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Venue Vendor: Robin Parker - Event People Venue Vendor: Robin Parker

Robin Parker is general manager of Church House Conference Centre.

Meet the GM: Colin Sweeney - Event People Meet the GM: Colin Sweeney

Colin Sweeney is CEO of the Weston Park Foundation, but he’s always dreamed of playing rugby.

Caterer profile: Herbert Berger - Event People Caterer profile: Herbert Berger

He’s gained three Michelin stars, loves shooting and hates absent chefs. We meet Herbert Berger one year on from taking over Innholders Hall.

Q&A: Stewart Collins of Henley Festival - Event People Q&A: Stewart Collins of Henley Festival

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

Venue Vendor: Lisa Guastella - Event People Venue Vendor: Lisa Guastella

Meet Lisa Guastella, venue marketing manager at the British Museum.

Meet the GM: Julie Harrington - Event People Meet the GM: Julie Harrington

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.

Venue Vendor: Andrew Birnie - Event People Venue Vendor: Andrew Birnie

Meet Andrew Birnie, general manager at Café de Paris

Meet the GM: Mark Watts - Event People Meet the GM: Mark Watts

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

Meet the GM: Anthony Cox - Event People Meet the GM: Anthony Cox

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.

Event Organiser: Michael Eavis - Event People Event Organiser: Michael Eavis

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

Venue Vendor: Edgar King - Event People Venue Vendor: Edgar King

Meet Edgar King, events manager at Trinity House

Event organiser: Philip Atkins - Event People Event organiser: Philip Atkins

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

V&E meets Michael Eavis - Event People V&E meets Michael Eavis

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.

Event Supplier Profile: Hawthorn - Event People Event Supplier Profile: Hawthorn

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.

Event Caterer Profile: Eden Catering - Event People Event Caterer Profile: Eden Catering

This year’s Canapé Cup winner Eden Catering combines sustainability with business success. Its co-directors Nick Mead and Hugh Walker explain their philosophy.

Meet the GM - Heather Carter - Event People Meet the GM - Heather Carter

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.

The Big Cheese - Event People The Big Cheese

Chris John, managing director of Sodexo Prestige, gets passionate about the local produce and artisan suppliers being showcased at events this summer

Meet the GM - Roland Smith  - Event People Meet the GM - Roland Smith

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

Unsung Hero - The Fixer - Event People Unsung Hero - The Fixer

Keith Prowse’s Tracey Hirst shares her top tips to ensure events run smoothly and clients are happy

Venue Vendor - Ed Bolling  - Event People Venue Vendor - Ed Bolling

Meet Ed Bolling, general manager at Ironmongers’ Hall

Arthur Somerset (27 April 1960 – 25 July 2012) - Event People Arthur Somerset (27 April 1960 – 25 July 2012)

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 the brand - Nick House - Event People The man behind the brand - Nick House

The man behind Brompton Brands shares the secrets behind the group's success

All The Best - Mayor Boris Johnson - Event People All The Best - Mayor Boris Johnson

Mayor Boris Johnson fills us in on his Olympic favourites past, present and future

Interview: John Giddings, The Isle of Wight Festival boss. - Event People Interview: John Giddings, The Isle of Wight Festival boss.

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.

All The Best - Sir Steve Redgrave - Event People All The Best - Sir Steve Redgrave

With London 2012 almost upon us, five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave sends us off with his favourites

Unsung Hero - The Butler - Event People Unsung Hero - The Butler

Goodwood House’s head butler David Edney talks time travel, period dramas and Buckingham Palace

Denis McCourt of Awesome Events on his role as ring master of Bloomsbury Big Top - Event People Denis McCourt of Awesome Events on his role as ring master of Bloomsbury Big Top

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

Meet the GM - Rupert Spurgeon  - Event People Meet the GM - Rupert Spurgeon

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

All the Best - Sarah Haywood  - Event People All the Best - Sarah Haywood

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

Venue Vendor - Jonathan Byrne  - Event People Venue Vendor - Jonathan Byrne

Meet Jonathan Byrne, COO at No 4 Hamilton Place (The Royal Aeronautical Society)

All The Best - Matt Dawson - Event People All The Best - Matt Dawson

As one of England’s most decorated rugby players, Matt Dawson has seen plenty of celebrations. He sends us off with his event favourites

Venue Vendor- Warren Campbell - Event People Venue Vendor- Warren Campbell

Meet Warren Campbell, GM at 15Hatfields

Meet the GM - Ian Edwards - Event People Meet the GM - Ian Edwards

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.

All the Best - Rachel Johnson - Event People All the Best - Rachel Johnson

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

Hospitality Focus - Keith Prowse - Event People Hospitality Focus - Keith Prowse

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

What's Cooking - Party Ingredients - Event People What's Cooking - Party Ingredients

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

Meet the GM- Michael Helling - Event People Meet the GM- Michael Helling

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

Unsung Heroes  - The Head Housekeeper - Event People Unsung Heroes - The Head Housekeeper

Meet Eliette Machold, head housekeeper at The Dorchester

Venue Vendor - Petra Bones - Event People Venue Vendor - Petra Bones

Meet Petra Bones, head of events at Somerset House

All the Best - Clare Balding - Event People All the Best - Clare Balding

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.

