Company & Role: Open Audience, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Leslie started Open Audience in 2015, drawing upon his 26-year career with Life Science company AstraZeneca. Here he honed his expertise in multiple senior and strategic leadership roles in areas such as Marketing, Brand, Sales, Human Resources and Internal Communications across the AZ globe. Leslie’s vision is to make meetings better by engaging, inspiring and informing audiences through dynamic interactive experiences - leading to behavioural change, memorable interactions, and quality, measurable outcomes.
Leslie believes that event design and relevant content are at the heart of every successful meeting, and that by harnessing the power of audience engagement you can turn passive delegates into active participants and thereby deliver true value against the investment you make in your event.
Company & Role: Clarion Events, Portfolio Director
With over 20 years of exhibition experience James has worked on and led a number of business divisions across multiple industry sectors. James started his career at Reed Exhibitions back in 2001 with senior leadership positions at UBM, Tarsus and GovNet.
James is currently working at Clarion Events where he led and managed the Revo Business before heading up the Digital Media business as part of Clarion’s defence portfolio as well as directing DSEI Japan. Having been front facing and running domestic events, international portfolios, launching digital portfolios as well as growing Omni-Channel businesses James has a significant experience of the events industry and the ever increasing role technology plays in supporting our events.
Company & Role: Notified, Global Director of Customer Engagement
Vanessa is an established digital media professional with over a decade of experience in building engaged digital communities and 18 years in events, webinars and digital events.Particularly focused on customer success, Vanessa has leveraged her experience of being a user of technology to build communities and deliver meetings and events to now work on the supplier side with Notified, who supply communications tech to around 12,000 customers spread right across the globe. Vanessa works with multiple departments at Notified mainly marketing, account management and customer success to develop useful content and community strategies to engage both customers and partners. The main goals of Vanessa’s work are to enable customers to win bigger and to better collaborate with customers and partners to gather their input that will enhance Notified’s tech products and services. Having worked in the B2B media sector since 2005, Vanessa has been immersed in and witnessed the scope, landscape and potential of communities, events, training and digital content evolve. With digital communications now an essential part of today’s business world; she has made it her mission to facilitate all communications professionals (principally Investor Relations, PR, events and marketing) to navigate the rapidly evolving world of virtual opportunities.
Company & Role: WRG, Managing Director
Tim is a lifelong member of the experience industry with over twenty years of creating and delivering events, environments and spectacles all over the world. As MD, Tim supports the WRG leadership team in ensuring it continues to push innovation, experience design, sustainability and talent development with a focus on our DE&I.
Tim was foundational in the creation of WRG’s AXD Unit which combines Behavioural Science, Data Insights, and Digital and Live UX and is excited to bring this innovative collective to the market to enable experiential marketers to design more impactful live, virtual and hybrid experiences.
Company & Role: The Croc, Head of Events
With over 12 years of experience in the events world, Catriona Boyle has delivered virtual and hybrid B2B conferences and events worldwide, for various industry-specific audiences.
Over the past five years, she has championed the value of live digital content alongside its physical counterpart, with her virtual events expertise proving invaluable to clients as they continue to adapt to the ever-changing event landscape.
Today as Head of Events at The Croc, Catriona focuses on global impact projects in technology, insurance, and other related fields. Her Fierce Thinking approach to event delivery is helping organisations such as Google & Microsoft engage audiences in vital, exceptional, and ground-breaking discussions.
Company & Role: Totem, Growth Director
Rob Prevett is Growth Director at Totem, an enterprise event technology partner. He oversees Totem's sales and marketing efforts across EMEA.
Totem’s digital engagement platform Reef, helps event organisers gain deep insight into their communities and deliver highly personalised experiences for their users. A single platform for all their live and on demand content, all year round an always on.
Rob brings a wealth of experience to Totem having scaled two successful events businesses over the last 20 years. He draws on that experience to help leading brands change the way they deliver events.
Company & Role: EventsAir, Executive Director of Strategic Business
Paul Martin brings with him more than 20 years of experience working with event planners and organizations around the globe. Focused on helping event planners to the gain the best possible technology solutions for their needs, Paul works with organizations to implement event management and registration technology solutions to solve challenges and increase business outcomes. His work has seen him engaged with customers across the event spectrum from PCO’s, corporate meeting planners, associations, educational institutions, government, and major world sporting events.
Paul’s experience and expertise in event and registration management technology has seen him as a regular technology speaker at industry events, universities, and other institutions.
Company & Role: American Express Global Business Travel – Technical Production Lead – Meetings and Events
Simon’s current role leads the Creative Production team in the ever-changing events market. Their aim is to create bespoke events for clients ensuring technology enhances the client experience and engagement by seamlessly incorporating both in person and digital platforms at every stage.
