Mairead Ball wins The Eventice

The first Eventice competition was won by final-year event management student Mairead Ball after she wowed the judges and landed the prize of a job at Excel London.

Mairead Ball has won The Eventice
Mairead Ball has won The Eventice
The Eventice, an Apprentice-style competition and a joint venture between Event magazine, ESP Recruitment, Excel London and International Confex, was held at Earls Court and Excel during the Confex and EcoBuild shows this week (1-3 March).

The thinking behind the project is to provide a route into the industry for event management students. After sending in videos of themselves answering questions, 12 final-year event management students were chosen by the Eventice panel to come to London, where they were tested by team-building guru Bluehat's challenges, and took part in interviews and presentations with the panel.

ESP Recruitment managing director Liz Sinclair said: "I am delighted that the Eventice has shown the quality of graduates that will be entering the events industry in the summer. In a very tough competition, the final 12 worked hard, showed creativity, great teamwork, and good negotiation and sales ability."

After this, three competitors were chosen to go through to the final and battle it out for a job at Excel London.

Mairead Ball, Michael Dalton and Rebecca Richardson were the three finalists and had to showcase their presenting skills in front of an industry audience. This included a panel with representatives from Smyle, COI, Locog and Mobile Promotions, who then joined forces with the Eventice panel to select the winner.

Later this month, look out for a video featuring the winner Mairead Ball.

Next year the Eventice is set to grow, and we are looking for companies interested in putting forward an event-based job for the winner, starting immediately after they finish their course next July.

Anyone interested in contacting the other graduates involved in the Eventice should get in contact with Liz Sinclair. A £250 fee to be given to charity will be charged to any company that takes on one of the Eventice graduates.

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