My Event World - Anabel Fielding

Anabel Fielding is the chief executive of event management company Quintessentially Events, which she co-founded with business partner Caroline Hurley in 2005.

Anabel Fielding heads up Quintessentially Events
Anabel Fielding heads up Quintessentially Events

Fielding spoke to Event about the importance of old-school values such as authenticity and team spirit, her involvement with fundraising pop-up Quintessentially Soho, and her desire to see industry professionals get paid for pitches. 

I got into the event industry because I thought I would be good at it. Event management seemed to have many of things that I loved about producing big club tour nights but with distinctly better hours.

I have worked here since November 2005, when we founded the company.

I was attracted to this particular role because… My role has developed as the company has grown but I guess I have always found it natural to be front-and-centre.

I have a passion for detail and creativity so it’s great to focus on making impressive things happen, but I’m also big on old-school values like authenticity, first class service delivery and team spirit.

Not many people know that I love peace and quiet.

The best event I’ve been involved was... It’s between Omega House 2012 and Quintessentially Soho, a fundraising pop-up that led to the establishment of the House of St Barnabas, the world’s first philanthropic members' club.

If I could do it all over again I would… Still do it all with my business partner, Caroline Hurley. Plus I'd say no to that late notice nightmare wedding!

The one thing I can’t stand is bad attitudes.

Outside of work I spend my time trying to enjoy as much of life as I can, by eating well, sleeping well and the rest.

If money were no object I would definitely buy a private island in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

If I could switch places with anyone else in the industry it would be Tracy Halliwell at London & Partners, who must have a great overview of all the brilliant things happening or waiting to happen around town. I also think being part of an Olympic opening/closing ceremony team would be awesome.

If I ruled the event industry I would have us get paid for pitches.

See our 2013 interview with Fielding and Hurley here.

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