New talent in the events industry: How to find it, develop it and keep it

Lauren Moulsley, Senior Event Planner - Gilead Sciences Ltd

Daniella Mancini, Project Management Assistant - Gilead Sciences Ltd

Lauren has a degree in Events Management from Bournemouth University and since graduating has worked in multiple agency roles before making the move to an in house role with Gilead Sciences over 5 years ago. This year, Lauren has been named in the C&IT Corporate Event Planners list as well as winning Tomorrow's Talent's award for event planners under 30. Lauren is really passionate about new talent in the industry and looks forward to sharing real life examples and tips and tricks to find, develop and keep, new talent in the industry.

Lauren Moulsley

Daniella is an MMU Events Management Graduate who alongside her studies was working within the wedding industry.

Daniella took on a role with Lauren within a pharmaceutical company in July of this year and has been learning all about this aspect of the industry since.

Her favourite thing about events is feeling that buzz when she is on-site and seeing all the planning and logistics come together.

Daniella Mancini

Mental Health and Wellbeing: What does work-life balance really mean?


Camille Boukhaled, Event Manager - British Asian Trust


Christopher McCarthy, Senior Events Manager - Rathbone Investment Management

Katharina Carn, Senior Event Manager - T. Rowe Price

Nicola Phillips, Business Development Manager - Hospitality Action

Sam McNeill, General Manager - UK & Europe - SongDivision

Senior Events Manager at Rathbones Investment Management. In addition to his events manager role Christopher is also a mental health first aider and co- chair of the Group Sports and Social Club.

Christopher McCarthy

Kat Carn has nearly two decades of experience in the events industry working for agencies, venues and corporates. She is currently leading a busy international events team at US Asset Management firm T. Rowe Price and is no stranger to the toll events jobs can take on body and mind, especially when paired with personal struggles. Kat made it her mission to find a compromise between excelling at work and living a fulfilling, healthy life - and quickly realised she wanted to help others find their own version of it. From this wish emerged Kat’s side hustle Balancing Akt, a service dedicated to building resilience, creating life balance and realising your potential.

Kat Carn

With a background in Event Management, Nicola now works for Hospitality Action, who offer vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK. A big part of this work is around supporting the industry’s mental health & wellbeing and de-stigmatising any historical perceptions.

Nicola Phillips

Voted as a Top Five Speaker in Spice Magazine’s Hot 100, Sam McNeill - SongDivision GM for UK & Europe - is one of the most in-demand Corporate MC’s & Facilitators. Sam has hosted over 600 interactive live and online experiences including musical team building workshops, gala awards events and product launches on five continents.

Sam’s accolades include winning ‘Future Leader’ awards for both Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). In 2017, Sam was included in Connect Corporate’s esteemed list of ’40 under 40’ industry professionals.

Sam’s professionalism and energy has made him a favourite among some of the biggest brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Roche, SAP, BP Microsoft, Virgin & Fujitsu.

Sam earned a Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Studies (Classical Voice) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Sam McNeill

Eventprof Parents


Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Founder - AMTEvents


Annette Morgan, Event Manager - EY

Clare Melton, Global Head of Events - IHS Markit

Danielle Ward, Director - Reward Events

James Bacon, Director - Marketing Events & Travel (We Are MEaT)

Anna-Marie wears many hats in the events industry with a collective experience of 15 years across styling & design in fashion and live events. Managing budgets from £3k to £3million on global corporate conferences & roadshows to A-list birthday celebrations, small intimate dinners and luxury team incentive trips, Anna-Marie has the capability to strategically assess objectives and create an event with high returns on investment. With an editorial and fashion/events styling background working in New York, dressing the red carpet and published with top names in print, Anna-Marie’s design influences ensures her events work has a real edge and leaves an impressionable memory.

Anna-Marie Trzebinski

Annette is an events professional with over 12 years’ experience in the corporate events industry working at firms like Slaughter and May and Ashurst. Currently an Assistant Director in the UK&I Events Team for EY, she is responsible for a number of key initiatives including the EY client arts sponsorship programme as well as managing and counselling her team. Annette has a keen interest in innovation and previously led the UK&I Innovation Team for EY as well as sharing best practice across the business on running successful virtual and hybrid events.

As a previous FF15 mentee, Annette has first-hand experience of the programme and fully supports their goal setting ambitions. She is currently working on her Diversity and Inclusion badge with EY and is considering doing a Tech MBA in the future.

Outside of work Annette spends her time running, either around the lakes near her home or after her two very active little boys.

Annette Morgan

Clare is a corporate events professional with over 20 years’ experience managing all types and sizes of events. Having started her events life agency-side, and shortly after managing events in the government sector, Clare has spent the majority of her career working in, and subsequently running, in-house events teams, managing events across all geographies within the financial services, real estate and most recently, information services sectors.

