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Events are 100% about people. Not only onsite where delegates, speakers and exhibitors meet to share knowledge and do business but also right back at the beginning, right back at the first planning meeting where the people responsible for the ultimate success of the event meet to kick start the project.
And this is where you’ll see the difference that Ya-Ya people bring to the table. We have a core team with too many years in the business to mention here (it’s a lot). Our core team then outsource and recruit from our wide portfolio of partners and suppliers to create a dynamic (and cost effective) unit to work with you to guarantee the success of your event. Here is a very brief profile of our key players.
|Anita Howard||Anita Howard - Account Director - A meetings professional with 15 years experience in both conferences and exhibitions dealing with the creation, administration and marketing of conferences, meetings and special events. Previously with Blenheim Plc, Reed Elsevier group and EMAP McClaren working on both UK and overseas events e.g. Confex, In-Cosmetics, Graphic Design Show. Anita has experience in dealing with events for up to 10, 000 visitors and 400 exhibitors. Anita has a reputation in the events industry for her ‘can do’ attitude. She is passionate about the role of academia and technology in society and commerce. This passion has led her from her early involvement with the UK Lab Show in 1989 to build partnerships with individuals and organisations to create and deliver events to help accelerate innovation into the real world faster. For example with Atlas Ventures and Ernst & Young to launch the ELSC (European Life Science Conference), with London First to launch Genesis. With Simon Tarpey to launch EPIC. With Science Publishing to launch Smart Track. Anita has extensive experience and skills liaising across company, other agencies and contractors. Anita is a member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers.|
|Lucy Orr||Lucy Orr - Account Director - Lucy has over 10 years experience in organising high profile events for Macmillian Cancer Support and other organisations. More recently she has successfully set-up and run a major tourism project in the South West. Lucy's attention to detail, high standards of organisation and excellent communications skills makes her a valued member of the team. Her background in running successful projects for high profile charities has ensured that events have been within budget to help her clients raise maximum income.|
|Ken Robertson||Ken Robertson – Creative Director - Ken has worked in the marketing industry for 30 years. He founded BANG a specialist B2B and government communications consultancy. Ken’s experience is embedded in the B2B sector and over the years he has worked on challenging communication initiatives where technology breakthroughs and innovation need to be related to specific target audiences. For example launching DNA Fingerprinting for Cellmark into the UK Judiciary, launching Dolly the sheep for PPL Laboratories to the world, creating and fulfilling a 1 year asthma awareness road show for Boots/GSK targeted at carers of young asthma sufferers. Other clients include NHS, DEFRA, Number 10 Downing Street, The Queen (Royal family website) King’s College London, MoD, and Royal Mail. Now with Ya-Ya Ken is perusing his ideals through initiative such as The Source and Cleantech Futures and the SME Innovation Alliance. Ken has a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Advertising from the Bath Academy of Art|
|Andy Smith||Andy Smith – Production Manager - Andy is an event professional having worked in the industry for over 20 years. Andy’s background has developed from technical support to total on-site all rounder. With experience running the audio visual desks at rock concerts (San Francisco 20,000 audience) to running the technical logistics at the European CEO & Investor Conference where Tony Blair announced HMG’s stance on gene cloning. Andy is a cool guy to have on your team. Andy is an enthusiastic team player who enables him to supplement his technical skills with abilities to liaise and coordinate with speakers and contractors. Again, because of Andy’s background, he is able to provide pre-event services such as venue assessments and recommendations, schedule creation and IT set-ups.|
|France Lythcott||France Lythcott - Event Producer - Frankie's experience in the event industry spans over 12 years. As a producer her focus is on the corporate sector working closely with leading blue chip organisations, building a strong relationship with her key contacts to ensure their organisation's core theme and message are brought to life, generating maximum impact on the objectives set. Her skill at understanding the balance between creative elements and business results has been a highly successful combination her clients have benefited from time and time again. Her client project portfolio over the past few years include Siebel Systems, Cisco, Gartner, Samsung, Unilever, IBM, Oracle, Lastminute.com and Coke - working nationally and internationally Frankie's Fluent French has been a huge benefit on some of her key large programmes for client communication in addition to setting expectation with local supplier's and their teams. Over and above her event production expertise Frankie has excellent people skills which enable her to help with speaker and exhibitor troubleshooting as well as delegate management|