Events Management award winners announced
Over 150 nominations were received for the awards, which also included a special Inspiring Graduate category for events management alumni across the UK.
As the UKCEM celebrates 20 years of events management education, the awards were opened up to graduates nationwide. The Association for Events Management Education (AEME) Inspirational Graduate Award, judged by a panel from AEME Exec, was won by Bournemouth University graduate, Jade Woodall, an events executive at DMG Events. Jade was presented with the award for her student engagement and positive influence on the industry so far.
Glenn Bowdin, Head of the UKCEM at Leeds Beckett, said: “It was fantastic to see alumni from UKCEM and beyond in Leeds at CHS 2016. These awards highlight the positive contribution events management graduates are having on our industry.”
Winners of the UKCEM graduate awards announced at CHS included:
Antony Greenberg, Managing Director of Owl Live Ltd, who won Successful Graduate Entrepreneur 2016 for his achievements in creating, managing and growing a successful events company.
Gavin Mart, founder of Engedi Arts, a social inclusion events centre in North Wales, was awarded the Positive Impact Award 2016 for his outstanding contribution to community engagement.
The Innovative Project Award 2016 was awarded to Megan MacBrairdy, who now runs one of Leeds’s most vibrant and dynamic meeting venues, Horizon Leeds.
Sharon McElhinney, Senior Lecturer at the University of West London, won the Inspiring Mentor Award 2016. Sharon both attended and lectured at Leeds Beckett for a number of years, coaching thousands of students through their studies.
Gillian Kiamil, venue director of Olympia London, travelled to Leeds to pick up the CHS Award adjudicated and presented by Emma Cartmell, director of CHS 2016, for Excellent Contribution to Tradeshows and Exhibitions. Emma was thoroughly impressed with Gillian’s prominent role in the industry, a clear testament to her skills and personal drive.
The awards mark another significant milestone in a year of celebrations at the UKCEM which has included securing open access to research with publishers Taylors and Francis, the #FutureEventProfs conference and the Big Conversation at Confex.
The UK Centre for Events Management is one of the longest-established and largest centres dedicated to events management education and research. Based at Leeds Beckett University since the launch of events management degrees in 1996, the Centre prides itself on having inspiring graduates working across the globe in events, conferences, festivals and exhibitions.