Getting to know us…
Sales & Events Planner
Where you live: Manor House in North London, it’s a great hub of lively activity, it has some amazing Greek and Turkish restaurants along Green Lanes, independent cafes and even a rock climbing centre inside what was originally a Victorian water pumping station!
Who you live with: Four housemates, all in their late 20s with a variety of professions.
How long you have been at BMA House: Two and a half years.
I get up at: 6:45am. I have a cup of tea and toast every morning before deciding my outfit for the day. I incorporate exercise into my commute by taking the stairs when I get off the tube at Russell Square (the length of which is the equivalent of a 13 storey building!)
I’m responsible for: Event sales and planning. My role includes taking enquiries, producing quotes and planning events. I am also an enthusiastic member of our Sustainability and Health team, encouraging both staff and client’s to incorporate environmentally friendly procedures into their daily routine.
I got the job: After working in sales and events for roughly 3 years. I tried a variety of roles before deciding that the natural fit for me was being an Events Planner at a venue. I love the creative side of events and having gained a degree in History of Art, I feel this lends itself to creating interesting theming and using space to its maximum ability.
My typical day: Includes responding to emails, producing quotes, site visits, planning and invoicing.
My most memorable work moment: Was organising an awards ceremony for foster carers. We set up afternoon tea and the Duchess of Cambridge came to meet the award winners. It was an honour to have her in our venue and a great feeling afterwards to think that I had planned an event which the next day appeared on a lot of the major news sites, gaining exposure for both the charity and BMA House.
The worst part of my job: Is the stress of trying to achieve the ‘unachievable’, when a client wants something we have never done before, but it’s such a satisfaction to see it pay off and know that I was a part of it!
The best part of my job: Is meeting clients. I really enjoy conducting show-rounds because it’s great to add a personal touch to events and you get much more of a sense of what clients are looking for.
My desk: I always have a stack of post it notes on my desk for jotting reminders down, a notebook, enquiry forms, a jar of sweets to keep me energised, fun stationery including a variety of highlighters. I also keep a tub of coloured clips on my desk for attaching to documents for each event I plan. I colour coordinate events by month using the clips!
My top tip for planning any event: Meet with your events contact at the venue and go through all the details! It really helps both you and the planner visualise the event and ensures every aspect of the day is thought out with precision.
Best meal ever eaten: Was in Vietnam a couple of years ago, I remember being on a cruise around Ha Long Bay and choosing from a buffet including summer rolls, dressed crab and various chicken and pork dishes. Everything was fresh and locally sourced and the setting was incredible.
After work: I normally go home and cook dinner with my housemates or meet friends for drinks. I try to head to bed around 11pm.
Bloomsbury top tip: I love to browse Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Thursday in the quiet surrounds of Torrington Square. It is a great opportunity to meet local sellers and try fresh and sustainably sourced produce.
Written by Maxine Reynolds
Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP