This month on the Eventa blog we get to meet Product Executive, Sian Nannan!
Sian works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we offer one of the widest selections of office Christmas parties, summer parties, and team building events you’ll find. Let’s find out more…
How long have you been part of the Eventa family?
I joined the Eventa team in June 2012 as their product and package executive, managing all of the venues featured on the website. Since then I have become a team leader to the shared sales and administration team.
What is your favourite part of working for Eventa?
The best part about with for Eventa, is working with our amazing team. We work well together, combining each other’s skills and experience. I would say that it is a rarity to choose to spend your free time with people you have spent the last 8 hours with, but we do!
What is your background and experience in the events sector?
I have been working in the events industry for the last 5 years. While studying Events management at Greenwich University I worked for a marketing and promotions company for club nights in the west end. This was great experience for me, as I managed all of the celebrity public appearances, administration and PR.
How did you get into the events industry?
I always said to myself that if I had to do a job for the next 50 years, it would have to be a job I enjoyed and found exciting. I decided to study events management at Greenwich University, where I gained a lot of experience and knowledge of the events industry and knew it was the career for me. I decided that I wanted to work in my home town of Brighton, as I didn’t fancy the commute to London every day! Luckily the job for Eventa came up as I completed my last exam and I have been here ever since!
And what would you suggest to those out there who are looking to get into the events industry?
Get as much experience as possible. There are so many elements to running an event and I think unless you try them all, you don’t know which one best suits you. University allowed me to try different roles and take on different projects. While carrying out a project to propose an exhibition proposal to Lush Cosmetics, I realised that account management was what I wanted to do. My current role at Eventa sees me manage all 500+ of the venues that we work with and advertise on our website, and I love it!
Don’t worry the easy questions are coming now; what is your favourite drink?
An Amaretto Sour! It tastes like sour Haribo!
What about your favourite canapé?
We attended the London Summer Event Show a few weeks back, where I had a mini lobster slider! It was delicious!
What are your 3 top tips to ensure a successful event?
Plan, plan and plan some more. My uni Lecturer once told me ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail!’ If you cover all basis of an event during the planning stages and have contingencies in place in case anything goes wrong, you should have yourself a successful event!
Finally, what are the best and worst secret Santa gift(s) you’ve received?
The best secret Santa I got was a wedding diary, the year I got engaged! I haven’t had any really bad ones, but someone in the office once got a bag of McDonalds Ketchups! No joke!