Clare Melton

Danielle is an experienced event manager, having worked in the industry for over 11 years. She had become increasingly frustrated with the excessive amounts of single use items and waste created in the industry and this inspired her to make a difference. In January 2020, she launched her own sustainable event management and consultancy business - Reward Events. In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Reward specializes in creating memorable experiences with purpose, that reduce the negative impact on the environment and drive real positive change. Reward is all about reflecting on the event management process and looking at how we should be doing things differently. How can you re-imagine your event to consider all the impacts – both positive and negative? How can you have still have an amazing event, just without the bad bits?

Danielle Ward

I launched Marketing Events and Travel (We Are MEaT) in 2016 as a start-up event agency. Offering boutique bespoke events to corporate clients and leisure groups alike. We have since grown rapidly into a full coverage event agency.

As Founder of the business, I ensure we as a company and brand continually develop a team of experience experts who are enthusiastic about the events and hospitality industry. We will consistently enable them to use their creativity to continually challenge both them and the client for the best event experience.

We have built our reputation on providing high quality, successful, memorable experiences and planned events in locations across the world.

James Bacon

Reimagining events in a post-pandemic world


Mike Piddock, Founder - Glisser


Ben Rands, Director of Events - OMFIF

Megan Anstee, Co-founder & Creative Director - The Intrepid Collective

Stephanie Kluth, Event Manager - ICIS

Mike Piddock is the Founder and CEO of Glisser, an award-winning tech platform powering unique company event experiences, anywhere.

Glisser enables companies to power engaging event experiences for their customers, partners, investors and employees, in-person, online, and in-between. It goes beyond basic video and screen sharing tech, to create inspiring, high participation events of any size. Best-in-class virtual and hybrid event tools give planners the power to wow and make every event count. Clients include the likes of Informa, Pfizer, KPMG, Facebook, Uber, and many more.

Prior to forming Glisser, Mike was a Chief Marketing Officer working in the telecoms and financial services industries, where he was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets with a significant weighting towards client and employee events. This was followed by a stint at Octopus Investments, a London fund manager and venture capital company, where he helped grow assets under management from £500m to £4 billion in five years.

Mike Piddock

Ben Rands is Director of Events at OMFIF, responsible for organising a range of meetings across Europe and wider areas.

He undertook a year’s industry placement at OMFIF and, in recognition of his successes, was invited back to join the team permanently and has worked his way up since.

In total have been at OMFIF 4 years and was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the Meetings Show Tomorrow Talent winners for 2021.

Ben Rands

Megan is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at The Intrepid Collective, an experiential events agency based in London. The Intrepid Collective was chosen as a finalist for Start-Up agency of the year at the CN Agency Awards 2021. Megan’s expertise lies in large scale events, including placemaking programmes and film festivals for over half a million people. Megan was selected as one of the C&IT Agency A-List 2021.

Megan Anstee

Stephanie is an Event Manager at ICIS. ICIS provides market intelligence that helps businesses in the energy, petrochemical and fertilizer industries. Organising over 80 international conferences and training courses pre-covid which adapted to a slimline virtual offering for 2020.

With over 10 years event experience, previously Stephanie worked at a large events venue, Mystery Creek Events Centre, in New Zealand. She worked as part of the Operations team producing internal events like Fieldays, the largest Agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere as well as external client conferences, exhibitions, weddings and festivals.

Stephanie Kluth

Events are back! But how ready are we? The evolution of the sector is ART.


Sarah Zarywacz, Events Executive - ECI Partners LLP


Anne Joyce, Head of Events - Moneyfacts Group

Candice Kass, Events Manager - Institute of School Business Leadership

Erica Pew, Client Services Director - Brands at Work

Neda Tootoonchi, Director - Falkenberg & Florence

Sarah is a corporate events executive within a leading private equity house where she is responsible for producing and driving event strategy, event execution and marketing communications. Prior to private equity, Sarah worked in the consulting, education and property sectors with a variety of event management and EA experience on an international scale.

Sarah holds a degree in French and German, and a diploma in event management.

Sarah is currently completing her CIM professional marketing diploma and is a 2021/2022 Fast Forward 15 mentee.

Sarah Zarywacz

Anne heads up the Moneyfacts Group events department having joined in 2006. Most of her time is focused on the four annual Moneyfacts Group Awards brands, working alongside the research and editorial parts of the business to ensure that they remain the most independent awards in each of their industries.

Anne previously organised international events for the pharmaceutical and technology trades.

Anne Joyce

I am a successful event professional with extensive experience organising innovative, high-quality events and bringing them to life through the delegate experience.

I’m skilled in venue management, event operations, project management and budget management. An accomplished event management and marketing professional with a track record of success and achievement within a number of highly competitive corporate, not-for-profit and membership organisations.

