Senior Venues Manager, The Postal Museum
General Manager, Hilton London Wembley
Meredith’s accolades include Best Employer in Hospitality 2012, 13,14 and 15 (Nominee and finalist) and Winner in 2012 and 2103. Director of Operations of the year for Hilton Worldwide in 2011 (Metro Hotels section), Finalist of the Irish Hospitality Institute, Manager of the year, 2007.
Meredith’s foundation of success within the Hospitality sector emanates from the simple formula. Excellent customer service, set within a focus and happy culture of efficient productivity will reap benefits for all stakeholders. Simply put, ‘you are only a good as the last bedroom you provided or the last coffee you served.’
To date, Meredith is the only General Manager to have successfully opened and managed the first & second of only three Hilton Branded Hotel franchises in the UK.
Head of Business Events, Barbican
Her current role as Head of Business Events for The Barbican involves her working across its vast portfolio of venues, continuing its growth and commercial success in the domestic and international business events market, whilst blending in with the artistic offer to create bespoke and memorable events for business clients, and at the same time connecting with the arts programmes.
A winner in the supplier/venue category of the UK Event Hot 50 Awards 2016 and 2017, Jackie is regularly featured in a variety of meetings and events industry honours lists. These include C&IT’s Venue Heads, where she has been voted 3rd in the UK, along with Event Management’s Event 100 Club where she was placed 18th out of 100. She has also been included in C&IT’s Power 50 – the most 50 most influential people in the UK Meetings and Event industry.
Head of Business Development, Twickenham
Johanna has gained an admirable reputation within the meetings and events market place, both as a senior leader, a strategic thinker, and an experienced sales and marketing professional. However, her biggest challenge lies ahead as one of the key leadership figures behind the new East Stand, launching at Twickenham in the Autumn.
The new stand will play to many of Johanna’s strengths, her vast experience within the premium end of the meetings and events industry, her creative mind in encouraging new ways to curate conferences, and her extensive corporate contacts in opening-up new markets.
Operations Director, Camm & Hooper
Over the next few years, Jason enjoyed heading up a wide range of establishments in the capital including The Hospital Club and The Charlotte Street & Soho Hotel for Firmdale. All helped to form the his exceptional approach to business and service.
In early 2013 Jason was lured into a brand new venture with entrepreneur Claire Lawson to shake up the events industry by launching Camm & Hooper. The first site was just a stones throw from the Shard called Tanner & Co, this was the latest edition to the Bermondsey Street dining scene. That was five years ago now and Tanner has grown from strength to strength. It has played host to a variety of events from alternative weddings to social media soirees and of course the awesome bottomless brunch. It has also been rumoured that he is behind the behind the Camm & Hooper alter ego, Cornelius Lushington. True that they are never seen in the same place …
As Operations Director he now oversees five Camm & Hooper sites across London, with the two more on the horizon. The Captain’s ethos is an simple one – don’t default to the mundane, be better, be generous and always be a great host who creates fun.
Catering Services Director, Delaware North at Emirates Stadium
With more than 20 years managing venues and catering contracts across London, Yvette has a track record for delivering excellence and success. She is best known for her work at 30 Euston Square, the home of the Royal College of General Practitioners, which she launched five years ago to the global meetings market.
With a career that started in restaurants operated by the Roux Brothers as well as Searcys and Leith’s, she has extensive knowledge of both retail and commercial hospitality that allows her to continually develop the Euston Square brand, maintaining its position as a landmark venue within the capital.
Karim Le Cloarec
General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin
Currently the General Manager of Searcys at the Gherkin for the last four years after a three year stunt as the Deputy General Manager looking after a large scale events and private dining operation, 70 seated restaurant, 260 seated bar, A private members club and the 87 employees that go with it.
Another prestigious milestone is my participation in the Master of Culinary Arts final 2017.
General Manager, Catering, Royal Institute of British Architects
General Manager, The Royal Horseguards and One Whitehall Place
Head of event operations, Last Word Media
UK Business Development Manager, QEII Centre
Those experiences provided given me an excellent understanding of exactly what it takes to both prepare and deliver great events – from conception to completion.
Being equipped with this invaluable experience has been instrumental in helping me in my role at the QEII, where I take immense pride in using my experience to win new client business and help them deliver both successful and memorable events.
