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Leanne Farrell

Head of special projects and events

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsEvent Manager - Operations Manager

About me

Project manager, event producer and traveller, with a love for new challenges, organising and meeting new people. A confident, versatile and well organised professional (experienced to senior management level) with over 20 years working in the UK and International TV, music and entertainment industries, and more recently across the digital and technology sector. Producing, operational and management experience of national and international events/ trade shows, including a short-term placement in New York working for Reed Midem. I have strong and valuable contacts base in these growth markets. Most recent events organised: http://www.c21media.net/contentlondon17/ http://dramasummitwest.com/

Skills

  • Event Management
  • Event Production
  • Operations
  • Production/project Management
  • Logistics
  • Partner Management
  • Sponsor Relations
  • Stakeholder Liaison
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Speaker Liaison

Work history

Currently

Head of Special Projects and Events

C21 Media

May 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • C21Media is an international publisher and market-leading digital channels business providing the global TV/entertainment industry with news, analysis, reports and comment through various platforms including a portfolio of magazines, websites, online screenings marketplace, conferences and events. Key accomplishments: ● Instrumental in turning Content London from a one-day event with 100 delegates to an industry-leading event attracting over 1300 delegates/ 200 speakers in 2016. Increased revenue of £700,000. ● Researching, implementing and launching Content London app in 2015 - resulting in enhanced delegate experience and increased networking opportunities. ● Successful launch and delivery of Drama Summit West 2016 in LA. ● Promoted from Special Projects Manager to Head of Special Projects and Events in 2014. Responsible for: ● Planning, producing, budgeting and managing the operations and logistics for all annual C21 conferences and special events including: ➢ Content London: High-profile annual 4-day conference with 3 separate streams running simultaneously across 4 theatres including panel sessions, keynotes, screenings and networking. Also includes welcome drinks, opening night cocktail party, awards ceremony and gala dinner, VIP dinner and client lunches, plus A-list evening premieres with VIP guest list. http://www.c21media.net/conferences/content-london-2016/ ➢ Drama Summit West: a one-day event in LA. Successfully launched in 2016 with 500+ delegates and 50 speakers. http://dramasummitwest.com/ ➢ International Format Awards & Gala Dinner in Cannes: 160 guests. ➢ Club C21 at Miptv (April) and Mipcom (October) - networking beachfront club attracting 1000+ guests each evening over six nights. ➢ TechCityInsider: TechCities Awards: 160 guests/ TCi200 almanac launch: 250 guests / TCi summer party: 200 guests. ● Overseeing key client, sponsor, talent and supplier management/ communications for the above events. ● Working closely with the sales, production and creative teams to deliver accurate representation and positioning of the marketing and branding strategies for all events. ● Making certain all staff and suppliers are fully briefed, understand and deliver in line with the event brand. ● Compliance to all venue contracts/policies and health and safety. ● Worked directly with the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team on the programming schedule for Content London up until 2015. Due to the events continuous success and growth, this responsibility was handed over to a newly appointed Head of Programming. I now work alongside this role managing the logistics and communications for high-level industry speakers. ● Sourcing, negotiating, establishing and maintaining business, partner and supplier relationships. ● Recruitment of full-time events team plus freelance / temporary workforce for each event. ● Lead in all conference and special projects meetings and debriefs

2012

Group Travel Manager

Dovetail Foks

Sep 2010 - Apr 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Dovetail Foks is a travel management company working on events, corporate travel and leisure activities. 2 x short term contracts in between travel Responsible for: ● Key client management and coordination of client travel; transfers and hotels to all events including Mipcom, Midem, Mipim, Miptv, Film Festival, Sportel and other ad hoc events. ● Coordination of delegate and staff accommodation and travel for BBC Showcase. ● On-site presence and trouble shooting at Mapic, Mipim and Miptv in Cannes. ● Improving social media marketing campaign.

2009

Head of Client Services and Sales Administration

Reed Midem

Jan 1995 - Apr 2009
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Reed Midem is an International exhibition organisation for the TV, music and real estate industries, covering territories: UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Responsible for: ● Successfully creating and developing the performance of client services team. ● Account managing key high-level clients across all industries. ● Implementing the invited buyer’s programme for Mipdoc, Miptv, Mipcom Junior and Mipcom, by identifying new buyers and keeping informed on up to date industry news. ● Recruiting, managing and HR for 10 sales support staff. ● Completed office restructure in 2008 to incorporate all new shows and improve productivity, customer service and working environment. ● Developing​ ​and maintaining event registration and networking system on all events. ● Overseeing all UK client hotel booking service, registration and accounts. ● Media partnership management on all events. ● Primary role in the transition towards new hotel booking process – achieved by working as part of the development team in the Paris office to establish bespoke functions and training staff on the new Dolphin booking system. ● Seconded to New York office, to implement training for sales administration best practice, systems and procedures. ● Representing the company in Cannes, Hong Kong, Miami, Singapore, Lisbon and Vancouver at Reed Midem events - dealing directly with high profile clients of all nationalities and managing the UK registration team. Positions held at Reed Midem: ● 2001 -2003: Deputy Head of Administration ● 1998 - 2001: Senior Administrator ● 1996 – 1998: Administration Assistant to Administrator

Education

1992

A Levels in Fine Art, Film Studies and Communication Studies, plus an additional GCSE in Media Studi

South Eest Colleague of Art & Technology

Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
  • Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

1990

9 x GCSE's including English language/ literature and maths

William de Ferrers School

Sep 1985 - Jun 1990
  • South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3, UK