth of services and growing the Surrey based team
With my whole career in the hospitality industry (too many to count!) working across many large chains, THF, Forte, Thistle as well as many independents I bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding to being an independent agent. Understanding the whole hotel operation brings great insight into finding the right venue for each event. Each clients request is dealt with individually and we explore options together. I love being able to do what I love, in a way the I love, and still keep in touch with the venue world!