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Camille Boukhaled, Event Manager, British Asian Trust
Dan Elliott, National Sales Manager, Butlin’s Conference & Events
Currently in–house at the British Asian Trust, Camille is a passionate, client-focused event planner, with a keen eye for detail and a love for solving any challenges that come her way. She is obsessed with live events and the magic that happens when you bring people together. In her spare time, Camille enjoys exploring the city, eating outdoors and engaging in conversations about the meaning of life.
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.
Getting Your Guests Back-to-Live Ready
Debbie Babbage, Head of Operations & Business Development, Chew Events
Natasha Sambhi, Event Coordinator, Successful Events
Lyndsey Taylor, Director, Park Lane Events
Ben Rands, Director of Events and Marketing, OMFIF
Debbie has nearly two decades of experience in the events industry working in corporate, association and agency roles.
She is currently Head of Operations & Business Development at Chew where she works on global corporate conferences & roadshows to VIP celebrations, small intimate dinners, luxury team incentive trips and offers a wealth of logistical and event planning expertise.
Chew is a UK-based event management company that brings smart, slick, savvy event solutions to businesses on a global scale. They plan, execute and manage unique experiences that deliver tailored messages to engage audiences.
Natasha is very proud to hold a First-Class Honours Degree in Events Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Having always had a passion for the planning and execution of events, Natasha feels very lucky in her role as Event Coordinator at Successful Events, since 2018. Natasha is really passionate about the next generation within the industry and champions ideas that allow everyone to feel welcomed into the events industry as equals.
Lyndsey is an events professional with over 25 years’ experience in the events industry. Lyndsey started out in hotels as a hotel management trainee before being asked to be the Assistant to The Director of Sales for a group of hotels in and around Oxfordshire at the age of 21. This led to her first London role in the sales office of The Hilton London Metropole before various sales roles from five star properties in London to resorts in Scotland, always maintaining a London event buyers clientele and has been involved in hotel openings, sales & marketing strategies, representation venue finding and mentoring.
In 2015 Lyndsey took her biggest business risk and set up Park Lane Events on her own with two small children and the support of her husband. Initially venue finding for corporate event buyers, consulting for venues, networking and showcasing venues. Lyndsey’s focus is now purely venue finding luxury venues for the London corporate event buyer.
Having experienced redundancy twice during the recession, starting her business from scratch after losing a loved one, Lyndsey has shown intense resilience keeping her business going through the pandemic whilst home schooling and becoming a First Aider for Mental Health. Lyndsey is now well known for her free webinars which supported the industry with communicating the latest government guidance during the pandemic, and more recently with her January webinar on taking events forward ‘Booking Events Two Years On’
Outside of work Lyndsey enjoys supporting her two girls, nearly 12 & 15 becoming independent, vocal, strong women and when she can, enjoys running the odd 5K to keep the cobwebs at bay. Though this can be seasonal as she likes to hibernate in the winter! Once the sun is out, Lyndsey also enjoys switching off and camping with family and friends in their 1974 campervan and reconnecting with each other. The support of others in the industry as well as her husband is what keeps Lyndsey going all year round.
Ben Rands is Director of Events and Marketing at OMFIF, He is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s event and marketing strategies as well as overseeing the execution of the company's events across the globe.
He undertook a year’s industry placement at OMFIF and, in recognition of his successes, was invited back to join the team permanently. Prior to joining OMFIF, his experience included organising and managing charity events across Lincolnshire, as well as working at a historic venue in Eastbourne in an event management role.
He holds a BA in International Event Management from the University of Brighton.
Hybrid Events in the new normal: learnings for the post-pandemic world
Karen Carter, Director, Enterprise Marketing, Europe, Cvent
Victoria Newell, Head of Events, BIBA Medical
Erica Pew, Client Services Director, Brands at Work
Jamie Vaughan, Vice President of Sales, Cvent
Karen is a seasoned marketing veteran with over 25 years’ experience working in all facets of the discipline. Starting on the agency side she spent her early career as a Client Service Director to many large high-tech firms driving some of the biggest tech events of the day. Moving client side, she spent over 14 years at Microsoft in varying roles in both B2B and B2C, creating strategies to help extend the brand, build a global comms engine, and drive demand, first at the corporate headquarters in the US, then in the Western Europe field HQ in London.
After leaving Microsoft she shifted to the start-up world, first setting up her own marketing consultancy KAOS Marketing, then as Global VP of Sales & Marketing at Adepto. She then moved on to become Managing Director of marketing and design agency, Article Ten. Recently, she’s gone back to her roots, helping to build the enterprise marketing strategy in Europe for Cvent.
In her spare time, Karen works with a variety of industry organisations in various roles including the International Advertising Association, Bloom and the Conscious Advertising Network when she’s not wandering South London with her husband and Instagram influencer pup, Rupert.
Victoria started in the events world with us here at the BNC. She has since had numerous roles and has just started as Head of Events at Biba Medical after 4 and a half years with Incisive Media. At Incisive, after working on numerous conferences, roundtables, roadshows and awards every year, Victoria then led Incisive's hybrid models through the pandemic. She now moves to Biba Medical to head up the world's leading vascular and endovascular congress which is also taking place as a hybrid event this year.
With over 25 years experience in the industry from waitress to reception, hotel & venue sales to event producer & an international new business consultant, Erica joined Brands at Work as their Client Services Director last summer.
Notable projects in her career include 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 new InterContinental next to the O2 and VP of Membership for the International Live Events Association (ILEA).
Within her consultancy, she 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 delivers engaging events with creative content across a mix of virtual, hybrid and full live events across pharma, finance, tech, FMCG & beyond.
