Exhibition News January 2018 - Page 17

MY WORKING LIFE LORRaINE ThORNE The venue sales manager at Royal Horticultural Halls on entering the industry, little white lies and relieving the pressure I was born in Ashford, Kent, and grew up in the beautiful and rural Bethersden. We were, and still are in some respects, a sporty and outdoorsy family. My dad worked in a the paper mill, creating sheets for newspapers – and many other things - and my mum worked at home – as many mothers do – keeping the family base stable with a nourishing and fulfilling environment. I loved school. Maths and geography were a particular delectation, but I also loved to sing, dance, theatre and musicals. My long-standing nickname is Lol – literally a shortening for Lorraine – which my closest friends still know me by. And at school my nick name was Lazza – how embarrassing! Like a lot of teenagers, I started my working career in the local shop, it was a Saturday job and I really enjoyed it. My wage was 86p per hour to begin with and when I left it was £1.10 an hour in the local shop– three years later. When I left university, I didn’t know what I wanted to do but organised parties and gatherings as well as all the bills in the house share, I was supremely organised! Friends suggested that this might be a good path. 17 I applied for the role of PA to the Natural History Museum’s general manager and then went on to achieve the role of events coordinator. I went on to become assistant events manager and was there for five years. The opportunity came up as venue sales manager at the Royal Horticultural Halls, and I couldn’t resist it. There are so many restrictions that other venues have to abide by, but with the Royal Horticultural Halls there is so much flexibility. On my desk right now I have a protein and berry smoothie with seeds and Greek yoghurt, kale crisps and toasted cashews for a snack; my creative plans for next year, menus, my iPad for show arounds and the latest industry titles, of course! I do Pilates every Saturday without fail. I’m also involved with a local charity and we foster a dog at the weekends. The events industry is a pressured job, with its peaks and troughs. To let it go, I’ll either go to the gym, or have a swim or try one of the many restaurants in London with friends. I’m married to the lovely Spencer and we have a great time together. I can’t stand being late, but Spencer always is, so now I’ll give him a sneaky white lie and take an hour off the arrival time. He still hasn’t noticed! I was once on the Shaadi show, an Indian TV channel, discussing weddings at Parkstead House, and caught on camera on GMTV for Fashion Week while at Natural History Museum. exhibitionnews.co.uk | January 2018