My background in art and design has meant I can bring a unique edge and creativity to special and celebratory events including high level conferences.
Portfolio of Key Events and Clients:
WWF UK - 'Tomorrow's Tigers' (Project Manager)
'Tomorrow's Tigers' is an initiative by the charity WWF UK to raise £1million towards the Tx2 campaign to double the number of tigers in the wild. I have project managed the first launch phase of the project, which involves the collaboration with 10 international contemporary artists to produce tiger inspired rug designs. Following a hugely successful exhibition at Sotheby's and the Royal Academy, the project has already raised nearly £700,000 and is poised to tour internationally.
Marie Curie 'One Love Fundraising Festival' (Project Manager)
The 'One Love Fundraising Festival' is a conference for the 300+ fundraising colleagues working across the charity. This was a two day conference of plenary talks, workshops and a celebratory dinner, which I project managed. This involved setting up and managing the delegate registration platform, managing the logistics across all of the various facets of the conference; briefing the designers, delegates, speakers, venue, suppliers and key stakeholders; budget management; delivery of the event on the day and post event evaluation.
Blind Veterans UK - 'Victory Over Blindness' (Project Manager)
'Victory Over Blindness' is a major campaign by the charity Blind Veterans UK to mark the end of World War I with the commissioning of a poignant sculpture located outside Manchester Piccadilly Station. I project managed the unveiling, in the presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex, and two further celebratory events in the same day.
The MS Society (Project Manager)
The launch of a major £100m 'Stop MS' appeal, including the delivery of major donor events in London and Edinburgh, including the prestigious Jacqueline du Pre Tribute Concert at Southbank Centre, which raised over £1million for the charity.
Project Manager for 'MS Life' involving the co-ordination of over 60 workshops and activities across a weekend long event at ExCeL London, attracting an audience of over 4,000 people.
The Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards 2014 and 2016 (Event Manager)
The Awards ceremony for the charity Place2Be, hosted in Kensington Palace in 2014, and Mansion House in 2016, in the presence of the charity's Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Masterpiece Marie Curie Party 2013 and 2014 (Project Manager)
A major event on the London social calendar, which I project managed in 2013 and 2014, raising over £1.7m for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Launch Event (Event Manager)
The key event to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week - the world's largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and improve entrepreneurship skills.
National Theatre FastForward (Event Manager)
Major fundraising event (dinner, performances and auction) for the National Theatre, raising just under £1million for the NT.
Tate (Corporate Events Manager)
Project Manager for a variety of high level exhibition openings and launch events including The Turner Prize and the Camelot Anniversary Show. Corporate clients included UBS, Unilever and BP.
Edinburgh International Festival (Events Manager)
Project Manager for private and public events including The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and The Edinburgh International Science Festival.
"I have had the pleasure to work with many events professionals and can truly say that Denise is amongst the best of them. She is cool, calm and collected under pressure, wonderfully accommodating and detail orientated. I would absolutely recommend her as a fantastic project manager".
Chair, Masterpiece Marie Curie Party
"I worked with Denise on the launch event for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, and it was a great experience. It's a high-profile event, featuring Secretary of State and 200 VIP guests, so it had to run smoothly. Denise was terrific, she briefed me brilliantly and regularly and, guess what, the event ran like clockwork. Professionalism in action."
Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 launch event;
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