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Robin Parker is general manager of Church House Conference Centre.
Colin Sweeney is CEO of the Weston Park Foundation, but he’s always dreamed of playing rugby.
He’s gained three Michelin stars, loves shooting and hates absent chefs. We meet Herbert Berger one year on from taking over Innholders Hall.
Stewart Collins, artistic director of Henley Festival, explains how an entire town switches from boaters to black tie in the 48 hours between the Regatta and the Festival
Meet Lisa Guastella, venue marketing manager at the British Museum.
Julie Harrington is managing director at St George’s Park, The FA’s National Football Centre, but in another life she might have been renovating old houses, Sarah Beeny-style.
Meet Andrew Birnie, general manager at Café de Paris
Mark Watts spends most of his days at sea as GM of Spitbank Fort, but in another life he might have been speeding on dry land
As hotel director at The Vineyard, Anthony Cox enjoys regaling foodies and wine enthusiasts, but in another life he might have entertained a rather different audience.
After a year off, the world’s most famous music festival is back, selling out its 138,000 tickets in a record-breaking 100 minutes. V&E meets its founder Michael Eavis to find out why
Meet Edgar King, events manager at Trinity House
As this year’s president of ISES and the MD of Off to Work, Philip Atkins is a busy man, but we managed to pin him down for a quick chat and picture – posing with some staff, of course
After a year off, the world’s most famous festival is back, selling its 137,500 tickets in a record-breaking one hour and 40 minutes. It’s hardly surprising when you consider that 850,000 people applied. The V&E team met its legendary founder for a site tour and a chat. We talked about what changes the team made in the run-up to this summer and why it remains the hottest ticket in the UK festival calendar.
Martin Hawthorn puts the spotlight on his stage equipment company as he tells V&E about its humble beginnings, his extravagant dinner parties and big changes ahead.
This year’s Canapé Cup winner Eden Catering combines sustainability with business success. Its co-directors Nick Mead and Hugh Walker explain their philosophy.
From waitressing to her present role as the historic site’s head of operations, Heather Carter has seen Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace from the bottom up.
Chris John, managing director of Sodexo Prestige, gets passionate about the local produce and artisan suppliers being showcased at events this summer
Hever Castle’s Roland Smith fills us in on the latest developments at the Kent estate, and how he manages to juggle work, life and chickens
Keith Prowse’s Tracey Hirst shares her top tips to ensure events run smoothly and clients are happy
Meet Ed Bolling, general manager at Ironmongers’ Hall
The colourful and charismatic former ISES president Arthur Somerset (pictured here with his wife, Tanya) sadly passed away on Wednesday, aged just 52. Widely regarded as one of the most creative event organisers in the country, he was a leading figure in the UK events industry for over 20 years. Click through to read more about his work and the legacy he leaves behind.
The man behind Brompton Brands shares the secrets behind the group's success
Mayor Boris Johnson fills us in on his Olympic favourites past, present and future
The V&E team is getting ready to set off for some fun at The Isle of Wight Festival this weekend. We found time amid packing ponchos and duct tape – the weather isn’t looking great – to have a chat with the man in charge about a few of his favourite things. Find out who his best mate is and why he never takes goody bags home. Make sure to keep an eye out for a full review of the festival when (if) we get back.
With London 2012 almost upon us, five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave sends us off with his favourites
Goodwood House’s head butler David Edney talks time travel, period dramas and Buckingham Palace
Amid practising pianists and stretching burlesque dancers, Denis McCourt of Awesome Events tells V&E about his new role as ring master of the Bloomsbury Big Top
The general manager at Sussex’s South Lodge, Rupert Spurgeon, fills us in on his plans for the hotel, his love of seafood and the need for speed
Sarah Haywood, one of the world’s most renowned wedding planners and author of The Wedding Bible, sends us off with her favourite experiences and expert tips for a winning wedding day
Meet Jonathan Byrne, COO at No 4 Hamilton Place (The Royal Aeronautical Society)
As one of England’s most decorated rugby players, Matt Dawson has seen plenty of celebrations. He sends us off with his event favourites
Meet Warren Campbell, GM at 15Hatfields
Ian Edwards, GM at Celtic Manor, tells us about his Ryder Cup-hosting venue and why, if circumstances were different, he would be piloting fighter jets.
