Anni has joined us as Office and Events Co-ordinator. She’s responsible for the smooth running of the Chameleon office, offering her support to the Project Managers and managing event of her own. Anni gave us her time to talk about her journey so far…
To start with, tell us how you got into events management?
It all started with a project management module at University, where groups were given their own projects to take on. I was assigned to ‘Gateway to China’, a food and drink festival aimed at gaining market research for local suppliers looking to export their goods to China. I contacted local suppliers to get them on board, booked the venue, hired volunteers, created the questionnaire, sorted out the logistics and managed all communication. I was lucky enough to have worked alongside industry professionals who gave me lots of advice and support. The event was a massive success and made the local news!
As Vice-President of the Business Society at UEA, the committee oversaw the organising of the Annual Business Ball. I helped book the venue and entertainment as well as running the raffle on the night which raised money for Mind charity. We wanted to raise awareness for student mental health – an increasingly important topic. 250 students enjoyed the night, everything ran smoothly, and it helped me develop my own skills in the process.
During one of my summer breaks, I was a Team Leader for NCS (National Citizenship Service) which involved leading a team of 15-16-year olds. Part of this role involved managing the team’s social action project – a charity fundraising event. This involved budgeting, timetabling and venue booking all under a strict time frame. The team raised £700 for the Help for Heroes charity in just three days… proud was an understatement!
Why did you decide events was for you?
The events industry is dynamic; every job is different and above all – fun! From the project management side of things, I love seeing all the planning come to life and witnessing the hard work pay off. Juggling a heavy workload is worth it when you see everything come to fruition.
When deciding which career path to take on after graduation, I decided to take a route which would enable me to use my main skills. I’m very organised, creative and good at managing both projects and teams.
The supportive culture at Chameleon really stood out for me. At my interview, it was clear they wanted to support my personal development and that was one of the main things I looked for in a company. The team are clearly good at what they do and specialise in technical excellence and delegate experience. Everyone from the warehouse team to the sales team to the project team all have their own special part to play on each event. This collaborative style of working makes the team even stronger.
What do you like most about your role?
I’m thoroughly enjoying the steep learning curve I’m on right now and it’s been a pleasure having someone as friendly and competent as Emma [the project manager I’m working with] showing me the ropes. I’ve been on site at a few events so far and the feedback has been great. We pride ourselves on the outstanding service our technicians provide, and this has been proven by the positive feedback they receive.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds!