General Manager of Events, London
Michael has worked within Events for the past 20 years and has included time at The Ritz, Imagination (a key Design and multi media company), Tussauds group and Merlin Entertainments. In his spare time Michael has a passion for politics, can still be seen dancing across the globe and still thinks Kylie is a goddess! Michael has over the years assisted and guided charities in setting up events and making them work for all stakeholders. Michael’s favourite line at present is “Keep It Simple Stupid”.
Sales and Marketing Events Manager
Emma has recently re-joined our team after previously completing her placement year with us which formed part of her Event Management degree at Bournemouth University. She then went on to graduate with a first class honours and relocated to Milton Keynes to one of the UK’s top event agencies, her experiences included a month product launch in Paris. However Emma could not stay away from Merlin for long and is thrilled to be back on the team as Event Manager. Emma has always been passionate about travel through both leisure and work, her favourite country in the world is the beautiful Laos in Asia and she has even previously been an air hostess. Chicken or Beef anyone?
Senior Events Manager
Since graduating from the University of Gloucestershire in 2009 with a First Class Honours degree in Events Management Sam has worked as an event coordinator for a Live Events Agency specialising in public sector events; including the Police Bravery Awards. This has allowed Sam to work at a number of venues across the country including Lord’s Cricket Ground and the NEC, Birmingham. When the opportunity to join exciting world of Merlin Entertainments came along Sam jumped at the chance to become part of Magic! On her weekends off Sam can be found practicing her baking skills in an attempt to become a blonde Nigella!
After completing a placement year with us alongside Emma, Natalie returned to the Manchester Metropolitan University for a further two years of study. Within a few days of graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Events Management Natalie was invited back to re-join the team! Natalie has worked within the Merlin Entertainments group since she was 16 years old, her first job was making donuts at Thorpe Park, jammy or what!
After graduating Gareth moved to London in search of his dream job. He found a role within event operations at Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND and Chessington World of Adventures. He then progressed into an Event Sales role as part of Couture at Pinewood Studios where he managed wrap parties, show launches and other private events. After a little taste of show biz he has re-joined Merlin Entertainments to take up his dream job at Merlin Events!
Becky is another placement student who couldn't keep away for long and is back in the team after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 1st class honours degree. Becky loves to travel and visited Australia for six weeks after graduating but came home to re-join the Merlin team once again. Becky loves to bake and also feeds her shopping addiction in Topshop most lunchtimes.
Francesca has recently joined the events team as a placement student, part of her Events Management degree at Bournemouth University. Francesca used to work in hairdressing, but gave up her full time career to pursue her love of event management. Having had a keen interest in event management after hearing many stories about her fathers past career, she has now followed in her dads footsteps! In her spare time Francesca loves going to gigs, and spends many weekends in her summer camping. Extremely excited to get stuck into the events role – Francesca feels incredibly lucky to be doing her placement year for such an incredible company!
Patrick remains ‘very busy’, Pat has been part of the Madame Tussauds family for thirty years. He is the first person to welcome event partners into the attraction and assists with the ‘get in’ of events. With so much experience, Pat knows where everything is and what is happening in the Attractions. He has met Princes and celebrities and he is one of the people that make Madame Tussauds such a special place to work.
Event Kitten is an integral part of the Merlin Events team. This jet-setting feline is the cutting edge of events with her paw on the pulse. She joined us in 1998 as a placement student fresh from Bournemouth University where she received honours in Event Management. She took a couple of years out travelling around SE Asia and also popped back to her parent’s home of Japan to visit her relatives.
Now living back in London (her favourite city in the World) she has rejoined the Merlin Events team. She makes the most of her weekends by visiting friends & eating Dim Sum (especially the Spicy Cod at Dim T). She loves nothing more than spending weekends in London; you will often find her in one of London’s best art galleries! She is still taking Japanese lessons and attends 2 evening classes in the week.
The Event Kitten is always keeping an eye open for new trends and aims to keep the Merlin Events team a pioneer in their field. She has a hot desk here; however she is often on the go with her ipad in tow. Become her friend on facebook here www.facebook.com/EventKitten