ONE DAY WITH...

Our 'One Day With' interviews are NEW for 2017 and give you a chance to get to know your industry peers a little better!

We've pinned down various friends from the industry and asked them to divulge more information on their daily routines including what their desk looks like, where they get their caffeine fix and what they like to do to unwind. 

Grab a coffee and take 5 minutes out of your day to have a read!

Think you'd like to take part? Please get in touch with Sarah at sarah@soaringww.com

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One Day with Mihri Miralem

MihriMihri Miralem is the Market Manager for London & South of England regions at VisitScotland Business Events. Mihri is responsible for the implementation of VisitScotland Business Events’ sales activities and building strong, long-lasting relationships with corporate clients, conference organisers, meeting planners and incentive agencies. Mihri will be celebrating her 10 year anniversary at VisitScotland this November.

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One Day with Katie Yandell

KatieKatie Yandell is Director of Strategic Alliances at PCMA (Professional Conventions Management Association). Through education the PCMA is dedicated to inspiring the business events community. Katie is responsible for measuring and implementing PCMA development and alliance initiatives in all markets and continuing to establish a global footprint for PCMA.

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One Day With Hamish Reid

Hamish

Spend 'One day with' Hamish Reid Dubai Business Events - The Official Convention Bureau - UK & European Manager!

Read our quick-fire interview to discover more about his day-to-day routine, what he loves best about his job, his go-to for a morning coffee and the advice he'd give to someone joining the industry!

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One Day With Charlie Davies

CDSpend 'One Day With' Charlie Davies!

Since joining Olympia London in 2010, Charlie has managed a diverse portfolio of both exhibitions and conferences across a range of industries. She is now responsible for overseeing all conferences held within the venue. 

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One Day With Mandy Jennings

mandySpend 'One Day With' Mandy Jennings!

Mandy Jennings is Sales and Membership Director of Venues of Excellence, a group of 37 exceptional venues delivering excellence in conferences, training and events. With over 25 years sales and marketing experience in hotel and conference centres, Mandy has held many senior sales roles including Sales Director for the De Vere Group for four years, where she managed over 100 sales people. 

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One Day With Simon Jones

Simon JonesSpend 'One Day With' Simon Jones!

Simon Jones, National Sales Manager at Butlin’s Conference & Events, joined the company in 2012 with more than 20 years’ experience in the MICE industry. Simon has worked for a number of key players in the UK and cruise markets over the years including Center Parcs, Thomas Cook and Carnival UK. He has been instrumental in driving growth for Butlin’s and is responsible for leading the team to develop the Butlin’s Conference and Events offering. With Simon at the helm, Butlin’s re-entered the conference and events market in 2012, and has subsequently delivered a staggering growth of 147%. Simon is based in Sheffield where he is a devoted husband and dad of three, to two boys aged five and ten, and a one month old daughter. When not working Simon is most likely to be found fishing with his two sons.

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One Day with Hayley Goodwin

Hayley Goodwin

Spend 'One Day With' Hayley Goodwin

Hayley Goodwin is Head of Jockey Club Venues at the Jockey Club, which owns 15 racecourses / venues in the UK. Within her role as Head of Jockey Club Venues Hayley is responsible for building strong relationships with agencies and corporate clients and moving the Meetings & Events product forward.

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One Day With Chetan Shah

ChetanSpend 'One Day With' Chetan Shah!

Chetan has over 20 years experience in the Conference and Incentive market, having operated in 4 continents in over 25 countries and operationally overseen and delivered incentives, awards ceremonies, conferences, roadshows and product launches.

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One Day With Oliver Hargreaves

OliverSpend 'One Day With' Oliver Hargreaves!

Oliver Hargreaves is Head of Sales at London's Barbican Centre, Europe's largest arts and events venue. Leading the Business Events Sales Team, supporting the not for profit activity of the venue through commercial events across its 19 event spaces. He also currently sits as Chair of London City Selection, the venue and hotel consortium for the City of London, promoting it's 30 member venues and the City of London as a perfect destination for your next event.

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One Day With Tom Lambregts

tomSpend 'One Day With' Tom Lambregts!

Tom Lambregts has a broad experience of the industry, having started at Clarion Events before moving on to Olympia London, where he developed and directed the award-winning rebrand. He now oversees all marketing and communications activity at Grass Roots Meetings & Events - specialists in strategic meetings management and delegate management.

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ONE DAY WITH TONI WALSH

ToniWe recently caught up with Toni Walsh, Head of Venuefinder.com, to find out what her 9-to-5 looks like. Toni has worked at venuefinder.com since 2007, was promoted to Head of venuefinder.com in 2016 and has over 20 years' experience in the industry.

Discover her morning routine, the most random thing on her desk, her favourite hotel and why she loves her job!

