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Meet the Team

Michael Begley - Managing Director
25/06/2015

Michael Begley - Managing Director


Heading up the UK’s no1 venue finding website is something that Michael takes in his stride and developing new opportunities and innovations is something he thrives on. Achieving this by working with the amazing team at venudirectory.com is what makes him get out of bed every morning. His passion comes through in everything he sets his mind to, working with the leading venue groups, meeting planners or technology partners and working together to move the MICE industry forward and break new ground.

Heather Swatkins - Client Services Director
24/06/2015

Heather Swatkins - Client Services Director


After many years experience and success in the Meetings, Conference and Events sector, Heather has earned herself an enviable reputation as a forward thinking and fast reacting achiever.

Tim Clark - Strategic Development Director
24/06/2015

Tim Clark - Strategic Development Director


Tim’s career is well and truly grounded in the Meetings and Events industry having been one of the owners and the Managing Director of Velvet Software, a specialist application focused on the Meeting Destination Market. Following the sale of Velvet Software to Passkey and later Lanyon, Tim continued as Strategic Account Director for the business until joining venuedirectory.com

Richard Parkin - Founder
23/06/2015

Richard Parkin - Founder


Richard Parkin is the Founder of venuedirectory.com. He created the company back in 1993 as the first electronic directory of searchable venue information for event planners, originally supplied as floppy discs and later as CD’s.

Simon Lester - Chairman
22/06/2015

Simon Lester - Chairman


Whilst Chairman of the successful event booking agency VRG, Simon worked with Michael Begley and Heather Swatkins - together they made a formidable team.

Simon Carr - IT Director
21/06/2015

Simon Carr - IT Director


Simon’s vast software knowledge and skills are underpinned by over a decade of industry experience.

Emma Reeves - Operations Manager
20/06/2015

Emma Reeves - Operations Manager


The world needs more gorgeous and talented people like Emma! She runs venuedirectory.com’s offices with military precision but with such a warm smile and thankful tone, we all flock to please her.

Nicky Hampson - Financial Controller
20/06/2015

Nicky Hampson - Financial Controller


Cool, calm and collected at all times, Nicky is the office swan; graceful on the surface but working efficiently below the surface to ensure everything is in order ‘financially’. With a cheery manor and perfect nails (all the time!) we don’t know how she does it!

Elaine Long - Venue Administration Team Leader
20/06/2015

Elaine Long - Venue Administration Team Leader


Elaine is the organisational hub of the venue support team, she brings 30 years of experience working at BT before wanting a career change and we are glad to have her!

Graham Bintcliffe - Head of Venue Sales
19/06/2015

Graham Bintcliffe - Head of Venue Sales


As business grows, so do the roles, talent and personalities in the office here in Bournemouth, which is why we asked Graham to join us to support, develop and guide our sales team.

Kirsty Gallagher - Head of Venue Renewals
18/06/2015

Kirsty Gallagher - Head of Venue Renewals


With nearly 10 years of local print and radio advertising experience under her very fashionable belt, Kirsty has joined us here at venuedirectory.com to help ensure our venue groups are completely looked after.

Ivan Reyes - SEO & Social Media Manager
17/06/2015

Ivan Reyes - SEO & Social Media Manager


Ivan does a bit of everything; researching like a maniac, coding, testing, analysing, and fine-tuning things all day, every day. When we ask what he is doing, he answers, “The art of search engine optimisation!” and predictably, whatever he does works!

Andy Lakin - Venue Sales Manager
16/06/2015

Andy Lakin - Venue Sales Manager


Venues relate easily with Andy, as he’s experienced the fun and stresses of life as a General Manager of a collection of busy hotels.

Caroline Lewis - Venue Relationship Manager
15/06/2015

Caroline Lewis - Venue Relationship Manager


Conscientious, precise and diligent are the essential attributes Caroline has oodles of and she delivers! Anything you want to know about your venue’s performance with venuedirectory.com - just speak to Caroline.

Jenine Clark – Renewals Coordinator
14/06/2015

Jenine Clark – Renewals Coordinator


Jenine joined venuedirectory.com’s venue renewal team in April 2016. She coordinates Group hotels and Independent venues to provide client reporting and supporting Kirsty and Caroline with their diary management and sales targets.

David Aleu - Lead Developer
13/06/2015

David Aleu - Lead Developer


Arriving from the sun drenched shores of Spain some eight years ago; David continues to excel in delivering technical and commercial solutions for our database.