Working in events has provided me with opportunities to meet some amazing people from all over the world, organise incredible events on a variety of subjects and has been the driving force behind my own personal development and passion for the industry. I believe great things happen through strong leadership, teamwork, and mentorship, all of which I practice within my day-to-day role.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Event Management, a member of ABPCO and seasoned licensed skydiver in my spare time.

Candice Kass

I joined Brands at Work as their Client Services Director at the start of August this year. I have 25 years experience in the industry from waitress to reception to sales in hotels & venues, to event producer within agencies. More recently I worked on international new business as a consultant before taking on this role.

Notable projects included bringing concerts back to Alexandra Palace, producing high net worth events globally for the likes of Simon Cowell, Phillip Green and Richard Caring, project managing the International Olympic Committee’s hospitality suite at London 2012, being on the pre-opening team at the InterContinental next to the O2 and I'm the VP of Membership for the International Live Events Association (ILEA).

Within my consultancy, I worked across sports technology, helped a health & safety agency attain work in Dubai, transitioned an AV company into a full-service agency, acquired & project managed an east & west coast tech conference in the States & a 10yr anniversary party for 400 at the NHM.

Brands at Work is very much working across a mix of virtual, hybrid and full live events as we're seeing different appetites from clients mainly in the pharma, finance, tech & FMCG sectors

Erica Pew

Neda has been working in the events industry for over 20 years.

Originally from Florence, she moved to London in 2000 and soon started her career in events, working in both the venue and agency side of the sector.

In 2017, Neda founded Falkenberg & Florence with Johanna Kayat Ambrosius.

F&F is a boutique events agency dedicated to personalised events management and venue finding.

Organising over 200 events a year and covering both UK and Europe, F&F has become one of London's leading agencies.

Neda Tootoonchi

The How-to of Hybrid Events


Mark Upham, Sales Director - Conference Care


Alex Hughes, Co-Founder - Totem Virtual / Hybrid Events

Aaron Calvert, Digital Event & Media Broadcaster - Through The I

Helen Carmichael, Business Development Director, BCD Meetings & Events

Sally McNamara, Business Development Manager, Conference Care

Alex is the Co-Founder of Totem - a virtual / hybrid events platform. Built for event people, by event people, Totem totem makes your events accessible in person, at work or on the go.

With a background in digital media, leading creative teams across the media industry - Deepend, ITV Network and MTV Networks Europe, Alex worked on early iterations of the online presence for and Interactive TV propositions across ONdigital and SKY including The Brit Awards, Survivor and the MTV Europe Music Awards.

After many years of trying, he has yet to stand up on a surfboard, so now snowboards instead. He remains horizontal.

Alex Hughes

Trading his job as a doctor for a career in media and broadcast, Aaron has produced TV for Channel 4, consulted on programmes for Warner Bros. TV and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, Sky and VICE Media.

Aaron combines his love of technology with his creative flare to deliver engaging, dynamic and high quality events for clients.

Aaron Calvert

The Business Development Director for The Collective by BCD meetings and events, The Collective is a brand experience agency. We tell stories that unleash imagination and deepen human connection.

Helen Carmichael

Hybrid Events 101: From Planning to Execution and how they fit into your Total Events Program


Samantha Clements, Business Development Manager - Cvent

With over 5 years experience in the Events Industry, and a wealth of experience in SaaS, Samantha Clements works as Business Development Manager for overseeing the French market and part of the UK for Cvent Europe. Sam has always had a passion for events and ensures technology is at the forefront when supporting Cvent’s clients with their in-person, virtual and hybrid events. Sam is also instrumental in helping marketers understand how event technology ties into their existing tech stack.

From major Corporations to Event Agencies, Travel Management Companies, Non-Profits and Associations, Sam has successfully helped countless organisations adopt new technology, aimed at streamlining the event planning process, as well as improving the attendee’s experience. Sam regularly hosts educational lunch seminars, sharing her experiences on the benefits of adopting event management software and enhancing the attendee experience through technology.

Samantha Clements

A musical break for the soul

Sam McNeill, General Manager - UK & Europe - SongDivision

Ricky Ahir, SongDivision

Voted as a Top Five Speaker in Spice Magazine’s Hot 100, Sam McNeill - SongDivision GM for UK & Europe - is one of the most in-demand Corporate MC’s & Facilitators. Sam has hosted over 600 interactive live and online experiences including musical team building workshops, gala awards events and product launches on five continents.

Sam’s accolades include winning ‘Future Leader’ awards for both Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). In 2017, Sam was included in Connect Corporate’s esteemed list of ’40 under 40’ industry professionals.

Sam’s professionalism and energy has made him a favourite among some of the biggest brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Roche, SAP, BP Microsoft, Virgin & Fujitsu.

Sam earned a Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Studies (Classical Voice) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Sam McNeill