As editor of upmarket style journal The Lady, Rachel Johnson has attended many a top-end society bash. She signs us off with tales of bouncing on a bed in The Ritz, swooning for Bill Clinton and multi-generational Notting Hill raves
Andrew Hodgkins & Andy Vinsen are the driving force behind sporting hospitality giant Keith Prowse. We hooked up with them at Wimbledon to talk trends & discover how the sector has coped in tough times
Peter Gladwin, the acclaimed London restaurateur & chef, has sold his high-end London eateries to focus on his event catering firm, Party Ingredients, as it moves from Nine Elms to Canary Wharf
The boss at Farnborough's Aviator hotel, Michael Helling, talks pumping iron, hot weekends away and how he could have ended up as a pirate
Meet Eliette Machold, head housekeeper at The Dorchester
Meet Petra Bones, head of events at Somerset House
Through her work travelling the world as a sports presenter Clare Balding has seen – and held – her fair share of events. She signs us off with her favourites.
Meet Sam Owen, senior events manager at the Science Museum.
Hamish Reid, GM of Jersey Conference Bureau, on his battle to persuade business tourists that the island isn’t just about Bergerac and banking.
The head of business tourism for Tourism Ireland talks exploring the island, Jags and the charm of the Irish.
Meet Diane Waldron, Head of Marketing & Events, The HAC
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the It-girl turned novelist, on her favourite venues, restaurants, hotels and parties (and she’s been to a few…)
Meet Chris Morris, the managing director of Twickenham Experience
PR guru Max Clifford sends us off with details of his favourite venues & events
Dominic Stokes, of City Hall Sheffield, SIV Conferencing & Business Events, talks amateur dramatics, Alex Turner and the Great North Run
Meet Maugie Lyons, the head of commercial operations at The Royal Horticultural Halls
Strictly Come Dancing pros Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett share their favourite venues & events
Stoke Park’s general manager talks Bridget Jones, Mariah mania and the magic of this most British of venues
Meet Robert Coleman, the Silver Fleet’s head skipper
The general manager of East Sussex National Golf Resort, introduces himself
Holding one of the most prestigious jobs in the industry, Jasper Hope is dedicated to pushing the boundaries. The director of events at the Royal Albert Hall tells Louise Troy about his climb to the top
The triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie shares his top venues & events
The Brewery’s longest-standing employee, Martin Bennewith, talks hats, PMs and babysitting monkeys
RIBA’s Victoria Gordon-Ingram tells us about the new garden at Florence Hall, breakfast with Will Young and an unexpected visit from Michael Jackson
GMTV’s party loving latest recruit Emma Crosby tells all about her favourite venues & events
Photographer to the stars, Dave ‘Hogie’ Hogan, tells us about his favourite venues & events
No one knows West End theatre like Roz Ball. Louise Troy finds that her undying passion for the stage and a can-do approach to business has made a real success of leading hospitality provider London Entertains
The Brewery’s music-mad Maria Duddin on her love of Glastonbury mud, Kerrang! and Gordon Brown
From ‘clown on a motorbike’ to director of Europe’s biggest prop warehouse, David Jamilly’s success has taken him by surprise. Louise Troy grills him on decapitated superheroes, cheating husbands and the smell of Christmas
Entrepeneur and Dragon's Den judge Deborah Meaden tells us about her favourite venues and events
Samantha Lacey of Deptford dance studios Laban talks knickers, nicknames and 'nice' Guy Ritchie
Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens tells us about his favourite venues & events
After 25 years in the catering business, and with a contract for Buckingham Palace garden parties, Charles Boyd of Chester Boyd is at the top of his game. Here, he tells Louise Troy how to make a cucumber sandwich fit for a Queen
English rowing champion and double Olympic Gold medallist James Cracknell takes shore leave and tells us about his favourite venues and events
Carol Anderson tells us about a decade working at the Mermaid Centre, and how she helped Prince get his name back
The royal reporter turned Great British Menu presenter Jennie Bond tells us about her favourite venues and events
How do you go from a one-man show to being the UK’s top organiser of children’s parties? Anna Longmore finds that a love of entertaining is behind the success of Twizzle’s Peter Robertson
The head of venue hire and corporate events at Kew Gardens tells us more about his space
The former Director General of the MI5 Security Service Dame Stella Rimington tells us about her favourite venues and events
Passionate foodies Simon and David Wolanski couldn’t be more different, but their shared business has brought them closer than ever. Karen Doyle meets the brothers behind award-winning caterers the-recipe and Office Diner
Ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell tells us about his favourite venues and events
The Concerto Group has matured from a business partnership into a fully fledged integrated offering. Chairman Mike Kershaw tells Square Meal how big ideas became an even bigger reality
His peers said his company wasn’t worth selling, but under new ownership Mel Atkins’ 18-year-old events company has flourished. We meet the man behind The Finishing Touch