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One Day With Sylvain Bouteiller

SylvainSpend 'One Day With' Sylvain Bouteiller!

Sylvain Bouteiller is Managing Director and Co-owner of nexusvenue and Supplier Relations for the Alliance of Independent Event Agencies. Sylvain’s working life started in the 80’s with the Club 55 St Tropez and then George V Paris Moving to England in 1988, Sylvain was part of the opening management team at the Bath Spa Hotel then became Assistant to the MD at Hunstrete House hotel. From operations he moved to conference sales and in 1995 become MD at Venues Unlimited then worked for I.B.R now Zibrant. His last job was director of sales for Le Meridien Hotels before creating nexusvenue.

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One Day With Johnny Martinez

JohnnySpend 'One Day With' Johnny Martinez!

Johnny Martinez is Head of Marketing and Business Development at Shocklogic, who offer an extensive suite of online event management technology solutions and services.

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One Day With Emma Cartmell

EmmaSpend 'One Day With' Emma Cartmell!

Emma Cartmell is CEO of the CHS Group which organises the Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS). Now in its eighth year, CHS is one of the UK’s leading events for venue finders, event organisers and PAs; the one day show connects over 200 national suppliers with over 800 event buyers from across the UK. 

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One Day With Jackie Boughton

JackieSpend 'One Day With' Jackie Boughton!

Jackie Boughton is Head of Business Events at the Barbican. Her industry experience includes eight years at Wembley Stadium and 18 years with The Vienna Group.

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One Day With Linda Pereira

LindaSpend 'One Day With' Linda Peraira!

Linda Pereira is CEO of L&I Communications and the current Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. After ten years working in government in roles ranging from interpreting to the organisation of political and policy-driven events Linda started her own business. Today L&I Communications is a group of companies which includes an association management company, a professional congress organiser, a speaker bureau and a language services company.  They are based in Lisbon but have footholds in Africa, Spain, Macau and the USA.

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One Day With Nancy Carfrae

nancySpend 'One Day With Nancy Carfrae!

Nancy’s started at the UIA, back in the 1980s, as database and production manager of the UIA’s flagship publication, the Yearbook of International Organizations.

Over the years she has been involved in just about all the UIA’s database projects: the International Congress Calendar, the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential, the International Association Statutes Series, Who's Who in International Organizations, the World Guide to Religious and Spiritual Organizations, the World Guide to Logotypes, Emblems and Trademarks of International Organizations, and the annual International Meetings Statistics Report.

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One Day With Molly Dyson

MollySpend 'One Day With' Molly Dyson!

Molly Dyson hails from the US but has called the UK home for six years.

She started at PA Life as an editorial assistant three and a half years ago and is now Online Editor, writing about everything from planning the perfect event to dealing with a difficult boss for an audience of more than 25,000 PAs and EAs.

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One Day With Therese Dolan

ThereseSpend 'One Day With' Therese Dolan!

Originally from Ireland, Therese started out as a conference and event co-ordinator at a leading venue before moving to PCOs in Dublin and London.  

She has spent the last twelve years working in the events sector with a particular focus on association conferences. As Senior Event manager at Diabetes UK she oversees a team delivering a variety of events from meetings and support events through to an annual conference attended by more than 3,000 delegates.

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One Day With ABPCO's Heather Lishman

HeatherSpend 'One Day With' Heather Lishman!

A graduate of the University of Surrey, Heather has held roles with DeVere, InitialStyle Conferences and Quality in Tourism before forming her own business in 2010, providing services to a diverse range of hospitality organisations.  

In her role as Association Director of ABPCO, Heather has used her business skills to focus on ‘Promoting Excellence in Association Conferences and Events’, and to grow the engagement, membership and the surplus of the association.

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Olympia

Industry partners
  • ABPCO
  • EFA
  • EMA
  • Event Managers
  • HBAA
  • iacc
  • IAEE
  • IAPCO
  • ICCA
  • Meeting Design institute
  • mia
  • pcma
  • Site Great Britain
  • UK and Ireland Chapter
Media partners
  • AMI
  • Boardroom
  • cim
  • Destination Mice Magazine
  • Event Planner Spain
  • Event Point
  • Executive PA
  • Grupo Evento Plus
  • H&E
  • HQ
  • ITCM
  • m&it
  • Meetings
  • MiX
  • PA Life
  • Think MICE
Alliance partners
  • AIEA
  • ASP
  • Aztec
  • choseyourvenue.com
  • CHS Group
  • Church House
  • Convene
  • Conventa
  • Designer Flowers
  • eventful publishing
  • ice
  • JMT
  • London Chamber
  • Miceroots
  • OMEGA
  • ref:tech
  • Speakers Corner
  • Spectra
  • Sustainable Events Summit
  • Target
  • Venue Directory
  • venuefinder.com
  • Venues