"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Hellen Keller
Sarah has been part of Team OD&V since 2015, initially as a problem solver and exhibitor liaison, then in 2018 as a permanent member, adding marketing and project administration support to the growing team. In 2020, Sarah's focus moved to managing the business centre we were based from and now she is back supporting us on a more ad-hoc basis. Sarah has a background in customer services, marketing, and operations management within a broad range of industries including banking, hospitality, events, property management and manufacturing. This knowledge and experience brings value to the team as her strengths include thinking on her feet; finding a quick solution to a problem; running an efficient and organised registration desk; remaining calm under pressure; and ensuring the team and the event attendees have the best event experience possible.
Lucy joined OD&V in 2021 with professional experience, fresh perspectives and a background in marketing, supporting organisations within the hospitality, events, associations and service industry. Throughout her career spanning 25 years, Lucy has enjoyed building on her signature strengths; tuning in quickly to understand customer’s needs, being an ‘arranger’ and aligning people and resources as well as utilising her customer focussed, strong interpersonal and communication skills. Lucy thrives in a creative team that organises events and designs services for clients and brings natural enthusiasm to the team and projects that she is working on.
Celia has been managing conferences for over 20 years including 6 years working for a scientific association in the UK, Europe and North America. Celia spent a 3-year term on the Executive Board of ABPCO and has spoken at many industry events including EventIt and the Business Tourism Scotland conference. Celia specialises in abstract management and programme compilation working on the entire process from call for papers to publication of the final programme and on-line platform using EventsAir, one of the industry’s best event management platforms. In her spare time, she volunteers for a zero waste enterprise, working to promote sustainability in her local area; practices yoga and pilates; and loves spending time in her garden where she (tries!) to grow her own vegetables.
Fellow ABPCO member and long-standing industry colleague, Therese is an Association Specialist with almost 20 years' experience in the sector as a Professional Conference Organiser. She has worked across both agency and in-house teams to provide leadership and strategic direction alongside operational excellence and efficiency for both national and international associations.
In July 2022, Therese decided to go freelance and provide independent support to associations primarily to help with the development and evaluation of long-term strategic goals to support their vision and mission.
Luckily for OD&V, she shares a passion for building client relationships based on trust, which, coupled with a keenness to top up her 'hands-on PCO hours', meant she accepted our invitation to join the team and assist us with selected client events.
Rob Eveleigh is the Managing Director of Brightelm whom we have chosen to collaborate with to deliver hybrid and virtual conferences. He oversees the account management and project leadership responsibilities of the company. His successful career in hospitality spans the past 20 years, the last 10 of which have been dedicated to working with membership organisations. Rob is an expert on association events and helps us and our clients in creating a successful event using our online platform and ensuring that the virtual attendees have the same experience as though attending physically. Fun Fact: Rob can play the ‘Cello and can tap dance, just not at the same time.
Jon who also works for Brightelm is a master of projects and his role is to look after the delivery of projects and events. Jon has spent most of his career organising events, with five of these years as an events manager for an association, and now joins our team collaboratively supporting us to deliver our hybrid and virtual conferences via online platforms. Fun Fact: Jon played guitar in a covers band at University, and can still just about remember how to play "Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus”
Our go-to local Cambridge event support team member, Eve has been working in a number of Cambridge university venues for many years and we are so lucky now to have her join us as hands-on event staff to help us to deliver these local events. Welcome aboard Eve!!
With his over 20 years’ experience and passion for creating credible, visual brands, Steve works closely with OD&V to design, develop and enhance event branding, assisting on a wide range of elements from website brand to event signage. Steve’s passion for graphic design has only one equal: his passion for riding motorcycles!