Judges

 

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Gill Smillie - Conference Venues Country Wide 

Gill Smillie from Conference Venues Country Wide has many years of experience working in the conference and sales areas of large group hotels prior to setting up her own company twenty years ago. She has substantial experience in conference and event venue finding, working with clients in all sectors but particularly those in HR and training.

Carol Primett

Carol Primett - Anglian Water Services 

Carol Primett is the Events Manager at Anglian Water Services. She has been working in the events industry for over 10 years and has an array of skills that make her the perfect judge for this year's miaList.

Seize the opportunity with interview advice from Carol

Lacy Curtis-Ward

Lacy Curtis-Ward - The Lensbury

Lacy Curtis-Ward, Chief Executive Officer at Lensbury Ltd has over 25 years of experience working with the meetings and events industry at a variety of venues. Lacy's wealth of experience gives her the ability to narrow down the best candidates for this year's miaList. 

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Richard O'Riordan - Tower Hotel London 

Richard O'riordan is the General Manager at The Tower Hotel London - the miaList's fantastic venue for 2018. Nestled amidst the River Thames, the Tower of London and St Katharine Docks, The Tower Hotel boasts the finest views in London. No other hotel brings you closer to some of the country’s best loved landmarks.

 Rob Flinter  

Rob Flinter - Park Plaza Riverbank 

Rob Flinter is the General Manager of PPHE Hotel Group. He works hard to re-position and launch both properties in his company with a total bedroom count over 600. Park Plaza Riverbank has large modern conference and banqueting space as well as a fantastic restaurant, facilities and more.

Explore the mind of the interviewer with thoughts and tips from Rob

 Mark Gallen  

Mark Gallen - MG Sales Performance

Mark Gallen is the owner and company director specialising in helping sales professionals differentiate their approach and improve their results.

Mark has also been responsible for delivering excellent award winning sales simulations for embedding learning, challenging sales leaders to THINK and ACT differently to achieve outstanding sales performance, whilst leading with a strategic approach to transforming people's sales capability.

Watch Mark share his advice for the judging lunches

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Amanda Thurlow - ACCA

Amanda Thurlow is a conference and seminar organiser who is keen to adapt innovative ideas in producing and marketing events, whilst achieving maximum return on investment. She has experience in maximising income by creating and overseeing the delivery of commercial opportunities for industry partners to promote their products and services alongside events. Amanda also works with partner organisations to event manage an annual flagship conference on their behalf.

 Robert Kenward  

Robert Kenward - YOU search & select

Robert Kenward has worked within the recruitment and events sector for over 17 years and explored the world of hiring from all angles – namely as a candidate, a client and a recruiter. This has helped him gain some much-needed perspective when evaluating how to solve hiring challenges and after becoming increasingly frustrated with the usual transactional, cookie cutter approach to recruitment led him to set up an independent recruitment consultancy specialising in placements within the Live Events, Experiential and Integrated Comms sector. He helps companies attract and RETAIN talent by matching people with people as well as skills with job descriptions, by practising his Fitability® model and having an in-depth understanding of the events industry, having worked at a senior level within a full service live events agency, a market leading global experiential agency and a large scale global travel, meetings and events business.

See Robert's thoughts on what makes a stand-out candidate!