Professional Experience

I believe in applying creative thinking to everyday projects; re-evaluating them rather than doing them the same old way.

Questioning everything and always trying to make things better. It isn’t easy but it is worth the effort because quality and design matter.


Achievements

When and where possible, I always try to introduce innovative elements in my project to improve efficiency and ongoing performance.

  • At World Textile Information Network I produced the Events Operational Manual to increase efficiency in delivering International Conferences and Awards Events.
  • At the Leeds Chamber of Commerce I designed a robust implementation plan in order to get the project on track; In collaboration with Consortium partners I contributed to revamp Enterprise Europe Network Yorkshire website in order to increase visibility of the project across Yorkshire and Humber region.
  • At the National Army Museum (NAM) I developed pork-free menu options to support requests from specific client sectors, which was well received. I introduced additional weekend lunchtime slots for children's events. The latter was very much welcome by the clients and increased income for events by £5k per month.
  • At Son et Lumiére I made thorough researches on new technologies and used this knowledge to introduce true innovative elements in the company’s proposals. This contributed as an added value to win tenders and generated 20% additional income.


Professional Experience


World Textile Information Network, Leeds - West Yorkshire - UK    

www.wtin.com 

November 2014 - present

Events Coordinator 

  • Based within a busy Publishing company employing approximately 30 staff.

Duties:

  • Responsible for the logistic and production of International Conferences and Awards Gala Dinners.
  • Delivered events worldwide; in Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, China, New York, International Awards Gala Dinners in Italy and Germany
  • Responsible for researching the venues, negotiating rates and organising the catering
  • Responsible for setting up the venues, managing the stands, organising the conferences, shipping the magazines and providing the accommodation for the speakers
  • Liaising with venue and third party suppliers to ensure high quality products delivered within timelines and budget
  • Act as first point of contact for sponsors, speakers, and delegates
  • Setting up budgets for events in different currencies
  • Reconcile invoices and passing to finance for payment
  • Book flights, travel, and accommodation for staff as well as speakers
  • Liaising with sponsors
  • Updating context on websites
  • Producing conference packs in English & local languages
  • Work closely with Graphic Design Studio, Sales & Marketing Department
  • Prepare briefs for the event and conference handouts, updating event’s web content
  • Manage on site hotel reservations and conferences facilities
  • Manage Budget in both currencies, Euro and GBP

Reason for leaving: Career Progression


Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce - Leeds - UK 

RTC North, Leeds   

September 2013 - October 2014

 Project Coordinator (European-funded project)

Enterprise Europe Network is a European- funded delivered by a Consortium that comprise RTC North and the Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

Duties:

  • Managing a European funded project, ensuring the consortium complied with EU regulations
  • Responsible for managing 3 staff members, 2 advisors and an administrator
  • Supporting Yorkshire companies to Export to Europe
  • Assisting European companies to provide goods and services to the Yorkshire region
  • Coaching and mentoring a small team on project deliverables and oversaw the implementation of the project alongside with the Consortium leaders
  • Produced the implementation plan, guidelines and check lists on project deliverables
  • Produced project Financial Budget, Financial Claims in Euro and GBP

Reason for leaving: Redundancy, Merger with Bradford Chamber of Commerce


National Army Museum, London - UK 

July 2012 - October 2012

Corporate Events Executive

Responsible for management and delivery of commercial and charged events, functions, conferences and celebrity speaker events

  • Organised celebrity speaker events with Lord Paddy Ashdown, Jules Stewart, and Dan Snow.
  • Delivered gala dinners and awards ceremonies

Reason for leaving: Temporary position


Pipers Projects, London - UK

January 2012  - March 2012 

Temporary Exhibition Assistant

Duties:

  • Conducted delegate registrations of 250 companies and 800 delegates of the 2012 London Pavilion Exhibition at the MIPIM Trade Fair in Cannes (France); Co-ordinated on-site client meetings. 
  • Organised reception desk and handled queries from the 800 delegates and visitors. 
  • Updated data on the internal online system at Pipers and used InDesign software package to produce the official London Pavilion guide. 

Reason for leaving: Temporary position


Son et Lumiére, Italy  

September 2005 - Sep 2011

Event Manager

International company specialising in cultural events and heritage projects

Responsible for co-ordinating nationwide events.

Delivered heritage projects to attract and engage a larger and younger audience with the use of new technology such as virtual reality and video projection on building façade

Duties:

  • Project managed major events in Italy optimising the use of new technologies such as large video projection on building façade of historical sites. Project was first of its kind and secured 15% increase in ticket sales and national press coverage. 
  • Built and maintained excellent client relationships, with councils, clients, contractors and stakeholders; sourced suppliers and production companies, frequently using tendering process; signed and issued contracts on behalf of Son et Lumière;
  • Supervised VIP welcomes cocktail's including protocol's procedures for Mayor and other VIP participants at main public events and conferences.
  • Managed on site hotel reservations and conferences facilities including: Catering, speakers’ co-ordination, prepared badges and conference kits, assistance at the conferences. Managed on-site hotel payments, co-ordinating welcoming participants. 
  • Supported PR Department with organisation of press conferences, prepared database for the VIP invitations; liaised with graphic department to design promotional materials such as posters, invitations and brochures; 
  • Developed extensive international network of light designers, art curators, historians, architects and digital artists.

Reason for leaving: Relocated to London