Simon has gained a wealth of experience having worked within the events industry for the last 25years. Prior to joining Amex GBT, he worked with multiple agencies on a diverse range of projects from producing global public events to small C suite meetings, both in the live and corporate sector.
Company & Role: Swapcard, Head of Channel & Partnerships UK
Having worked several years in London for Live Nation & Ticketmaster, Alex has had the opportunity to work with various B2C & B2B events across Europe. Alex then switched industries and worked in the marketing space where he managed all global partnerships with marketing & media agencies. At the end of 2021, Alex joined Swapcard as a Partner Manager where he now looks after its event agency partners across several European countries.
Company & Role: ZiaBia, Director
Debbie Bell is one of the Directors and Co Owners of ZiaBia Events Consultancy founded in 2012, based in the south west of England, who has a passion for delivering events! This includes a fanatical attention to detail and a passion and ability to organise things and find solutions for situations.
With over 20 years events experience and even more in the hospitality industry, and knowledge of managing events for clients across the UK and globally in the corporate and charity sectors with a range of budgets and requirements.
Company & Role: Raccoon Media Group, Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Mike is the CEO and founder of Raccoon Media Group, a multi-channel media business that provides content and connections for people who love being active outside.
Company & Role: Noble Events, Deputy Managing Director & Operations Director
As Deputy Managing Director/Operations Director of Noble Events, Sarah is responsible for the day to day management of the business, specialising in team management and development, supply chain, health and safety, data regulation, legal and business processes, Her role is to ensure maximum quality and efficiency alongside impeccable customer service, in keeping with the key values of the business. for offices in the UK and Dubai.
Throughout her career, Sarah has worked across a range of industry sectors, including mobile telecoms, life sciences, financial services, theatre and government, and for clients including SWIFT, Visa, Mattel, AstraZeneca, the OECD and the European Commission.
Company & Role: Cheerful Twentyfirst, Marketing & Campaign Manager
Georgia leads the digital marketing, communications and industry partnerships for global brand experience agency, Cheerful Twentyfirst. With a background in targeted and strategic campaigns, her understanding of multichannel marketing means she can look at the objectives and holistically explore the best channels to deliver against them.
She was recognised in 2020 as a rising star in the Conference News 30 Under Thirty Awards and holds a board position with ILEA (International Live Events Association) Europe, focused on supporting marketing and communications efforts across the region.
Company & Role: Hubilo, SVP of Market Strategy
Sophie has over two decades of experience in the media and events industry having led global events for brands like Informa, Reed Exhibitions, Cannes Lions, and Money 20/20.
In her most recent role, Sophie was the CEO at The Virtual Events Institute (VEI), where she has upskilled over 2500 professionals, connected and educated event professionals, planners, and event tech companies in the area of virtual, live, and hybrid events; this was before joining Hubilo as the SVP in Market Strategy in March, 2022.
Company & Role: Guild, Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Ashley is a serial entrepreneur as Founder of both Econsultancy and now Guild. He has over 20yrs experience in B2B media, marketing and technology. Guild is a platform for communities and networking.
Company & Role: emc3, VP of Growth
Josh King is the VP of Growth at emc3, one of the world’s leading creative agencies that specialises in the production of virtual, hybrid and in person events.
Josh is an experienced marketer, creative and growth strategist who has worked with some of the world’s most innovative and influential brands over the last decade including LinkedIn, Google and HubSpot.
Josh’s company, emc3 are at the forefront of the industry leveraging the latest technologies such as metaversal platforms, web3 and NFT’s to create world class experiences.
Company & Role: Oxford Analytica, Head of Events and Marketing
Amy, who joined Oxford Analytica in 2019, is an event specialist with particular interest in corporate events. She oversees the direction of marketing and events whilst building partnerships to enhance the Oxford Analytica brand. In 2020, she won the Conference News 30 Under Thirty Award for exemplary contributions to the UK meetings and events sector.
Amy has worked with some of the top organisations in the world, including Unilever, EY and The World Bank. Amy previously worked for Aurora Energy Research, where she delivered a variety of in person and online conferences including the Aurora Spring Forum, which has been described as the “Davos of the energy industry”.
She holds a BSc in Sports Development (1st) from the University of Portsmouth and a CIM L4 Diploma in Events Management from The Event Academy.
Company & Role: ExpoPlatform, Chief Growth Officer
Luke Bilton is Chief Growth Officer at ExpoPlatform. Luke has spent the last 20 years bringing together events, digital media and technology at Informa, UBM, Innovation Enterprise and Future.
Company & Role: Expert Impact Speakers, Head of Communications
Lee Mannion is Head of Communications for Expert Impact Speakers, which supplies impactful speakers for every type of event and uses the profits to support charities and social enterprises. Prior to working in communications, Lee was a journalist for several years, working at organisations such as Thomson Reuters and Associated Newspapers.