Jackie has extensive knowledge within the venue and events industry. Her background covers agency, catering and venue management. Her experience has led to a clear understanding on what today’s event buyer wants from venues and how to deliver success for the event organiser and delegates alike.
Clare has worked within the events industry for over 20 years. Her career in events started at Regent’s University where she progressed from events manager to head of department during her time there as well as completing a master’s degree in event management. She then moved to the British Academy as Head of Business Development followed by Head of Sales & Events at Royal Museums Greenwich.
Clare now works as Head of Hospitality & Events at The National Gallery, housing one of the greatest collections of Western European paintings in the world, with responsibility for the strategic, financial and operational oversight of all public hospitality, events and commercial tours creatively maximising revenue and growing income within it’s magnificent spaces.
Chloe Jackson began her career at Ampersand Events as a Sales and Events coordinator at the age of 21, became Head of Sales age 23 and went on to win the Rising Star Award at the Event Awards. She joined Moving Venue in 2014 just as Smart Group were acquiring the business in Spring 2015. Working her way up at Moving Venue, from Head of Sales to Group Sales Director and Deputy Managing Director of the Catering Division, In this time Chloe has sold and planned events across iconic London venues such as Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace and Old Billingsgate, for clients as diverse as Cosmopolitan, Attitude Magazine, Disney and Save the Children. In addition, she has pitched and won hospitality contracts such as the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, match day catering at Lord’s and Hampton Court Music Festival. In March 2021 Chloe began her role as Managing Director of Smart Group overseeing a variety of brands in addition to Moving Venue including amongst others Evolution London, Smart Parties and the newly launched Oceandiva London. Chloe is also an advisory board member of isla.
Ellie Short, founder & director of Chilli Bees Catering, bought the company to life in her mum’s kitchen in 2008. It has since become South West London’s boutique caterer.
Their aim is to use simple seasonal ingredients and pack them full of flavour!
They have built a loyal client database and have been recognised for their impeccable attention to taste and detail by Country Life, Sheerluxe, Sunday Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
Ross is the owner of the beautiful and quirky Shoreditch Treehouse. Located in central Shoreditch, the Treehouse is a corporate meeting and event space. The venue caters for meetings up to 24, conferences up to 40 and concerts up to 80 (with a Steinway Concert Grand Piano no less!). It also has a fully functioning swing and a dog – AKA ‘Director Of Greetings’ called Waffle.
Ross started the Treehouse in 2014, moving to London after selling a successful internet business to Expedia Inc and seeking a new challenge. Having experienced many mundane and ordinary corporate meeting venues in their time, Ross and the Treehouse venue team passionately believe that providing an imaginative and unique space is one of the best ways to inspire creativity and innovation amongst teams.
Victoria is the Founder and Managing Director of Sojo Kitchen, an award-winning boutique catering and events company, specialising in modern food design and event styling.
Sojo Kitchen is dedicated to creating outstanding food, using locally produced ingredients and offering an attentive and personal service. Its aim is to produce contemporary and stylish events that are meaningful and remarkable with food that is both delicious and responsibly sourced.
With over eighteen years’ experience working in a creative environment, Victoria has developed skills for the meticulous detail and planning required for luxury events. She began her career in fashion, lifestyle PR and events before a successful stint in website content management, photoshoot production and creative marketing.
She’s worked with brands such as; Pringle of Scotland, Whistles, Net-A-Porter, Soho Home and The White Company and has created the distinguished and contemporary aesthetic associated with Sojo Kitchen.
Since launching ten years ago, quality, sustainability and luxury style have always been at the heart of Sojo Kitchen. The company specialises in outdoor and marquee weddings as well as partnering with renowned venues including Hedsor House and Wormsley Estate.
Adam Quigley – Director of Ministry Venues | Director of EventHuddle | Board of Directors for Sisters Grimm Charitable Foundation | Guest University Lecturer
A highly experienced professional with over 20 years of experience within the UK Events Industry. He has worked for several prestigious venues, including The Bloomsbury Ballrom, The Pigalle Club and Troxy, and now is Director for Ministry Venues, a venue collective agency based in Central London. His current role at Ministry Venues sees him identifying new business opportunities, supporting and growing the team, managing the companies extensive CSR programme and growing the company portfolio of venue spaces.
Adam’s expertise lies in business strategy supported by a strong background in venues sales, event operations and marketing. Throughout his career, he has organised events for various high-profile clients, including British Royalty, major Hollywood celebrities and Global Corporates. In recognition for his outstanding achievements, he was named as one of the hot 50 eventprofs at the Hot 50 Event Awards in 2016.
Also heading up EventHuddle, a monthly networking and educational event with podcast, he firmly believes in educations and supporting the next generation. In addition to his professional pursuits, he serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters Grimm Charitable Foundation. This foundation aims to deliver participatory educational arts activities designed to underpin Sisters Grimm ltd.’s award-winning theatrical productions. His extensive experience and commitment to education make him a highly respected and sought-after professional in the UK Events Industry.
Stephanie is the CEO of the charity The Corporation of the Church House as well as the GM of Church House, Westminster. Having spent the first part of her career in the private sector working in various roles in industry on people and strategy focused roles, she then moved to work for national Government. Just prior to being at Church House, Stephanie ran the international development charity Concordia, once more working closely with Government to support the ethical movement of volunteers, students and temporary staff around the world. Stephanie has been at Church House Westminster for three years, and has overseen a new strategy that is proving fruitful and the growth and development of the amazing team. Key for the work at Church House is to deliver excellence with a strong ethical and sustainable focus
Stuart Jenkins is the Managing Director of Blue Strawberry Group, a business founded 30 years ago, passionate about world-class gastronomy, show-stopping events, and operational excellence. The Group comprises Blue Strawberry, a luxury event caterer; Table Talk, a luxury event planning business and Flourish, a bespoke in-house corporate caterer. Blue Strawberry Group proudly boasts a brigade of Michelin Star-trained chefs and expert Event Planners who have mastered creating show-stopping experiences for corporate events, private parties, and weddings worldwide. With a focus on excellence and strategic growth, Stuart has helped to shape Blue Strawberry Group into one of London’s most desired catering suppliers and event planning businesses.
Holly has spent over 17 years working in the hospitality industry.
She spent 8 years of her career leading growth and new openings for Carluccio’s which saw her open over 25 restaurants across the world; and before joining Social Pantry Holly worked at Deliciously Ella, supporting them with their venue growth.
Now Managing Director, Holly is at the fore of Social Pantry taking it from one strength to another whilst keeping it firmly in its position as one of London’s go-to caterers.