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EXHIBITION LIFEwww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 43PEOPLE MOVESThis month's movers and shakers include signifi cant changes at UK venues plus a host of supplier recruits and organiser appointmentsCC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, has announced a trio of new staff appointments (1). Kerry Quinn (left) has joined as the new operations director at the Kings Phil Pickett, previously general manager Lynsey Watson (right) Sue Horrigan (2) Nicole Muller and Jennie have joined Stoneleigh Park as marketing James SamuelEvent manager, International Confex, UBMBEST THING ABOUT EXHIBITIONSProviding face-to-face interaction. Although the reasons for exhibiting or visiting a show evolve, live human connection remains the best way to make impressions and do business. TOP FRUSTRATIONLike many, it's seeing exhibitors waste their money by not doing enough pre-show research and post-show follow up. There are always some that don't understand it is not the organiser's responsibility to do business for them; we are here to facilitate opportunities. CROWNING MOMENTDeveloping what I consider the most dynamic, fun and high achieving team in my last organisation. They motivated me to be the best manager I could be and I was very proud.DREAM JOBAn extra on EastEnders working in the market and drinking in the Queen Vic.INDIVIDUAL YOU MOST ADMIREMy former director Debbie Joslin. When you came to her with challenges or problems, she would question you in a way that allowed you to come up with solutions rather than simply telling you the answer. MOST UNUSUAL EVENTI once had to prospect at a masonry show but when I arrived there was nothing but gravestones being exhibited. Freaky. BEST PIECE OF ADVICEFirstly, the best leaders in the world always got in trouble during their careers. Secondly, you have to make short-term mistakes on the way to achieving long-term successes. FUNNIEST WORK MOMENTConfex achieved 26 signed contracts in one week and it was only when I left my desk that they came in. I thought my team was winding me up.2 MINUTES WITH...executives. Bird will be responsible for exhibitions and outdoor events, while Gentles will oversee other live events and private functions.UBM has promoted David Sanvoisin to event manager on Leisure Industry Week (LIW). He has 14 years in the leisure and events industry including stints with Ideal Home Show and EIBTM, moving on to LIW in 2003. Samuel Down has joined exhibition fl oorplan supplier Showplans as the company's fi rst marketing manager. Down was most recently a lecturer at the Laurea University of Applied Science.Dimension 8 has promoted Nathan Collier to the new role of account manager. He will report to MD Simon Ridout and sales director Jon Porter.Solutions2 has recruited Naomi Hamilton as a trainee project manager. She was previously an exhibition sales coordinator at Melville. Mats von Weissenberg is the new vice-president, R&D and global projects at booking agency Hotelzon.AV and IT supplier Smart AV has expanded its employee base. The new hires are Peter Philpot (warehouse manager), Conrad Jarvis (senior prep in-house AV technician) and Scott Lyus (warehouse operative). Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, has brought on Richard McKay as hospitality manager for its Tower, Hamilton and Victoria spaces. Arena Seating has appointed Edward McCarthy in the role of business development director for the Box Seat range of stadium seating. Wine and food venue Vinopolis has appointed Lucy Haines as MD.Catering business Sodexo Prestige has appointed Arun Oram as director of sales for Ascot Racecourse.Sovereign Exhibitions has recruited Nick Iredale as its new MD.Dock venue from Cardiff Airport, where she was airport director. Pickettof operations, has switched titles and will become project director with specifi c responsibility for the new exhibition centre, due to open in autumn 2014. is the venue's new head of human resources, replacing John Barry who has emigrated to Australia after fi ve years with the company. She has worked in human resources for the last nine years.After a long and successful career with The NEC, leaves the business this month to pursue new and different challenges. She joined the venue in the early 1990s as a sales executive and was promoted several times before becoming sales director of the exhibition business in 1998. Since returning from maternity leave in 2006, Horrigan has been working part-time as an account director. The NEC MD Kathryn James said Horrigan had dealt with just about every organiser including UBM, Reed, IIR, Emap and Haymarket. "Throughout her time here at The NEC she has been instrumental to the team, but we're well aware life changes and very much support Sue's decision to leave and change direction - she will be greatly missed by colleagues and peers alike."Clarion Events has confi rmed former staffer as the new portfolio director across its Baby Show and Baby Show for Trade brands. Muller previously worked on other projects within Clarion before taking maternity leave. Charlotte Bird (3) Gentles (4) A2341