Posted on Sat 25th Jan 2020 at 2:03pm
What was your first job in the industry?
My first role in exhibitions was working on the B2C portfolio of exhibitions at Centaur Media in 2008. One year later I moved over to the B"B exhibition portfolio and have stayed in the industry ever since.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Definitely, without a doubt, organising an exhibition in an empty warehouse in Doncaster in 2012. I had to organise everything from lighting (yes there were no lights!), security staff, cleaners, catering, fire extinguishers and even hand soap and toilet paper as there was no venue support whatsoever! It was a great experience and lots of fun albeit a bit stressful at times.
Who’s inspired you?
I’ve been so lucky to have had amazing managers in every single role I have worked in so it would be tricky to pick one but I am so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to help me learn and develop over the years. From a personal perspective I would have to say my two daughters who make me laugh every single day.
How has the industry changed?
The events industry has changed quite a lot since I started out ten years ago. Social Media and digital have completely transformed how we communicate with both exhibitors and visitors. In terms of the logistics industry, this is constantly evolving and consumers are increasingly more demanding which is what has made our events so vital to the industry.
What’s your criteria when selecting a supplier for your events?
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration but what gives a supplier the edge over their competitors has always got to be reputation and recommendation. We have built up an amazing portfolio of suppliers to our events, Showlite being one. We know we can rely on all of them and that they will always go the extra mile when needed.