I got into the event industry because it’s a vibrant place to work with huge diversity, opportunity and lots of fun. I enjoy the challenges involved in delivering an event that is both unique and memorable for the organisers as well as the attendees.
I have worked here since spring 2010 and it’s been a great learning experience. I’ve built on my previous experience in the food and drinks industry and as a team we have further developed our customer service, planning and delivery, attention to detail and execution of events in that time.
I was attracted to this particular role because I attended the Highland Show as a child and always enjoyed visiting the different areas of the site and seeing what the show had to offer. Working at Scotland’s largest events venue is a great responsibility as the centre showcases our country to visitors from all over the world. I take great personal pride in delivering events for our customers.
Not many people know that I love sport. I like to play it (particularly golf), watch it and actively encourage my young children to take an interest – after all, they could be the Olympians of the future.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that no detail is too small to plan – the extra time spent on planning at the outset is really worth the effort in the long term. Leave nothing to chance.
The best event I’ve been involved in was working with the Edinburgh International Festival team in 2012 to deliver their ambitious programme of three shows, each with their own stages, seating configuration and AV requirements, all within one hall. It was an amazing challenge and was brilliant to be a part of.
If I could do it all over again I would change nothing, I’ve been very fortunate to work around the world doing something I love.
The one thing I can’t stand is lack of attention to detail.
Outside of work I spend my time playing golf, planning my next holiday and spending time with my family.
If money were no object I’d question its value compared with spending time with family and friends.
The one thing I can’t do my job without is my team. We deliver such a diverse spectrum of events it’s really important for everyone to have their own area of expertise.
If I could switch places with anyone else in the industry it would be the manager at Wimbledon. I could combine my love of sport with my experience of working at an outdoor venue.
If I ruled the event industry I would ensure all venues are safeguarded against the great British weather. We are proud to have not lost one event or day due to poor weather conditions – that’s not to say we can’t improve but it’s prompted us to invest in our infrastructure to safeguard our future events.
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