our people

you've just landed on our hottest commodity: our people

our people

you've just landed on our hottest commodity: our people

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you've just
landed on our
hottest
commodity:
our people.

They are not rocket scientists but they are stars in their own right. As such, nothing phases them and impossible is nothing in their minds. These are the people who help your event take off. They design it, fuel it and drive it to its maximum potential. Meet the Activate dream team.

They are assisted on a project basis by a skilled pool of specialists and project management experts. We call them shooting stars.

you've just landed on our
hottest
commodity:
our people.

They are not rocket scientists but they are stars in their own right. As such, nothing phases them and impossible is nothing in their minds. These are the people who help your event take off. They design it, fuel it and drive it to its maximum potential. Meet the Activate dream team.

They are assisted on a project basis by a skilled pool of specialists and project management experts. We call them shooting stars.

people

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608755

E-mail me: ken@activateevents.com

Formerly head of travel & events with a major global pharmaceutical company, Ken has over 20 years event management experience during which he has personally produced a wide range of events involving as many as 1500 delegates around the globe. Ken’s particular expertise lies in event strategy, content development and delegate engagement, helping clients to identify exactly how their events can communicate creatively and effectively with their audience so that they feel valued, inspired and enthused.

Ken thinks that “we really should be called master blenders! We’re always aiming for the perfect blend: a great venue, in a great location, with great content which makes our delegates go ‘Wow! I didn’t expect that!’” And at Activate we’re always perfecting the recipes for total event success.

Ken Carter

Client services director

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608752

E-mail me: louise@activateevents.com

Having planned and organised meetings and events for over 12 years, Louise has gained extensive experience in all aspects of event project management and planning, with particular focus on the pharmaceutical industry.

“When I worked in house at Novartis Pharmaceuticals I was given 6 weeks’ notice to plan 12 back-to-back 4 day long training events taking place all over the world. It was my responsibility to handle all of the logistics including the venue sourcing and delegate management.This was huge test on my planning skills and for 5 months it took over my life but I was immensely proud of the end result.”

Louise is passionate about creating a truly perfect experience for the delegate and a seamless journey for the client. She is her happiest “when the core team of colleagues and event partners are clearly focused and excited on delivering the best for the client and the delegate.”

Louise Greig

Operations director

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608751

E-mail me: paul@activateevents.com

Paul has been in the events industry for 25 years as an owner and director of both his own business and as a managing director of a mid sized PLC. Activate is a return to roots for Paul.

In 2011 he brought together the core of a terrific live events team and injected it with a purposeful direction. The past few years have seen the Activate team grow significantly into a successful business with an excellent track record in delivering seamless, meticulously organized events, with flair, versatility and a creative edge.

“Activate has flourished as a business because its service levels are second to none and because the entire Activate team are motivated, enthusiastic professionals with the experience and drive required to deliver live events at a the highest level.”

Paul Bowie

Managing director

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608754

E-mail me: amanda.strevens@activateevents.com

Amanda has over 13 years of event management experience, encompassing a wide variety of event types around the world, for as many as 10,000 delegates.

With extensive experience in all aspects of event creation to support our client’s events, whether that is a high-end sales incentive on board a yacht in Monaco during F1 Grand Prix, an international pharma conference or investigator meeting or the coordination of an international football tournament, Amanda has the project management skills to deliver all events to the highest standard.

A fluent French speaker, Amanda has worked for event agencies in Belgium where her role included the organisation of global events for the European Commission. Amanda has obtained the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner qualification in Project Management in 2015. She now brings her expertise and enthusiasm for quality experiences to Activate.

Amanda Strevens

Account Manager

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608753

E-mail me: liz.pim@activateevents.com

Liz is a driven and passionate Project Manager who will get the job done for you. Having worked in Medical Communications for the Pharmaceutical Industry, Liz has the compliance knowledge to ensure your event will tick all the required boxes. With experience of the rules, but with her flare for creativity and knowing how to engage an audience, Liz is the person you need managing your event.

Liz studied Film at the University of Kent, Canterbury and then went on to coordinate office moves and help make the most efficient and effective use of space. Being professional and personable enables her to work closely with the client, strengthening relationships and giving the confidence and reassurance the team will deliver an exceptional event.

Travelling is one of Liz’s passions and right now she is now exploring the world through virtual tours and events.

Liz Pim

Account Manager

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608756

E-mail me: megan.whitty@activateevents.com

Megan is a Senior Project Executive and plays a key role in supporting the operational coordination and delivery of our events.

Megan has had nine years industry experience, with her most recent role as account manager for a telecommunications company in Portsmouth. Activate is a new and exciting challenge for Megan. She loves to work as part of a team, and prides herself on her enthusiasm to satisfy clients' needs. Her passion for organisation and meeting new people makes for a great fit to our team of Activaters!

Megan joined Activate following a 6-month South East Asian adventure where she visited Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur and 1 month on the west coast of North America.

Megan Whitty

Senior Project Executive

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608757

E-mail me: simon.edwardes@activateevents.com

Simon has been working on projects for a wide range of corporate clients since the late 80’s. Having been Managing Director of his own successful agency for a number of years, he has recently joined the Activate team to bring his enthusiasm and a wider range of presentation delivery skills to support our client’s events.

Focusing mainly on 'getting the message across' and 'enjoying the job', he’s driven by solving the challenges that come with live events of all types and is working closely with the team to build deep and long term relationships with all our clients. Has worked across a wide range of industry sectors and all types of events and he spends much of his off-duty time playing tennis, listening to an 'eclectic' range of music and eating cheese and seafood, although not always together.

Simon Edwardes

Event Director

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608750

E-mail me: birgit@activateevents.com

Activate’s bookkeeper and financial administrator, Birgit (known as Bibi) ventured into the finance field of accounting, budgets and VAT after a diverse working background ranging from recruitment consultant to content writer for financial compliance conferences. Originally from Gent, Belgium Bibi decided to stay in the UK after extensive travelling and meeting her Mr Right.

Accuracy, timeliness and standardised processes do make a difference to Bibi’s work. She is also prepared to advise team members on the most efficient way to structure the event in order to ensure the end result is not hindered by financial oversights. Her eye for detail and trouble-shooting ability is worthy of her much-loved fictitious countryman, Detective Poirot!

Birgit Peelman

Finance Manager

Paul

Call me: +44 (0)1293 608750

E-mail me: rob@activateevents.com

A creative designer / art director leading design, creative development and photographic art direction for major entertainment brands and retail promotions, from packaging design, product launch advertising, wall graphics, large format outdoor displays to trade press.

An enviable list of previous clients including Warner Bros., HBO, Universal, Paramount, BBC, ITV, SKY, Electronic Art Games, Louisiana Tech (Bulldogs) Football and Kingfisher/Comet retailers.

Rob Hyde

Creative Designer