Having spent 15 years in the EventTech industry, Jamie brings his knowledge in both leading-edge technology as well as the commercial opportunities involved. Jamie is the European Vice President of Sales for Cvent. Cvent (Nasdaq-CVT) is the leading event technology provider with clients all over the world.
The return to in-person: don't forget what you know, remember what you learned
Julian Moeller, Senior Business Development Executive, Event Solutions, Cvent
Julian Moeller is a Senior Business Development Executive at Cvent. He joined Cvent in 2017. He brings a wealth of event management & software experience. Prior to joining Cvent, Julian worked in the event management and renewable energy industry. He has a background in business psychology. He has always been a proponent of technologies that help power connections and leverages his expertise in event technology to help organisations in the UK and Continental Europe realise a positive return on their events.
Wellbeing: Taking Care of You, Your team and Your Events
Jessamine Lawrence, The Life Plan Coach
Lucy Eden, Be in your Element
Laila Datoo, A life more Mindful
Twelve years into an international event management career in 2016, Jess received a devastating stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. This was the alarm bell that changed everything, she went from close to burnout with a lack of awareness of her own wellbeing and essentially no boundaries, to project managing her survival and getting in touch with what really mattered in life.
Currently cancer free, Jess uses her own experiences along with comprehensive training as a wellness and resilience coach to help her clients to live out their potential, discover all their possibilities and create a fulfilling life while staying healthy and true to themselves.
Using CBT techniques, stress management tools, and bespoke coaching, Jess helps with procrastination, self esteem, boundaries, confidence and imposter syndrome. She teaches how to find that delicate balance of being aspirational while staying grounded, well and present.
Jess works internationally with those who want more and are willing to make it real, empowering them with a plan of action to help them discard their personal barriers, sharpen their focus and take meaningful action to create a life they truly want to live.
Her goal is that no one lives a life that just passes them by.
With over 15 years experience of working within events, large and small. Lucy's number one goal has always been to help create memorable experiences that give people an incredible day to remember. Lucy is very passionate about how we can all improve our mental health and well-being, and as a qualified mental health first aider and reiki practitioner, continues to learn and grow along her own wellness journey, and now dedicates her knowledge and skills to help others on theirs.
Founder of Be In Your Element, Lucy and over 50 Well-being Warriors create unforgettable and life enhancing experiences based on the 4 elements of life....but also often using the element of surprise, and showing you fun and alternative ways of looking after you and your teams health.
Laila Datoo is a certified mindfulness and performance coach and created a.life.more.mindful to support businesses to build happy, healthy and profitable workplaces.
Having spent 20 years in the busy world of media and events, she saw first hand the impact of stress at work and after experiencing burn out, she discovered the secret to finding balance between living a well life and working with passion.
She works with high achieving, passionate managers who want to support their own well-being as well as their teams. She has helped hundreds of professionals to overcome stress and manage their mental health, working with organisations from the NHS and Universities to global companies like Accenture and Hyatt.
She wholeheartedly believes that businesses need to ‘be’ well not just ‘do’ well and it starts at the heart of the organisation.
Sustainability in Events: Putting Theory Into Action
Saskya Liney, Account Director & Head of Sustainability, emc3
Chris Peacock, Director and co-founder of Conference Care
Sophie Linin, Senior Sales and Events Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich
Danielle Ward, Director, Reward Events
Saskya is Account Director and Head of Sustainability at emc3. With over a decade of experience in the events, Saskya knows the industry inside and out and combines this knowledge with a passion for sustainability to implement change on a foundational level and directly implement strategic sustainability plans, emission tracking, waste reduction strategies and supplier audits into client shows to showcase how the event industry can make a bigger change in the world.
Chris is the Director and co-founder of Conference Care, formed in 1995 and providing a range of conference, event and digital services to a mostly corporate client base. He’s responsible for the sales, finance and procurement areas of the company and also launched their Carbon Consultancy product in October 2021, which provides detailed measurement, reduction and offset of the carbon produced by events.
He is a past Chairman of the HBAA in 2012, serving as a board member of the association for over eight years, and is currently a Board member of Meeting Needs, the event industry’s charity of choice.
Sophie is Senior Sales and Events Manager at Royal Museums Greenwich where she looks after private and corporate events, filming and other commercial hire of their five museums: the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House, the Peter Harrison Planetarium and the Royal Observatory. With over a decade of experience selling, planning and running events at unique venues across London including the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and BAFTA 195, she has spent the last year responding to the new business challenges thrown her way by the pandemic and working on new business opportunities across the RMG sites.
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?
Soft Skills to Help Your Career Hit the Big Time
Mark Upham, Sales Director, Conference Care
Kelly Stewart, Executive Account Director, IDENTITY
Tinique Hay, Founder, Hay Events
Mark has over 25 years experience within the hospitality industry, working for Hilton, IHG and Marriott for over 20 years, before moving to the dark side and joining Conference Care, a leading venue finding agency, 2 years ago, just as a pandemic kicked in. Leading people is a privilege and supporting and developing others to further their own careers is an absolute passion.
Kelly has over 10 years’ experience within the events industry, producing a vast range of projects globally with a broad sector of clients. Working within Event Production & as an Account Director she has led events for financial, technology, government & media clients to name a few, in house, with agencies and freelance. Within her role at Identity, she works closely to deliver account strategy and event programmes for multiple clients and the companies key accounts, always seeking opportunities for innovation, efficiencies and improvement
A self-motivated, highly personable Event Professional with a first class Events management degree alongside 8+ years’ experience established within the Meeting, Conference and Private Event sector. Driven by the love and passion of working within the Event Industry led to the birth of Tinique’s Events Management company Hay Events. A strong advocate for entrepreneurship, Tinique believes once you align your skills and passion, the main purpose of starting up a business will shortly follow.