Abigail Williamson
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Abigail Williamson

Event OrganiserLondon, United Kingdom
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Abigail Williamson
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Abigail Williamson

Event OrganiserLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a dedicated and creative individual who excels in busy environments. I thrive organising events and juggling multiple tasks to bring a project together. Although I am proactive and productive independently, I also enjoy working with my team on large scale events such as Graduations, and how we are able to bounce ideas off of eachother. I am constantly looking to improve both my own skills and the work we produce, so often seek training and research ways we can make our ideas happen. I am building my experience in managing people and I am learning how to identify people's strengths in order to form a diverse team. I have recently become Co-Chair of a women's network within Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at my current workplace. I often attend steering groups to make sure concerns can be voiced and also investigate ways to support colleagues. I am planning to keep developing my knowledge around all areas of EDI, in the hope of contributing to positive change both inside and outside of the organisation. Studying at University allowed me to develop both my confidence and knowledge in a broad range of topics including arts and events management, marketing and business planning. My personal interests are within the arts and I enjoy regularly attending gigs and events. I also like to keep active and try new hobbies. My current role is based in central London but we have now adapted to hybrid working, working between both the office and home.
Work history
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    Event OrganiserCity, University of London
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    To support the organisation of the University’s corporate events which include: Graduations, awards ceremonies, corporate dinners, royal visits and the Lord Mayor's Show. Some venues I have worked with include the Barbican, Mansion House and Guildhall. This role provides support via a consultancy service to external and internal stakeholders across the allocated areas, and the wider University community. This will involve networking, client contact, customer care, assisting with communications strategies and client retention/development. More specific tasks include: * To work directly with the Corporate Events Manager to deliver events that promote the University as a whole in a manner that is in keeping with the University’s core messages. * Provide event guidance and support for the President’s Office and Professional Services departments wishing to engage with internal staff members and students. * To organise event logistics and liaise with facilities and suppliers including catering, venue bookings (internal/external) and technical support to ensure that venues are ready, dressed, equipment is working and refreshments as ordered. * Liaise with clients on event costings and budgets, providing relevant costs and advice based on current markets and experience. * To manage temporary student ambassadors, support staff and volunteers * During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, we adapted some of our major events such as Graduation to online. I learnt many new skills and increased my knowledge around virtual event platforms.
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    Events coordinatorImperial College Union
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    To support the Events & Conferences Manager in the planning and the execution of events from external clients which include conferences, parties and contracted space hire. As part of 'Beit Venues' I worked with a variety of different clients from individuals to large organisations such as the BBC, BAFTA and the Royal British Legion. Specific duties include: * To organise events from room booking to execution; these which range from conferences to formal dinners. * To assist the Events and Conference’s Manager on the planning and execution of larger events such as the Summer Ball. * To work closely with other areas of the Social Enterprise Department to deliver a consistently high level of service to internal and external clients. * To build and maintain relationships with suppliers and source the most appropriate furniture, equipment and decoration for events. * To keep records of any consumption of goods or services to enable the appropriate charges and invoices to be compiled. * To ensure that all financial paperwork including invoices, purchase orders and payroll information is processed in a timely and accurate manner. * To book and manage temporary staff.
Skills
  • Event Management
  • Project Management
  • Event Organisation
  • Events Planning
  • Communication
  • Marketing
Education
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    Arts and Festivals ManagementDeMonfort university
     - Leicester, United Kingdom
    This degree developed a range of interdisciplinary skills such as teamwork, marketing and management theory, fundraising, business planning, licensing, health and safety, programming and cultural policy. Placement experiences were also taken part in as part of the course, including working with artists and a venue for the Leicester Comedy Festival. Dissertation topic: To what extent is the digital age beneficial to the music industry, its artists and its audiences; with specific focus on streaming and downloading. Modules: First year: Running and Promoting a Venue Creative Arts Manager: Policy and Practice Cultural Leadership Perspectives in the Arts Second year: International Research Project (travel to Netherlands) Research Methods: Dissertation & Placement Creative Management: Finance & Law Arts and Communities Project Cultural Politics and Policy Third year: Music Industry Management Media Industry Management Creative Enterprise and Advance Placement Dissertation