Gareth McTiffin

Gareth McTiffin

What was your first ever job?

My first job was working as a sales advisor on the footwear department at River Island.


How did you get from that job to your role now?

I spent two years at River Island and a further two years at Topman, whilst I studied for my degree at university. At university I headed up the Chartered Institute of Marketing student chapter, where we were responsible for raising awareness of the Chartered Institute of Marketing through social and public events. It is here that I built on my interest in events and from this point I worked hard to achieve my first events role at THORPE PARK. Since then I have worked within conferencing at a hotel in Chessington World of Adventures and at Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios before joining the Merlin Events team in London. 


What does a typical day at work involve?

My role as Marketing and Events Manager is to manage, plan and budget for Merlin Events London. As part of my role I also plan and deliver all promotional and commercial events including the famous SEALIFE After Dark. I still work with corporate clients to deliver their events at our venues. I work with them in all areas of the event from catering to AV within their chosen venue.  I also support sales showrounds to showcase our spaces to new and existing clients.


Tell us something about your job we might not know?

We have a very busy phone line which I help to man. It is not uncommon to have calls unrelated to events come through on this line, and sometimes we feel like we are an operator for London tourist information.


Tell us about your most interesting event to date.

Whilst I worked as an event sales manager at Pinewood Studios, I was approached by ‘The Voice’ production team on site to work with them to deliver their season two wrap party. Meeting the contestants and judges made this a very interesting and memorable event!


What other event company would you work for and why?

I have always had an interest in live music and entertainment so why not work for AEG, an event company that specialises in that!


If you could do any job in the world, what would it be and why?

I would like to be the Prime Minister (it’s always good to aim high!) as I would love to be able to make a positive impact on lots of people about the things I am passionate about.

Tell us what you get up to when you are not working at Merlin Events?

Outside of Merlin Events I enjoy socialising with friends, usually at a restaurant or a bar!!  I have just signed up to my local gym as well so you will be able to find me there most mornings before work. I also recently did a 12KM kayak trip which was really fun so don’t be surprised if you see me sailing down the Thames soon…

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