Ruth Szyszkowski

Event Manager

  • LocationTwickenham, United Kingdom

About me


I have created and produced a broad range of events & communications both agency & in-house for FMCG brands like Gillette MACH3, Walkers Crisps & Red Bull. A confident operator, I am experienced at all elements of production including (but not limited to) content development, onsite management, design/print, delegate/speaker management, video production, SEO, PR, social media, budget management/reconciliation etc. I have hired jets, sourced communications means in deserts and dealt with crisis situations of collapsing 'buildings' during live events - as well as handled the more day to day aspects of events management.



  • Events
  • Corporate
  • Exhibition
  • Live Event
  • Outdoor Event
  • Promotional Event
  • Account Management
  • Budgeting
  • Client Services
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Event Execution
  • Event Organisation
  • Event Planning

Work history


Copy Writer


Sep 2015
  • SEO copy for website & blog plus best practice research for Instagram & Facebook.



Home Candy

Jun 2011 - Jan 2016
  • I started a business which brought a new online home wares brand to market. This involved all elements of development including brand/website design, ecommerce, direct mail, CRM, PR/social media outreach (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc) & SEO copy for website/blog etc


Account Director

Hill Knowlton Strategies

Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Huawei/Fornasetti - Fashion/tech brand launch event at Milan Fashion Week. Responsible for logistics, budget management & reconciliation for attendees.


Associate Director


May 2015 - Jul 2015
  • AVENT – Devised a series of events for National Breastfeeding Week. Included supplier management, development of print materials, key messages & budgets. - Devised a Pan European Experiential virtual reality 4D roadshow. Included research, development of plans/timelines, supplier management etc.


Associate Director

Havas PR

Apr 2015 - May 2015
  • Castello Cheese – Launch event at Ed's Diner. Included plan development, supplier management, logistics, budget allocation etc. Peperami - Road show & stunt activity. All logistics for a music roadshow, shopping centre roadshow & stunt activity at Ascot ladies day. Included supplier management, development of plans & budgets.


Event Manager

Real Science Communications

Aug 2014 - Oct 2014
  • Glaxosmithkline – Medical Conference. Developed plans/budgets & managed all logistics for a medical conference aimed at HCPs to very tight deadlines. Included approvals, print development & speaker/supplier management.


Event Manager


Mar 2010 - Jul 2011
  • Launched a new fashion outlet & 'buy it now'. Required engagement of internal stakeholders to gain support for new ways of working/activities plus supplier/staff management. Pop up store: Researched/developed proposal/budgets for a pop up store promoting ‘buy it now’ to consumers. Included store design, H&S etc. Fashion Outlet Press Launch Event.Included creation, supplier/ speaker/press management, onsite management, print materials/stand design etc.


Communications Manager

Shop Direct Group

Mar 2008 - Mar 2010
  • Re-launched Littlewoods/Woolworths & launched new brand Very (fashion, home wares & lifestyle). High level of internal stakeholder liaison to match events to marketing objectives. Woolworths/Very/Littlewoods – brand re-launch events and bi annual fashion/home wares press shows. Included plans, team/ supplier /speaker/on site management, print/stand design, budgets etc SDG – Internal conferences/employee engagement. Included plans, onsite/supplier/team/delegate management, print/stand design, video production etc. * Achievements: An increase in PR year on year of 180%


Senior Event Manager

Red Bull

Mar 2006 - Mar 2008
  • Initially brought in to cover a two week holiday, I stayed for two years reporting to the Director of Communications, managing a team & external suppliers on a variety of sports events. Red Bull Air Race. Ran the onsite press office during live events. Dealt with interview requests/scheduling for hundreds of journalists worldwide, last minute crisis management & celebrity management. James Cracknell BBC Sport Relief: Strategy/logistics & celebrity management for James' attempt to row/cycle/swim from Britain to Africa in 10 days. Corporate hospitality/awards ceremony: Created an exclusive three day golfing event in Italy for top footballers/managers, Sky/BBC TV producers. Included all development, logistics, onsite/delegate/celebrity management, etc.


Senior Account Director

Hill and Knowlton

Dec 2007 - Apr 2003
  • Gillette MACH3 – world land speed record attempt in the USA. All development & logistics including recces, crisis management, project/team/onsite management (including management of a documentary film crew & BBC/worldwide news reporters), budgets etc. Walkers Crisps – Experiential light ship ‘roadshow’. Development of plans, budgets, celebrity/team/supplier/onsite management, logistics for competition winners & print materials, etc. Walkers Crisps – 100th birthday party at Alton Towers. Plans, supplier negotiations, team/supplier/celebrity/onsite management, print materials etc. Motorola – Pan European Bluetooth workshop. All logistics, team/supplier onsite project management, demo design, speaker sourcing/management, print materials, delegate & interview management in multiple languages. Teacher Training Agency – two day recruitment event at London Olympia. Development of plans, logistics, marketing, seminar programme, speaker sourcing/management, floor plan, stand design/production, team/supplier/onsite management. Achievements: As SAD for Gillette MACH3 I was instrumental in inspiring the client to give us additional business from other brands within the Gillette portfolio without the need to pitch competitively.


Senior Account Exectuve

Harrison Cowley

Mar 1996 - Dec 1997
  • Wagon Wheels - UK grassroots football championship. Devised & managed a series of events including plans, onsite management, print materials, delegate management etc. Events and supporting PR attributed with a 30% increase in sales as there was no ad budget.


Promotions Manager

Club RG1

Jun 1994 - Apr 1996
  • Media relations for all guest acts as well as creation/production of promotional print materials




Leeds Metropolitan University

Mar 1991 - Mar 1994
  • Public Relations Grade 2:2


A Levels

Henley College

Aug 1988 - May 1990
  • Yorkist and Tudor History (B), English Lit (C), Classical Civilisation (B)


Gcse/o Levels

Waingels Copse

Aug 1983 - May 1988
  • 7 qualifcations grade C and above including Maths and English