I was brought up in Banchory in Aberdeenshire, with the Scolty and the surrounding hills as our own personal playground. My friends and I would spend every spare hour on our ponies “Thelwell style” trying our hardest to get lost but always failing as we knew the hills too well. We would return home only if we were hungry or ran out of daylight.
I gained experience working on various events such as the British Beach Volleyball Championships, European Mogul Challenge, exhibitions in Hong Kong, Cannes, The Ski Show in London. I then had my own first event management business MAP 55.
What made you choose this career?
I organized a charity ball “The Hot Cross Bouncing Bunny Ball” raising money for the British Red Cross. At 2.00am standing in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by 500 people having fantastic fun at the event I had my lightbulb moment and knew then that event management was what I wanted to do.
How long have you worked within this industry?
Over 20 years
What do you love most about your job/role?
I love that every event is unique. I know I would get quite bored if I was to be stuck in the same place day in, day out; but each event is unique and I am lucky that I work with stunning venues and a great deal of my events are outdoor. I also meet the most fascinating, interesting people.
What is your favourite time of year and why?
I love the spring time when at last I don’t need quite as many layers on, the nights are stretching and the garden is coming to life again.
What is your most difficult time of year and why?
Summer, I really struggle to settle down to work in the office if it’s a sunny day, that’s another reason I love having my own business. It gives me the flexibility to get up and work from 5.00am – 7.00am so I can then take some time off during the day without feeling too guilty.
What is your most stressful time of year and why?
Summer school holidays, the juggling of family life and still running the business.
What is your least favourite aspect of your job?
Keeping up with all the behind the scenes administration involved in running your own business e.g. accounts