Exhibition News May 2019 - Page 59

People Moves PEOPLE MOVES 2 MINUTES WITH… have also been a couple of key new business wins, but I can’t go into details because they are confidential corporate clients. Carrie Freeman-Parsons (1) has been appointed How do you intend to face the challenges in the industry? I will be keeping an ear to the ground and planning for the future based on what I see and hear going on around me and the wider industry. A lot will change over the next few years and we need to make sure we are as prepared as possible. Jenny Waller, head of sales at the Barbican How did you get into the event industry? I started working in Nottingham as a M&E sales & planning executive after university and loved it! From then I moved onto several other roles before focusing on sales at Park Plaza – that led me to the first of my roles here at the Barbican. Favourite thing about events? It has to be the overwhelming variety in everything we do. The people you meet and the different experiences you get while working in events – no two days are the same. What do you think you can bring to the new role? A different set of ideas and experiences. It is our uniqueness as individuals that gives us an opportunity to add value in our roles. The Barbican has so much opportunity to be creative and develop new ideas, which is something I am keen to explore. What have you done in the first month in the job? I successfully recruited our deputy head of sales, Charlie Smith, who is a great asset to the team. There Biggest frustration? The general perception of the events & hospitality industry. It’s not an industry people necessarily plan to work in, but it should be – it’s rewarding, you gain a variety of skills and it’s a lot of fun. Best piece of advice? Network – the events industry is a quite small and you never know when you may need to call on someone for a favour. This in turn means it is important to give your time, skills and advice when you can – in the hopes someone does it for you when needed. 1. Carine Preterre (2) is to take over from Jean- Claude Madier as managing director of Life Leisure & Experience (LLE) division of global events organiser 2. Comexposium. Madier will retire in July 2019. Agency INVNT has appointed Adam Harriden (3) to the role of executive creative director. 3. Jack Morton, global brand experience agency, has announced the appointment of Shelley Elkins (4) to chief creative officer. Elkins has been promoted to the role from senior vice president, executive creative director. 4. Simon Foster (5) , CEO of Funniest work moment? I couldn’t possibly say but in this industry, you certainly meet some interesting characters. Who is the individual you most admire? My mum – looking after one dog, four cats, five kittens and three kids under the age of five while working and studying for a Diploma could not have been easy. At EN HQ, we take our coffee very seriously - how do you take your coffee? Black but only when the coffee is good enough! chair at Freeman, replacing her father Don Freeman, who will become chairman emeritus this summer. 5. 6. Comexposium, has been appointed chair of the AEO International Organiser Group. He takes over from former chair Stephen Brooks of Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Telford International Centre, has announced the appointment of Alison Griffin (6) to the role of managing director. The appointment is a promotion for Griffin, from sales & marketing director at the venue. May — 59