For the second year in our six-year history, Exhibition News will present 10 people awards covering organisers, venues and suppliers in recognition of the stellar achievements of individual across the exhibition industry.
The team at Exhibition News was impressed at the number and quality of entries in our people categories this year; a testament to the importance of our awards but also the incredible worth of those who organise, host and supply products and services to the diverse range of shows held in the UK and by UK-based organisers abroad.
After significant debate, we opted to retain eight finalists in our most hotly contested category, Best Event Director, in recognition of their superb skill sets and achievements.There are many more who didn’t make the shortlist, so we’d like to thank all for their nomination and encourage them to try again next year.
Best Event Director (Organiser) James Goode – Brand Events Emma Barrett – Broadway Events Paul MacDonald – Centaur Exhibitions Ralph Collett –CloserStill Media Chris McCuin – Fresh Montgomery Lindsay Hoyes – ITE Moda Giles Perry – Media 10 Haf Cennydd – UBM Live
Best Operations Manager (Organiser) Simon Flanagan – Brand Events Julia Danmeri – CloserStill Media Charlotte Collyer – Emap Connect Amy Fletcher – Emap Connect Louise Kiwanuka – Eventshare/Clarion Events Claire Farrugia – Tarsus Group Best Salesperson (Organiser) Licia Viscito – Advanstar Ben Agnew – Clarion Events Sadie Lockett – Clarion Events James Hall – CloserStill Media Stephen Blackie – Media 10 Jan Barthelemy – UBM Live
Rising Star (Organiser) James Hodgson – Clarion Events Daniel Harding – CloserStill Media Amel Sanders – CloserStill Media Gemma Harvey – Haymarket Exhibitions Katie Taaffe – Media 10 Reinaflor Layug-Villanueva – Pro Publications
Best Trade Show Marketing Manager (Organiser) Ali Blencowe – Centaur Exhibitions Lucy Pitt – CloserStill Media Smiljka Dimitrijevic – Emap Connect Alan Caddick – Faversham House Group Michael Hatton – Tarsus Group Ruth Galpine – UBM
Best Consumer Show Marketing Manager (Organiser) Sarah Waterfall – BBC Haymarket Stephanie Chan – Media 10 Joanna Hancock – The Zest Group
Best Designer (Supplier) Luke Sherrington – ASP Design Matthew Bentley – Bray Leino Phil Baker – Melville Exhibition and Event Services Stephen Silvester – Nimlok Limited Penny Horner – Penny Banks Joe Ashton – Priority Exhibitions
Best Client Support Provider (Supplier) Leo Speck – Aztec Event Services Annika Fila – Overseas Trade Show Agencies Simon Horner – Penny Banks Jenni Green – Showlite Adam Jones – Showplans James Baker – Solutions2
Best Venue Manager (Venue) Hayley Constable – Business Design Centre Angela Temperton – Earls Court and Olympia Amelia Tyson – Sandown Park Kripen Dhrona – The Enterprise Hotel Michelle Adderley – The NEC
Best Venue Marketer (Venue) Gemma Parkhouse – Excel London Alison Wallingham – Kent Event Centre Jo Parton – Southwater Event Group
The Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Association of Event Venues (AEV) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) have joined together to launch a three-year research study into the UK exhibitions and live events sector.