One way or another I’ve been in the hospitality, hotel and conference industry all my working life.

It’s been an exciting roller coaster with lots of variety, travel and meeting great people – all the reasons that attracted me to the business in the first place! My very first introduction to hospitality was as a waiter in the restaurant of a large department store – if that didn’t put me off then nothing would! Then I spent two years in Germany in the hospitality business. Returning to the UK, I joined De Vere Hotels and trained at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne, as a hotel manager, before moving to the Grand Hotel at Brighton as Assistant Manager.

I then took on a roving management role with Grand Metropolitan Hotels in London for 10 years before re-joining the De Vere Hotel Group as Resident Manager of The Cavendish Hotel in Eastbourne and then as Group Sales Manager.

I had a great ambition to apply my accumulated professional knowledge to provide a focused and highly personal service for people looking for perfect venues and event support and I co-founded The Conference People in 1986. It has been an amazing 35 years! In 1990 I was one of the four founders of The Meetings Industry Association, which has become the conference industry’s recognised professional trade association for developing and upholding the highest standards of professional practice.

I love every type of music and live entertainment, meeting new people, the unexpected, Ireland and the Irish and the colour red.

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