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Gretel Downey

Freelance event lady

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About me

Having recently completed my degree in Event Management at Dublin Institute of Technology, and coming away with a first class honors, I am now looking for a intriguing position to start my 'grown up' career. I have worked on and volunteered at various events ranging from conferences to festivals and even pantos! These positions have allowed me to gain valuable skills and insight into the events industry as well as build a solid reputation for myself. In addition to my work in the events industry I have nine years experience in the hospitality industry which has taught me many skills including how to train and manage staff, juggle multiple tasks and customer service. It has also taught me all about long hours and how to tackle the unexpected. I am always seeking a challenge and can't wait to sink my teeth into a new project.


  • Staff Management
  • Liaison
  • Adminstration
  • Ability to Prioritise and Multi-task

Work history


Event Assistant


Sep 2012
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • I am constantly working on or volunteering at various events to gain experience in the wide and varied industry. Some of these include: Festival of Curiosity 2016 - Volunteer management and event crew Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular 2016 - Event crew Taste of Dublin 2016 - Florin seller Forbidden Fruit 2016 - Assistant dressing room coordinator Reflecting the Rising 2016 - Crafts area coordinator Boxed Off 2015 - Artist liaison Student Slingshot 2015 - Production coordinator Cheerios Childline Concert 2012, 13 & 14 - Press room runner SciFest 2013 - Head of IT volunteer team 12 Points Jazz Festival 2013 - Artist liaison Temple Bar TradFest 2013 - Steward The Gaiety Theatre Panto 2012 - General assistant at events The Light Ball 2012 - Decoration assistant and usher


Assistant Event Coordinator

H&G Creations

Jan 2015 - Jul 2016
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • After initially joining the H&G team as an intern and impressing them with my administration and practical skills, I was offered a part-time position while I completed my final year of college. My duties at H&G include liaising with artists, performers, interns and contractors, research and other administrative duties, creation of various props and decorations for events and on-site management at events.



BSc Event Management

Dublin Institute of Technology

Sep 2012 - Nov 2016
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Award: First Class Honours Dissertation: Making Marketing Art - Using guerrilla marketing for event for Dublin's creative class