Meet the Judging Panel

Martin Fullard

Editor, Conference News

Martin Fullard is the editor at Conference News magazine, the UK’s only monthly print title exclusively for the conference and meetings industry. He was previously Web Sports Editor at Gulf News in Dubai, and before that was a motoring journalist. Fullard is a passionate supporter of stadiums looking to maximise revenue through non-matchday events..

Craig Prentice

Founder, mum

Craig has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years, initially in iconic venues, including the Roundhouse and London Eye, before moving into the recruitment world in 2012.

Having worked for several recruitment agencies, Craig applied his personal values and quickly built a great reputation and loyal following ,recruiting for high profile companies in hospitality and leisure, up to executive level.

Recruitment and its connotations of impersonal, pushy sales couldn’t be further from Craig’s own approach. For him, it’s all about connecting with like minded people to provide personalised service and build long term relationships.

More recently; Craig launched his own company, mum and hopes you will stop by and say hello sometime.

Neil Thompson

The Delegate Wranglers

Neil has been in the event industry for over 20 years working initially for the Littlewoods group and then for a med-comms agency until 2005 when he started his own events business – Red White Blue Ltd.

Organising mostly pharmaceutical events and working with clients all over the world, Neil then set up The Delegate Wranglers facebook group in 2014 to help him do his job better by the power of collaboration with the other members.

The Delegate Wranglers is now widely considered as THE go to group for the events industry, with current numbers standing at over 16,000 members, growing by around 250 members each week. Neil now travels the UK and Europe, working with venues and suppliers, speaking regularly at industry events and was also named as M&IT Personality of the Year in 2019 after being nominated and awarded this prestigious award by his peers.

Kevin Howland

Head of Partnerships, FC Business

Kevin is the Head of Partnerships at fcbusiness Magazine, which is the business magazine for the football industry serving as a practical guide to those involved in the business of running a football club at every level. Published since 2004, fcbusiness is now at the forefront of the football industry.

Juliet Price

Executive Director, HBAA

Juliet has been immersed in hospitality and events since her first role with Trusthouse Forte and subsequently enjoyed a successful career in venue sales and marketing, which also encompassed De Vere Hotels and Hotel de France. In the late 90’s she moved to the agency sector as an account director for an event management company, before becoming head of operations at Hoteline, which was later acquired by Hotelzon where Juliet headed up marketing in the UK. In 2011 she joined her husband as co-director of Polygon Consulting, and has been working with industry association HBAA as consultant Executive Director for the past four years.

Karen Guile

Director, tobook & Search4Venues

We are a venue finding specialist helping corporate clients source venues across the Globe.

Karen started in this industry 25 years ago, and is dedicated to building excellent working relationships with clients and suppliers alike.   We work with international clients booking a variety of meetings and events, and support them further with a bespoke accommodation booking system.  Recently we launched Search4Venues – our online Venue Directory that anyone can access to source suitable venues and obtain their contact details with one quick search.

Mia Butler

Creator, Pistachio View

Mia Butler firmly believes ‘vanilla’ is not an option.

Creator of Pistachio View and Director of Like a Boss Consulting, Mia is an entrepreneur, business consultant, thought leader, facilitator and passionate EventProf. Recognised for her commitment to sales, with 25 years’ experience on the sales frontline, Mia knows exactly how to create a winning edge.

Driven, and now encouraging sales professionals to ‘show up’ and do more, Mia is creating change with Pistachio View making personalised video a part of everyday sales. Consultant to the hospitality industry, Mia is often called upon to help facilitate learning and panel discussions and can be regularly found supporting key industry events.

Shirley Wynne-Jones

Managing Director, Venue Smart

Shirley currently manages Venue-Smart, Destination Southampton and Hampshire Conference Bureau – all organisations working within the MICE industry, offering venue research support and event management expertise.  Also the Events Logistics Lead for business engagement organisation Business South and Treasurer to the Southampton & Region Hoteliers Association.

Shirley won Venus Business Employer of the Year in 2014, and in 2007 the Stadium Experience Award for Outstanding Achievement rewarding her commitment to the industry.

Previously Shirley was the membership secretary for Stadium Experience until 2015, and managed the organisation on behalf of the members for 14 years.  Shirley joined the conference industry at just 21 as a conference co-ordinator at one of Country Club Hotels properties in Hampshire and has since enjoyed almost 25 years within this exciting sector.

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