2020 - The successes.
Craig Wilkinson, Founder & Director, The Great British Drive In
Helena Bibby, General Manager, Cheltenham Festivals
A session bringing together two promoters/ event organisers who took all the risks and managed to deliver successful events this year, and we hear from one of our most established exhibition event venues on how they have faired this year and what they are doing to prepare for 2021.
Craig Wilkinson has many years experience in the events industry. As the Managing Director of event staffing company Coalition Events, and more recently as the founder of Funicular Productions, producers of the Murder Express dining experience and the Great British Drive In
Helena joined Cheltenham Festivals in February 2006 on a part-time basis to provide administrative support during the early stages of Cheltenham Festival’s independence from Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC).
Helena soon took on sole responsibility for all HR as the Charity grew rapidly over the next 8 years gaining membership of the CIPD along the way. In early 2012 Helena took on the role of General Manager as part of the Senior Management Team with responsibilities including heading up the Operations team, overseeing HR and IT resource and Clerk to the Board of Trustees.
Helena’s first career was in classical music where she spent 6 years working for Harrison/Parrott Ltd in London an International Artists Management agency supporting individual musicians including Ashkenazy, Evelyn Glennie and Stephen Hough.