Venue Vendor - Sam Owen - Event People Venue Vendor - Sam Owen

Meet Sam Owen, senior events manager at the Science Museum.

Venue Vendor - Hamish Reid - Event People Venue Vendor - Hamish Reid

Hamish Reid, GM of Jersey Conference Bureau, on his battle to persuade business tourists that the island isn’t just about Bergerac and banking.

Meet the GM - David Boyce - Event People Meet the GM - David Boyce

The head of business tourism for Tourism Ireland talks exploring the island, Jags and the charm of the Irish.

Venue Vendor - Diane Waldron - Event People Venue Vendor - Diane Waldron

Meet Diane Waldron, Head of Marketing & Events, The HAC

All The Best - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson - Event People All The Best - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the It-girl turned novelist, on her favourite venues, restaurants, hotels and parties (and she’s been to a few…)

Venue Vendor - Chris Morris - Event People Venue Vendor - Chris Morris

Meet Chris Morris, the managing director of Twickenham Experience

All The Best - Max Clifford - Event People All The Best - Max Clifford

PR guru Max Clifford sends us off with details of his favourite venues & events

Meet the GM - Dominic Stokes - Event People Meet the GM - Dominic Stokes

Dominic Stokes, of City Hall Sheffield, SIV Conferencing & Business  Events, talks amateur dramatics, Alex Turner and the Great North Run

Venue Vendor - Maugie Lyons - Event People Venue Vendor - Maugie Lyons

Meet Maugie Lyons, the head of commercial operations at The Royal Horticultural Halls

All The Best - Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett - Event People All The Best - Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett

Strictly Come Dancing pros Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett share their favourite venues & events

Meet the GM - Giammario Ragnoli  - Event People Meet the GM - Giammario Ragnoli

Stoke Park’s general manager talks Bridget Jones, Mariah mania and the magic of this most British of venues

Unsung Heroes - The Captain - Event People Unsung Heroes - The Captain

Meet Robert Coleman, the Silver Fleet’s head skipper

Meet the GM  - Derek Howe - Event People Meet the GM - Derek Howe

The general manager of East Sussex National Golf Resort, introduces himself

Event Organiser Profile - Jasper Hope - Event People Event Organiser Profile - Jasper Hope

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

All the Best - Ben Ainslie - Event People All the Best - Ben Ainslie

The triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie shares his top venues & events

Unsung Heroes - The Doorman - Event People Unsung Heroes - The Doorman

The Brewery’s longest-standing employee, Martin Bennewith, talks hats, PMs and babysitting monkeys

Venue Vendor - Vicky Gordon-Ingram - Event People Venue Vendor - Vicky Gordon-Ingram

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

All The Best - Emma Crosby - Event People All The Best - Emma Crosby

GMTV’s party loving latest recruit Emma Crosby tells all about her favourite venues & events

All The Best - Dave Hogan - Event People All The Best - Dave Hogan

Photographer to the stars, Dave ‘Hogie’ Hogan, tells us about his favourite venues & events

Event Organiser Profile - Roz Ball - Event People Event Organiser Profile - Roz Ball

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

Venue Vendor - Maria Duddin - Event People Venue Vendor - Maria Duddin

The Brewery’s music-mad Maria Duddin on her love of Glastonbury mud, Kerrang! and Gordon Brown

Event Supplier Profile - Theme Traders - Event People Event Supplier Profile - Theme Traders

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

All The Best - Deborah Meaden - Event People All The Best - Deborah Meaden

Entrepeneur and Dragon's Den judge Deborah Meaden tells us about her favourite venues and events

Venue Vendor - Samantha Lacey - Event People Venue Vendor - Samantha Lacey

Samantha Lacey of Deptford dance studios Laban talks knickers, nicknames and 'nice' Guy Ritchie

All the Best - Tom Aikens - Event People All the Best - Tom Aikens

Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens tells us about his favourite venues & events

Event Caterer Profile - Chester Boyd - Event People Event Caterer Profile - Chester Boyd

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

All the Best - James Cracknell - Event People All the Best - James Cracknell

English rowing champion and double Olympic Gold medallist James Cracknell takes shore leave and tells us about his favourite venues and events

Venue Vendor - Carol Anderson - Event People Venue Vendor - Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson tells us about a decade working at the Mermaid Centre, and how she helped Prince get his name back

All the Best - Jennie Bond - Event People All the Best - Jennie Bond

The royal reporter turned Great British Menu presenter Jennie Bond tells us about her favourite venues and events

Event Organiser Profile - Twizzle Parties - Event People Event Organiser Profile - Twizzle Parties

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

Venue Vendor - Paul Gray - Event People Venue Vendor - Paul Gray

The head of venue hire and corporate events at Kew Gardens tells us more about his space

All the Best - Dame Stella Rimington - Event People All the Best - Dame Stella Rimington

The former Director General of the MI5 Security Service Dame Stella Rimington tells us about her favourite venues and events

Event Caterer Profile - The Wolanski Brothers - Event People Event Caterer Profile - The Wolanski Brothers

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

All the Best - Phil Tufnell - Event People All the Best - Phil Tufnell

Ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell tells us about his favourite venues and events

Event Organiser Profile - The Concerto Group - Event People Event Organiser Profile - The Concerto Group

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

Event Organiser Profile - The Finishing Touch - Event People Event Organiser Profile - The Finishing Touch

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