A chance to learn a little more about the people behind GES
In our monthly newsletter, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know the people behind our exhibitions and event intelligence teams a little better. As we scratch beneath the surface and explore the personalities behind the faces, we discover what makes them tick not just as colleagues but as people.
Say hello to Leanne
Leanne is someone you may already know; she’s been with GES for close to a decade. Working as a business development manager in our exhibitions team, Leanne passionately works with show organisers to highlight why GES is the right choice for their shows. Due to Leanne’s focused and friendly nature she connects with our partners on a deeper level, helping to build and elevate their brands across the marketplace.
Usually, Leanne is in the driving seat asking the questions, this month we flip that and ask Leanne to answer the fun questions – what’s the best way to spend a day off? What’s your favourite podcast?
Why do you work in events and how long have you been with GES?
Before starting my career in events, I studied accountancy and finance at university and after I left education, I ran a pub with my mum.
Whilst working at the pub I realised I really loved putting on events, particularly charity events. I raised over £12,000 for various charities including a jailbreak event where people had to get as far away as possible in 24 hours without spending any money. The winning team got to Loch Lomond which was 337 miles.
Inspired by my foray into amateur event planning I started looking for vacancies within the live events sector. After a short search I discovered a commercial assistant role which I thought was the perfect opportunity to mix events and my accountancy skill set.
I’m pleased to say the vacancy was with GES and it’s been nearly 8 years since I started my journey in this wonderful industry.
What is your dream job?
Being honest my dream role has always involved doing something within the events world. I do feel really lucky to not get the Sunday night blues in the job I do now!
If I hadn’t become an event professional, I think I would have trained to be a teacher.
What’s the best way to spend a day off?
A typical Saturday for me involves a lie-in, some form of warm brunch (poached eggs and mushrooms on toast is a fave) and then standing, usually in the cold, watching my local team play rugby. I love the social aspect of watching sports at a local level. This is usually followed by a few drinks with family and friends, often followed by a takeaway. If I have a day-off mid-week it usually involves some form of activity/reason such as a weekend away or a gig.
Best event experience (not work related)?
I love attending festivals – typically a weekend of camping, mud, music and friends. My favourite so far was Lakefest in 2019 (a family festival in Herefordshire) where the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (not peppers!) were a surprising the highlight of the weekend – alongside a man in an inflatable dinosaur costume doing mudslides.
Who would you most like to have dinner with, past or present?
I would love to have dinner with my grandad. Sadly, he passed away when I was 1 so I’d love to listen to stories about his time in the RAF (he was once in the background of a James Bond film) and what he thought of the world now.
What is your karaoke song of choice?
It’s not that hard to get me up to sing karaoke. My song of choice is always Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves.
Favourite podcast/book and why?
The podcast on the top of my list at the moment is “Help! I Sexted my Boss” by ‘I’m a celeb scaredy-cat’ and BBC Radio 1 presenter, Jordan North and etiquette expert, William Hanson. I even went to see a live show of it back at the start of 2020.
It’s really funny, and I’ve actually learnt some stuff on there in terms of etiquette – who knew you shouldn’t actually clink glasses when you raise a cheers