Director of Business Tourism & Major Events, London & Partners
Prior to joining London & Partners Tracy had over 20 years’ experience in senior sales and marketing positions in the tourism industry. She has worked with Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, Thistle Hotels, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts and has held numerous property-based Director of Sales & Marketing roles within London and the UK.
Tracy was awarded an MBE for services to business tourism in 2014.
Head of Events, The Hurlingham Club
Head of Event Operations, EMAP Publishing Ltd
Head of Sales, The Mermaid, London
He leads a team with drive and enthusiasm to deliver sales campaigns which result in achieving the ambitious targets set.
He has a wealth of knowledge in a number of event areas and proactively seeks new business routes to bring a wide variety of events to this high profile, City based venue.
Mo is firmly established within the meetings and events sector and loves to exceed client expectations.
Head of Sales, Meetings & Events and Hospitality, Lord’s Cricket Ground
Managing Director, Battersea Evolution
Operations Director, Old Billingsgate
Director of Event Operations , Hanson Wade
Founder and Chief Executive, Green & Fortune
In 2017 Green and Fortune launched Sea Containers Events, on London’s South Bank, in the iconic building of the same name. This premium events venue has panoramic views of London and has had immediate success in its first year.
Prior to launching Green & Fortune John was Chief Executive of Searcys, taking it from a two site focused business to a large and significant operator in the bespoke end of the food service and events sector. He was also managing director of Richard Corrigan’s restaurant company.
John was a founding director of the Kings Cross Business Partnership. He is trustee and chairman of Global Generation, a food, training and sustainability charity. He also works with Sadler’s Wells Theatre on the catering strategy.
General Manager, The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone
Melanie joined the Zetter Group 13 years ago, a year after The Zetter Hotel opened, co-ordinating meetings and events. A definite glass half full type of person. The Zetter Group’s values and culture resonate strongly with her own. Warmth, excellence and personality form the basis of how she manages her team, with a belief that creating a fun and relaxed environment helps ensure extraordinary and unique guest experiences will be enjoyed.
Melanie has been the General Manager of The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone since it opened its doors on 14th August 2015, becoming the second addition to The Zetter Group’s Townhouse boutique hotel family. Since then it has gone on to win numerous awards, not only as one of the best boutique hotels in London but for its cocktail lounge Seymour’s Parlour.
Head of Operations, Swan About
Swan About creates and delivers bespoke events at London’s finest venues. They are experts when it comes to organising events, whether planning a large-scale corporate gala, a garden party, an intimate, private event or anything in between.
Every year they host bespoke events at iconic London venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Horticultural Society, Christchurch Spitalfields and The View From The Shard.
The Swan About catering events team combines the experience and expertise of Swan London, the restaurant group and events company founded in 1999. Swan London has sites in London, Kent and Spain.
Jonathan has been in the events & catering industry for 15 years , starting out with The Admirable Crichton & Jonny Roxburgh helping deliver events worldwide including a Royal wedding in Jordan , the Athens Olympics , The Cresta Run ball in St Moritz and a “sound of music” billionaires birthday week in Salzburg.
From these experiences he found his passion for events which led him to Create Food & party design finishing there as senior event manager with a very much hands on attitude. At Create he gained a huge amount of experience of operating in a large number of established London venues. A highlight being the delivery of the first dinner for 900 guests to have been held at the NHM & a 600 guest sit down dinner at the Saatchi Gallery.
From Create he moved to Oxo2 and oversaw the running of the venue , operational delivery of events and supported a fantastic sales team.
Deputy Managing Director Bioscientifica Ltd
Head of Venues and Facilities, IET
Head of Events, Dennis Publishing
Emma joined Dennis in 2014 as Marketing Communications Manager and was quickly promoted to Head of Events, responsible for running brand and corporate events across the 36 brands in the portfolio. In her time at Dennis, Emma has launch no less than 12 new events and grown the event revenue for the business by over 27% in under a year. Emma manages a small in-house team of 6, running over 72 event every year.
In her spare time she likes eating out, going to the theatre and running, and was recently part of the support crew for a six woman relay team that ran 341 miles across the Mojave Desert from LA to Las Vegas.
General Manager, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms