Opinion

A day in the life of Hannah

Tell us in 30 or so words what you do:

I am a Senior Event Manager at Bray Leino Events, and have been a core member of the team since 2015, dedicated to the end-to-end delivery of B2B events. Responsibilities include project planning, liaising with stakeholders and partners on audience recruitment, event logistics, creating and implementing marketing campaigns, attending client meetings, developing client relationships, ownership of budgets and managing a team of Event Executives.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day may include updating and maintaining project plans, updating budgets, client management, sponsorship and exhibition management, liaising with venues, implementing marketing campaigns, preparing event materials and producing management plans.

Describe your career journey so far:

Having studied Event Management at University, I knew I wanted to get stuck straight into the events world soon after graduating. I took my first event role at a social enterprise, and thereafter worked at a small events agency. In 2013, I joined Brandon Hill Communications as an Event Executive, BHC merged with Bray Leino in 2015 and in that time I progressed to Senior Event Manager.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

  • The amazing team I work with; not only are they a great support network but each and every person plays an integral part in keeping up with the high standards of event delivery.
  • The clients! I have really enjoyed working for a variety of clients, large and small. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding.
  • The generous perks offered to staff in the office – free fruit deliveries on a Tuesday and our own bar “Bar Leino” which opens on Friday’s giving us an early drink to start the weekend are a great touch!

Tell us about the best and worst event you have worked on:

  • The best: GREAT Mega Mission to Romania and Bulgaria – this was a chance to travel to new countries, showing delegates the new business opportunities available to them. I really enjoyed the pre-event management and liaising with the delegates. Meeting them on-site was a great way to put the names to faces. They were full of appreciation and a pleasure to work with.
  • The worst: Installing and breaking down an exhibition ‘twist wall’ at a supply chain roadshow. It was hard work, but on the upside, it did save me a trip to the gym!