PEOPLE MOVES 2 MINUTES WITH... Matt Hutchings, Managing Director, The Derby Conference Centre MOVERS & SHAKERS 1 How did you get into the event industry? I have worked in hospitality for 26 years, and have held various general manager roles at hotels that hosted events, balls, gala dinners and roadshows etc. Favourite thing about events? I love seeing all the hard work that the team have put in come to life. It’s amazing to look after a client with such varying requirements and to provide them with the confidence that their event will be special. 66 2 What do you think you can bring to the new role? Lots of energy and a new direction. I think it’s important that every day we start with a new idea of how we can be better than the last day, the last event. I bring experience from different markets and different types of providers, from city centre locations to leafy towns. What will you have you done in the first month in the job? I have delivered a clear vision to the team with a five-year plan of where we are and where we will be. I have engaged with the local business community to build strong relationships for the Centre to prosper in. I have sourced new suppliers to enhance our offering and worked alongside our current suppliers to rationalise our approach. How do you intend to face the challenges in the industry? I believe in the power of unity. We all face challenges, every day, so you need people and organisations around you to face those challenges. With strong community relationships, strong suppliers and an engaged team, every challenge can be managed and overcome. 3 4 Who is the individual you most admire? Sir Bobby Robson, RIP. What an amazing man. Every individual that passes comment about him has nothing but kind words and amazing stories. He was a father figure to most. At EN HQ, we take our coffee very seriously - how do you take yours? Milky. November 2018 | exhibitionnews.co.uk UKInbound has announced the appointment of James Aitken (2), managing director of Cashel Travel, as incoming chair. Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, has strengthened its operation at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park with the appointment of two new team members. Laura West joins as general manager, while Amy Murray takes up the role of sales executive. Sofia Kovalevskaia (3) has joined Aid & Trade London as senior sales executive, working on the International Disaster Management Exhibition. She was previously sales executive at Clarion Events. Patrick Dore (4) has returned to Creative Technology’s London team in a project manager role. Biggest frustration? People or organisations without urgency. Our customers expect urgency from us and we deliver this. I get frustrated when I am a customer and an organisation doesn’t have the same urgency. Best piece of advice? Take risks! Trust the people around you to take those risks. If someone says it can’t be done, prove them wrong. I think it’s important to push the boundaries, both personally and professionally. Take extra responsibilities, push yourself further than you ever have before. You will find that you and the people around you are more than capable. The Business Design Centre has welcomed Peter Grimster (1) as venue sales manager, replacing Emma Clarke. Grimster has come to the venue from Reed Exhibitions, where he held the position of exhibitions manager on overseas B2B travel events including International Golf Travel Market (IGTM). 5 DRP has announced some changes to its live division team, which sees Stephanie Okafor joining the business as head of project management. She previously worked for event and venue finding agency Banks Sadler. Battersea Arts Centre has appointed Nigel James (5) as the new executive head chef, having taken its event catering in-house following a multi- million-pound restoration.