PEOPLEJune 2012 . www.conference-news.co.uk . 57 InterviewName - Samme Allen Date of Birth - 11/9/75Place of Work - The BarbicanJob Title - Business Development Manager How did you get into the meetings industry? After working in Hong Kong for a while as an event planner I returned to the UK and moved into specialist events and venues recruitment.What can suppliers like you do to be more appealing to organisers?There is a wide variety of areas we should focus on but they ultimately boil down to just a few simple things - we need to be fl exible in our approach, understand client's ROI and above all listen to what clients want. What is the most positive thing for you about the event industry ?I love the collaboration of groups such as the London City Selection, MPI, Barbican Arts and Commercial arms. By working together we achieve far more and it is ultimately the support of each individual that leads to the success of any event. You also meet people who are really passionate about their job.What changes do you expect to see over the next two years?Technology will transform the outlook of the industry. Things like 3D and virtual events will continue to help face to face events develop, allowing people to engage more effectively. The next generation of social media tools will also make a big impact. What frustrates you about the industry?Industry associations need to be more collaborative, working together on focused issues. Without this sort of attitude we appear unprofessional, which in turn means we are taken less seriously by other sectors. What has been your most successful personal achievement ?Beating cervical cancer last year.Valerie Bassignyhas joined TFI Meeting Point, the association conference team withinthe TFI Group, as its new Senior Account Director. The Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company, has appointed Nicholas Clayton as Chief Operating Offi cer. Stoneleigh Park has strengthened its catering team with a new Catering Manager, Sue Hargreaves. Seasoned Events, part of the Crown Group, has promoted Terry Korobin to the role of Projects and Compliance Manager. Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel has appointed Sascha Lenz as Director of Food and Beverage. Macdonald Hotels and Resorts has made two new appointments to its senior management team: Debbie Milburn joins the group as Head of Marketing and Stephen Dodman as Revenue Director. The Twickenham Experience strengthens its sales team with the appointment of Lauren Goodwin as Account Manager. Chris Mooge and Michael Jones have joined Etherlive to support the company's activities in the capital for the London Media Centre during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tim Harrington has taken up the position of MCC Executive Head Chef at Lord's Cricket Ground.Melanie Newman has been appointed Account Director at the Zibrant meetings and events agency. She was formerly a Key Account Director at Q Hotels. Business travel management company ABT UK has appointed Hazel Maher as Senior Travel Consultant. GL Events Owen Brown has appointed Tom Alldread as an Account Executive. It has also recruited Bethany Cornelius as a marketing apprentice through the government apprenticeship scheme. As part of a new events strategy, Blenheim Palace has created a new position of Head of Sales and appointed Paul Liczbinski.Top Left: Bassigny; Top Middle: Clayton;Top Right: MilburnBottom Left: KorobinBottom Middle: Cornelius; Bottom Right: HarringtonOn The Move
BUSINESS58 . www.conference-news.co.uk . June 2012June Warwickshire-based 360 Creative Event Services has secured a seven-fi gure fi nancing package from Santander Corporate Banking. The funding leaves the company well-placed to secure new contracts, particularly for the Olympic Games. The events services business moved all its accounts to Santander as part of the deal. 360 Creative provides services to 1,000 events annually, including sporting events such as the Grand National, Wimbledon and the F1 British Grand Prix, as well as conferences and meetings for blue-chip clients such as BT and Renault. Owners David Walley and David Harding bought the company out of administration in 2010, restructuring and branching out into themed attractions to extend the otherwise seasonal nature of the business. Harding said: "This is an exciting time for 360, and I look forward to our next phase of development." Media and events group UBM became the latest publicly listed company quizzed over director remuneration after 36 per cent of shareholders voted against approving payments and 11.4 per cent abstained at the May AGM. Investors objected to UBM's decision to replace executive performance bonuses linked to retail price inflation, and to the share options bonus for CFO Robert Gray worth 150 per cent of his £437,750 base salary. A spokesperson insisted UBM's executive remuneration policy was "designed to reward and incentivise" senior management. The shareholder revolt followed similar actions by investors in Trinity Mirror and Aviva. UBM reported an 11 per cent rise in revenue to £254.2m in the three months to 31 March, while overall operating profit increased 26 per cent to £56.1m. Event revenues grew 46 per cent to £123.1m.UBM replaced Chairman John Botts (left) with ex-CBI President Helen Alexander at the AGM. Botts said Dame Helen's experience would "serve UBM's Board and shareholders well". News in brief Jurys meetings choiceHotel group Jurys Inn says a new survey of its corporate meetings clients shows price is the strongest influencer (chosen by 78%) when choosing where to book an event.Location (66%) and service (49%) were flagged as second and third in terms of important influencers.Jurys Inn has also launched a 12-point Service Promise as part of a new delegate package. Creativevents wins £5m deal at Brooklands MuseumCreativevents has won an early extension mid-way thorugh its initial three-year contract with Brooklands Museum. The new fi ve-year deal, worth £5m, will see Creativevents look after all public catering and on-site hospitality for the museum. Five-year deal for Agilysys to supply technology to NECNEC Group catering business Amadeus has awarded a major technology contract to Agilysys (Europe) for software and hardware solutions across its venues under a fi ve-year contract. The Agilysys client list includes The O2 Arena, Aviva Stadium, Convention Centre Dublin, Twickenham, Lord's and London hotels including The Ritz, Savoy and Dorchester. Andrew McManus, IT Director of the NEC Group, said Agilysys was working on new developments such as Mobile POS, Smartphone POS and e-coupons. UBM shareholder revoltSearcys cooking Santander underpins 360 visionfor the RCGPEvents caterer Searcys has secured £500k of event and accommodation bookings for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) new home at 30 Euston Square. The venue opens 21 September although the RCGP unveiled construction work progress at the £34m building during a hard hat tour last month.Bad month for: The Falmouth Beach Hotel in Cornwall which was demolished following a fi re. Owners of the 120-room seafront venue vowed to rebuild the hotel.Good month for: Venuemasters. The academic venue consortium welcomed three new members and increased visitor numbers at its annual show at The Emirates.delegates, a record, were served a full menu of choices at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress gala dinner at the ICC Birmingham, in May.