Past Events

Freelance: January 2010 - Present


Cardiff County Council

Working for the Council Events Production Team I have crewed, stage and base managed at the Rugby World Cup Fanzone, Cbeebies in Cardiff Bay, Step Into Christmas, the annual start to Cardiffs Christmas celebrations, The RHS Show, The Speedway Fanzone and site managed the opening of the 5th Assembly at the Senedd and the Battle of the Somme Vigil in the Civic Centre.



Working for Jacbee on the Cardiff Half Marathon 2013/14/15/16 and the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2016 delivering the business communications plan for the event.  Also responsible for stage managing the Cardiff Bay section of the course on event day.


In partnership with Jacbee, working for Run4Wales and Ironman on the Velothon Wales 2016 event, delivering the business communications plan along the 140km route delivering a significant reduction in event complaints.  Working alongside the 5 local authorities, the organisers and the Welsh Government and manning the control room on event day.


We have also developed and deliver an 'Event Management Basics' training course.


Motley Movies Pop-up Cinema

Co-founder and organiser of Cardiffs first regular outdoor and pop-up cinema delivering 19 events in 2014 and 30 events in 2015.  Including private hires and our own outdoor Rooftop and Waterfront Cinema as well as indoor themed cinema nights including the Haunted Basement Halloween scare experience.



Combat Zone Live, Dare Valley Country Park
Assisting and supporting with marketing and general management for the launch of a new attraction at Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare.  Combat Zone Live uses the latest laser gun technology in the great outdoors.



Ty Hafan, the family hospice for young lives - (04/12 - 03/13)

Working with Ty Hafan as an Interim Head of Events for four days a week to assist with the restructing of the department including management training and mentoring for the new Head of Events then converting to a three day a week Events Consultant.  Duties included usual management responsibilities along with succesfully revamping decling events, launching new events and ensuring the smooth running of the events calendar alongside the Events Team. 

Quadrant Media & Communications 
Part of the team in the initial few months planning for the launch of the Wales Coast Path with concurrent events in Flint Castle, Aberystwyth Promenade and Cardiff Bay.  Also planned and managed the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Awards 2012 for the Welsh Assembly Government at the Coal Exchange. 

The Fire Fighters Charity
Assisting and supporting Fire Service personnel and the general public with events raising funds for the much needed services that the charity offers.

My Phoenix Life
Partnership in a social events company

St Fagans: National History Museum
Food Festival '10 – On-site Event Managers Assistant

Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives - (04/10 - 02/12)
Taff Trail Cycle Challenge ’10/'11 – Safety Officer
General Events Consulting
Family Fun Day '10 – Project Manager
Midnight Sleep Walk '10 - Consultant

OWL Live
Safety Roadshow '10 - On-site Event Manager
Engagement Party – On-site Event Manager
Wedding – On-site Event Managers Assistant
Everton FC 25th Anniversary Dinner – On-site Event Managers Assistant



Events Manager - Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives: September 2003 - December 2009
Butterfly Ball, London '08, '09
Butterfly Ball, Cardiff '07, '08, '09
GEAES Welsh 3Peaks Challenge '04 - '09
Eversheds Taff Trail Cycle Challenge '04 - '09
Midnight Sleep Walk '09
Tŷ Hafan Staff Conference '07, '08
HRH Prince Charles reception
Tŷ Hafan Reception, Senedd, Welsh Assembly
Barry Island Fun Run '09
Waterfront Barry 5K Run '04 - '08
Milford Haven 5K Run '03 – '08
Llandaff Cathedral Carol Concert '07 - '09
Run Santa Run Bridgend '08
Santas on the Run – Severn Bridge, Ffos Las Racecourse, Bridgend '09
Football Tournament Cardiff '07 – '09
Football Tournament Swansea '08
Golf Day '04 - '06
Funday '07, '08, '09
Tesco Taff Trail Trek '05, '06

Event Manager - The Celtic Manor Resort: August - September 2001/June - September 2002:
Association of Exhibition Organisers Conference
Coca-Cola - multisite event


Special Projects Manager – Association of Event Organisers: January - July 2001:
Membership sales
Training course provision
AEO Excellence Awards 2001, Olympia

Exhibition Assistant - Mack-Brooks Exhibitions: July '00 - January 2001
AEO Excellence Awards 2000, Grosvenor House Hotel
InterAirport Atlanta 2000
Venue 2001


Leeds Metropolitan University, UK Centre for Events Management - BA (Hons) Events Management - 2003
Crosskeys College - BTEC National Diploma in Travel and Tourism - 1999



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