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MEET THE TEACHING TEAM

Meet Your Lecturers, Tutors Mentors and Coaches

The Event School London bring together talented Industry Facilitators, Lecturers, Tutors, Coaches, Mentors and Guest Speakers with the expertise and know-how to enhance our participants academic, professional, leadership or career development. Our team members are specialists in the event industry and have the up-to-date knowledge to ensure our courses offer relevant, contemporary industry-led training and education.

Programme Lecturers

Nicholas Oxborrow

Nicholas Oxborrow has created and managed events worldwide while running his award-winning events agency “Fabulation” in Singapore. His event portfolio includes marketing activations, celebrations, exhibitions, conferences, galas and large outdoor events.

 

With an educational background in Hospitality Management from Hotel School Switzerland and Boston, Nick has had a 30-year career in hospitality and events management.

 

His impressive client list includes Silicon Valley giants such as Netflix, Facebook and Microsoft and international luxury brands such as Soho House, Chanel and LVMH.

Siobhan
Craven-Robins

London's Premier Wedding Planner and lead facilitator on our exclusive wedding planning courses, Siobhan is widely acknowledged as having established the UK's first wedding coordination service in 1996.

 

Siobhan's beautiful weddings have featured in Hello, OK! and many bridal magazines in various countries around the world.

 

As a Founder & Director of the National Association of Wedding Professionals, and Chairperson Legacy & Representation Working Group for The UK Weddings Taskforce, Siobhan also represents the wedding industry as a key-note speaker at events such as Bridelux Symposiums & WedMeetUpUk.

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Terrence
Teixeira

Terrence Teixeira is a seasoned major events consultant with a rich tapestry of experiences spanning four continents. His portfolio features roles in the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Invictus Games, Commonwealth Games, and the Cycling World Championships. He has held significant positions with prestigious organizations like the Canadian Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee. 

What sets Terrence apart is his unique blend of practical experience and academic prowess. As Founder and Managing Director of a sports consulting firm, he specialises in areas critical to the success of any major event: programme management, operational planning, Para sport, and Event-time governance. 

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Ben
Parker

As Head of Events for Unlocked, Ben is a self-confessed 'Event Obsessive' and a widely acknowledged Venue Expert. Travelling extensively with his work, Ben will bring an international perspective to his classes along with a passion for the event industry that's second to none!

Ben is widely known in London as the "Venue Expert" and his work provides him with insight into the latest trends and practices in event management and venue management and marketing.

Ben's experience includes: Head of Events, Unlocked, Relationship Manager, HireSpace, Account Manager, HireSpace, Venue Expert, HireSpace

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Emma
Murray-Jones

Emma has an international background having lived in the UK, Spain and Hong Kong. She speaks fluent Spanish and high level Mandarin and she loves translating different cultural needs into an event anywhere in the world.

Emma's impressive career includes Private Dining and Events Co-ordinator and Deputy Events Business Development Manager with The Ritz London, Social Events Executive Planner and Sales Manager, Events Manager for The Royal Versailles Ball at The Palace of Versailles, Winner of the Bridelux 'Planner Rising Star" Award 2022.

Degree educated in the UK, Emma also spent Year Abroad in Beijing at Capital Normal University and a Term Abroad at Granada University.

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Rachel
Williams

Rachel has held senior management positions in some of London’s most
prestigious events venues. She spent 15 years with etc.venues Limited where she led the event management and successful delivery of over 10,000 events annually. 

 

Rachel also worked in a senior role at ExCeL London account managing a diverse range of events including corporate learning events for Top UK Banks and Accounting Firms, graduate programmes, AGMs, product launch, themed events, receptions, executive round tables & exhibitions. MBA Educated, Rachel now works as a Hospitality, Venue & Events Consultant with specialities in CX Strategy and CRM Implementation|Sales, Revenue Management and Service Transformation.

Monia
Ben nejima

Monia brings 10+ years experience in event management, project management, and business development. Her work has significantly impacted tech startups, corporates, and policymakers, showcasing her versatility and adaptability in different environments.