Gareth Lee - Software Developer
12/06/2015

Gareth Lee - Software Developer


Gareth is master of wit (the lowest form) and wisdom in equal measure, but never fails to put a smile on our faces.

Hainan Wang - Software Developer
11/06/2015

Hainan Wang - Software Developer


Hainan is meticulous and conscientious, yet very humble, sincere and so great to work with. Hainan’s function is to programme and enhance all areas of the venuedirectory.com database and web pages, and we think he’s a real talent!

 

Gordon Elliott - Software Developer
11/06/2015

Gordon Elliott - Software Developer


Gordon started his career as a suited and booted merchant banker before the dot com boom and he then came to realise he much prefers the shorts and t-shirt approach to his working life.

Chris Frith - Software Developer
10/06/2015

Chris Frith - Software Developer


Chris started his career as a Royal Engineer in H.M. Forces where he drove specialised Royal Engineer Centurion and Chieftain tanks, since then he has over 17 years experience developing software. During this time he spent 3 years teaching in a Singapore polytechnic passing on his knowledge of electronics, mathematics and software development.

Sonam Gurupanchayan - Software Developer
09/06/2015

Sonam Gurupanchayan - Software Developer


Sonam worked with one of the leading IT companies in India for almost 5 years before she joined the software team here at venuedirectory.com.

Uzi Zacay - Software Developer
09/06/2015

Uzi Zacay - Software Developer


Uzi adds a great sense of humour to the Software Team. He loves a good debate and you can be sure of a lively and interesting conversation when he is around.

Csaba Paronai - Software Developer
08/06/2015

Csaba Paronai - Software Developer


A graduate from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2013 Csaba has been working as a software engineer with more than five years’ experience.

Kristina Koysina - Software Developer
08/06/2015

Kristina Koysina - Software Developer


Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Kristina has extensive commercial experience working for a number of software warehouses that specialised on building solutions for the financial industry (short-term payday lending software).

Sarah-Louise Green - Venue Administrator
04/06/2015

Sarah-Louise Green - Venue Administrator


Speaking in the politest manner and tackling any task given with proactive enthusiasm, Sarah is an outstanding and loved team member here at venuedirectory.com

Rachel Jackson – Venue Administrator
04/06/2015

Rachel Jackson – Venue Administrator


Rachel’s effortlessly calm demeanour complements her role within customer service and administration – which is why she receives so much praise from our clients!

Taisha Vurchio - Venue Administration Assistant
23/05/2015

Taisha Vurchio - Venue Administration Assistant


venuedirectory.com’s newest apprentice, Taisha is currently studying her Business Administration level 3 through the Hospitality Training Partnership and is enjoying learning about the needs of a business in the MICE industry.

Charlie Matthews – Venue Support Assistant
23/05/2015

Charlie Matthews – Venue Support Assistant


Charlie has canned-heat in her heels. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and today dances in the local freestyle dance group ‘Infectious’

Elysha Willis – Venue Support Assistant
23/05/2015

Elysha Willis – Venue Support Assistant


Joining the Venue Support team in May 2016, Elysha is the newest apprentice in venuedirectory.com; she is currently studying her Level 3 Business Administration NVQ and in the future would like to train to be an Event Manager.

Leanne Stewart - Client Services Executive
22/05/2015

Leanne Stewart - Client Services Executive


Leanne joyfully exploits her digital experience and charismatic attributes to deliver fantastic customer service to our booking agents!

Rachel Woodman - Systems Tester
21/05/2015

Rachel Woodman - Systems Tester


We think Rachel is amazing, never flustered, always calm and composed with a telephone voice like liquid chocolate – is she the woman from the Marks and Spencer’s advert? 

Michelle Dobbs - Client Services Executive
21/05/2015

Michelle Dobbs - Client Services Executive


Michelle is the frontline support for venuedirectory.com’s end-to-end booking system: GRATIS. A coffee fuelled, northern lass with a fantastic sense of humour. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love Michelle.

Rosie Brown - Marketing Assistant
20/05/2015

Rosie Brown - Marketing Assistant


Completing her apprenticeship in November 2015 Rosie has confidently learnt how a business runs on a day-to-day basis. She has recently made the transition from Venue Support to the Marketing Department as a Marketing Assistant.