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Antonia makes the 30 under 30 list

We are delighted to announce that Event Manager Antonia Mitsis made it onto the Exhibition News 30 under Thirty list for 2018! Here we find out more about what this involves, and Antonia’s experience so far in the events industry.

Tell us a bit about the 30 under Thirty…

The Exhibition News 30 under thirty seeks out and recognises the top 30 professionals under the age of 30 working in the exhibitions industry. The panel of judges evaluate the submissions to identify those who have gone above and beyond in their roles, taken on high levels of responsibility, who had innovated, and who had served as mentors and leaders to their peers.

Being selected offers a year of opportunities for the 30 winners, during which they will have a chance to contribute to the magazine, attend EN events such as EN Race Day, Roundtables and Awards and take part in panel discussions at events such as International Confex and Confex Future Focus.

Tell us about your role at Bray Leino Events and how you got into the industry…

As an Event Manager in our Bristol office, my role is varied, and each day is different.

I studied International Hospitality & Event Management at University, which I really enjoyed, and I was fortunate enough to graduate with a First alongside two awards; Student of the Year and Dissertation of the Year for outstanding academic achievement. 

After graduating I volunteered and worked across several events to gain as much experience as possible, such as Royal Ascot, Glastonbury, local running events, outdoor concerts etc. before finally being offered a job at a small agency. 

After working my way up to Event Manager, I joined Bray Leino Events in September 2016 as part of a team of just 8, and since then the Bristol team has grown to over 40.  During my time at Bray Leino Events, I’ve been fortunate enough to work across almost all account groups, and I have been involved in delivering some really exciting events. 

I am currently the Event Manager for the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Infrastructure sectors, comprising of Water, Construction, Mining, Railways, Aid Funded Business and Airports.  I have delivered several international trade missions and UK Pavilions, facilitating events to promote UK capabilities and secure export deals for the UK within the Infrastructure industry. Over the past 10 months, I have delivered DIT events across 4 continents, including African Mining Indaba in South Africa and Expomin 2018 in Chile; resulting in estimated export wins of over £477m.

What’s the best event you have worked on?

Is it too cliché to say that I enjoy all the projects I work on? Every event has its challenges to create what we as Event Managers have been visualizing and planning in our heads for so long, so it’s always a proud moment to see our hard work come to life.

A particular highlight so far would be the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre, officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen with The Duke of Edinburgh in February 2017.

My main role was to manage all communication with speakers and VIPs, including five ministers and 200 senior government and industry representatives. The event itself carried a number of challenges during the planning stages, including site visits held in full PPE as the venue was a building site up to the day of the event, and a grand total of just 4 weeks’ project delivery time. The official opening, plaque reveal, and royal signing was aired on several news channels including BBC news and Sky News, which was amazing to see and really rewarding.

How does it feel to be part of the 30 under Thirty?

The events industry can sometimes be a difficult one to work in; behind the scenes it’s a lot of late nights, long and unpredictable hours, working away and it can be really high-pressured.

To be recognised means a lot; I’m looking forward to being involved in the new opportunities that the EN 30 under thirty title brings and excited to learn more about the industry from the other winners.

Here’s to the next 12 months…

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