 

Her expertise lies in the seamless integration of event management with business development and marketing strategies, an approach that ensures the success and impact of the events she oversees. Her career has spanned the globe, encompassing diverse locations such as San Francisco, various European locations, and Tel Aviv. 

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Lauren
Spencer

Lauren's career began in  prestigious 5-star properties in South Africa. She then co-founded and operated a digital Marketing Agency, Social Inbox, served as the Head of Marketing for  The International Hotel School, and as the Sales & Marketing Manager for a group of luxury 5-star hotels in KZN, South Africa, under Best of KZN.

 

Moving to the UK, she has held roles as Employer Branding Manager and Internal Comms Manager at The Ivy Collection and The Wolseley Hospitality Group, where she shaped brand identities, provided essential training and HR support forShakespeare’s Globe and served as the People Experience Manager for Bartlett Mitchell, a leading UK catering company.

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Maria
O'Dea

The Event School London's School Director is an experienced General Manager and Group Director having held senior roles across both public and private education organisations and with service oriented businesses. Maria has contributed to the success of complex, dynamic, high-profile, high-volume organisations as:

 

  • Chair, Learning Management Authority,TAFE QLD (Tourism, Events, Hospitality, Cookery, Patisserie, Sports & Recreation)

  • Director of Faculty, Business, Tourism & Personal Services - TAFE Brisbane

  • Director, School of Tourism & Hospitality (COTAH) - Southbank Institute of Technology

  • Director, HTE Schools Ltd London (The Event School London & London Hotel & Tourism School)

  • Head of Human Resources & Training - ExCeL London

  • Senior Training Consultant-The Millennium Dome ( The O2 )

  • National Group Manager- The Hospitality Training Company Australia (HTC Vocational Institute)

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David
Vogel

Over the last 25 years, David has accumulated event production experience on 5 continents in 40+ countries and in 6 languages.

From high profile incentive programs, classic orchestra concerts, extreme sports competitions, product launches and gala events, the list of clients is eclectic and include names such as Lamborghini, Bayer Healthcare, Toyota, the Orchestra of the Americas, the Professional Kite Rider Association and Hermes.

After the specialised education for hospitality, event and tourism management in one of Austria's most prestigious tourism colleges in Krems, he acquired fundamental work experiences in the luxury hotel industry in 5 star houses in Munich and Vienna.

 

That is also where he gained his initial expertise in training others by teaching colleagues in the areas of catering and event basics.

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Jerome Buchanan

Jerome's roles as Owner and CEO at Jerome Buchanan Consulting Ltd and Commercial Partnerships & Exhibitions Lead at ERTICO have seen him partner with international associations and mastermind innovative strategies for virtual and physical events on a global scale. From Sydney to Singapore, Dallas to London, Jerome has overseen the operational aspects of exhibitions in major cities, ensuring exhibitor projects, risk assessments, venue logistics, and engagement strategies are flawlessly executed.

As the Commercial Director at MCI Group, Jerome generated an impressive 30 million AUD in annual revenue across Asia-Pacific events, all while meticulously managing exhibition operations for top-notch event delivery.

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Amanda Rayner

Amanda is a multiple award winning event manager with 28 years in the industry, with significant expertise planning and delivering charity and fundraising events. 

 

She has organised both large and small events, including community activities such as the Shepherd's Bush Green Festival through to global summits, conferences and exhibitions. Noted for her professionalism, her clients praise her attention to detail, creativity, leadership and energy. 

 

Amanda's specialties are charity, not-for-profit and public sector activities and award ceremonies including: MS Life, Race in the Media Awards, Princes Youth Business International Global Summit and the  Heropreneurs Awards.

Guest Lecturers

James Mark

A Past Guest Lecturer and International Venue & Major Events Consultant, James Mark delivered specialist training for Event School clients.  James has extensive experience from Executive Director at ExceL London to Venue Consultant for the Ashgabat Games, Venue General Manager for the IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium and Independent Advisor for the Pan American Games in Lima.

James led as Guest Lecturer on the Australian Study Tour - International Event Management and the BBC Live Music and Events Team, Event Production MasterClass.

