Event Awards 2005: The Judging Panels


Kirsty Adams' marketing and exhibitions career began at Visit London, followed by five years at BBC Haymarket Exhibitions working on a number of high-profile consumer shows. She moved to Excel London 18 months ago to launch consumer and trade events for London EventCo. Adams took on the role of marketing director at IMIE, a joint venture between London EventCo and Single Market Events.

Jessica Blue is events director for Advanstar Communications' European portfolio, which includes the Brand Licensing Show. An events industry expert, Blue previously worked for CMP and recently held the post of event director for International Confex. In 2005, she was winner of the CMP Event Director/Publisher of the Year.

Simon Burton established Exposure Communications because he is passionate about exhibitions and their use as the focal point of a marketing campaign.

In addition to being a member of the AEO Training and Events Committee, in 2004, Simon successfully launched the Exhibiting Show, the UK's first event dedicated to exhibitors.

Sarah Gladstone has worked in the exhibition industry for 20 years.

She was operations director and event director for IIR Exhibitions for four years, where she was responsible for running Ipex, The Daily Telegraph House & Garden Fair, The International Festival of Fine Wine & Food and Creme. She left IIR Exhibitions in 2000 and set up as an independent event and project management company.

Alastair Gornall joined Reed Exhibitions in September 2004 as chief executive of its UK business and a member of the worldwide board. Prior to that, Alastair spent 25 years launching and building up two leading PR/Public Affairs consultancies in the UK. His last agency, Consolidated Communications, was voted PR Week's agency of the Year in 2001 with a staff of 115 based in London's West End. Gornall sold the business to an MBO team in 2001.

Trevor Land retired from the NEC two years ago after 21 years in the sales department. He left as group operations and liaison director. Since retirement he has taken up various roles including non executive director at Stoneleigh Park and Reeds Carpeting Contractors. He is also a director of No Strings Events and the Exhibition Venues Association, and a council member at the British Exhibition Contractors Association.

Sarah Lowe began her exhibition career at IIR working on The Daily Telegraph House & Garden Fair. She left IIR after two years and set up Equus - The Horse Event with a colleague. Lowe sold the company and then worked for London EventCo. She currently works for Brooklands Group on the launch of A Place in the Sun Live!

Richard Mosley is managing director of Networks which is based in the Peak District. Formed ten years ago, Networks was created with the intention of staying small with no more than six staff. Ten years on, with a staff of more than 25, Networks creates events and exhibitions from its workshops in Derbyshire.


Gemma Courtenay joined Fisher Productions in 2000 and has overseen a number of marketing initiatives, taken an active role in both new business and client relationship management and continues to grow the marketing team. She is also on the board of ISES.

Matthew Davies gained 25 years' experience as a producer of live events before joining Haymarket in 1994. As director of events, he has overseen the growth of the events division which involves the successful running of up to 100 live awards, conferences and forums in the UK and overseas.

Paul Ephremsen is a founding partner of iD Live Brand Experience. He has been a leading figure in the evolution of experiential marketing in the UK. Maintaining the unique culture of iD is one of the most challenging yet rewarding areas of his role.

Patrick Hill started out with a small business hiring AV equipment to local hotels. More than 25 years later, AVC Productions has not only won respect in the AV arena but also in production including the film industry, live events and the party scene.

Neil Jones is an integrated media and event marketing executive who most recently worked as group managing director EMEA at the George P Johnson Company. Experienced in all face-to-face communication and events, Jones has also worked for Advanstar and the Catalyst Group.

Chris Parnham joined the Zibrant group from Barclays in 1999 when he was recruited to set up Illico Events. Following Illico's success Parnham was appointed to the Board in 2001 to represent the events side of the business and the group's growing focus on providing a tailored range of MICE solutions.

Pippa Rayner-Cook works for Back Row Productions as account manager of corporate and special events, and has been developing the event operations of Back Row's entertainment for the past 18 months. Back Row has recently launched its first piece of entertainment especially for corporate events -Dancers Undercover, which combines affordability and quality music theatre.

Anja Schmidt-Ott is communications consultant at Vok Dams, one of Germany's key agencies for events and live marketing. She is mainly responsible for creative concepts and PR. As secretary and founding member of ISES Europe she has gained insights into the different international event scenes, with experience of setting up a foreign-owned enterprise in China.

Richard Waddington heads up the strategy and development of First Protocol Group. He is a member of the IOD, a chartered director, and is actively involved in the industry through his role as cluster champion for LondonMice; a not for profit business cluster.

Richard Zucker runs a small branding consultancy, BrandLife, specialising in translating brand promises into powerful brand experiences. Previously he was a director of Imagination, helping to lead its growth and development in the early 1990s. He then founded In Real Life before selling it to Chime Communications in 1999.

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