Celebrating Success

  • Sarah Brooks

Opening Doors & Venues recently celebrated another fruitful year of exceeding expectations in conference and event management having delivered more than 10 medium to large projects with over 2000 delegate registrations.

OD&V owner (and Professional Conference Organiser) Rose Padmore steps down as Joint Chair of ABPCO (the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers) in June having enjoyed every moment in the role, particularly the opportunity to represent and develop others in a profession she loves. Rose will now turn her full energies back to honing in on the types of conferences and events that OD&V do best by exploring new opportunities with not-for-profit organisations and associations.

With the high demand for their specialist skills in social impact event design and delivery, and their specialism in working with a client’s multiple partners, the team have recently taken on a new member of staff, Sarah Brooks. Sarah, who will take on a project administration and marketing role, has over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, most recently within a multi-academy trust.

Sarah said: “I first started working with OD&V in 2015 on a freelance basis, managing event sponsors and exhibitors at the West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference and quickly became Rose’s go-to problem solver behind the scenes. #WMschoolled18 was my 8th major event with OD&V and I am very excited to now be a permanent member of the team. “

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah on board because she is always ready to ‘roll up her sleeves’ and she really gets us!” said PCO, Rose Padmore.

During the past 12 months OD&V organised the 4th successful West Midlands School Leaders Conference; supported the World Muscle Society Congress in France; managed more Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (CAWSEL) in Cambridge; delivered conferences for Big Lottery funded programmes, Talent Match and Ageing Better in the Black Country, Leeds and Sheffield; and produced the 6th Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference.

Reflecting on this, Rose adds: “I particularly love it when an annual conference that we have developed and delivered from its conception has an impact. I am especially proud when that impact is not only on the attendees, but also on wider society, so that year-on-year positive changes and ultimately life improvements can be seen”. 

Opening Doors & Venues is an independent and highly respected PCO agency established in 2000. In 2015 OD&V was the winner of the ABPCO Excellence Awards for Best Agency Conference Organiser. The team specialise in 360º project management which can include venue finding, delegate recruitment and registration, marketing strategy and design, and the development of creative and engaging content. Visit the website to find out more www.opening-doors.org.uk


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