Emily Challis

Product Management graduate pivoting from Project Management

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
Locked Pro Plan feature
Professions
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Projects

About me

An accomplished project manager with over ten years’ experience in the event industry. A confident leader with a love for bringing teams together to achieve tangible results. The linchpin between departments, efficient, organised, making sure nothing gets missed.

Skills

  • Event Management
  • Creative Project Management
  • Event Operations
  • Account Management
  • Event Delivery
  • Event Logistics
  • Budget Management
  • Project Management

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Freelance

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      SME London

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        (Various)

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          St George's Bristol

          Work history

          Currently

          Event Manager

          SME London

          May 2015
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • • Worked as the linchpin between the operations, marketing and commercial teams to project manage the development, organisation and on-site delivery of BBC Countryfile Live; • Operations: designed the show plan for an 85-acre green field site at Blenheim Palace in a first year show. Co-ordinated the placing of over 750 exhibitors. Used show planning software and databases; • Commercial management: managed six members of the sales team and helped co-ordinate the sales process. Actively involved in the account management of exhibitors and commercial delivery on-site at the event. Managed the exhibitor budget. Experience in sourcing and building a customer database; • Reporting: worked with our in-house marketing team and external agents to generate and analyse financial/sales/ticketing data for the CEO; • Delivery: managing the on-site delivery of the four-day event, including a highly complex site build. Supervised a team of 15 staff to manage our exhibitors at the show.

          2020

          Head of Optimisation

          Montgomery Events

          Jun 2029 - Apr 2020
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • An additional role at Montgomery Events, focusing on business efficiency and streamlining event processes. - Built multiple excel models to track sales, manage sponsors and improve forecasting. These have been adopted across the entire business to free up management time, improve event content and drive revenue growth. - Critical analysis of exhibitor and visitor data to improve our events for our audiences. - Creating systems using technology to improve efficiency across the business.

          2020

          Portfolio Event Manager

          Montgomery Events

          Sep 2017 - Apr 2020
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Event managing the Niche Portfolio: Independent Hotel Show London, Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam and The Pub Show. - Overall responsibility for the management, budgets and delivery of three key events in the luxury hotel and pub sector. Working alongside the Event Director to manage the three events from the ground up. - Bringing together sales, operations, content and marketing to create customer-focused events that bring experiential elements to the business event sector. - Event launch: Launched the Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam from scratch, from writing the initial feasibility study, compiling a comprehensive business plan, venue-sourcing and liaison and setting the year one budget. Design and management of the commercial campaign across the year and full onsite delivery with the new team. - Commercial: Day to day management of the three commercial teams (consisting of eight team members) to oversee sales & sponsorship. - Partnerships: managing a range of strategic partnerships from pitch, proposal design to delivery & full account management.

          2015

          Event Manager

          Freelance

          Aug 2014 - Apr 2015
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • • On-site management of the official Guest Club programme at London Fashion week one of the worlds most high profile creative industry events. Hosting an logistics for corporate and private guest experiences in venues across London; • Management of the exclusive hospitality packages the 2014/15/16 British Fashion Awards, a major industry awards dinner at the London Coliseum and Royal Albert Hall with over 2000 attendees including high profile celebrities and high-net-worth individuals; • Feature Manager annually at the 2014/14/16 Independent Hotel show, and Pub15/16, two major B2B exhibitions for the hospitality industry. Coordination and on-site management of the seminar programme at both shows including advance speaker liaison and on-site delegate management.

          2014

          Project Manager

          Harewood Events Ltd.

          Jul 2013 - Aug 2014
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Full project management of the Festival of Cycling, the official start of the 2014 Tour de France, the world’s largest sporting event • Operations: coordinated the layout and design and build of a temporary event site for 40,000 day visitors; • Logistics: managed the logistics of building a temporary campsite for over 8,000 guests; • Staffing: recruited, and managed on-site volunteer and temporary staff; • Multi-agency and contractor liaison: co-ordinated multi-agency and safety advisory group meetings featuring key stakeholders and contractors. Helped appointed and negotiate with contractors. • Sponsorship: executed major sponsorship contracts, including marketing, print and logistical deliverables for clients such as GoOutdoors, Dare2b, Morrisons and Cravendale; • Entertainment: sourced, booked and coordinated all entertainment acts for the festival, including full budget management.

          2013

          Key Account Executive

          CLA Game Fair

          Dec 2012 - Jul 2013
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Sourcing and developing corporate partners for the world’s largest countryside event • Sales: sales, pitching and negotiation of new sponsorship contracts worth over £200,000 to clients such as Rolls Royce, Bentley. Hospitality package sales to over 750 new private and blue chip corporate guests including Deloitte, Carter Jonas and Savills. • Contract negotiation: worked with long-term existing sponsors to renegotiate partnerships worth over £300,000 for clients such as Mitsubishi, Jaguar Land Rover, and Pipers Crisps; • Event logistics and delivery: undertook all aspects of event development design, production and operations to produce high-quality facilities and services for the corporate partners of one the UK’s largest events; • Features: established a features programme to engage big businesses in rural industries and connect them with exhibitors and attendees.

          2012

          Event Coordinator

          (Various)

          Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Working for London’s largest event companies working in a number of London’s top venues. • Management and delivery of the Christmas event season 2012: corporate dinners, galas and award ceremonies for up 1,500 people guests on site at Old Billingsgate and other significant venues across London.

          2012

          Front of House

          St Georges Bristol

          Sep 2010 - May 2012
          • Birmingham, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Venue management at one of the country’s most important venue partnerships • Customer Service: Stewarding, venue management bar attendant role.

          2012

          Front of House

          St George's Bristol

          Mar 2008 - Dec 2012
          • Bristol, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Event manager at one of Britain’s finest acoustic venues - a vibrant 500 capacity event space • Production: liaison with artists, management and production teams on show build-up including staging and lighting; • Multi-function venue management: concerts, recitals, banquets, weddings, lectures and conferences; • Staff Management: trained, recruited and managed a team of 80 volunteer stewards; • Health and Safety: ensured the safe and efficient running of a busy venue- H&S briefings, fire safety and risk assessments.

          Education

          2020

          Product Management

          General Assembly

          Jun 2020 - Jun 2020
          • London, United Kingdom

          2012

          BSc Biological Sciences

          University of Birmingham

          Sep 2009 - Jul 2012
          • Birmingham, United Kingdom
          • BSc (Hons) 2:1

          2009

          A Level, AS Level

          University of Birmingham

          Sep 2007 - Jun 2009
          • Bristol, United Kingdom
          • Biology: Grade A English Literature: Grade A Chemistry: Grade B Art & Design: Grade B