Louise Garlick

Louise has a wealth of industry knowledge leading teams and managing logistics at events around the world. As the Events Director of The Hospitality Group she was involved in major international sports events including World Cups and Olympics, before founding CAPE in 2016.

 

Louise will now add guest lecturing to her portfolio as she continues to run her own consultancy and manage projects for corporations from grassroots to global scale. With skills across sports, festivals and major events on an international level, Louise's students will benefit from her expertise in event operations, planning and logistics.

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Sharifa Wilkinson

Sharifa's love of sports, venues and events began at Syracuse University Upstate New York as a high- performance athlete. 

 

After playing at the highest level in women’s football she transitioned to event organising. Sharifa has worked for the Organising Committee in Venue Management and Games Operations Planning for international multi-sport events; The 2015 Pan/ Parapan Am Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 Arafura Games.

 

Sharifa continues to work in the major sports and event industry with her most recent role as  Last Mile Lead at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

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Petta Naylor

Petta runs Start2Finish event and conference consultancy as Operations Director with responsibility for overseeing, organising and managing all aspects of events and conferences.

 

Petta also leads on our event and corporate event courses.

 

Petta's wealth of experience and expertise in events includes working on event processes and protocols with the Offices of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, the Princess Royal and Prince Edward, and events with high-profile individuals such as Steve Redgrave, Beth Tweddle, Kelly Holmes and Victoria Pendleton

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Nick Carden

Nick is a freelance Technical Director/Production Manager with 44 years experience working in theatre, opera, musicals, concerts and exhibitions in over 40 countries. Nick 

has been a Technical Director/Production Manager/Crew on many touring shows you may recognise including: Aida at The Pyramids, Egypt; A Chorus Line; Crazy for You; 42nd Street; Evita; Jesus Christ Superstar; Beauty and the Beast; Phantom of the Opera; Flashdance; My Fair Lady; Grease; Lindsay Kemp, Shadowland; Ballet Revolucion; Merchants of Bollywood; Tap Dogs; African Footprint; Peter Gabriel; One Night with Tina.

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Rita Conde Luís

Rita brings with her a wealth of specialist skills in corporate event management from a global perspective having worked as:

 

* Event Manager with Marcus Evans (EMEA & APAC)

* Events Executive Planner with Starwood Hotels/Resorts Worldwide

* Events Manager with PwC (Middle East)

* Senior Events Coordinator with Dish Catering and Events (Dubai)

* Commercial Events Associate with Flash Entertainment (Abu Dhabi)

* Global Event Operations & Optimization Manager with Accenture

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Vicki Sutton

A graduate of Sport and Coaching studies in Oxford Brookes, Vicki has worked in the sports industry for 13 years in a variety of roles including Head of Operations, Head of Performance and Business Development Manager. 

 

Vicki has presented at UK wide sports coaching summits on three occasions and co-compered the inaugural Hockey Wales Awards ceremony. 

Bill Price

Bill Price has 15 years of experience across the events, experiential, music, hospitality & marketing landscape. Bill brings to his teaching, extensive expertise from roles with iconic venues, global hospitality brands and the UK's biggest club events and independent agencies.

 

With expertise in VIP, celebrity and high-profile event management, Bill has worked with highly renowned brands such as Google, Mulberry, Michelin, BBC, L'Oreal, Pretty Little Thing and Zurich, as well as artists such as Stormzy, Fatboy Slim, Skepta, Peggy Gou and Mark Ronson.

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Guest Speakers

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Ken Hickson

Chairman

Sustain Ability Showcase Asia

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Amy Woodthorpe

Managing Director

Venues for Business

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Roger Hooker

Event Delivery Director

ABB Formula E FIA World Championship - Global

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Ashleigh Davis

Senior Events & Sponsorship Manager  Vista Group

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Tinique Hay

Founder & Director

Hay Events

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Nikita Thorne 

Head of Strategy

Guides for Brides

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Vera Cavus

Director of Sales

AllSeated Europe

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Roberta Burcheri

Principal Planner

Roberta Burcheri Events

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Shaan Dua

Site Logistics Manager, FIFA World Cup Qatar 

Adeela, Faux Flowers

Adeela Fethi

Founder & Designer

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