Podcast Series: Getting To Know You

We’ve launched a new podcast series called ‘Getting to Know You!’

Podcasts have been the saviour over the pandemic, offering entertainment, companionship and the source of rare new content that can be responsibly created while social distancing.

We say ‘Hello’ to well-known industry personalities and business owners in a new podcast series named ‘Getting to Know You’.

The inspiration for the new podcast was born knowing that the events and hospitality sectors have a wealth of business expertise, businesses and individuals have diversified in the face of adversity, innovating every day and new entrepreneurs emerging , each with interesting stories to tell.  As we’re missing making valued connections at face-to-face meetings, networking events and exhibitions we decided to podcast conversations with our industry colleagues where we delve deeper to find out more about them personally; their story, the impact the pandemic has had and future aspirations. 

We are excited to provide a new source of inspirational business content, the hope being that industry colleagues will listen in, creating a sense of community and conversation at a time when many are still furloughed, maybe feeling isolated and just missing professional interaction.

Each episode we will be chatting to associates from across different aspects of the events and hospitality sectors, about their businesses, how they started them, the highs and lows, and what their plans are for the future. Keen to gain opinion, inspiration and advise as well as little light-hearted fun and positivity, offering companionship and support at this critical time.

It’s an opportunity to grab a coffee and some time out to listen in to a brand-new episode every week and join the conversation by sending in any burning questions for our guests in advance.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts or Buzzsprout.

Episode 1 Helen Saxton

Helen Saxton

In our first episode we welcome Helen Saxton of Teams Unpuzzled and discover what spiked her interest enough to pursue a career in Murder Mystery and how sacking Santa was part of the journey! Intrigued? Grab a coffee and join the conversation.

Episode 2 Lyndsey Taylor & Sarah Spreckley

Lyndsey Taylor & Sarah Spreckley

Our second episode welcomes Lyndsey Taylor, Park Lane Events and Sarah Spreckley, Total Location Confidence, both boutique venue finding agency owners. Grab a coffee and join the conversation for their thoughts on staying positive through the challenges of the pandemic and home schooling!

Episode 3 Sarah Fountain

A commercially savvy, customer focused and versatile HR professional with over 25 years experience specialising in the hospitality sector. Director of ODF Consulting and an accredited Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner we discover what colour defines Sarah, what has driven her career and success and how she thrives on helping teams perform to their best ability even through a pandemic!

Episode 4 Paul Colston

Award-winning Managing Editor specialising in the meetings and events industry, Russia and Eastern Europe. Responsible for editorial content across monthly Mash Media titles Exhibition World and Conference & Meetings World and their websites. Paul tells us about his journey, experiences and describes how market best practise could speed up the industry recovery.

Episode 5 Michelle Rees & Kate Bullard

Michelle Rees & Kate Bullard
Eventprofslive Network

Michelle and Kate, creators of Eventprofslive, established in 2015 – between them  have 20 years of experience of the corporate events world so know what corporate Event Managers are looking for in venues, suppliers and of course, networking.

Kate is an Event Manager for an international law firm.  Kate has a passion for events, social media, and networking and Michelle  is Head of Events for a technology enabled learning platform that connects top professionals with experts.  Michelle has a passion for social media, speaking and of course all things events. 

Join the conversation to learn about their career journeys, and the inspiration behind Eventprofslive .

Episode 6 Julie Kent MBE

Julie Kent MBE is an experienced Trustee with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation managing events, teams & fundraising and awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list in October 2020.
Named as one of the 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire, Top 100 Women in the West and recently gained the Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West.
Just retired from being a Housemistress at Dean Close for over 20 years and a teacher at Dean Close for 30 years. Good with communication in all forms, with people of all ages and with varying academic and personal needs.

Episode 7 Peter Ducker

Peter has been a proud member of the Institute of Hospitality throughout his career, and now leads it at Chief Executive.  

Peter shares his career journey, inspiration and passion for promoting professionalism through lifelong learning, working with hospitality educators around the world and having the opportunity to meet and support so many members. 

Join the conversation and find out what the future has in store for Peter.

Episode 8 Amanda Baker & Kate Plowright

Catch up with Amanda Baker and Kate Plowright of Selling Savvy.

Selling Savvy, working with reactive sales teams to deliver regular interactive training workshops specialising in increasing sales revenue and conversion rates specifically within hospitality and events businesses. We find out about Amanda and Kate’s careers, inspiration, continued motivation and their plans for business growth going forward.

Episode 9 – Emma Bishop & Nicola Tavener

This has to be the best job in the world , right? 

Old school friends, Emma and Nicola launched The Little Gin Company at the start of 2015 and haven’t looked back since!

 As gin loving ladies who spent many a time sampling the gin delights on offer in  town of Stratford-upon-Avon. They decided to turn their love of gin into an exciting business venture, to share their passion for gin with others through The Little Gin Company.

 2020 has been their most successful year yet, listen in to discover the motivation and inspiration behind setting up the business and exciting future plans.

Episode 10 Mark Fanning

Join us getting to know Mark Fanning, MD of ACF Teambuilding & Events Ltd. He has a big passion for the events business and is always finding time to create that new teambuilding challenge or that party with a difference. 

ACF Teambuilding and Events is one of the UK’s leading team building and event companies with over 20 years of event management experience running thousands of fantastic corporate events.

Mark lives and breathes ACF and we explore his career journey from Fire Fighter to MD, his motivation and inspiration. 

Episode 11 Emma Cartmell

Holding over 20 years of experience within the hospitality sector, Emma is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the CHS Group Awards, which aims aim to provide hotels and venues with a unique opportunity to help raise the profile of the industry and for professionals to receive recognition for their exceptional service.

Emma is also the Founder of the Conference and Hospitality Show, which is the leading event in the North of England for event planners, agents, venue finders and PAs and will launch a second event in Birmingham this year.

Emma has also previously guest-lectured to Event Management students, at the University of Huddersfield and Leeds Beckett University. During this time, she also launched a student volunteer programme to help the next generation of event professionals gain further knowledge and experience of the industry.

Join our conversation with Emma to learn more about her passion for the industry, who inspired her journey and what motivates her.

Episode 12 Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson, MD
The Delegate Wranglers

The Delegate Wranglers facebook group was the idea of experienced senior events manager, Neil Thompson. Neil has been in the events industry for over 20 years, starting out in 1997 as Event & Promotions Manager for the Littlewoods Group – based in Liverpool, organising internal meetings, new store launches, promotions and fashion shows all over the UK and Ireland.

Neil set up the Delegate Wranglers in February 2014. With the simple ethos behind the group being that members can share the huge expanse of information, expertise and experience that our industry friends, peers and colleagues all have. Essentially, to pay this information forward to each other. From this initial idea, the group has grown in numbers very rapidly and is now THE go to place for the events industry. Features include an events industry jobs board; event calendar; monthly newsletter; venue showcase feature; regular social meet-ups and much more.

Find out what Neil has planned for the future, his inspirations and motivation.

Episode 13 Kate Nicholls

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls was made an OBE in a New Year Honours list that recognised hospitality figures who have made significant contributions during the Covid pandemic when she has presented the challenges facing hospitality businesses in clear and sometimes stark terms to government and been instrumental in the support the sector has received.

A highly motivated Board-level adviser with a proven track record in devising and delivering strategic public policy and communication campaigns. Over 25 years experience working in a variety of government, corporate, agency and freelance roles. We chat to Kate about her career, successes, motivation and inspiration.